20 days in Egypt & Jerusalem Itinerary

20 days in Egypt & Jerusalem Itinerary

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Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly to Cairo, Bus to Alexandria
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel

— 5 nights

Holy City

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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek, Walking tours, &more) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Western Wall Tunnels, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem tour builder website.

Chicago, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Jerusalem is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Jerusalem: highs are around 87°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cairo, Egypt

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 18th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and stay fit while traveling at Explore Spa by Le Meridien.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Cairo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Jerusalem in June, you will find days in Cairo are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Luxor, Egypt

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, and stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor trip website.

Fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairo in June, you will find days in Luxor are somewhat warmer (107°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Alexandria, Egypt

— 4 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Alexandria is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, appreciate the history behind Pompey's Pillar, delve into the distant past at Ancient Roman Amphitheater, and see the interesting displays at Royal Jewelry Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alexandria visit planning site.

Getting from Luxor to Alexandria by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in June, you will find days in Alexandria are colder (86°F), and nights are a bit cooler (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.