8 days in Egypt & Uzbekistan Itinerary

8 days in Egypt & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 1 night
5
Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza and then explore the ancient world of Giza Plateau.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairo trip planner.

Alexandria to Cairo is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Alexandria in August, you will find days in Cairo are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pyramids of Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Al-Azhar Park ©
Al-Azhar Park

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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 22nd (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, thensee the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in August, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum ©
Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, thenpause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Samarkand road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Samarkand takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Luxor to Samarkand. Traveling from Luxor in August, expect Samarkand to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Al Mustafa Mosque, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Sharm El Sheikh takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Samarkand to Sharm El Sheikh. Traveling from Samarkand in August, you will find days in Sharm El Sheikh are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are much hotter (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh ©
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dahab online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Dahab sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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