20 days in Egypt Itinerary

20 days in Egypt Itinerary

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20 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  19​h
1
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Luxor
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Hurghada
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery, and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairo road trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cairo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cairo. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: highs in Cairo hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Abu Simbel trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairo in December, you will find days in Abu Simbel are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

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Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Animalia and then head off the coast to Jazirat al Malik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Elephantine Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aswan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Aswan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Animalia ©
Animalia

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Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and deepen your understanding at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luxor visit planner.

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Luxor are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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ACE - Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

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nights
Hurghada

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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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

Traveling by bus from Luxor to Hurghada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hurghada when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dahab online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Hurghada to Dahab takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

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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.
Sharm El Sheikh is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Bibo Viaggi, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and browse the different shops at SOHO Square.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square

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