22 days in Egypt Itinerary

22 days in Egypt Itinerary

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22 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Alexandria
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Cairo
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
3
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Luxor
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Aswan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
9
Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, examine the collection at Royal Jewelry Museum, get engrossed in the history at El Kobba El Samaweya, then admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Monastery of St. Macarius. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Alexandria National Museum, explore the world behind art at The Fine Arts Museum, delve into the distant past at Pompey's Pillar, then explore the world behind art at El Shona Art Centre & Museums, and finally appreciate the history behind St.Mina Monastery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Alexandria travel route site .

Sydney, Australia to Alexandria is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Alexandria due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in January: highs in Alexandria hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Alexandria Library ©
Alexandria Library

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Coptic Museum and Oum El Dounia Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from 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, take a stroll through Coptic Cairo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairo holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Alexandria to Cairo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Cairo are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): Head underground at Blue Hole, then view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Blue Lagoon, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, and then get outside with Three Pools.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dahab trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Dahab in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cairo in January, with highs in Dahab at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Ras Um Sid, and then kick back and relax at Mangrove Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh online travel route planner .

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

Before you visit Hurghada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January since evenings lows in Hurghada dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

3
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Luxor: Tombs of the Nobles (in Al Asasif) and Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Hurghada to Luxor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hurghada in January since evenings lows in Luxor dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Valley of the Queens, Dendera Temple Complex, Tombs of the Nobles
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, delve into the distant past at New Kalabsha, contemplate the long history of Nubian Village, then steep yourself in history at Unfinished Obelisk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, then see the interesting displays at Animalia, then explore the ancient world of Monastery of St. Simeon, and finally head off the coast to Agilkia Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aswan trip planning app .

You can drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia
Nubian Village ©
Nubian Village

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Abu Simbel road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Abu Simbel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
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 22nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli, and finally make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Elphinstone Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Mubarak, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Abu Simbel in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Marsa Alam. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak
Shark Diving

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