WADI AL HITAN
While the history of Egyptian civilisation goes back thousands of years, the history of the region extends even further as you’ll see with your visit to Wadi El Rayan National Park. Wander round the park, known for several breath-taking features including the largest waterfalls in Egypt as well as rock formations, oases and mountains. Within, you’ll visit Wadi al Hitan (Valley of the Whales) which holds the fossilised remains of modern whales’ early ancestor, and your children will get to experience palaeontology as never before.
Scale the dunes in a 4×4 as you make your way to the Magic Lake. Equally bewitching for children and adults alike, the lake’s mesmerising waters change colour depending on the time of day and the sun exposure. Cool off with a swim before a private picnic on the shore for you and your family.
Take to the skies in style as you fly business class to the city of Luxor. This city, known in antiquity as Thebes, was once the capital of Upper Egypt, and its temples were considered the holiest places in the entire kingdom. You’ll visit the Luxor temple in the evening where the dramatic floodlighting makes the already imposing structure even more awe-inspiring. Close the evening dining at Sofra, a restaurant oozing 1930’s ‘Old Cairo’ ambiance serving delicious Egyptian fare. Then turn in to the Hilton Luxor, your home for the night.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
The west bank of the Nile is home to the Valley of the Kings. Enjoy a family bike ride along the river and marvel at the vast expanse before getting up close with the historic locale. You’ll stop by the Temple of Hatshepsut – a masterpiece of ancient architecture – and the Mummification Museum where you will learn all about the history of how the Egyptians preserved their dead and the children will squeal as they learn all the gory details.
Discover the temples in a whole new light as you witness the impressive Karnak Sound & Light show. Highlighting the dramatic history of ancient Thebes, the show uses pharaohs to narrate the stories of the lives as well as telling the tale of the creation of Karnak temple.