17 days in Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Dahab
— 1 night
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada
— 3 nights
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Cairo
— 3 nights
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
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Aswan
— 2 nights
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Luxor
— 3 nights
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Dahab

— 1 night
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dahab trip itinerary site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Dahab is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Dahab. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in December; daily highs in Dahab reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 3 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.
Sharm El Sheikh is known for wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St Catherine Shop, take a stroll through Na'ama Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark's Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Hurghada

— 3 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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront activity at Abu Tig Marina, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hurghada, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Cairo

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Cairo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hurghada in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairo, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel travel itinerary 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. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Aswan

— 2 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Animalia, step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Aswan Sculpture Park and then contemplate the long history of Nubian Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aswan holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Abu Simbel to Aswan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Aswan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Luxor

— 3 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Change things up with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon, get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Aswan to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Egypt travel guide

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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.