45 days in Egypt Itinerary

45 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Cairo
— 6 nights
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
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Aswan
— 4 nights
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Edfu
— 1 night
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Luxor
— 7 nights
Drive
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Qena
— 1 night
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Marsa Alam
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hurghada
— 6 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 7 nights
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Dahab
— 6 nights
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Cairo

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Townhouse Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Take a break from Cairo with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, explore the galleries of Fine Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and visit Islamic Cairo.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip maker website.

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major aiports are Cairo International Airport and Sphinx International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Abu Simbel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. When traveling from Cairo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 30°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Aswan

— 4 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Animalia and Nubian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Philae Temple and Nubian Village. Go for a jaunt from Aswan to Kom Ombo to see Temple of Kom Ombo about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, make a trip to Aswan Sculpture Park, hunt for treasures at Aswan Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aswan online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Abu Simbel to Aswan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Aswan are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Gibel Silsila, explore the ancient world of Kanais, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Edfu online journey planner.

You can take a train from Aswan to Edfu in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Edfu, expect temperatures between 48°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of Karnak and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Kings and Medinet Habu. Go for a jaunt from Luxor to Al Asasif to see Tombs of the Nobles about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, explore the ancient world of Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), get advice or help at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, and view the masterpieces at Caravanserai.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luxor road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Luxor sees daily highs of 48°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Qena.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Qena

— 1 night
Qena is a city in Upper Egypt, and the capital of the Qena Governorate. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Dendera Temple Complex and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Qena route maker tool.

Getting from Luxor to Qena by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Qena can reach 48°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Qena

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Marsa Alam

— 5 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.
Visiting Sharm El Luli and Seaworld Diving Center will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marsa Mubarak and Marsa Shoona Bay. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Elphinstone Reef, identify plant and animal life at El Qulan Mangrove Forest, get outside with Abu Dabbab Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam holiday planner.

Getting from Qena to Marsa Alam by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Qena in July, you will find days in Marsa Alam are little chillier (41°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Hurghada

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Selkhet Papyrus. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Zeytuna Beach. Spend the 28th (Thu) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Mahmya Island, tee off at Madinat Makadi Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Hurghada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Marsa Alam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hurghada: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Sharm El Sheikh

— 7 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.
Do your shopping at Na'ama Bay and Secret Of Egypt. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shark's Bay Beach and Mangrove Beach. Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head outdoors with SOHO Tennis & Squash center, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Dahab

— 6 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
St. Catherine's Monastery and WICKEDiCANDY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Coral Reefs. Step out of Dahab with an excursion to Mount Sinai in Saint Catherine--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, pause for some photo ops at Wadi Zaghara, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dahab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 35°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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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.