17 days in Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Egypt Itinerary

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17 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
1
Dahab
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Jeddah

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dahab vacation builder website .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Dahab is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Dahab due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler 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 Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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 nature, wildlife, shopping, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral.

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You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Shopping Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

3
nights
Hurghada

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, adventure, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and step off the mainland to explore Mahmya Island.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hurghada when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Cairo

Cairo ©
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 Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Muayyad Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairo road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Cairo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hurghada in December, plan for little chillier days in Cairo, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 12th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Abu Simbel trip planner .

Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Abu Simbel, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Animalia, head off the coast to Elephantine Island, then explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Aswan Sculpture Park, then step off the mainland to explore Jazirat al Malik, and then steep yourself in history at Nubian Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aswan travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Abu Simbel to Aswan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia

3
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Step out of Luxor to go to Dendera and see Dendera Temple Complex, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, and deepen your understanding at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

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