Let’s make travel accessible to everyone around the world through virtual vacations! This is a place where we will celebrate culture, language, history, and acceptance of people around the world. Here, families can travel to Luxor comfortably! Find virtual fun, tours of famous destinations and museums, cooking lessons, and more in our Travel From Home section. Kids will get hands-on experiences and learn about a variety of cities, countries, and regions through these at-home travel guides. Additionally, these resources can be used as an educational tool. Today, let’s take a virtual vacation to Luxor!
Each one also includes a list of books and movies for all ages to bring the whole experience to life in your living room. This is a wonderful opportunity to inspire young travelers, introduce kids to a place you will travel to in the future, and/or simply teach your family about other places around the world. Enjoy, explore, and create memories together!
Virtual Vacation to Luxor
Let’s take a virtual vacation to Luxor! Luxor is surrounded by Egyptian mango plantations and vast desert terrain. It offers the world’s greatest open-air museum and some of the most magnificent ancient monuments ever constructed. In Luxor, ancient kings and queens were crowned. In addition, Luxor holds temples and burial chambers for many pharos. Immerse yourself in this great land by learning the history of Luxor through a short, educational video! Or, dive straight in with a longer Timeline documentary on the ancient history of the Valley of the Kings.
Tour the Nile River
The Nile River is the first stop on our virtual vacation to Luxor! The Nile is the longest river in the world, a fact sure to fascinate any curious child. Have younger children join in a Trip down Nile with Nat Geo Kids to see the Nile today and learn more about the area’s contemporary inhabitants. Then, families can better understand Egypt’s geographical location and The Nile River’s importance with the help of Cine Kids! The Nile moves through 10 countries and was essential in building ancient civilizations as a critical water source. Egyptian invention changed our modern society forever. Afterward, learn more about its importance in a short video about Egyptian history!
Get to Know King Tut
Luxor is well-known for its oldest and most Ancient Egyptian sites. It was ruled by famous and important pharaohs! Kids will surely recognize these traditions from popular depictions on television. Give them a backstory to the area to entice them even more. Tombs, monuments, and temples still remain in Luxor. Many are well-preserved, including the tomb of the world-famous Tutankhamun (King Tut.) Tutankhamun’s tomb (along with the rumors of its pharaoh’s curse), is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, which is why it’s a great introduction to Egyptian rulers. King Tut’s tomb became a World Heritage Site in 1979. It continues to be explored and excavated today!
King Tut’s tomb was found at the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile River. To understand his death, it’s also important to understand his place within Egypt. Tour the Valley of the Kings to get an idea of a pharaoh’s wealth and power, as well as a look at the surrounding area! Then, families can tour King Tut’s tomb from their living room with online resources such as The Antechamber, Burial Chamber and Treasury, and The Gold Mask.
More Ancient Egyptian Sites on Our Virtual Vacation to Luxor
Egypt also has a plethora of alternate historical sights worthy of exploration. After you visit King Tut’s Tomb, consider taking a look at places such as The Luxor Temple, a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River, constructed during King Tut’s reign. Kids will love touring the Luxor Temple and exploring its ancient ruins.
Then, explore the Karnak Temple Complex. It is the largest religious building ever constructed, was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. Budding archeologists will love learning about its historical importance and recent archaeological discoveries! Egypt’s most important pharaohs buried their wives in The Valley of the Queens, another must-see. Learn more about the conservation and management of the site through an educational reenactment. Additionally, families can view the beauty and wonder of a tomb by visiting the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Speaking of beautiful and powerful women, we would be remiss without including Hatsheput, a powerful female pharaoh who ruled until her death in 1458 B.C.
Archeologists are still making discoveries in this ancient land every day! Check out this celebration of a recent discovery in 2019 of 30 mummies in the Valley of the Kings. Kids will delight in the opening of ancient coffins with immaculately preserved mummies. Families in search of more artifacts of ancient Egyptian history can find them in the collections at the MANN (the National Archaeological Museum of Naples).
Follow Egyptian Instagram Accounts
Parents and teens may also love to travel to Luxor from home through Instagram! Keep up with some of our favorite Egyptian Instagram accounts to get a glimpse at local life in the country. Experience Egypt (@expereinceegypt) is a great tourist resource to see the country’s very best sights. For a more authentic glimpse at life in Egypt, personal accounts like Everyday Egypt (@everydayegypt) and Taimour Othman (@taimouro) offer a more laid back approach. Architecture lovers could spend hours scrolling Architecture Egypt (@architectureegypt), and those with an interest in collecting will definitely appreciate posts by the Ministry of Antiquities | (@ministry_of_antiquities). Finally, to get an up-close look at mummies and other artifacts, Egyptologist Hayley Goddard (@kemet_deshret) has everything you need!
Get Creative on Our Virtual Vacation to Luxor
Ancient Egypt is known for its visual traditions. What simple household items can your family find to remind you of these prehistoric times? Travel to Luxor by creating a mini dig or excavation site out of playdoh. Then, use your sandbox to hide these treasures! Use a paintbrush in the sandbox to brush away the sand and find your hidden booty. Finding them will certainly delight any aspiring Egyptologist! Afterward, families can also get more sophisticated with a store-bought excavation art project, which includes a mummy’s tomb!
In addition, cartouches are also an equally important facet of Egyptian culture. Dough in the shape of an oval often contain hieroglyphics, Egyptian cartouches were usually inscribed with the name of a pharaoh. Today, cartouches are still used to create cute pendants and stylish jewelry! Start your own Egyptian art project by making cartouches at home. Kids can create their own with two simple ingredients: salt dough and paint!
If your interest lies more in mummies and tombs, also try your hand at creating some related crafts or drawings. Young insectologists can learn to draw an Egyptian Scarab Beetle with this helpful Youtube tutorial. Additionally, kids of all ages can try their hand at learning to draw King Tut! Finally, after creating your pharaohs, construct a Mummy doll with more household objects!
Let’s Get Cooking
Exploring Egypt will definitely work up an appetite! Prepare yourself a healthy dinner to dine like the Egyptians. Egyptian food is heavily laden with legumes, vegetables, fruits, embodying its own Mediterranean flare! Plus, finer-food is also perfect for tiny eaters! Many meals include rice-filled vegetables and grape leaves. Common meats in Egyptian cuisine also include rabbit, pigeon, chicken, and lamb. Try this simple Kids Egyptian Snack Salatit Zabadi to prepare a delicious snack with greek yogurt and yummy vegetables! Adding tabouli as a side dish is also a great way to freshen up your family dinner. Older kids will love helping prepare the cucumbers and tomatoes! For something sweet, end your meal with some Egyptian Date Candy!
Egypt has a rich musical history families will love! Families can start by learning the history of Egyptian Music to explore instruments dating back millennia! Then, once you have a brief background, put your knowledge to the test by listening to some Egyptian music! This song about Pharaoh Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most celebrated pharaohs, will definitely captivate children. If kids are ready for more, you’re in luck! Youtube also boasts over an hour of traditional Egyptian music your family can enjoy together. It’s a great soundtrack to cook your Egyptian snacks!
Snuggle Up with a Good Book
After your virtual travels to Luxor, families can explore it through fictional realms. End your day of sightseeing in the comfort of your bed reading some Egyptian classics! The Search and Find Book is a good interactive experience to keep kids immersed, allowing them to locate pharaohs, pyramids, and other Egyptian symbols with a magnifying glass. Next, learn about shapes in a fun, adventurous way with The Tiny Traveler: Egypt, the perfect size for little, toddler hands!
Need more activity ideas? Egypt Activity Book For Kids offers more ways to keep your kids busy learning about Egypt, including pictures, puzzles, and coloring pages. Make it an enriching educational experience and use Egypt as a landscape to teach kids about geometric shapes. Finally, capture their attention with Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry, a book that combines adventure, mystery, and math!
Catch a Movie
Egypt is often the setting of some of the best international movies! Spend the evening touring Egypt by film with some family-favorite flicks, like the Disney cartoon Prince of Egypt (1998). In addition, animated movies like Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) also tell a biblical tale perfect for younger kids. Teens or parents can watch classics like The 10 Commandments (1956), one of the first Hollywood movies set in Egypt to break into mainstream media. Cleopatra (1963) is a good way to learn more about the mysterious Egyptian queen. Next, families interested in mummies should check out The Mummy (1999) or The Mummy Returns (2001). Finally, Cairo Time (2009) is a modern adaptation of an Egyptian romantic comedy.
Happy Virtual Vacation to Luxor!
Whether you are preparing to travel to Luxor in the future or looking for ways to travel to Luxor from home, this virtual vacation can help your family get a taste of Egypt. From ancient history to iconic landmarks to culinary classics, Egypt is sure to be a hit with your kids – be it on the ground or from your couch! Finally, we hope you have enjoyed your virtual vacation to Luxor, Egypt!
Want to see more from Michelle? Find her on Instagram @adventuretolearn.