8 days in Cairo, Aswan & Luxor Itinerary

8 days in Cairo, Aswan & Luxor Itinerary

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8 days in Cairo, Aswan & Luxor Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Aswan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Luxor
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

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.
You'll explore and learn at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and Musee de la Barque Solaire. Explore hidden gems such as Step Pyramid of Djoser and Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya). Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Pyramids of Dahshour). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cave Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and explore the galleries of Oum El Dounia Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairo travel itinerary planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Cairo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Cairo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 41°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour

1
night
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the ancient world of New Kalabsha, steep yourself in history at Philae Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Animalia.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aswan trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Cairo to Aswan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairo in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aswan: highs are around 50°C and lows about 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Museums Historic Sites
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Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
New Kalabsha ©
New Kalabsha
Animalia ©
Animalia

3
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Explore hidden gems such as Tomb of Ramses III and Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina). Appreciate the collections at Karnak Open Air Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Luxor trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Aswan to Luxor by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Luxor can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina) ©
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Sennedjem ©
Tomb of Sennedjem

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