12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo
1
Cairo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
2
Dahab
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hurghada
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Cairo

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, and explore the activities along Nile River.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairo online travel route planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cairo. In September in Cairo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dahab trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Dahab in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cairo in September since evenings lows in Dahab dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a stroll through Na'ama Bay and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, and then browse the different shops at SOHO Square.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh vacation maker website .

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

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

3
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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and head off the coast to Mahmya Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hurghada road trip site .

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. In September in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

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

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nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
When in Luxor, make a side trip to see Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, gain insight at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, and don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Luxor trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Luxor are 46°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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