42 days in Egypt Itinerary

42 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Cairo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alexandria
— 2 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Saint Catherine
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Saint Catherine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dahab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 7 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada
— 7 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 6 nights
Taxi to Aswan, Fly to Abu Simbel
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Abu Simbel
— 1 day
Fly
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Aswan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Barque Solaire and Townhouse Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Coptic Cairo and Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Cairo Festival City Mall, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal), and steep yourself in history at Cairo Citadel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairo travel route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cairo. In July, daytime highs in Cairo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Alexandria

— 2 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deir Anba Bishoi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and finally get your bearings at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of El Kobba El Samaweya, examine the collection at Royal Jewelry Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Carrefour City Center.

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Traveling by car from Cairo to Alexandria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in July, expect nights in Alexandria to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Saint Catherine

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daedalus Reef Lighthouse and St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ras Mohommed National Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Jackson Reef, and get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint Catherine travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Saint Catherine takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Saint Catherine when traveling from Alexandria in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taba.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Taba

— 2 nights
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Coloured Canyon and then tee off at Taba Heights Golf Resort. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castle Zaman and then step into the grandiose world of Salah El-Din Castle.

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You can drive from Saint Catherine to Taba in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Dahab

— 4 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Escape the urban bustle at Coral Reefs and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Dahab to Nuweiba to see Ain Khudra about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dahab tour planner.

Traveling by car from Taba to Dahab takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dahab, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ras Um Sid and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Submarine Tours and Mangrove Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, stop by Secret Of Egypt, explore by horseback at Mangroovy Horses and more..., and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22:

Hurghada

— 7 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.
Visiting Sharm El Naga and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carless Reef and Jungle Aqua Park. Spend the 24th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Spend a fun-filled day on the 27th (Sat) at Makadi Water World. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In July in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

Marsa Alam

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Abu Dabbab Beach and Gebel El Rosas. Get in touch with nature at Elphinstone Reef and Sharm El Luli. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Seaworld Diving Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marsa Alam trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hurghada to Marsa Alam by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hurghada in July: highs in Marsa Alam hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 4:

Abu Simbel

— 1 day
On the 5th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Abu Simbel road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Abu Simbel takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Marsa Alam in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Abu Simbel, with highs around 50°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:
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Aswan

— 3 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of Kom Ombo and Agilkia Island are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Animalia and Nubian Museum. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa, and stroll around Feryal Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aswan road trip site.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Aswan are 50°C, while nighttime lows are 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Luxor

— 3 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Do your shopping at Caravanserai and Imhotep Alabaster Luxor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II) and Tomb of Merenptah. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Sennedjem, don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Luxor sees daily highs of 49°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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.