36 days in Egypt Itinerary

36 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt travel planner

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Luxor
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aswan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly to Aswan, Taxi to Marsa Alam
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Marsa Alam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hurghada
— 4 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 5 nights
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Dahab
— 3 nights
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Alexandria
— 3 nights
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Cairo
— 6 nights
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Luxor

— 4 nights
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 Valley of the Kings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luxor: Edfu (Kanais & Temple of Horus) and Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, and get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Luxor day trip planning app.

Lagos, Nigeria to Luxor is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. While traveling from Lagos, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 48°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Aswan

— 2 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El-Tabia Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum, then don't miss a visit to Philae Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Nubian Village, then explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, then see the interesting displays at Animalia, and finally explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aswan trip website.

You can drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip itinerary site.

Fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Marsa Alam

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Sharm El Luli and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marsa Mubarak and Gebel El Rosas. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with Seaworld Diving Center, stroll through Marsa Shoona Bay, don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam, and see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Abu Simbel in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Hurghada

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Mahmya Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hurghada trip itinerary website.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Hurghada by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Marsa Alam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 5 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.
Na'ama Bay and The Heavenly Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Shark's Bay Beach and Mangrove Beach. Spend the 23rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, browse the different shops at SOHO Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ras Um Sid, and ponder the design of Soho Square Dancing Fountain.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in July, and nighttime lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

Dahab

— 3 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Hole. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Coral Reefs, and view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dahab trip planner.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Dahab sees daily highs of 44°C and lows of 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Alexandria

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Alamein War Cemetery and Royal Jewelry Museum. Step out of Alexandria with an excursion to Deutsche Kriegsgraeberstatte in El Alamein--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Anba Bishoi, and take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Alexandria online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Dahab to Alexandria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Alexandria is slightly colder than Dahab - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Cairo

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. Escape the urban bustle at Zamalek (Gezira Island) and Nile River. Venture out of the city with trips to Giza Plateau (in Giza) and Saqqara (Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids & Step Pyramid of Djoser). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Bashayer, steep yourself in history at Ben Ezra Synagogue, and wander the streets of Coptic Cairo.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip maker app.

Drive from Alexandria to Cairo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Alexandria in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:

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.