This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families traveling in a group of up to 20 people (3-5 families). The trips are great value, often with lots of included activities or sightseeing and some meals (dependent on the itinerary). They are created by people with families, for people with families, and are a great way for you and your children to meet new people and discover the world together! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.
On these Family Adventures, families of two will be roomed in a twin room, parties of three will be roomed in a triple room, fours will be roomed in two twins and families of five will have a triple and a twin, etc. This operator tends to use small, locally owned properties throughout their trips and accommodation will be en suite unless specified otherwise. It will be clean, functional, well located for your adventures and most importantly, family friendly. There will be swimming opportunities nearby where ever possible, either in pools or the sea. Some trips contain more adventurous overnights such as jungle stays, camping in the desert, sleeping on deck of traditional style boats or a night in a local homestay – please be aware that facilities will be basic on these occasions if your trip contains these aspects. All accommodation is named prior to travel.
Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip.
Responsible tourism: Egypt family vacation, Feluccas & Pharaohs
Responsible mission: As adventure travelers we relish and celebrate the diversity of the world. We also recognise our obligation to protect the environments that we explore. Our aim is to tread lightly, whilst contributing to maintain the world’s culture and nature, and most importantly to engage the help of all our customers to utilise the potential of tourism as a tool to aid sustainable development. We believe that responsible travelers are welcome in the places that they visit.
On this trip: We travel in small groups (max 16 people) so have a minimal impact on the environment as we go. On this trip we use a local agent from Egypt, locally owned hotels, local leaders. Not only does this mean that more of the money we generate stays within the community, but their local knowledge and expertise helps us to better understand the environment in which we are traveling, whilst reinforcing within the local community that preserving this environment is both important and worthwhile.
During your stay: A trip designed for those who want to explore and have adventure, but not at the expense of the local residents. Many visitors to Egypt do not realise that using luxury cruise boats that are little more than 'floating gin-palaces' creates problems and provides almost no benefit for the ordinary people of Egypt. Cruise ships create river pollution and erosion and affect the livelihood of local fishermen. At the same time very little tourist money actually gets into the hands of local people. We get right down to grass roots level on their trips and travel by traditional forms of transport - sailing by felucca, riding the local train and potentially a camel trek.
Responsible code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does - full details of our code can be found on our website. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this trip’s responsibility in your trip notes.
Helping to minimise negative impact: All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.
Giving something back: We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. You as a customer choose where these funds are used from a shortlist of nominated projects – so it really is YOUR foundation.
Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation. We partner with many small grassroots projects throughout the destinations that we visit - they all share our responsible vision.
We also eat an evening meal with a local Nubian family in Aswan. Clients are advised on minimising their impact on the environment and culture - our leaders ensure that rubbish is either buried (bio-degradable) or carried out after the river trip, to be disposed of sensitively and that clients are aware of local issues - religion, customs, sensibilities, how to dress etc.
We have also joined forces with the Sunshine International Project, Luxor, to assist in providing education and a home for children in Egypt. You will have the opportunity to visit the home during your stay in Luxor, and meet the 68 residents - aged between two months and 11 years old. You’ll be assured of a cheery welcome! If you would like to give a gift they would be delighted to receive the following; pyjamas, disposable nappies, milk formula & baby shampoo. All of these goods are available to buy cheaply locally (helping the local economy) and your group leader will be able to advise on where to buy things. For further details please see www.sunshine-international.org.uk, where the children have placed a wish-list!
Reviews of Egypt family vacation, Feluccas & Pharaohs
You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 01 Jun 2015 by Ann Oversby
I think for my 11 year old daughter, seeing everything that she has been learning about in school about Egypt come alive before her very eyes was exciting.
Overrall our vacation was one of the best I have done. All our guides, especially Wallide, were very well informed and enthusiastic. He was wonderful with the children and put them totally at ease which made it very easy for the parents to relax.Read full review
Reviewed on 25 May 2011 by Julie Conder
Sailing on a felucca along the Nile, then sleeping on deck overnight was the most memorable part... Excellent.
Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2011 by Nicola Carroll
Sailing from Aswan towards Luxor on a felluca with an over night camp on board was most memorable....My daughter and I loved nearly every minute of it.Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2011 by Mariella Gregori
A wonderful experience for the whole family with lots of variety of activities, culture and adventure.Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2011 by Shona Fullerton
The trip on the felucca was great; kids loved the camel ride and the chance to take a balloon ride was also wonderful!... Great vacation in very large part due to a wonderful and flexible guide.
Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Apr 2011 by Tom Julius
The trip was everything we hoped and more. The time in Egypt with two families (13 total tourists) and one guide couldn't have been better. In addition to the incredible archaeological sights highlights were the overnight sail/camp on a Nile felucca boat, sunset camel excursion in the desert, and snorkelling in the Red Sea. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2010 by Melissa Day
Everything about this trip was perfect! The itinerary included all of the major sites you would want to see, as well as so many other amazing and fun experiences. Our guide, Ned, was extremely personable and knowledgeable, not only about the sites, but also Egyptian culture.Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2010 by Rachel Iredale
Everything was fantastic. For the kids their most exciting parts were the camel ride, the sleeper train and the night on the felucca. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Nov 2010 by Julie Musk
Fantastic! The ancient cultural sites were awesome, and adventure experiences wonderful. Also seeing how today's Egyptians live (in Cairo and from the train window) was eye-opening and thought-provoking. We felt very privileged.
Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2010 by Liz West
Really fantastic, lived up to all our expectations. As I mentioned before, Zeina, our guide, really made it special for us and she was great with the children and really helped us to appreciate the sights we were seeing.
Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2010 by Joyce Telmo-Kanti
Brilliant! Our best family vacation to date because of the variety and first-time experiences.Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2010 by Sallie Robins
Too many highlights to list but sleeping outside on a Felluca, drifting off whilst watching the stars and whilst the boat rocked you to sleep, and waking at sunrise.Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Dec 2010 by Beverley Whitfield
Most memorable? Probably the Felucca Ride, shame we didn't get more time on the boat the following morning.
Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2009 by Claire Barton
Excellent! The whole vacation was very much as described in the brochure only even better.Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Apr 2009 by Joe Kurczycki
The entire vacation was the highlight. It's well organised, the tour itinerary suited to our family, we visited all the main highlights and our focal in Egypt was pleasant and efficient in getting things done. Read full review
A great mix of culture, action, relaxation and beautiful sights. We packed so much in and the kids all had an absolute ball. Our guide was an absolute gem as well.
Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jan 2009 by Bridie Przibram
One of the best family vacations we have had. There is no way we could have fitted all that we did into an independently organised trip.Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Dec 2008 by Cazz Lang
We really enjoyed the Nubian dinner and would have loved to have been able to communicate better with the Nubians - they were so friendly and welcoming.
Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2008 by Rebecca Collis-Lealman
It was truly amazing especially being woken at 4am by the call to prayer whilst every one else slept. The train journey also must have a mention - it was like being in old bond movie with the 70's style cabins.Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2008 by Liz Austin
From the moment we arrived in Egypt until the moment we left, it was simply fantastic. Read full review
The most memorable part was seeing the Nile form a Felluca and spending the night sleeping under the stars.Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2008 by Therese Kennedy
Excellent! The tour guide Saif was second to none and incredibly helpful and great fun especially with the teenagers!Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2008 by Jane O'Brien
We had a fabulous vacation, it is one of those vacations which we need a few days to recover. We have lots of photos and great memories.Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Apr 2008 by Elizabeth Espana
The whole experience was memorable! I loved the diversity of the visits and activities, I loved the way the tour was well designed and adapted to adults and children alikeRead full review
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2008 by Rosie Russell
The balloon trip was the most exciting part. But it was nearly all wonderful and Mohammed the guide was fantastic.Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2008 by Kristin Storey
The whole trip was extraordinarily well organized, our guide, Saif, was fantastic and the group was great. We loved the pyramids, temples and felucca and the kids adored the Red Sea snorkeling!
Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2007 by Jackie Brock
The obvious highlights were the felucca trip, including singing Nubian songs round the camp fire; the Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2007 by Liz Murray
As a single mum, taking my children abroad for the first time on my own, I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation - our guide was brilliant and took care of everything. The vacation offered a perfect balance Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2007 by Johann Hansen
The 24h Felucca sailing down the Nile was a mind-blowing experience.Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2007 by Derek Hunter
Highlights were the pyramids, Tutankhamen collection, camel trek, felucca trip, temples, balloon ride, sleeper train and swimming in the coral reef was amazing.
Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2007 by Anna Dugdale
Absolutely excellent. Superb local guide who made all the difference.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2007 by Elizabeth Hedrick
I loved traveling with a small group of families and we had an excellent tour guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2007 by Susan Hawes
Highlights - hard to decide between the balloon trip as the sun rose over the Nile and we floated above the Valley of the Kings, and the evening of our felucca trip when the Nubian crew lit a camp fire, pulled out their drums, and we had an impromptu performance / sing along.Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2007 by Kelly Thompson
Exceeded expectations - first organised 'family' tour we had been on and was very glad to have the planning in place to minimize hassle of traveling with kids. Lucky other family was compatible, as so much time spent together. Local tour leader made a huge impact, very capable.Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2007 by Susan Duncan
Highlights were the visit to Valley of the Kings and the Sunshine Orphanage in Luxor.Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2007 by Jill Widgery
The most memorable part of our vacation was visiting the Valley of the Kings - I think 'awe-inspiring' would most nearly sum it up... Very nearly five stars, certainly four and three-quarters.Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2006 by Helen Burrows
Maybe the Felucca trip was our very favourite experience as well as the camel ride to the monastery and snorkelling in the Red Sea and the sphinx, and the temple at Philae... a balance of adventure, education and relaxation.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2006 by Carolyn Turner
The most memorable part for most of us was our early morning donkey ride into the valley of the kings, seeing the balloons take off at sunrise and the tombs there, being early meant less crowds! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2006 by Steve Metcalf
The vacation completely lived up to, if not exceeded, my expectations. Our children rated it the best family vacation ever. As someone who has lived and worked in Egypt for several years I value very highly the contribution of this tour operator.Read full review
The most fun parts were the Camel ride to St Simeon's Monastery and snorkelling in the Red sea. The most impressive site were the pyramids at Giza, until you've been there you can't appreciate how big they are...A great vacation, enjoyed by kids and adults alike.Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2005 by Pippa Boyd
It was all memorable, but standing just after dawn on the bow of the felucca drifting down the Nile towards Kom Ombo temple, watching the sun rise with one of my daughters on her 11th birthday, was pretty special. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2005 by Frances Somers-Cocks
The most memorable part was The tombs in the Valley of the Kings; it's worth paying extra to go into Tutankhamun's tomb... My son (aged 9) would say, snorkelling in the Red Sea - he adored the coral and the fish.Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2005 by Josephine Mc Nulty
My most exciting part of the trip for me was actually standing in front of the Pyramids and living a dream I have had for many years to see them up close and personal!! Their size and the engineering which went into them is unbelievable.Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2005 by Eric J. Dutton-Jones
The most memorable part of our vacation was the Desert & Camel riding. 4 stars.Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2005 by Paul Tanner
The most memorable parts of the vacation were The Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, swimming with rays, eels, etc.Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Dec 2004 by Jason Davies
The most exciting parts of the vacation were the Pyramids, snorkelling & Karnak . Read full review