12 days in Africa Itinerary

12 days in Africa Itinerary

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12 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  15​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  16​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Explore hidden gems such as Boucharouite Museum and Centre Artisanal. Visit Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip maker tool .

Washington DC, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 16-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Marrakech, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Marrakech at 86°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

1
day
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairo road trip site .

You can fly from Marrakech to Cairo in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Cairo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ras Um Sid and Mount Sinai. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Shark's Bay Beach. Step out of Sharm El Sheikh with an excursion to Blue Hole in Dahab--about 1h 25 min away.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh road trip planning site .

You can fly from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sharm El Sheikh, with lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Hole, Mount Sinai
Highlights from your plan
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
Shark Diving
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head off the coast to Mahmya Island, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hurghada trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in October, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, then delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, and finally explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Hurghada to Luxor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Luxor, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

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