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 Oum El Dounia Gallery. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Cairo Festival City Mall, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, view the masterpieces at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal).

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cairo. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 pick up a one of a kind souvenir 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 Daedalus Reef Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Sinai 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 · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

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 Blue Hole. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Dahab to Nuweiba to see Ain Khudra about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dahab trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Taba to Dahab in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 44°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Tours · 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 Shark Diving and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Ras Um Sid and Mangrove Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see the top attractions with Bibo Viaggi, and admire the landmark architecture of Al Mustafa Mosque.

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 Parasailing & Paragliding and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sharm El Naga and Carless Reef. Spend the 24th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Makadi Water World. There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar, and cool off at Jungle Aqua Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip planning website.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Hurghada are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can 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 Seaworld Diving Center. Get in touch with nature at Elphinstone Reef and Sharm El Luli. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Shoona Bay, kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam trip builder app.

Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in July, expect nights in Marsa Alam to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are little chillier, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to 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 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 travel 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. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Elephantine Island, explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, stroll around Feryal Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aswan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 50°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · 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 Karnak Open Air Museum and Tomb of Queen Nefertari. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II), don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and steep yourself in history at Howard Carter House.

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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.