13 days in Egypt Itinerary

13 days in Egypt Itinerary

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13 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Hurghada
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Marsa Alam
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Abu Simbel
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  6 h 15 min
5
Luxor
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Giza
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
7
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Bartender Bar as well as Scuba Hurghada Diving Center. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Scuba Hurghada Diving Center, take a stroll through El Dahar, and then join in the after-dark buzz at The Bartender Bar. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hurghada vacation website .

Washington DC, USA to Hurghada is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Hurghada is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Hurghada: highs are around 91°F and lows about 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
The Bartender Bar ©
The Bartender Bar
El Dahar
El Dahar

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Genena City as well as El Fanar. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get a taste of local nightlife at El Fanar, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, then admire all the interesting features of Ghibli Raceway, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Genena City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh day trip tool .

You can 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 October, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh ©
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh

1
night
Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
On the 6th (Sat), kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas and then kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Marsa Alam online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sharm El Sheikh to Marsa Alam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in October, expect nights in Marsa Alam to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Gebel El Rosas ©
Gebel El Rosas

1
day
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Nasser. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex and then explore the activities along Lake Nasser.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Abu Simbel day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Abu Simbel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Marsa Alam in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abu Simbel: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Nasser
Highlights from your plan
Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Lake Nasser ©
Lake Nasser

1
night
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Palace Bar as well as Murphy's Irish Pub. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, then join in the after-dark buzz at Murphy's Irish Pub, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Golden Palace Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, then explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Abu Simbel in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 68°F in Luxor. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

1
night
Giza

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, then contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Giza, and then explore the ancient world of Meidum Pyramid.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Giza itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Luxor to Giza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Luxor in October: highs in Giza hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairo.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Meidum Pyramid
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Meidum Pyramid ©
Meidum Pyramid

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cairo Opera House, Pyramids show, Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Pyramids show and then see a show at Cairo Opera House. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your flashlight and head to Ayman Ahmed - Tour Guide and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo tour site .

Cairo is just a short distance from Giza. In October, daytime highs in Cairo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Nightlife Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cairo Opera House ©
Cairo Opera House
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Ayman Ahmed - Tour Guide ©
Ayman Ahmed - Tour Guide

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