72 Hours In Cairo With Kids

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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.

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?

Day 1

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

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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)

Cousins

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.

Day 2

Egyptian Museum

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

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.

Al-Azar Park

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!!

Day 3

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

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24 Comments

  1. January 18, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Yes Karen this blog was AMAZING so much detail. I didn’t read it all because I want to go NOW so when I find a cheap deal to Egypt I will be back to gather all the information you shared. Thank you so much for this post x

    • January 22, 2018 / 6:06 am

      Thank you mama. You have some awesome trips with your kids so I know you’ll have so much fun when you go!

  2. January 19, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Such an inspiring post! I am currently planning a trip to Egypt next month and this information is not only useful but the amazing photos have totally reassured me! We were feeling a bit nervous about visiting Cairo, but seeing the excitement and thrill on your son’s face is more than enough argument to go through with it with confidence! (by the way, you actually make me crave my son turning this age so that he enjoy our travels even more!)

    • January 22, 2018 / 6:06 am

      They grow up sooooooo fast !! Before you know it he’ll be old enough and then start dictating all your trips 🙂

  3. January 19, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Aiden is so cute and looks like to be the perfect travel partner! You guys look to have a great fun together. You were very lucky finding a error flight and that you could fly away on a very short noticed. My husband is really eco so he bans all the weekend escape with flights. Sign. I have always a dream to go to Egypt…yes to see the pyramids but to be honest to go more to scuba diving!

  4. January 19, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Kudos to Aiden for being persistent and not being distracted from his goal! He looks so excited to be going!! Nice work on the Hilton Ramses Cairo with points. It looks fab! To rise a camel right by the great pyramids is my dream, so hopefully one day I’ll be able to plan a similar trip 🙂

    What a great chance to spend time with your family too. I can see why people ask to take photos with Aiden – he’s pretty much the cutest kid ever!

  5. January 20, 2018 / 2:16 am

    It looks like your son had an amazing time and it’s so great that he knows where in the world that he’s been and where he wants to go. He’s already better traveled than many adults 🙂 I have to admit, I never realized, or maybe I just never thought about it, that you could tour the inside of the pyramids. Maybe it’s all the photos are just of the outside! An amazing trip for you both!

    • January 22, 2018 / 5:30 am

      I was surprised when our guide told us to tour inside. I had NO idea. All the photos are always outside. It was the best part though. For me atleast.

  6. January 20, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    How super cute is your kid!! You two make the cutest little mom and son duo I’ve seen in a long time and so happy to see the two of you enjoying so many adventures together. It’s intriguing to read how curious your son was about Egypt and excited to visit there because I haven’t heard of too many children asking their parents to take them to Cairo! I can see he had lots of fun, love his pictures in the local dress 🙂

    • January 22, 2018 / 5:28 am

      Thank You.
      The trip was all about him!!

  7. January 20, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Your son Aiden is so adorable and I am surprised that he made the request to go to Egypt. It looks like you had an action packed itinerary and he still looks so happy in all the pictures. I haven’t been to Egypt yet but I would definitely love to visit Egypt soon. I need to go look for error fares now.

  8. January 20, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    What an awesome trip for Aiden! … And for you too, of course, but man, there is something so cool about seeing Egypt through the eyes of a child! I was obsessed with Egypt at Aiden’s age, and still haven’t made it there! Love the spontaneity of your trip–it can make even the best travels more memorable. 🙂

  9. Dellea
    January 20, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I love the concept of travel through a child’s eyes! Aiden is very cute! Egypt looks amazing. Glad to see a travel review of the country from a Black blogger.

  10. January 21, 2018 / 2:25 am

    Thank you so much for providing me with enough ammo to have an excellent time whenever I get to Cairo. I am so glad as children they had the opportunity to experience such an awesome adventure so early in life. Even adults have not been there yet:)

  11. Rohini
    January 21, 2018 / 7:50 am

    That mummy does look scary 🙂 … glad he dint get scared .. did you find out where did he get the idea of going to Egypt . When I was a kid we had a lesson in social science about Egypt . I remember so much from that lesson and all I’m waiting for is my spontaneous moment 😀

    • January 22, 2018 / 6:14 am

      Omg Yea. The mummy was scary. And there were even scarier ones and he still wanted to see them all and ask all sorts of questions..lol

  12. January 21, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Oh gosh. Your son is so damn cute. I absolutely love the picture of him with a grumpy face in his local outfit. Sounds like he already has a good grasp of learning through travel

  13. January 21, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time in Cairo! It’s on my list of places to travel this year- I’m going to keep an eye out for error fares too!

  14. January 21, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    This is so awesome! I can’t wait to go to Egypt. I didn’t know you needed a Visa to get in. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  15. January 22, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I really loved your style of showing Egypt through a child’s eyes. His smiling face and wide opened eyes say how much fun you guys had. I was almost there last year but terrorist attack derailed my plans.

    • January 22, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      I didnt even know about the terrorist attack. And I truthfully wouldn’t have been bothered by it, because we get those so often in the US. It can happen anywhere and at anytime.

  16. January 24, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    What an amazing vacation! Wow… your pictures are so gorgeous and the children are absolutely adorable!

  17. Johnnie H
    February 17, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I really enjoyed your blog, Aiden is the man. I’m currently planning on taking my 15 year old son to Egypt in a month. Can you recall who you used for a tour guide? Im planning on 7 days there, any info would be appreciated.
    Peace and blessings!

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