42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

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Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Qena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Sohag
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Asyut
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Abu Simbel
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
5
Aswan
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Edfu
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Luxor
— 12 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Detroit

4
nights
Qena

Qena
Qena is a city in Upper Egypt, and the capital of the Qena Governorate. Dendera Temple Complex and Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Kome el dabie Ancient Ferka textiles workshop and make a trip to Nubet pyramid.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Qena trip itinerary planning website.

Detroit, USA to Qena is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Qena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in December, things will get warmer in Qena: highs are around 75°F and lows about 49°F. You'll set off for Sohag on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Qena

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex
Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque ©
Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque

4
nights
Sohag

Sohag ©
Sohag, also known as Sawhāj, Suhag and Suhaj, is a city in Egypt that lies on the west bank of the Nile. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple Abydos and Science Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Rameses II in Abydos (about 1h 25 min away). There's more to do: admire the striking features of The Red Monastery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sohag tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Qena to Sohag takes 2.5 hours. December in Sohag sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Asyut.

Things to do in Sohag

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Temple of Rameses II
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Temple Abydos ©
Temple Abydos
Temple of Rameses II ©
Temple of Rameses II

4
nights
Asyut

Asyut ©
Asyut is the capital of the modern Asyut Governorate in Egypt, which has one of the largest Coptic Catholic bishopric churches in the country; the ancient city of the same name, which is situated nearby. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery and Masjid Al Mojahideen. Get some historical perspective at Masjid Abo Alouyon and Al Masjid Al Amauoi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asyut: Masjid Al Kashef (in Manfalut) and Monastery of Saint MariMina (in Abnob). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Al-Anba Serabamoon and delve into the distant past at Meir Monumental Tombs.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asyut road trip planning website.

Drive from Sohag to Asyut in 2 hours. December in Asyut sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Asyut

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Masjid Al Kashef, Monastery of Saint MariMina
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The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery ©
The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery

3
nights
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Abu Simbel is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex and explore the activities along Lake Nasser.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Asyut to Abu Simbel in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Asyut in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Abu Simbel: highs are around 76°F and lows about 53°F. You will leave for Aswan on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Nasser
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Lake Nasser ©
Lake Nasser

6
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Step out of the city life by going to Elephantine Island and Jazirat al Malik. Animalia and Nubian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Aswan with a short trip to Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa, contemplate the long history of Unfinished Obelisk, and admire the natural beauty at Kitchner's Island.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aswan day trip planning app.

You can fly from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

5
nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Horus and Kanais. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Gibel Silsila and stop by Edfu Sound and Light Show.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Edfu travel route app.

Take a train from Aswan to Edfu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Aswan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Edfu, with lows of 45°F. On the 13th (Sun), you're off to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus ©
Temple of Horus
Kanais ©
Kanais
Gibel Silsila
Gibel Silsila

12
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, and stroll the grounds of Valley of the Queens.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Luxor route maker.

Take a train from Edfu to Luxor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple