42 days in Egypt Itinerary

42 days in Egypt Itinerary

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42 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo
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Cairo
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Saint Catherine
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Dahab
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sharm El Sheikh
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Hurghada
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Marsa Alam
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Abu Simbel
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
10
Aswan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Cairo

3
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City (Coptic Cairo) and Lenhert & Landrock. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre and Oum El Dounia Gallery. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Solar Boat Museum in Giza, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Townhouse Gallery, look for gifts at Nomad (Cairo Marriott Hotel Branch), buy something for everyone on your list at City Stars Mall, and get to know the fascinating history of El-Selehdar Mosque.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cairo. In July, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Cairo Festival City Mall ©
Cairo Festival City Mall
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo
Safaris

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Alexandria

Alexandria ©
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.
On the 5th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Deir Anba Bishoi, then take in the exciting artwork at Alexandria Library, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at El Kobba El Samaweya, see the interesting displays at Royal Jewelry Museum, and then stop by Carrefour City Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alexandria road trip planner .

Getting from Cairo to Alexandria by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Cairo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Alexandria: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria National Museum ©
Alexandria National Museum
Royal Jewelry Museum ©
Royal Jewelry Museum

3
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ras Mohommed National Park and Mount Sinai. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Catherine's Monastery and Daedalus Reef Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Jackson Reef, tee off at The Cascades at Soma Bay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios).

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Saint Catherine when traveling from Alexandria in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taba.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks Historic Sites 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

2
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Taba

Taba ©
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. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle Zaman and then step into the grandiose world of Salah El-Din Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taba road trip planning website .

Getting from Saint Catherine to Taba by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Dahab.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Coloured Canyon
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Castle Zaman ©
Castle Zaman
Coloured Canyon ©
Coloured Canyon
Salah El-Din Castle
Salah El-Din Castle

4
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Dahab

Dahab ©
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coral Reefs and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Hole. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuweiba (Ain Khudra & Coral Island). Make the 14th (Sun) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's more to do: stop by Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dahab trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Taba to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Dahab, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 34°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nuweiba
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Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ras Um Sid and Mangrove Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Coptic Orthodox Church and Al Mustafa Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of King Tut Museum, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh tour planning tool .

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) to allow time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
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.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Careless Reef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sharm El Naga. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Makadi Water World. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 28th (Sun) at some of the best spas. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a splash at Jungle Aqua Park, and explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hurghada sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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) so you can drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Speed Boats Tours
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seaworld Diving Center and Elphinstone Reef. Get in touch with nature at Abu Dabbab Beach and Sharm El Luli. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak, don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam trip planning site .

Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in July, expect nights in Marsa Alam to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are slightly colder, around 41°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
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Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Seaworld Diving Center ©
Seaworld Diving Center
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef

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Abu Simbel

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

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Abu Simbel trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Abu Simbel in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Marsa Alam in August: highs in Abu Simbel hover around 50°C, while lows dip to 33°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

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Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nubian Museum and Temple of Kom Ombo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Animalia and Monastery of St. Simeon. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa, step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, walk around Feryal Garden, and admire all the interesting features of Agilkia Island.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aswan visit planner.

Getting from Abu Simbel to Aswan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 50°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
Animalia ©
Animalia

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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.
Get in touch with nature at POW - Pop up Walks Luxor and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Imhotep Alabaster Luxor and Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Caravanserai, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Merenptah, take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip itinerary planning site .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari

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