18 days in Egypt & Jordan Itinerary

18 days in Egypt & Jordan Itinerary

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18 days in Egypt & Jordan Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  20 h
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 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 + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
4
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Tampa, United States


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3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Temple of Karnak and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari will appeal to history buffs. Explore Luxor's surroundings by going to Edfu (Kanais & Temple of Horus at Edfu) and Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, delve into the distant past at Colossi of Memnon, and make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Luxor road trip planning tool .

Tampa, USA to Luxor is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tampa to Luxor due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tampa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 107°F by day to 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Edfu, Dendera Temple Complex
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Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hurghada trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Luxor to Hurghada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Luxor, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 102°F to lows of 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

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

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.
On the 27th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and then buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh day trip planner.

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 August, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 101°F, while at night they dip to 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

1
night
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wadi Rum online journey planner .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Wadi Rum by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

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nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Petra, explore the ancient world of Byzantine Church, and then explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at The Great Temple, delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, then delve into the distant past at Street of Facades, then delve into the distant past at Obelisk Tomb, and finally gain insight at Petra Kitchen.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

Drive from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Amman.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades

2
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the ancient world of The Citadel, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hercules, and then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater, explore the ancient world of Machaerus, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nebo, and finally make a trip to Madaba Mosaic Map.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amman day trip tool .

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Bent Pyramid are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and gain insight at Mosque of Al-Azhar.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo itinerary builder .

Getting from Amman to Cairo by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Amman in September since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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