31 days in Egypt & Asia Itinerary

31 days in Egypt & Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Egypt & Asia Itinerary

Start: George Town, Cayman Islands
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Dahab, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  24​h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: George Town, Cayman Islands


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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary planner .

George Town, Cayman Islands to Cairo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from George Town to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Cairo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

2
nights
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Abu Simbel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in September: highs in Abu Simbel hover around 46°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Luxor on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Medinet Habu, then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Luxor sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, then admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Sand City and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada vacation maker tool .

Take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in September, you will find days in Hurghada are little chillier (43°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 16th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Coral Reefs, then look for gifts at Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dahab travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Hurghada to Dahab takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dahab are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

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.
On the 18th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get a taste of the local shopping with Na'ama Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, then don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Petra and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Al-Beidha - Little Petra and Byzantine Church for their historical value. Explore Petra - Wadi Musa's surroundings by going to Dana (Dana Nature Reserve & Wadi Ghuweir), Wadi Rum Protected Area (in Wadi Rum) and Montreal (in Shoubak). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Street of Facades, make a trip to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, get engrossed in the history at Petra Museum, and steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa vacation builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sharm El Sheikh to Petra - Wadi Musa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wadi Rum, Dana, Montreal Crusader Castle, Sharif Hussein Bin Ali
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Petra ©
Petra
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Horseback Riding Tours

8
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Koya and Yodoryokuchi Park. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Nara Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, admire the natural beauty at Katsura Imperial Villa, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey builder tool .

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Kyoto by combination of car, flight, and train takes about 24 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Jindoji Temple, Mt. Koya, Asahiyaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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