42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nile River Valley journey planner

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Fly to Luxor International Airport, Drive to Qena
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Qena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sohag
— 4 nights
Drive
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Asyut
— 4 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aswan
— 6 nights
Train
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Edfu
— 5 nights
Train
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Luxor
— 12 nights
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Qena

— 4 nights
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.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Qena tour planning app.

Detroit, USA to Qena is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Qena is 7 hours. Traveling from Detroit in December, expect Qena to be much hotter, temps between 75°F and 49°F. You will leave for Sohag on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Qena

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Sohag

— 4 nights
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 The Red Monastery. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Rameses II in Abydos (about 1h 25 min away). There's more to do: engage your brain at Science Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sohag trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Qena to Sohag in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sohag can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll set off for Asyut on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Sohag

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Asyut

— 4 nights
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 Deir Al-Gabrawy Tombs. Get some historical perspective at Masjid Al Kashef and Thabet Monumental Bath. Take a break from Asyut with a short trip to Monastery of Saint MariMina in Abnob, about 50 minutes away.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asyut road trip site.

Traveling by car from Sohag to Asyut takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Asyut are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Asyut

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Abu Simbel

— 3 nights
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

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Aswan

— 6 nights
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 Agilkia Island. 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. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, head off the coast to Kitchner's Island, explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Aswan Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aswan road trip planning website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Edfu

— 5 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of Horus and Gibel Silsila. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Kanais and mix with locals at 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 · Events
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Luxor

— 12 nights
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 Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Banana Island (Gezira el-Mozh). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, 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 · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 25:

Nile River Valley travel guide

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Ruins · Monuments · Cemeteries
Nile River Valley represents one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, which supported human life as early as 5500 BCE. A tour of Nile River Valley includes visiting some of Egypt's best preserved ancient tombs, temples, and cities, as well as observing both the barren deserts and the fertile fields of corn, sugar cane, sesame, and alfalfa. Boats regularly cruise the waterway and visitors can choose between short trips to get a sense of the river's importance and magnitude, and weeklong excursions designed to provide a deeper insight into the country's history, topography, and cultural heritage.