15 days in Egypt & Israel Itinerary

15 days in Egypt & Israel Itinerary

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15 days in Egypt & Israel Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14 h
1
Giza, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h
7
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
8
Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 day
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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1
night
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Egypt Travel Gate Day Tours and then delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Dahshour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Giza trip builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Giza is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get little chillier in Giza: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Giza

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Egypt Travel Gate ©
Egypt Travel Gate
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour

2
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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 28th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Habiba Gallery, make a trip to Isis Temple - Shelwit, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Amun, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Sennedjem, and finally explore the ancient world of Tomb of Merenptah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings and then explore the ancient world of Tomb of Ay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Luxor trip builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Giza to Luxor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Giza in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hurghada.

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Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Sennedjem ©
Tomb of Sennedjem
Tomb of Ay ©
Tomb of Ay

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
On the 30th (Sat), browse the different shops at Senzo Mall, test the waters at a local thermal spa, stop by Elite Linen Egypt, look for gifts at Super Naturals, then look for gifts at Kastytis, and finally stop by Sultan Center Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Naga, look for gifts at Evolution Egypt, and then admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hurghada travel planner.

Drive from Luxor to Hurghada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Luxor in December since evenings lows in Hurghada dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

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Senzo Mall ©
Senzo Mall
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ras Um Sid, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, explore the galleries of St Catherine Shop, then stop by Secret Of Egypt, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dahab.

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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
Genena City Mall ©
Genena City Mall

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then stop by Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty, then explore and take pictures at Dahabhorses, and finally hunt for treasures at Bazaars.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dahab online itinerary creator.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint Catherine.

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Horseback Riding Tours

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Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Catherine trip generator.

Drive from Dahab to Saint Catherine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in January, expect Saint Catherine to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

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St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios)
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery

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nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eilat Wines and Dekel Beach Eilat. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Princess Beach and Migdalor Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at King Solomon Promanade, get your game on at Darkness, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Eilat, My City History Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Eilat sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Eilat takes 3 hours. In January, Eilat is somewhat warmer than Saint Catherine - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.

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Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Migdalor Beach ©
Migdalor Beach
King Solomon Promanade ©
King Solomon Promanade

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Tayelet Haas Promenade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dormition Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Dominus Flevit, and finally stop by Baltinester Jewelry & Judaica.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem trip planner.

Getting from Eilat to Jerusalem by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Eilat in January, with highs in Jerusalem at 15°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

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Tayelet Haas Promenade ©
Tayelet Haas Promenade
Dormition Abbey ©
Dormition Abbey
Dominus Flevit ©
Dominus Flevit

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