42 days in Egypt Itinerary

42 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt trip itinerary planner

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Sharm El Sheikh
— 6 nights
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Dahab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Catherine
— 3 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 5 nights
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Luxor
— 6 nights
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Aswan
— 3 nights
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
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Cairo
— 7 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh

— 6 nights

City of Peace

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.
Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Ras Um Sid, and relax and rejuvenate at Omkara Yoga School.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip site.

Doha, Qatar to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Doha in May, expect nights in Sharm El Sheikh to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Dahab

— 4 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole, take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY, get outside with Blue Lagoon, and explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dahab road trip site.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Saint Catherine

— 3 nights
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Ras Mohommed National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Sinai, explore the ancient world of Serabit el-Khadim Mountain, see the vivid underwater world at Jackson Reef, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint Catherine route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in May, expect Saint Catherine to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hurghada

— 6 nights
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.
Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront activity at Abu Tig Marina, cool off at Makadi Water World, and step off the mainland to explore Giftun Islands.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hurghada trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Saint Catherine to Hurghada by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Saint Catherine in May, expect Hurghada to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Marsa Alam

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of Amore Safari, head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Mubarak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Marsa Alam itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Marsa Alam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Luxor

— 6 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Step out of Luxor with an excursion to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Luxor vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Marsa Alam to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marsa Alam in May, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 45°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Aswan

— 3 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Go for a jaunt from Aswan to Kom Ombo to see Temple of Kom Ombo about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, don't miss a visit to Seheil Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Animalia.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aswan trip planner.

Drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Aswan are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

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You can fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Cairo

— 7 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 9th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Cairo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Abu Simbel in June: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 40°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Egypt travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.