Aiden woke up one beautiful morning and said, “Mom, I really want to Egypt and see the Pyramids and ride a Camel.” I was like “Whatttttt, Child, who told you about Egypt?” and he said “Mom, I really really want to go there” and I laughed and told him “One day son, I promise I’ll take you to Cairo”. Truthfully, we hadn’t talked about it prior so his request caught me by surprise. First, I don’t make promises that I can’t keep and Second, I follow Aiden’s lead as I strongly believe that is the best way for a child to learn (most of our of travels are based on his requests). I knew I was going to take him to Egypt, I just did not know when.
A few months later, I snagged an error fare to London for about $325 in June (Read – How To Find The Best Travel Deals for more). While in London, I asked Aiden if he wanted to take the train to Paris and spend a day or two day there as it’s only a 2hr ride away. His response to me was “Mom, I’ve already been to Paris, but I still really really want to go to Egypt” and within minutes I was online searching for tickets from London to Cairo. I found a super cheap ticket and boom, that was it. Being the spontaneous person I am, within hours we were packed on our way to the airport heading to Egypt for 3 days.
- 1 How Did We Get There?
- 2 How Did We Get Around?
- 3 Where Did We Stay?
- 4 What Did We Do?
- 5 What Did We Eat?
How Did We Get There?
We flew Egypt Air from London to Cairo on a direct red eye flight which was about 5.5hours. I purchased the tickets on Momondo a few hours before we left, checked in and that was it. Egypt air was great and the food was nice, I would absolutely fly them again. Aiden was so wired for some reason and barely slept. He was so excited about the surprise place I was taking him to.
love this photo below because he was genuinely excited about the surprise place he was heading to
When we landed, we were able to apply for a Visa on the spot. It was super easy and cost about $20usd.
How Did We Get Around?
We took Uber from the airport to our hotel with ease as well as other places. Aiden used his MiFold (super portable awesome car seat).
Our tour guide also drove us around.
Where Did We Stay?
We stayed at the Hilton Ramses Cairo. I booked this hotel after we landed in Cairo. Because the trip was super last minute I didn’t have much time to research hotels. I had Hilton points so it was an easy choice. It only cost me 10,000 Hilton points per night. Super sweet deal! The staff at the hotel were super nice and helpful. I booked all our excursions at the front desk which was easy. The hotel had an ATM also so I was able to pull out money as needed.
River Nile view from out hotel room balcony
breakfast was great with lots of options
What Did We Do?
The Great Pyramids
This was the first tour I booked. This was the reason why we were in Egypt, so it was a no-brainer that we head there first! We had a really awesome guide who took us around and took the time to explain the history so that Aiden could understand and enjoy it. He was in awe when we got there. He also gave Aiden a lesson on his name in hieroglyphics.
When we got to the Pyramids, our guide paid the entry fee and we went in. We stopped at the front to snap a photo first of course. After that we walked to where the camels were and then rode a camel closer to the Pyramids with one of the camel owners while our guide waited for us in the car.
After Aiden got on the camel, it was my turn! Let me tell you something, when that camel stood up, I was “shook” haha. Seriously I was sooo scared. If you’ve gotten on a camel before then you know what I mean; if not, you really need to experience it.
The guide on the camel ride was super nice and took several photos of us as we rode around!
After the camel ride, we rode in the car with our tour guide over to the smallest of the three pyramids and then he told us that we would be able to enter and see for ourselves. Aiden was super excited about this. It was narrow and extremely HOT in the pyramid. I was so proud of Aiden for going all the way in. He was determined to learn about the Pyramids as well as experience it on the inside.
After we explored the Pyramids, our guide asked Aiden if he knew about the Sphinx, and of course he did. So we walked to it, took some photos and learned more about it.
Because we are spontaneous travellers like that. Tickets were bought a few hours before we travelled. [Swipe right for more 📸] —- Aiden: Mom, I just really want to go to Egypt and see the pyramids and ride a camel. It’s my favorite place ever. Me: Surprise !!!!! 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉 —- This is our first solo mom and son trip abroad and as exhausting as it is without my other half, I am also loving every minute of mom and son time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #SurpriseTrip #Cairo #Egypt #PyramidsOfGiza #CamelRiding #JetsettingKids #FamilyOnTheGo #FamilyAdventures #TravellingFamily #FamilyTravel #FamilyTrip #FamilyTravelBlogger #MomBlogger #TravelKid #ToddlerTravel #KidsTravel #TravellingWithKids #TravellingWithChildren #TravelWithKids #TravelKids #KidsWhoTravel #FamilyOnVacation #TakeYourKidsEverywhere #ShowThemTheWorld #HaveKidsWillTravel #TakeTheKids #BringTheKids #WeAreTravelMums #KidsLoveTravel #BlackKidsTravel
Merit Center Al Bazaar
This was our next stop after visiting the Great Pyramids. After Aiden’s lesson on heiroglyphics, he was sooo excited about getting a necklace with his name in English and in Heiroglyph. He still wears it everyday!
Golden Eagle Papyrus
Our last stop was Golden Eagle Papyrus where Aiden learned about the history of papyrus. There were so many paintings and he was able to pick one for his room. He picked the one that glows in the dark which I thought was a great choice.
He wasn’t actually upset, lol. he was really nice and explained everything to Aiden (just wrong photo timing :D)
Aiden has two cousins who live in Cairo. After a long busy day touring, we went over to their house and spent the evening with them.
Aiden’s favorite place in this museum was the “Mummy Room” !! He was so intrigued about it and had so many questions. He wasn’t scared at all and truthfully, some of the mummies looked scary lol.
When we travel, people always ask to take a photo with Aiden. He doesn’t mind, so why not?
Children’s Center For Civilization and Creativity
This museum is much more kid appropriate. It basically is a history lesson on Egypt for kids. After you check in and pay, there is someone to escort the kids and explain everything to them so that they can fully understand Egyptian history. This museum was very interactive, and seriously SOOO much fun!! Very kid appropriate.
KidZania is an interactive city for kids. It has a bank, police station, fire station, driving school etc. It is basically a kids world where they can learn through realistic role play. In order for Aiden to ride the car below, he had to go get an eye exam and then get a drivers license. Kids are able to work jobs and make money, and when they are done, they can purchase something from the gift shop. Aiden’s cousins met us there and they had so much fun playing together.
After KidZania, Aiden wasn’t tired, so his cousins and I went to Al-Azar Park. I knew they would have fun running around and burning of energy as well as enjoy the playground; and they did!!
Pyramids Sounds And Light Show
We spend most of the morning sleeping. The previous two days had been hectic and filed with one activity after another so we absolutely needed the rest. So this evening, I opted for the Pyramids Sounds and Light Show. It was nice to be back there when it was much cooler, as well as watch the show and see the pyramids light up. After the show we found a few people selling outside so we bought souvenirs.
What Did We Eat?
We really didn’t experience different restaurants as much as I would have liked to. Our days were so packed full!!
Citadel View Restaurant
While we were at Al-Azar park, the kids got hungry so we ate at the Citadel View Restaurant. The food was great and the kids loved it. We ordered some grilled meats and chicken and had a salad as well. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu though.
Hilton Ramses Cairo Room Service
We didn’t have much time to dine out to room so we ordered room service and ate at the hotel.
Overall this trip was AH-Mazing !!! To see my son so happy and enjoy himself was worth every bit of it. So yes, take your kids to Egypt and don’t let the media and others scare you. We never felt unsafe at any point in time during our Mom & Son trip!
mommmmm, Egypt is toooooooooo hot
mom, look at my Egyptian necklace
I am Egyptian Pharaoh
camels are my friends even though I am bit scared