13 days in Egypt Itinerary

13 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt trip planner

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Alexandria
Drive
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Cairo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luxor
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Saint Catherine
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Saint Catherine
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dahab
— 2 nights
Fly

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Alexandria

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Alexandria. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites
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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.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza and then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Alexandria to Cairo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Luxor

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You've added Valley of the Queens, Aladin Tours, Dendera Temple Complex, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings. Get some historical perspective at Luxor Temple and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Habiba Gallery and don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor route website.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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Marsa Alam

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, then make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam, and then take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Marsa Alam road trip planning site.

You can fly from Luxor to Marsa Alam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marsa Alam when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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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.
On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at St. Catherine's Monastery and then stroll through Mount Sinai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), and then explore the gorgeous colors at Jackson Reef.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint Catherine attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Marsa Alam in December, you will find days in Saint Catherine are little chillier (19°C), and nights are much colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Dahab

— 2 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark's Bay Beach. Na'ama Bay and The Heavenly Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Soho Square Dancing Fountain in Sharm El Sheikh (about 1h 15 min away).

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You can drive from Saint Catherine to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Saint Catherine in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Dahab, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
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.