31 days in Egypt Itinerary

31 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt itinerary planner

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Cairo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly
3
Aswan
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kom Ombo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Edfu
— 2 nights
Train
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Luxor
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Hurghada
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taba
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive
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Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
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Cairo

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Islamic Cairo, and look for gifts at Bazar Noobr.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo holiday builder website.

Armidale, Australia to Cairo is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Armidale to Cairo. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Abu Simbel

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel day trip planning site.

Getting from Cairo to Abu Simbel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. 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). On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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Aswan

— 2 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum, see the interesting displays at Animalia, then head off the coast to Elephantine Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple, head off the coast to Agilkia Island, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kitchner's Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aswan trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Aswan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kom Ombo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Temple of Kom Ombo.

Make your Kom Ombo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Aswan to Kom Ombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kom Ombo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Edfu

— 2 nights
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. On the 21st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Kanais and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Gibel Silsila and then explore the ancient world of Tombs of El kab.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edfu journey builder tool.

You can drive from Kom Ombo to Edfu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Edfu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Luxor

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Medinet Habu and Tomb of Queen Nefertari. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luxor road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 2 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 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Marsa Alam

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amore Safari and Abu Dabbab Beach. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marsa Alam itinerary planner.

You can fly from Luxor to Marsa Alam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marsa Alam when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Hurghada

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mini Egypt Park and Speed Boats Tours. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Sat) at Makadi Water World. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid, cool off at Jungle Aqua Park, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada day trip planner.

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hurghada can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Taba.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Taba

— 1 night
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Wishwashi Canyon, step into the grandiose world of Castle Zaman, and then explore the historical opulence of Salah El-Din Castle.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taba vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Hurghada to Taba takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Saint Catherine

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Serabit el-Khadim Mountain.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saint Catherine trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Taba to Saint Catherine in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Saint Catherine, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Dahab

— 2 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at WICKEDiCANDY, then see the vivid underwater world at Coral Reefs, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dahab attractions app.

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Dahab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in January, expect nights in Dahab to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Heavenly Cathedral and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Al Mustafa Mosque, see Off-Road Tours, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, and ponder the design of Soho Square Dancing Fountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.