20 days in Egypt & Lebanon Itinerary

20 days in Egypt & Lebanon Itinerary

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Start: Casablanca, Morocco
Fly:  8 h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
7
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Casablanca, Morocco


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3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary planning app.

Casablanca, Morocco to Cairo is an approximately 8- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in July; daily highs in Cairo reach 41°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time 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
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
night
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel ©
On the 5th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Abu Simbel travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, gain insight at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luxor trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 48°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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ACE - Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

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nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada trip planner.

You can take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 33°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, admire the landmark architecture of Al Mustafa Mosque, and take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh route maker.

You can fly from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

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

1
night
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dahab trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 44°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

1
night
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hajar al-Hibla, get to know the fascinating history of Baalbek Roman Ruins, and then delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar, then do a tasting at Coteaux Du Liban, and then do a tasting at Chateau Ksara.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Baalbeck online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dahab to Baalbeck. Traveling from Dahab in July, things will get a bit cooler in Baalbeck: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Beirut.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Zahle, Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar
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Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Coteaux Du Liban ©
Coteaux Du Liban

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nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa), Chir Bay (in Jiyeh) and Byblos (Memoire Du Temps & Saint Charbel Tomb). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and appreciate the history behind Jeita Grotto.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Beirut road trip planning website.

Drive from Baalbeck to Beirut in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Beirut can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Byblos, Jeita Grotto, Our Lady of Lebanon, Chir Bay
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Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Saint Charbel Tomb ©
Saint Charbel Tomb
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

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