12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15 h
1
Cairo
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
2
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Cairo
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Giza
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
5
Cairo
— 1 night
Train:  13 h 30 min
6
Aswan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Abu Simbel
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
8
Aswan
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
9
Kom Ombo
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
10
Edfu
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Luxor
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
12
Cairo
— 1 day
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo planning app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. In December, Cairo is little chillier than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. You will leave for Alexandria on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Cairo

Tours Shopping Museums
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2
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
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.
Roman Amphitheatre has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey and then take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, explore the ancient world of Pompey's Pillar, and then delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheatre.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Alexandria online attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Cairo to Alexandria in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks
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Roman Amphitheatre ©
Roman Amphitheatre
Montazah Gardens ©
Montazah Gardens
Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey

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night
Cairo

Cairo ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Alexandria to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Giza.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Khan Al-Khalili ©
Khan Al-Khalili
Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay ©
Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay

1
day
Giza

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Musee de la Barque Solaire, pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Giza online visit planner.

Giza is just a stone's throw from Cairo. In December, daily temperatures in Giza can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairo.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Museums
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Musee de la Barque Solaire ©
Musee de la Barque Solaire

1
night
Cairo

Cairo ©
To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip site.

Cairo is just a stone's throw from Giza. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Parks Historic Sites
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Al-Azhar Park ©
Al-Azhar Park
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Cairo Tower ©
Cairo Tower

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night
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Unfinished Obelisk, then explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, and then admire the engineering at Aswan High Dam.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aswan trip planner.

Fly from Cairo to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Aswan, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Parks
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Unfinished Obelisk ©
Unfinished Obelisk
Aswan High Dam ©
Aswan High Dam

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hours
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Abu Simbel trip planner.

You can fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Abu Simbel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

few
hours
Aswan

Aswan
To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aswan road trip planner.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Kom Ombo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Aswan

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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few
hours
Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo ©
On the 8th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Temple of Kom Ombo.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kom Ombo journey planner.

Traveling by train from Aswan to Kom Ombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Historic Sites
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Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

1
night
Edfu

Edfu ©
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Edfu trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kom Ombo to Edfu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Edfu sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus ©
Temple of Horus

1
night
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You've now added Colossi of Memnon to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Colossi of Memnon, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Luxor route planner.

Take a train from Edfu to Luxor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Luxor sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

1
day
Cairo

Cairo
For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip planning website.

Getting from Luxor to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours Shopping Museums
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