Egypt may not be the first destination you think of when you want to book a holiday with your kids, but that may be changing now. There are many kid-friendly accommodations, but there are also many fun activities for kids. It’s the perfect destination for the winter sun and it’s not too far to fly by plane. Arrange a visa for the whole family at once before you leave, so you don’t have to stand in line at the airport after you arrive with the family. This is how you will make your vacation in Egypt with children a great success.
Egypt with children
Egypt is an ideal place to go to with kids as there is so much to see and explore that every day becomes a new adventure. There are many direct flights from the Netherlands to Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh. There are different vacation destinations in each region, and they all have a unique charm: a cultural holiday full of history or a relaxing beach holiday with all kinds of water activities. The most visited areas in Egypt are safe to travel to, even with children. With a visa in your pocket, your vacation in Egypt can begin.
You can do many cultural activities in the Egyptian capital. It’s a big, bustling city: not only is there the great market, Khan el-Khalili, but there are also museums and zoos to see. Moreover, from Cairo you can also visit the Pyramids, Sphinx of Giza, and Saqqara, which are the three major tourist attractions in Egypt. All of them are located outside the city and can be easily reached by car. It is advisable, especially with children, to go at the beginning or at the end of the day, because then it is less warm and the sun is less bright.
The Egyptian Museum and the Pharaonic Village are two beautiful museums that you can visit during your vacation in Egypt with kids. The Egyptian Museum is all about local antiquities and is fun and educational for kids who love history, as well as for anyone who wants to see real mummies and Tutankhamen. In 2023, the new Egyptian Museum will be opened, 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 related to ancient Egypt. Here you will learn all about ancient life in Egypt, from papyrus making to the houses that used to be there. You can also take a boat trip there, which is also great fun for the whole family. In addition, Cairo has a few zoos and larger indoor and outdoor playgrounds. It is enough to do an active holiday in the capital of Egypt with children.
Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh
A vacation in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh with children is primarily about the beach, the sun and the sea. These parts of Egypt are ideal for a holiday in the winter, for example during the Christmas holidays. It’s still at least 20 degrees and the sea is still nice and warm. At night it cools down a bit, so sleeping is not a problem.
There are many kid-friendly accommodations in these areas, from luxury resorts to beach hotels. There are also many water parks and activities which are an added joy to a holiday in Egypt with kids. Most hotels and resorts organize activities for children of different age groups. There are also many day trips that are very suitable for a family vacation.
In Hurghada, for example, you can go on a boat trip to watch dolphins or swim with them. You can also snorkel at one of the many beaches. When you have enough water and beach, you can take a safari jeep into the desert or ride a camel. From Hurghada you can easily go to Marsa Alam, to stay here by the sea.
In Sharm El Sheikh you can do similar things, for example Albatross Aqua Park or Dolphina, to see dolphins and maybe even swim with them. The city also has a market, a dancing fountain, and beautiful old buildings.
Apply for the visa online
A visa to Egypt is required if you arrive by plane. Everyone needs a visa, including children. This means that children must have a valid passport. The easiest and fastest way to obtain 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 on the application at once and you only have to fill in your contact and travel details once.
You can always apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport, but you have to wait a very long time. With children, right after the flight, it’s not very fun. Therefore, apply for all visas online, so that you already have them before arrival and you don’t have to worry about them afterwards.