9 days in Egypt Itinerary

9 days in Egypt Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Sharm El Sheikh
— 1 night
Marsa Alam
— 1 night
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— 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Islamic Cairo and Great Sphinx. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairo trip site.

London, UK to Cairo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairo: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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Sharm El Sheikh

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark's Bay Beach, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cairo in December, with highs in Sharm El Sheikh at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Marsa Alam

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak and then see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Marsa Alam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Marsa Alam can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Luxor.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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— 1 night
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 18th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), then explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, then take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, and then pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor attractions planning site.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Luxor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marsa Alam in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Luxor, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums
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Egypt travel guide

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.