22 days in Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

22 days in Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

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22 days in Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Aswan, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Chicago, United States

7
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.
You've added Mastaba of Ti, St Simon the Tanner Monastery, Mastaba of Mereruka, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Step Pyramid of Djoser and Alabaster Sphinx. Get some cultural insight at Pyramids of Dahshour and Mit Rahina Museum Colossus of Ramses II. Change things up with a short trip to Meidum Pyramid in Giza (about 1h 30 min away). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Statue of Ramesses II.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo road trip website .

Chicago, USA to Cairo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Cairo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in February, expect Cairo to be much warmer, temps between 71°F and 53°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Giza, Saqqara, Memphis Historical Site, Thebes, Tombs of the Nobles
Highlights from your plan
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour
Bent Pyramid ©
Bent Pyramid

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jordan Horizons Tours - Day Tours. Popular historic sites such as Street of Facades and Petra World Heritage Site are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Byzantine Church and Petra Kitchen. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Al-Beidha - Little Petra and take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Cairo to Petra - Wadi Musa by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Petra - Wadi Musa due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Petra Museum ©
Petra Museum

7
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sail the Nile, Luxor Museum, Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dendera Temple Complex and Karnak Open Air Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Valley of the Nobles and Tomb of Sennedjem. Change things up with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Qena (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Amun, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Queen Nefertari, make a trip to Corniche, and steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Luxor itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Petra - Wadi Musa to Luxor in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Luxor sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Dendera Temple Complex, Valley of the Queens, Dendera Temple Complex
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI
Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex

2
nights
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
You've added Kanais, Philae Temple, Temple of Horus at Edfu, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Temple of Kom Ombo, delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus at Edfu, explore the ancient world of Kanais, get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum, then explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, and finally stroll the grounds of Mausoleum of Aga Khan. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Qubbet el-Hawa, delve into the distant past at Philae Temple, then delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El-Tabia Mosque.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aswan trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Luxor to Aswan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Edfu, Temple of Kom Ombo
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
New Kalabsha ©
New Kalabsha

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