Egypt may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you want to book a holiday with your children, but that may change now. There are many child-friendly accommodations, but there are also many activities that are fun for children. It is the perfect winter sun destination and not too far to fly by plane. Arrange visas for the whole family at once before departure so you don’t have to queue at the airport after arriving with the family. How to make your holiday to Egypt with the children a great success.
Egypt with the children
Egypt is a perfect place to go with children as there is so much to see and explore that every day is a new adventure. There are many direct flights from the Netherlands to Cairo, Hurghada and Sharma el-Sheikh. In each region there are different holiday destinations, all with a unique charm: a cultural holiday full of history or a relaxing beach holiday with all kinds of water activities. The most visited parts of Egypt are safe to travel to, even with children. With a visa in your pocket, the holiday to Egypt can begin.
You can do many cultural activities in the Egyptian capital. It is a busy metropolis: there is not only the great souk, Khan El-Khalili, there are also museums and zoos to see. In addition, from Cairo you can also visit the pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza and Saqqara, the three major sights in Egypt. These are all just outside the city and are easily accessible by car. It is advisable, especially with children, to go at the beginning or end of the day, because then it is a little less hot and the sun is less sharp.
The Egyptian Museum and the Pharaonic Village are two great museums to visit during your holiday in Egypt with the children. The Egyptian Museum is about the local antiquities and is interesting and educational for children who like history, as well as for anyone who wants to see real mummies and Tutankhamen. In 2023, the new Egyptian museum will open, which will be called the Grand Egyptian Museum and will be even more impressive. The pharaonic village is a kind of open-air museum with all kinds of activities about ancient Egypt. Here you will learn everything about ancient life in Egypt, from making papyrus to the houses that used to be there. You can also take a boat trip there, which is also fun for the whole family. In addition, Cairo has a few zoos and larger indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Plenty to do for an active holiday in Egypt’s capital with the kids.
Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh
A holiday to Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh with children is primarily about beach, sun and sea. These parts of Egypt are ideal for a holiday in the winter, for example during the Christmas holidays. It is still at least 20 degrees and the sea is still nice and warm. At night it cools down a bit, so sleeping through is no problem.
There are many child-friendly accommodations in these regions, from luxury resorts to beach hotels. There are also many water parks and activities that are extra fun for a holiday in Egypt with the kids. Most hotels and resorts arrange activities for children of different age groups. There are also many day trips which are very suitable for a family holiday.
In Hurghada, for example, you can go on a boat trip to spot dolphins or swim with them. You can also snorkel at one of the many beaches. When you’ve had enough of the water and the beach, you can go on a jeep safari into the desert or ride camels. From Hurghada you can easily go to Marsa Alam to live here by the sea.
In Sharm el-Sheikh you can do similar things, for example to Albatross Aqua park or to Dolphina, to see dolphins and possibly swim with them. The town also has a souk, a dancing fountain and beautiful old buildings.
Apply for your visa online
A visa to Egypt is required if you arrive by air. Everyone needs a visa, including children. This means that the children must have a valid passport. The easiest and fastest way to get a visa is to apply for an e-visa online. You can apply for this online as a group, so you have all family members in the application at once and only have to fill in contact and travel information once.
You can always apply for a visa on arrival at the airport, but you have to queue for a very long time. With children, right after a flight, it is not very pleasant. Therefore, apply for all visas online so that you already have them before arrival and do not have to worry about them afterwards.