8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Cairo — 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Egypt Tailor Made Day Tours. Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Ramses II, and stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

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London, UK to Cairo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Luxor.
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Luxor — 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 13th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

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You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aswan.
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Aswan — 1 night

Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 15th (Thu), examine the collection at Animalia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple.

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Traveling by car from Luxor to Aswan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Abu Simbel.
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Abu Simbel — 2 nights

On the 16th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

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You can fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Abu Simbel are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).
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Egypt travel guide

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.