21 days in Egypt Itinerary

21 days in Egypt Itinerary

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21 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  29​h
1
Hurghada
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  10​h
2
Siwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
New Valley Governorate
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h
4
Alexandria
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Luxor
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Quito

2
nights
Hurghada

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 28th (Wed), examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Hurghada Grand Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Careless Reef.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hurghada online trip builder .

Quito, Ecuador to Hurghada is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Quito to Hurghada, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Quito in August, with highs in Hurghada at 45°C and lows at 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Siwa.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Selkhet Papyrus ©
Selkhet Papyrus
Hurghada Grand Aquarium ©
Hurghada Grand Aquarium

2
nights
Siwa

Siwa ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Shali Fortress, contemplate the long history of Graeco-Roman Tombs, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dakrur Mountain. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Mountain of the Dead, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Umm Ubayd, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Sea.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siwa tour itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Siwa in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to New Valley Governorate.

Things to do in Siwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Sea ©
Great Sand Sea
Mountain of the Dead ©
Mountain of the Dead
Temple of Umm Ubayd ©
Temple of Umm Ubayd

1
night
New Valley Governorate

New Valley Governorate ©
New Valley Governorate is one of the governorates of Egypt. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at Sahara Desert.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Valley Governorate tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Siwa to New Valley Governorate. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off toAlexandria.

Things to do in New Valley Governorate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sahara Desert ©
Sahara Desert

2
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheatre, then get engrossed in the history at El Kobba El Samaweya, and then stroll through Mamoura Beach. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Pompey's Pillar, explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, then steep yourself in history at Fort Qaitbey, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alexandria day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Valley Governorate to Alexandria takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Alexandria sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa ©
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Catherine's Monastery and Swim with Dolphins. You'll explore and learn at King Tut Museum and St Catherine Shop. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, enjoy the sand and surf at Ras Um Sid, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh day trip planning website .

Getting from Alexandria to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Alexandria in September, expect Sharm El Sheikh to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Catherine's Monastery
Highlights from your plan
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Shark Diving
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Monastery of St. Simeon and then see the interesting displays at Animalia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Philae Temple, then delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha, then explore the ancient world of Unfinished Obelisk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aswan road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Aswan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Sharm El Sheikh, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aswan, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Nile River
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of St. Simeon ©
Monastery of St. Simeon
Animalia ©
Animalia
Unfinished Obelisk ©
Unfinished Obelisk

1
night
Luxor

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 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and then get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Tomb of Merenptah, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Luxor trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Merenptah
Karnak Open Air Museum ©
Karnak Open Air Museum

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 12th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Zamalek (Gezira Island) and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza and then admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyramids of Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Safaris
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

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