18 days in Egypt Itinerary

18 days in Egypt Itinerary

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18 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Almaty
Fly:  16​h
1
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dahab
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
4
Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hurghada
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Luxor
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Almaty

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Al Mustafa Mosque and The Heavenly Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Swim with Dolphins and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mangrove Beach, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and get outside with Subacquei Clandestini CCF Sharm.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Sharm El Sheikh is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Almaty in March, expect Sharm El Sheikh to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Only One Apnea Center ©
Only One Apnea Center
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Dahab online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

1
night
Saint Catherine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, Saint Catherine is little chillier than Dahab - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, and then take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center. Keep things going the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then kick back and relax at El Qulan Mangrove Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam online day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Marsa Alam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Catherine in March, with highs in Marsa Alam at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay
Speed Boats Tours
Gebel El Rosas ©
Gebel El Rosas

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Sand City and Selkhet Papyrus. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid, view the masterpieces at Akhenaten Egypt Gallery, see the vivid underwater world at Omo Gamaar, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Hurghada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zeytuna Beach ©
Zeytuna Beach

4
nights
Luxor

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Medinet Habu and Tomb of Merenptah. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Karnak and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Change things up with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Qena (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Amonherkhopeshef, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Queens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor tour planning website .

You can take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Luxor can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dendera Temple Complex, Valley of the Queens
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Merenptah
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak

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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Step Pyramid of Djoser and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairo trip planner.

Getting from Luxor to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in March, plan for slightly colder days in Cairo, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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