8 days in Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Cairo
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
2
Giza
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  5 h 30 min
4
Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and then examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planning tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Cairo is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairo: highs are around 41°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Giza.

Things to do in Cairo

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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay ©
Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay

2
nights
Giza

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pyramid of Unas and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Giza sightseeing planner.

Giza is very close to Cairo. In July, daytime highs in Giza are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Abu Simbel.

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Pyramid of Unas
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Abu Simbel trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Giza to Abu Simbel in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Giza in July: highs in Abu Simbel hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luxor.

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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Visit Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, get your bearings at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, and explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Luxor trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Luxor sees daily highs of 48°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

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