12 days in Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

12 days in Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): stop by Bazar Noobr, steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, then stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip planner.

New York City, USA to Cairo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairo is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Cairo hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Pyramids of Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get answers to all your questions at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, and then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor tour planner.

Fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in July, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 106°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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ACE - Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

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Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, then boost your wellbeing at Planet Spa at Baron Palace Resort Sahl Hasheesh, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hurghada road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Luxor to Hurghada takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Luxor, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 102°F to lows of 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 5th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dahab trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Hurghada to Dahab in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 101°F, while at night they dip to 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 101°F and lows of 86°F at night. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Omkara Yoga School ©
Omkara Yoga School
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Soho Square Dancing Fountain

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Petra.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Petra ©
Petra
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

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