21 days in Egypt Itinerary

21 days in Egypt Itinerary

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21 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  29​h
1
Hurghada
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  10​h
2
Siwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
New Valley Governorate
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  12​h
4
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Luxor
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Quito

2
nights
Hurghada

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Hurghada Grand Aquarium, and then see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada travel itinerary planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Hurghada is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Quito to Hurghada. In December in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Siwa.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Selkhet Papyrus ©
Selkhet Papyrus
Hurghada Grand Aquarium ©
Hurghada Grand Aquarium

2
nights
Siwa

Siwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Shali Fortress, steep yourself in history at Graeco-Roman Tombs, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dakrur Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Mountain of the Dead, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Umm Ubayd, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Sea.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Siwa trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Siwa in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to New Valley Governorate.

Things to do in Siwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Great Sand Sea ©
Great Sand Sea
Mountain of the Dead ©
Mountain of the Dead
Temple of Umm Ubayd ©
Temple of Umm Ubayd

1
night
New Valley Governorate

New Valley Governorate ©
New Valley Governorate is one of the governorates of Egypt. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at Sahara Desert.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Valley Governorate attractions planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Siwa to New Valley Governorate. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in New Valley Governorate

Parks Nature
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Sahara Desert ©
Sahara Desert

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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Roman Amphitheatre, take an in-depth tour of El Kobba El Samaweya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mamoura Beach. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Pompey's Pillar, then delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, then contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Alexandria online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Valley Governorate to Alexandria takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa ©
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Ras Um Sid. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Catherine's Monastery and Coptic Orthodox Church. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, make a trip to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop, and examine the collection at King Tut Museum.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alexandria to Sharm El Sheikh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alexandria in December: high temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Catherine's Monastery
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St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Shark Diving
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Monastery of St. Simeon and then see the interesting displays at Animalia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, then delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha, then contemplate the long history of Unfinished Obelisk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aswan travel route planner.

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Aswan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December since evenings lows in Aswan dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nile River
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Monastery of St. Simeon ©
Monastery of St. Simeon
Animalia ©
Animalia
Unfinished Obelisk ©
Unfinished Obelisk

1
night
Luxor

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, and then take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Merenptah and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Luxor trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Aswan to Luxor in 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 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Luxor Museum
Luxor Museum
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Merenptah

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through Zamalek (Gezira Island) and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza and then admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip site .

Fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in January, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyramids of Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Safaris

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