24 days in Egypt, Israel & Bethlehem Itinerary

24 days in Egypt, Israel & Bethlehem Itinerary

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24 days in Egypt, Israel & Bethlehem Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Bus:  15​min
6
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Haifa, Israel
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Tampa, United States


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2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyramids of Giza and Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Change things up with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) and explore the activities along Nile River.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairo travel itinerary planner.

Tampa, USA to Cairo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tampa to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Giza
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Coptic Orthodox Church and St Catherine Shop. The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Sharm El Sheikh with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Mirage Divers and admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh holiday maker website .

You can fly from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in June, Sharm El Sheikh is a bit warmer at night with lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

3
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Jungle Aqua Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque El Mina Masjid, cool off at Makadi Water World, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hurghada trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 100°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Horus at Edfu and Temple of Karnak. Explore hidden gems such as Medinet Habu and ACE - Animal Care in Egypt. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Luxor vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hurghada, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 107°F to lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Temple of Horus at Edfu
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Ayalon Institute Museum and Church of the Pater Noster. Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (The Yitzhak Rabin Center & Joseph Bau House Museum). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, delve into the distant past at Western Wall, stroll the grounds of Mount Herzl National Cemetery, and take in the exciting artwork at Levantine Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Luxor to Jerusalem in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Luxor, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Jerusalem, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Ayalon Institute Museum, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum

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nights
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid-e-Khalil Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Nativity, then wander the streets of Star Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cave of St. Jerome, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carmel of the Holy Child Jesus. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar Saba Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Lazarus, then explore the galleries of Bethlehem Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Cremisan Monastery.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Bethlehem online journey planner .

Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Church of St. Lazarus, Masjid-e-Khalil Mosque, Cremisan Monastery
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Masjid-e-Khalil Mosque ©
Masjid-e-Khalil Mosque
Church of the Nativity ©
Church of the Nativity
Church of St. Lazarus ©
Church of St. Lazarus

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Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Magdala and Nazareth Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The German Colony and Circassian Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Haifa side-trips: Yosef Caro Synagogue (in Safed), Tiberias (Berenice Winery & Sea of Galilee) and Capernaum (The House and Church of St. Peter & The Church of the Twelve Apostles). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Annunciation, explore the engaging exhibits at Nisco Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ein Hod Artists Village.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Haifa visit planner .

Traveling by car from Bethlehem to Haifa takes 2 hours. June in Haifa sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nazareth, Capernaum, Tiberias, Nisco Museum, Franciscan Wedding Church
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Magdala ©
Magdala
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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