53 days in Egypt

53 days in Egypt

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Alexandria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Port Said
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saqqara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairo
— 8 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel
— 2 nights
Fly to Aswan, Train to Luxor
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Luxor
— 5 nights
Drive
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Abydos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dendera
— 1 night
Drive
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Hurghada
— 8 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 7 nights
Fly
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Dahab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 6 nights
Fly

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Alexandria

— 5 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Appreciate the collections at Bibliotheca Alexandrina and El Shona Art Centre & Museums. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Alamein War Cemetery and El Alamein World War II Military Museum. Step out of Alexandria with an excursion to Deutsche Kriegsgraeberstatte in El Alamein--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Images Gallery, explore the galleries of Gallery Alex Creation, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Roman Amphitheater.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Alexandria trip itinerary planning tool.

Bucharest, Romania to Alexandria is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Alexandria when traveling from Bucharest in August, with lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Said.

Things to do in Alexandria

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:

Port Said

— 2 nights
Port Said is a city that lies in north east Egypt extending about 30km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Suez Canal, with an approximate population of 603,787 (2010). Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Port Said Military Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Suez Canal.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Said trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Port Said takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Port Said can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Saqqara.

Things to do in Port Said

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Saqqara

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mit Rahina Museum, admire the striking features of North Pyramid (Piramide Roja), explore the ancient world of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep's Mastaba, contemplate the long history of Serapeum, then delve into the distant past at Memphis and Sakkara, and finally delve into the distant past at Mastaba of Kagemni. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, explore the ancient world of Pyramid of Unas, then explore the ancient world of Mastaba of Ti, then pause for some photo ops at The Sphinx of Memphis, and finally make a trip to Tahrir Square.

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

You can drive from Port Said to Saqqara in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Port Said in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saqqara: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairo.

Things to do in Saqqara

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Cairo

— 8 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.
Visit Cave Church and Mosque of Ibn Tulun for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) and The Coptic Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, head off the coast to Zamalek (Gezira Island), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Islamic Arts, and wander the streets of Coptic Cairo.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairo tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Saqqara to Cairo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 17:

Abu Simbel

— 2 nights
You've now added Lake Nasser to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Abu Simbel itinerary builder tool.

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 August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel: temperatures range from 50°C by day to 33°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Luxor

— 5 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 Howard Carter House and Medinet Habu. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Karnak Open Air Museum and Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II). Get out of town with these interesting Luxor side-trips: Adoro viajar a Egipto (in Aswan), Temple of Khnum (in Esna) and Tombs of the Nobles (in Al Asasif). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tomb of Ramses III, appreciate the history behind Obelisk of Thutmoses I, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Queens, and admire the masterpieces at Art Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Luxor using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Luxor sees daily highs of 49°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Abydos.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Abydos

— 2 nights
For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Abydos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Luxor to Abydos takes 3 hours. Traveling from Luxor in August, you will find days in Abydos are little chillier (45°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Dendera.
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:
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Dendera

— 1 night
On the 26th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Dendera Temple Complex.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dendera trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Abydos to Dendera takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 49°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hurghada.

Things to do in Dendera

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Hurghada

— 8 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Zeytuna Beach and Mahamya Beach. Appreciate the collections at El Quseir Fort and Selkhet Papyrus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hurghada: Safaga (3 Turtles & El-Mallah) and Mosque Shaykh Al-Farran (in El Quseir). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque El Mina Masjid, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Dream Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with Colona Divers El Gouna.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada online route planner.

Traveling by car from Dendera to Hurghada takes 3 hours. While traveling from Dendera, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 33°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 4:

Marsa Alam

— 7 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marsa Shoona Bay and Sharm El Luli. Step off the beaten path and head to Amore Safari and Abu Dabbab Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Elphinstone Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gebel El Rosas, kick back and relax at Hankorab Beach, and don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hurghada to Marsa Alam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in September, you will find days in Marsa Alam are little chillier (39°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Dahab.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 11:

Dahab

— 4 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castle Zaman and Coloured Canyon. St. Catherine's Monastery and St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Dahab: Wishwashi Canyon (in Taba), Mount Sinai (in Saint Catherine) and Nuweiba (Abu Hamada Canyon, Ain Khudra, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Reefs, ponder the world of politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay, explore the striking landscape of Ras Mohommed National Park, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dahab trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Marsa Alam to Dahab in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque. King Tut Museum and St Catherine Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Al Tur (Moses Pool & Wadi Hammamat). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ras Um Sid, join the crowd at Ghibli Raceway, kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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Drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:

Egypt travel guide

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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.