As a parent, it can sometimes be hard to get the right balance between educational sights, fun attractions and enough downtime for everyone on a family holiday. After all, you and the kids will want to enjoy yourselves, even if you’re hoping that your youngsters will learn something during their travels.
If you’re aiming to fit all of that into a holiday, as well as get some sunshine, I think Egypt is a great choice – especially if you go on a twin centre break. What this means is that you can visit some of the country’s famous historical attractions, before spending a few days or a week at one of its top Red Sea resorts.
What’s more, Egypt is home to some excellent hotels that cater very well for families – especially in locations such as Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada. There are all inclusive resorts with kids’ clubs, as well as a few that even have their own water parks – definitely a winner for older children.
Top suggestions for educational tours
Personally, I believe it’s best to do the bulk of your sightseeing in the first part of your break, as it means you can really relax towards the end of your holiday in Egypt. In terms of where to go, Cairo is an obvious option thanks to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum, but I’d be inclined to travel to Upper Egypt to visit Luxor.
This is where you’ll find, among other sites, the Valley of the Kings (home to the tomb of Tutankhamen) and the staggering Karnak Temple complex. The latter site is huge and features the remains of multiple temples.
What makes it especially amazing – and a great place to teach kids about the development of Ancient Egyptian society – is that around 30 different pharaohs contributed to the site, with temples being constructed here over the course of 1,500 years. All of this means that there is an incredibly diverse range of architecture spanning a large period in Ancient Egyptian history.
Aside from the Karnak Temples, there is plenty more to see around Luxor, including the staggering Temple of Luxor. This place of worship is linked to the Karnak complex via a processional walkway and the annual Opet Festival used to involve moving a series of statues from Karnak to the Temple of Luxor. One of its most impressive features is the 25 metre-high pink granite obelisk, which stands just inside the gateway.
Top suggestions for relaxing in the sun
If you spend a few days or even a week touring some of Egypt’s top historical and cultural attractions, you’ll certainly need a bit of time to chill out in the sun before you return home. Heading to one of the Red Sea resorts is the logical choice if you’re looking for rest and relaxation in a beautiful setting.
Your kids will love playing on sandy beaches and snorkelling in the warm waters where you can see all manner of colourful marine life, including vibrant corals, lionfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and angelfish, among many other species. Depending on the hotel you decide to stay in, you could have exciting onsite facilities like a water park, supervised kids’ swimming pool and water sports centre.
Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada both have a lot to offer families and if you do still have the energy for a bit more exploring, there are numerous excursions available, such as camel treks in the desert, snorkelling tours and boat trips to some of the Red Sea’s most beautiful spots.