16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

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16 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis, United States

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Luxor Museum and Shop Sandouk. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Luxor trip builder website .

Indianapolis, USA to Luxor is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Luxor is 7 hours. When traveling from Indianapolis in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 107°F by day to 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hurghada road trip website .

You can take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Luxor in June, expect nights in Hurghada to be about the same, around 80°F, while days are little chillier, around 100°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St Catherine Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh online trip 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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 99°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Egyptian Antiquities Museum and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, contemplate the long history of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, and admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairo vacation website .

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in June, expect Cairo to be slightly colder, temps between 94°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

4
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Saadian Tombs and Medersa Ben Youssef. Do your shopping at Jemaa el-Fnaa and Atelier El Bahia. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, admire the masterpieces at Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech travel planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Marrakech in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marrakech, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

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