36 days in Egypt Itinerary

36 days in Egypt Itinerary

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36 days in Egypt Itinerary

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

4
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Karnak and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Change things up with these side-trips from Luxor: Edfu (Kanais & Temple of Horus at Edfu), Temple Khatkhor (in Dendera) and Temple of Hathor at Dendera (in Qena). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor tour planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Luxor is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lagos to Luxor is 1 hour. Traveling from Lagos in July, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are much warmer, around 48°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Edfu, Dendera Temple Complex
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of El-Tabia Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nubian Village, then explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, then examine the collection at Animalia, and finally explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aswan day trip planning app .

Getting from Luxor to Aswan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Abu Simbel sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sharm El Luli and Marsa Mubarak. You'll get in some beach time at Marsa Shoona Bay and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Seaworld Diving Center, kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas, don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elphinstone Reef.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marsa Alam trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Abu Simbel in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Seaworld Diving Center ©
Seaworld Diving Center
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. Spend the 20th (Sat) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Mahmya Island, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hurghada route planner .

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Hurghada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Marsa Alam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hurghada: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Na'ama Bay and The Heavenly Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Shark's Bay Beach and Ras Um Sid. Spend the 23rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at SOHO Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Mustafa Mosque, and kick back and relax at Mangrove Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

3
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mount Sinai will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Catherine's Monastery and WICKEDiCANDY. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Blue Hole, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Reefs.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dahab tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Saint Catherine
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Alexandria Library. Venture out of the city with trips to El Alamein (El Alamein War Cemetery & Deutsche Kriegsgraeberstatte). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, pause for some photo ops at St.Mina Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of The Monastery of St. Macarius, and take in the spiritual surroundings of El Qaed Ibrahim Mosque.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Dahab to Alexandria takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dahab in July, with highs in Alexandria at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

El Alamein
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria Library ©
Alexandria Library

6
nights
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.
Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Zamalek (Gezira Island) and Nile River. Go for a jaunt from Cairo to Giza to see Step Pyramid of Djoser about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City (Coptic Cairo).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairo online trip builder .

Take a bus from Alexandria to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Alexandria in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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