Egypt Family Holiday Comfort

Trip Code: XEFK

Why we love it

Egypt is home to some of the world's most amazing ancient icons. Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and Valley of the Kings with expert local guides who know all the history., Experience a slice of contemporary Egyptian life and interact with locals along the way. See the Nubian way of life when you enjoy dinner at a local house in Aswan., Spend time weaving through streets, getting lost in a colourful bazaar and exploring the impressive Karnak temple in Luxor., Travel like the locals do on a comfortable overnight sleeper train – a fun experience where you’ll wake up to another exciting destination to discover!, Enjoy plenty of free time to do what your family loves doing on holiday – maybe that’s heading out for some more exciting tours, or just lazing by the pool and soaking up the sun.

Is this trip right for me?

There is a fair amount of walking involved in exploring the pyramids, and it can get very hot in the summer. Be sure your family has appropriate clothing, sun protection and plenty of water to drink.

Evenings can get quite cool, so it's best to bring warm clothes too. Wearing layers is the best way to deal with the disparity in day and night temperatures.

Taking an overnight train is a fun experience, but keep in mind that facilities will be basic. Though there are lockable cabins there is a shared bathroom at the end of the carriage.

Important information

FAMILY TRIPS: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available on this trip.

INTERNAL FLIGHT: please note the standard check in luggage allowance is 23 kg for EgyptAir.

ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER: A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page – intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

What to bring/pack

CLOTHING, CLIMATE & EQUIPMENT:
Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip.

In summer (Apr-Oct), light cotton clothing is adequate for kids and adults alike, with a light sweater or sweatshirt, just in case. Remember long sleeved shirts and long trousers to guard against the sun! In winter (Nov-Mar), night-time temperatures are low – perhaps as cold as 4°C and it can be windy, making it feel even cooler. Given this you should pack accordingly - a windproof outer layer, a warm mid-layer (wool or fleece) is essential, as are long, warm, trousers. If you particularly feel the cold you may also wish to take a hat and gloves.

* Comfortable shoes or trainers
* Sandals/flip-flops for relaxing
* Sun-hat
* Torch (or touch from your phone)
* High-factor sunscreen & lipsalve
* Waterbottle
* Insect repellent
* Sunglasses
* Hand Towel (ONLY for trips travelling on a Felucca)
* Personal first aid kit
* Toilet paper (for both the overnight train and those trips travelling on a Felucca)
* A laundry service may be available in some hotels, but we recommend taking biodegradable travel detergent clothes can be washed as you wish.

You and your family should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 15minutes).

Many travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are also convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Physical rating

 
2

Joining your group

Novotel Cairo El Borg, 3 Saraya El Gezira street, Zamalek, Cairo, EGYPT

The Novotel Cairo El Borg is superbly located just 2kms from the world famous Egyptian Museum of Antquities and a four minute walk from Cairo Opera House. This upscale hotel overlooks the Nile and features bright contemporary guestrooms that include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as coffeemakers, sofabeds and 24/7 room service. Onsite there is also a 24-hour restaurant, a bar, a gym and hot tub, as well as an outdoor pool.

Joining instructions

We are happy to arrange an arrival transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details.

If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer you will clear customs and be met in the arrivals hall by a transfer guide holding a sign with your name on it. If you are unable to locate your driver please call Ramadan Shedid on the following number: (+20) 12 2100 5565.

The Novotel Cairo El Borg is located 22kms from Cairo International Airport. The drive should take around 30 minutes but you may experience delays depending on traffic.

Finishing your trip

Novotel Cairo El Borg, 3 Saraya El Gezira street, Zamalek, Cairo, EGYPT

The Novotel Cairo El Borg is superbly located just 2kms from the world famous Egyptian Museum of Antquities and a four minute walk from Cairo Opera House. This upscale hotel overlooks the Nile and features bright contemporary guestrooms that include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as coffeemakers, sofabeds and 24/7 room service. Onsite there is also a 24-hour restaurant, a bar, a gym and hot tub, as well as an outdoor pool.

We are happy to arrange a departure transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details at least 15 days prior to the trip departing. If you have booked a transfer, please ask your tour leader to confirm your pick up time.

If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 6

Lunches included: 1

Dinners included: 3

While travelling with us you and your family experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. Please ensure you tell them of any dietary requirements you and your family may have. We know children can be fussy eaters at times so we do recommend you bring any snacks from home to have throughout the trip.

To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you and your family to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Climate & seasonal information

SUMMER IN EGYPT
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar, particularly in Upper Egypt (Luxor and Aswan). From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (for example - 5am). Please be prepared for this - our schedules are designed to make touring as comfortable for you as possible.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Cairo office can be reached on Tel:

Intrepid’s Local Operator: +2 019 681 1067

Accommodations

GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in a handful of places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Transportation

SECURITY WHILE TRAVELLING
Occasionally you may experience a Tourist Police Escort in your vehicle and whilst not common convoys between select towns or regions are possible. This practice has been implemented by local authorities to monitor the safety and security of visitors to Egypt.


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