36 days in Egypt Itinerary

36 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Fly
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Cairo
— 3 nights
Train
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Luxor
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Esna
— 1 night
Drive
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Edfu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kom Ombo
— 1 night
Drive
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Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hurghada
— 3 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Dahab
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Cairo
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Cairo
— 9 nights
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Cairo

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Museum of Islamic Arts has been added to your itinerary. Pyramids of Giza and Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Statue of Ramses II and Heliopolis. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Great Sphinx in Giza, approximately Giza away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Ibn Tulun.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairo trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Cairo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Cairo is warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Luxor.

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Luxor

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Karnak and Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut). Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Banana Island (Gezira el-Mozh). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Sennedjem, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Luxor trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Esna.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
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Esna

— 1 night
Esna, known to the ancient Egyptians as Egyptian: Iunyt or Ta-senet; Coptic (Sahidic): (Sne), which derives from Ta-senet; Greek: (Latopolis or Letopolis) or (Polis Laton) or (Latton); Latin: Lato, is a city in Egypt. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Khnum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Esna trip planner.

Drive from Luxor to Esna in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Esna are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Edfu.

Things to do in Esna

Historic Sites
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Edfu

— 1 night
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. On the 27th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Gibel Silsila, explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus, and then delve into the distant past at Kanais.

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Traveling by car from Esna to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Edfu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Kom Ombo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Temple of Kom Ombo.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kom Ombo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edfu to Kom Ombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Kom Ombo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Aswan.

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Historic Sites
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Aswan

— 2 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, and then explore the ancient world of New Kalabsha.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Aswan attractions planner.

You can drive from Kom Ombo to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Aswan are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums
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Marsa Alam

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Gebel El Rosas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marsa Shoona Bay and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli and take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam trip planner.

Drive from Aswan to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Aswan, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks
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Hurghada

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Planet Spa at Baron Palace Resort Sahl Hasheesh and Carless Reef. Get some cultural insight at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Sand City. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Omo Gamaar, and kick back and relax at Dream Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hurghada trip planner.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Hurghada by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Sharm El Sheikh

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Mangrove Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Shark's Bay Beach and Na'ama Bay. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, stroll through Ras Mohamed Camping, get engrossed in the history at King Tut Museum, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Dahab

— 1 night
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Dahab are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Saint Catherine

— 1 night
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Serabit el-Khadim Mountain, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

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Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dahab in March; daily highs in Saint Catherine reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Cairo

— 9 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Visit Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Cave Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Coptic Cairo and Mit Rahina Museum. Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Mastaba of Ti (in Saqqara), The Sphinx of Memphis (in Al Badrashin) and Giza Plateau (in Giza). See even more of Cairo: admire the masterpieces at The Coptic Museum, head off the coast to Zamalek (Gezira Island), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rifai Mosque, and see what you can catch with Desert Adventures Egypt.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Cairo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cairo: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to home.

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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.