8 days in Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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8 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Erbil
Fly:  12 h
1
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Luxor
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Cairo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Erbil

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Na'ama Bay. St. Catherine's Monastery and The Heavenly Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Ras Um Sid and El Fanar. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Church, get engrossed in the history at King Tut Museum, try to win big at Sinai Grand Casino, and view the masterpieces at St Catherine Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh road trip planning app .

Erbil, Iraq to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Erbil to Sharm El Sheikh. Traveling from Erbil in July, expect nights in Sharm El Sheikh to be about the same, around 34°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Catherine's Monastery
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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
El Fanar ©
El Fanar

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, and then take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, then stop by Isis 2 Papyrus Museum, then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes.

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You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Luxor, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Great Sphinx, then admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and then examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Giza and then stroll the grounds of Tomb of Shah of Iran.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairo day trip tool .

Getting from Luxor to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Luxor in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairo, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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