12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Luxor
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Hurghada
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Giza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Medinet Habu and Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes, get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum, delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Luxor online vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Luxor is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Luxor, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Luxor are much hotter (102°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI

2
nights
Hurghada

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 8th (Tue): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through El Dahar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Naga, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Luxor to Hurghada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Luxor in May, you will find days in Hurghada are little chillier (95°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga
El Dahar
El Dahar
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ras Um Sid and Na'ama Bay. St. Catherine's Monastery and Al Mustafa Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Church, kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, admire all the interesting features of Ghibli Raceway, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh day trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Giza.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Catherine's Monastery
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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

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 13th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza and then explore the ancient world of Keops Pyramid.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Giza journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sharm El Sheikh to Giza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, with highs in Giza at 90°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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