30 days in Egypt Itinerary

30 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt planner

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Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Luxor
— 5 nights
Train
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Edfu
— 1 night
Train
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Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Saint Catherine
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Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive
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Dahab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 5 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada
— 5 nights
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Cairo

— 3 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.
Head to Khan Al-Khalili and Townhouse Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, browse the exhibits of Oum El Dounia Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and view the masterpieces at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairo online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cairo. In March in Cairo, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

Luxor

— 5 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Caravanserai and Habiba hand Weaving. Museum-lovers will get to explore Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes, delve into the distant past at Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II), take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, and appreciate the history behind Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luxor trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Luxor by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairo in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

Edfu

— 1 night
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): attend a local event at Edfu Sound and Light Show, then delve into the distant past at Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Edfu day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Edfu can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Aswan.

Things to do in Edfu

Events · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Aswan

— 2 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the ancient world of New Kalabsha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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: step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, examine the collection at Animalia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El-Tabia Mosque.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aswan holiday website.

Take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Marsa Alam

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Marsa Shoona Bay and Gebel El Rosas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seaworld Diving Center and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach, kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam travel planner.

Drive from Aswan to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Aswan in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Saint Catherine

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Monastery.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint Catherine road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marsa Alam in April; daily highs in Saint Catherine reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Dahab

— 3 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coral Reefs and Blue Lagoon. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Three Pools. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY and appreciate the history behind Wadi Zaghara.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dahab travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Catherine to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in April, expect Dahab to be a bit 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 · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Heavenly Cathedral and St Catherine Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ras Um Sid. Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, browse the different shops at SOHO Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

Hurghada

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Mosque El Mina Masjid. Get outdoors at Carless Reef and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 26th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend the 28th (Sun) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada sightseeing tool.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:

Egypt travel guide

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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.