30 days in Egypt Itinerary

30 days in Egypt Itinerary

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30 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h
1
Luxor
— 4 nights
2
Marsa Alam
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sharm El Sheikh
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Hurghada
— 5 nights
7
Cairo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Shop till you drop at Caravanserai and Aboudy Book Shop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Medinet Habu and Avenue of Sphinxes. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, steep yourself in history at Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Luxor is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in March, with highs in Luxor at 86°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes
Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari

4
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Elphinstone Reef and Seaworld Diving Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marsa Shoona Bay and Gebel El Rosas. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at El Qulan Mangrove Forest, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam, and take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Luxor to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Luxor in March, you will find days in Marsa Alam are little chillier (78°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Seaworld Diving Center ©
Seaworld Diving Center
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay
Gebel El Rosas ©
Gebel El Rosas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine trip tool .

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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marsa Alam in March, with highs in Saint Catherine at 68°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

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

2
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dahab online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Dahab takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, Dahab is somewhat warmer than Saint Catherine - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough 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

5
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.
Relax by the water at Ras Um Sid and Mangrove Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Secret Of Egypt. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Na'ama Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Mustafa Mosque, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Makadi Water World. Kids will enjoy Jungle Aqua Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. On the 24th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, look for gifts at Super Naturals, and examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in March, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Hurghada. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Makadi Water World ©
Makadi Water World
Jungle Aqua Park ©
Jungle Aqua Park

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Khan Al-Khalili and Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Change things up with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Galleria Le Petit Louvre - Antique, take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Picasso Art Gallery Egypt.

Plan trip to Cairo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Hurghada to Cairo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in March, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Cairo Citadel ©
Cairo Citadel
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan ©

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