8 days in Bulgaria & Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria & Egypt Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 21st (Thu), stop by Gifted Sofia and then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay.

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Vilnius, Lithuania to Sofia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vilnius in October, you will find days in Sofia are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cairo.

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Cairo, Egypt

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, then pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and finally explore the activities along Nile River.

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You can fly from Sofia to Cairo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Sofia in October, with highs in Cairo at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Luxor.

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Luxor, Egypt

— 2 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings and then explore the ancient world of Tomb of Ramses VI. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak.

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You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Dahab.

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Dahab, Egypt

— 1 night
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 27th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Luxor to Dahab by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Luxor in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Dahab: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 1 night

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.
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Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 28th (Thu), you're off to home.

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Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

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.