8 days in Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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8 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo
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Cairo
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Alexandria
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Aswan
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Al Fayyum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Cairo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary maker .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cairo. In July, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Alexandria.

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Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali

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Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
On the 16th (Tue), browse the collection at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, steep yourself in history at Fort Qaitbey, then delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, and finally explore the world behind art at Alexandria Library.

Plan trip to Alexandria with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Cairo to Alexandria by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Cairo in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Alexandria, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria Library ©
Alexandria Library

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Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then wander the streets of Na'ama Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square and then kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Alexandria to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alexandria in July: high temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh hover around 44°C and lows are around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Aswan.

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Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square

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Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 19th (Fri), head off the coast to Elephantine Island, take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and finally delve into the distant past at Philae Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aswan day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Aswan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Sharm El Sheikh, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aswan, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Al Fayyum.

Things to do in Aswan

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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum

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Al Fayyum

Al Fayyum ©
On the 20th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Caricature Museum, then steep yourself in history at Al-Fayoum Oasis tours, and then admire the sheer force of Wadi El-Rayan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Al Fayyum trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Aswan to Al Fayyum in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Al Fayyum

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Al-Fayoum Oasis tours ©
Al-Fayoum Oasis tours
Wadi El-Rayan ©
Wadi El-Rayan

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