40 days in Egypt Itinerary

40 days in Egypt Itinerary

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40 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  23 h
1
Hurghada
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Dendera
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Luxor
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Edfu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
6
Marsa Alam
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
7
Saint Catherine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Dahab
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Sharm El Sheikh
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  1 h 45 min
10
Cairo
— 9 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Giftun Islands. Get some historical perspective at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef, and stroll through Omo Gamaar.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hurghada trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hurghada is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Hurghada, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Hurghada: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Dendera.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Dendera

Dendera
On the 8th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Dendera Temple Complex.

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Traveling by car from Hurghada to Dendera takes 3 hours. While traveling from Hurghada, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dendera, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Dendera

Historic Sites
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Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex

5
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu. Valley of the Kings and Tomb of Ramses VI will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, examine the collection at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and get answers to all your questions at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luxor tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dendera to Luxor in 1.5 hours. April in Luxor sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

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. On the 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tombs of El kab and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edfu trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Luxor to Edfu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Edfu sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Tombs of El kab ©
Tombs of El kab

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 15th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip planner.

Getting from Edfu to Abu Simbel by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Abu Simbel, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

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.
Visiting Sharm El Luli and Marsa Mubarak will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at El Qulan Mangrove Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Shoona Bay, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marsa Alam vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Abu Simbel, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak

3
nights
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.
Visiting Mount Sinai and Jackson Reef will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Ras Mohommed National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery and get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint Catherine route maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Marsa Alam in April, expect Saint Catherine to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Sea and Sinai, Ras Mohommed National Park
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Ras Mohommed National Park ©
Ras Mohommed National Park

4
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY, and explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dahab driving holiday website.

You can drive from Saint Catherine to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Catherine in April; daily highs in Dahab reach 88°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Coptic Orthodox Church and St Catherine Shop. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get outside with SOHO Tennis & Squash center, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, and stroll through Shark's Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in April, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Coptic Cairo and The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Visit Pyramids of Giza and Step Pyramid of Djoser for their historical value. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Great Sphinx in Giza, approximately Giza away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zamalek (Gezira Island).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairo sightseeing tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 69°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser, Memphis Historical Site
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Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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