12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Luxor
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Newark

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, and admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairo travel route planner .

Newark, USA to Cairo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Cairo at 93°F and lows at 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, then get advice or help at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, then delve into the distant past at Medinet Habu, and finally appreciate the history behind Obelisk of Thutmoses I.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 103°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in September, expect nights in Hurghada to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are little chillier, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a stroll through Na'ama Bay and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, and then buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh vacation planner .

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. September in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 96°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

2
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Blue Hole and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dahab online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dahab are 96°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

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