42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

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42 days in Nile River Valley Itinerary

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 + Taxi:  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. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Hathor at Dendera and Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple Khatkhor and Dendera Temple Complex. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nubet pyramid and stop by Kome el dabie Ancient Ferka textiles workshop.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Qena trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Qena is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In December, Qena is warmer than Detroit - with highs of 75°F and lows of 49°F. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Sohag.

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. Visit The Red Monastery and Temple Abydos for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Sohag to Abydos to see Temple of Rameses II about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: get curious at Science Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sohag road trip app .

Traveling by car from Qena to Sohag takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. 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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The Red Monastery ©
The Red Monastery
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. Popular historic sites such as The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery and Deir Rifa Tombs are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Western Mountain Tombs and Monastery of Al-Anba Serabamoon. Explore Asyut's surroundings by going to Masjid Al Kashef (in Manfalut) and Monastery of Saint MariMina (in Abnob). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Al-Hammamiya Monumental Tombs and take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Abo Alouyon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Asyut trip builder .

Drive from Sohag to Asyut in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to 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: steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex and explore the activities along Lake Nasser.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel trip app .

Traveling by flight from Asyut to Abu Simbel takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Asyut in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Abu Simbel, with lows of 52°F. You will leave for Aswan on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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.
Visiting Elephantine Island and Agilkia Island will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Philae Temple and Temple of Kom Ombo. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, examine the collection at Animalia, step off the mainland to explore Jazirat al Malik, and contemplate the long history of Nubian Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aswan road trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Horus at Edfu and Gibel Silsila. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Kanais.

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Traveling by train from Aswan to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Edfu when traveling from Aswan in January, with lows around 45°F. On the 13th (Sun), you're off toLuxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Kanais ©
Kanais
Edfu Sound and Light Show ©
Edfu Sound and Light Show

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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 Valley of the Kings and Medinet Habu. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Habiba hand Weaving and Lotus Bazar. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Luxor online route builder .

You can take a train from Edfu to Luxor in 1.5 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