30 days in Egypt Itinerary

30 days in Egypt Itinerary

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30 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo
1
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Luxor
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Edfu
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
6
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Dahab
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sharm El Sheikh
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Hurghada
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Cairo

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.
Head to Khan Al-Khalili and Oum El Dounia Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Antiquities Museum. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Great Sphinx in Giza, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), take in the exciting artwork at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, and wander the streets of Old City (Coptic Cairo).

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip builder website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cairo. March in Cairo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo

5
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Luxor

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Caravanserai and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Medinet Habu and Luxor Temple. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, contemplate the long history of Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes

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 (Tue): delve into the distant past at Kanais and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edfu day trip site .

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Aswan.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Kanais ©
Kanais
Edfu Sound and Light Show ©
Edfu Sound and Light Show

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 10th (Wed): explore the ancient world of New Kalabsha, then explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, then delve into the distant past at Unfinished Obelisk, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Elephantine Island, see the interesting displays at Animalia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El-Tabia Mosque.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aswan trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
Animalia ©
Animalia
Unfinished Obelisk ©
Unfinished Obelisk

3
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Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Take a break from the city and head to Seaworld Diving Center and Elphinstone Reef. Step off the beaten path and head to Abu Dabbab Beach and Gebel El Rosas. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at El Qulan Mangrove Forest, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center, and stroll through Sharm El Luli.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam day trip website .

Traveling by car from Aswan to Marsa Alam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Aswan in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Marsa Alam, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Seaworld Diving Center ©
Seaworld Diving Center
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay

1
night
Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Mount Sinai and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine route planner .

Getting from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Marsa Alam in April: high temperatures in Saint Catherine hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery

3
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Take a break from the city and head to Coral Reefs and Blue Lagoon. Step off the beaten path and head to Three Pools and Hands of Dahab Community Market. Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY and appreciate the history behind Wadi Zaghara.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dahab trip planner .

Getting from Saint Catherine to Dahab by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in April, expect Dahab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Three Pools ©
Three Pools

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Na'ama Bay and SOHO Square. Escape the urban bustle at Ras Um Sid and Safaris. Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh road trip planning site .

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Selkhet Papyrus. On the 27th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 28th (Sun) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Careless Reef, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Super Naturals, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Speed Boats Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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