31 days in Egypt Itinerary

31 days in Egypt Itinerary

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31 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Khartoum
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Luxor
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Edfu
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Aswan
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h
6
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Dahab
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Hurghada
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Cairo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Khartoum

4
nights
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, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, deepen your understanding at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, and don't miss a visit to Nubian House Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor sightseeing planner .

Khartoum, Sudan to Luxor is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Khartoum in December; daily highs in Luxor reach 28°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

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

1
night
Edfu

Edfu ©
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Gibel Silsila, then explore the ancient world of Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Edfu day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Luxor to Edfu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Aswan.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Kanais ©
Kanais

3
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
When in Aswan, make a side trip to see Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple, examine the collection at Animalia, don't miss a visit to Seheil Island, and head off the coast to Elephantine Island.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aswan visit planning app .

You can take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo
Animalia ©
Animalia

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Abu Simbel trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Abu Simbel are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
nights
Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and get outside with Abu Dabbab Beach.

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

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Abu Simbel in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Marsa Alam, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak

1
night
Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saint Catherine trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Marsa Alam, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Saint Catherine, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery

3
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Blue Hole, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dahab vacation maker .

You can drive from Saint Catherine to Dahab in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in December, you will find days in Dahab are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to 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
Safaris

4
nights
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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

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

5
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and browse the different shops at Senzo Mall.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hurghada, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

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

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, walk around Al-Azhar Park, take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, and delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cairo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hurghada to Cairo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in December, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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