20 days in Egypt Itinerary

20 days in Egypt Itinerary

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1
Cairo
— 3 nights
2
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
3
Aswan
— 2 nights
4
Luxor
— 3 nights
5
Hurghada
— 3 nights
6
Dahab
— 2 nights
7
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairo itinerary tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cairo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: highs in Cairo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) 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
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Abu Simbel, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

2
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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 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Animalia and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jazirat al Malik. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, thendelve into the distant past at Philae Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aswan trip maker app.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Aswan, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Luxor trip builder tool.

Drive from Aswan to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Luxor sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

3
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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, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada day trip tool.

Getting from Luxor to Hurghada by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hurghada when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, thenstop by WICKEDiCANDY, and then explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dahab trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Hurghada to Dahab takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

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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 wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, browse the different shops at SOHO Square, and take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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

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