15 days in Egypt Itinerary

15 days in Egypt Itinerary

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15 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Luxor
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Hurghada
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Abu Dhabi

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Step out of Luxor with an excursion to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Luxor day trip planning tool .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Luxor is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Luxor due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December since evenings lows in Luxor dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

3
nights
Cairo

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and walk around Al-Azhar Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo attractions tool .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in December, you will find days in Cairo are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

2
nights
Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak and then see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam journey tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cairo to Marsa Alam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Marsa Alam when traveling from Cairo in December, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak
Shark Diving

3
nights
Hurghada

Hurghada ©
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.
Attractions like Makadi Water World and 5 Springs Aquapark make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus, observe the fascinating underwater world at Hurghada Grand Aquarium, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hurghada vacation maker app .

Getting from Marsa Alam to Hurghada by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hurghada are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Makadi Water World ©
Makadi Water World
Hurghada Grand Aquarium ©
Hurghada Grand Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Na'ama Bay and Ras Um Sid. Step out of Sharm El Sheikh with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Crocodile Show, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, and ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip planner .

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

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