42 days in Egypt Itinerary

42 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt vacation planner

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Cairo
— 5 nights
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
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Aswan
— 2 nights
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Kom Ombo
— 1 night
Drive
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Edfu
— 1 night
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Luxor
— 7 nights
Fly
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Marsa Alam
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hurghada
— 7 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Saint Catherine
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Saint Catherine
— 2 nights
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Dahab
— 3 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 6 nights
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Cairo

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Nile River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan and Coptic Cairo. Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Saqqara (Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids & Memphis and Sakkara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque-Sabil of Sulayman Agha al-Silahdar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip itinerary planning site.

Erbil, Iraq to Cairo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Erbil in October since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

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Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Abu Simbel trip itinerary website.

Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. When traveling from Cairo in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island and then examine the collection at Animalia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Unfinished Obelisk and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aswan day trip planning website.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Aswan are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Kom Ombo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of Kom Ombo.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kom Ombo visit planner.

You can drive from Aswan to Kom Ombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Kom Ombo sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus and then delve into the distant past at Kanais.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edfu day trip tool.

Getting from Kom Ombo to Edfu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Luxor

— 7 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Step off the beaten path and head to Medinet Habu and Avenue of Sphinxes. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Karnak and Tomb of Ramses VI. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luxor itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Luxor are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Marsa Alam

— 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Marsa Shoona Bay and Sharm El Luli. Visiting Abu Dabbab Beach and Amore Safari will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elphinstone Reef, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marsa Alam online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Marsa Alam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Marsa Alam, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Hurghada

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mini Egypt Park and Mosque El Mina Masjid. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Carless Reef will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get outside with Sharm El Naga, see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hurghada tour planner.

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Saint Catherine

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Ras Mohommed National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint Catherine road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Saint Catherine takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hurghada in November: high temperatures in Saint Catherine hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Dahab

— 3 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Coral Reefs and Coloured Canyon. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Blue Hole.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dahab day trip planning site.

Drive from Saint Catherine to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Saint Catherine, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Dahab, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Sharm El Sheikh

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Ras Um Sid. Get a sense of the local culture at The Heavenly Cathedral and Na'ama Bay. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, stop by Mall Darya, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Beaches
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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.