24 days in Egypt Itinerary

24 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt vacation planner

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Fly
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Cairo
— 5 nights
Train
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Aswan
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Luxor
— 4 nights
Bus
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Hurghada
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh
Drive
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Dahab
— 6 nights
Bus
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Cairo
— 2 nights
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Cairo

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo. Bent Pyramid and Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Great Sphinx & Giza Plateau) and Saqqara (Step Pyramid of Djoser & Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, explore the activities along Nile River, and look for gifts at Fair Trade Egypt.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Cairo to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Aswan

— 4 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
You'll explore and learn at Nubian Museum and Animalia. Visiting Elephantine Island and Kitchner's Island will get you outdoors. Step out of Aswan with an excursion to Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Unfinished Obelisk, take in the spiritual surroundings of El-Tabia Mosque, make a trip to Philae Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aswan route planning site.

Traveling by train from Cairo to Aswan takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Aswan hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Luxor

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Karnak and Tomb of Merenptah. Museum-lovers will appreciate Luxor Museum and Karnak Open Air Museum. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, buy something for everyone on your list at Habiba Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple, and delve into the distant past at Tomb of Sennedjem.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Luxor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Luxor sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.
On the 30th (Sun), have unforgettable encounters with Undersea Adventures diving center and then see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hurghada sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hurghada, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Transportation · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Sharm El Sheikh

City of Peace

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.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Dahab on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Dahab

— 6 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Taba Heights Golf Resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery. Go for a jaunt from Dahab to Nuweiba to see Coloured Canyon about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, get outside with Three Pools, take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY, and Head underground at Blue Hole.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dahab online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Dahab, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

Cairo

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then wander the streets of Zamalek (Gezira Island). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Arts and then take a stroll through Islamic Cairo.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairo day trip tool.

Take a bus from Dahab to Cairo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dahab in January: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.