17 days in Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Egypt Itinerary

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17 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dahab
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Luxor
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Aswan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cairo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Sharm El Sheikh is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach, and make a trip to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh day trip website .

Ottawa, Canada to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Sharm El Sheikh is 7 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Sharm El Sheikh at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Shopping Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dahab trip maker tool .

Drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hurghada journey builder app .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Dahab to Hurghada in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hurghada, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

3
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 to go to Dendera and see Dendera Temple Complex, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, and appreciate the history behind Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Luxor driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Hurghada to Luxor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hurghada in December, Luxor is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Animalia, head off the coast to Elephantine Island, then explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Nubian Village, then admire the natural beauty at Jazirat al Malik, and then take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aswan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Luxor to Aswan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Aswan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 27th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Abu Simbel trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, explore the activities along Nile River, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and admire the striking features of Khan Al-Khalili.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairo vacation maker site .

Getting from Abu Simbel to Cairo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Abu Simbel, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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