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Egypt: Valley of the Nile


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Make lifelong memories as you and your family step back in time and discover the amazing wonders of ancient Egypt. From mysterious mummies and majestic pyramids to secret-chambered tombs and splendid temples, this chapter of history holds an unparalleled fascination for kids and adults alike.  Our Egypt family vacation, Egypt: Valley of the Nile, is the adventure that you and your family have been looking for.

A Thomson family favorite, our Egypt tour encompasses a wide variety of sights and activities in three distinct cities. In bustling Cairo, among the vast collections of the Egyptian Museum, visit the Royal Mummy Room and behold the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen. Wander the jumbled maze of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and bargain for a keepsake treasure of your own. Ride a camel in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza—and ponder how these timeless monuments were built. 

Spend three days in the relaxed town of Aswan on the bank of the Nile. Take time to explore the magnificent Aswan Dam. Learn about the international effort that took place to save the Temples from being washed away!

On foot and by horse-drawn carriage you’ll explore Luxor and the fabled Valley of the Kings, sail the Nile aboard a traditional felucca, and enjoy a home-cooked dinner in Cairo. Kids will love the chance to meet and play with fellow school children, exchange letters, and perhaps make a pen pal for life.

2017 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
Internal Air
12/22 - 12/31 $5,090 $4,690 $400

Groups: Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

Triple Discount: $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Alumni Discount: If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 3 dinners & 1 lunch, bottled water & snacks, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Days 1-2 – Depart home / Arrive Cairo

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.

Days 3-4 – Cairo

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.


  • Explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza
  • Ride a camel through the desert 
  • Stand in the shadow of the famous Sphinx
  • Explore the Egyptian Museum
  • Fly to Aswan
Days 5-6 – Aswan

Situated on the bank of the Nile River, Aswan is a city touched by sunshine. Although small, Aswan is full of culture, fun, and excitement.  The Aswan market is vibrant and offers a fun shopping experience like you’ve never had! The wonders of Aswan will keep you in awe long after you’re gone.


  • See the immense Aswan Dam up close
  • Learn about the movement of Philae Temple
  • Visit a Nubian Village
  • Sail along the Nile in a felucca      
Days 7-8 – Luxor

The former great city of Thebes, Luxor is home to Egypt’s best-preserved and largest temple complexes.


  • Drive to Luxor
  • Walk in the Valley of the Kings
  • Ride to the Temple of Luxor in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Discover the Temple of Karnak
Day 9 – Cairo

We return to Cairo for our last full day in Egypt, taking a look at another side of this exciting, multi-faceted city.


  • Admire The Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Treasure-hunting at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Enjoy some free time to explore Cairo with your Family
Day 10 – Depart Cairo / Arrive home

After your final breakfast in Egypt, transfer to the airport and share your favorite memories of the trip with your family during the journey home!

Mena House

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.

Aswan Movenpick

Located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile River, the hotel features spacious rooms with all of the amenities such as television, air conditioning, gym, and swimming pool.  Relax as the feluccas sail past from your room or one of three restaurants on the property.

Sheraton Luxor Resort

Located just two miles from Luxor’s city center and the Mummification Museum, and within five miles of the Luxor Museum and the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Sheraton Luxor Resort lies on along the majestic Nile amid eight acres of tropical gardens. The property, only eight miles from the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, features 281 comfortable rooms, outdoor heated pools, Jacuzzi, a sun deck, jogging track, and a marina available for sailing and felucca rides.

Conrad Cairo

Located in downtown Cairo, the Conrad Cairo offers over 600 spacious, comfortable rooms, each with a private balcony and an amazing view of the Nile. The hotel is conveniently close to the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and more. Guest rooms offer satellite TV, telephone, high-speed internet, mini bar, coffee maker and air conditioning. Other highlights of the hotel include heated outdoor swimming pools overlooking the Nile, health and fitness centers, sauna, business center, and several restaurants.

Why Egypt?

7,000 years of incredible history
Kids and adults alike are fascinated by Egypt, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Its rich 7,000 year history comes alive with museums, ancient historical sites, breathtaking temples, and monuments, and its warm and welcoming people.
See the sites of Cairo
The largest city in all of Africa, Cairo is home to the Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. At the Solar Boat Museum, view a royal barge built to carry the pharaoh's soul on its afterlife journey. And, at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, wander in amazement through the Royal Mummy Room, home to the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen.
The Sphinx, Giza, Memphis and Sakkara
See for yourself one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—did you know it’s the only wonder still standing? As you ride a camel past the Great Pyramid, you’ll ponder how this enormous structure made of 2.5 million limestone blocks, each weighing 2.6 tons, could have been built 4,000 years ago! Nearby the Great Pyramid is the Sphinx, keeping quiet watch over the desert for almost 4,500 years. Memphis is the old capital of Egypt, and Sakkara is the ornate burial site for this 5,000-year-old city. You’ll see the oldest pyramid ever built, the step pyramid, at Sakkara.
Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens
More than 63 royal tombs—including King Tut’s—have been excavated in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. While many have been plundered through the ages, some still retain their exquisitely painted hieroglyphics.  At the nearby Valley of the Queens, witness the newly-discovered mummy of Egypt’s most-renowned female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, as well as her remarkable mortuary temple.
Temples of Luxor and Karnak
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. You’ll make a grand entrance as you ride into Luxor in a horse-drawn carriage! Karnak is the largest temple complex in all of Egypt—the 247-acre complex was built by generations of ancient builders over a 1300-year period. Imagine walking among towering carved columns in the Great Hall—a forest of stone.

Why Egypt with Thomson?

Thomson’s Egypt—Not your Typical Nile cruise
Most tours include Nile cruises with highly regimented itineraries. We believe staying at hotels “on location” allows us to get off the beaten path, and gives your family the personal chance to experience the real Egypt. And while history is great (and we showcase the very best of it here), we know that kids need variety, so our family adventure offers more than mummies and museums!
Friends Across Borders, in Cairo
As part of our Friends Across Borders program —a Thomson family favorite—we’ve arranged for a pen pal meeting this afternoon for the children who exchanged letters with a local student before leaving on their adventure. Through playing a game, or sharing in a mutual activity, the kids all enjoy the eye-opening, and truly rewarding, experience of making a new friend from a culture very different from their own.