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Our new 17 to Infinity trip in Egypt is a sophisticated adventure for active families with culturally curious young adult kids. Traveling only with other families in this age range, you’ll traverse this fascinating North African nation, coming across abundant, well-preserved remnants of one of the most ancient and culturally significant civilizations in world history.
Marvel in total awe at Cairo’s ancient wonders, like the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Ride camels in front of some spectacular scenery and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
Explore vast, pristine deserts, treading on soft sands and volcanic stones and taking in the dramatic contrast of colors. Walk past oases and ancient Roman ghost towns and trek the English Mountain in time to view the breathtaking sunset. Tour an excavation site with around 250 mummies, 34 unearthed tombs, and thousands still uncovered. You’ll even spend a night camping out in the White Desert, with its bizarre limestone rock formations.
And in Luxor, explore the many age-old temples and royal tombs, like the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, Medinet Habu (the tomb of Ramesses III), and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Gaze up at the imposing Colossi of Memnon, ride a traditional wooden felucca down the Nile River… the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for you and your older teen and 20-something kids are limitless!
Welcome to Egypt and 7,000 years of history! Ancient archaeological sites and breathtaking temples and monuments bring this fascinating civilization to life, while the traditional hospitality of its people will make you and your family feel warmly welcomed.
Bustling Cairo is both Egypt’s capital city and its cultural heart. Back-dropped by the ancient Pyramids of Giza this progressive city comfortably rubs shoulders with its past civilizations. As we explore multi-faceted Cairo, you’ll have the chance to experience the best of both worlds.
We’ll leave civilization behind and enter an infinitely vast stretch of pristine desert sands. This immense and stunning landscape seems to go on forever, reminding us of how small we are in the grand scheme of things as we gaze up at the dazzlingly clear sky above us.
Luxor, or Thebes as it was known in antiquity, is home to some of Egypt’s best preserved temples: the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak. Karnak is the largest temple complex in all of Egypt. Originally named Ipet-isut, meaning “the Most Sacred of Places,” the 247-acre complex was built by generations of ancient builders over a 1300 year period.
We return to Cairo for our last full day in Egypt, taking a look at another side of this exciting, multi-faceted city.
Mena House Hotel can be found on 40 acres of lush gardens. It is conveniently located within walking distance of both the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, and is only about 20 minutes from Cairo's city center. The hotel, built in 1869, offers over 500 comfortable, air conditioned rooms, each featuring a stunning view of the pyramids. Other highlights include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a jogging track, a fitness center, horseback or camel rides, and excellent restaurants.
Qasr El Bawity is a simple, comfortable ecolodge situated in a palm grove in the center of El Bawity, the desert capital of the Bahareya Oasis. The ecolodge is designed and decorated in traditional Egyptian desert style; it was built entirely by craftspeople native to the oasis, using ancient Egyptian techniques and only local materials. The lodge also has a spring-fed swimming pool, a therapeutic hot spring, and an adjoining restaurant serving traditional Egyptian and Bedouin cuisines.
We’ll spend the night camping out in the White Desert, where the bizarre and beautiful limestone rock formations of this magnificent desert region give the impression that we’re on the surface of some strange, distant planet.
Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor is a modern, 7-story building overlooking the banks of the Nile. It offers 335 luxurious rooms and panoramic views of the Nile. The hotel is conveniently located only minutes from world-renowned historic sites. After touring, guests can relax in the Key of Life Health Club, dine in one of its restaurants, soak in the pool, or enjoy a refreshing beverage as they overlook the Nile.
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