46 days in Egypt Itinerary

46 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt route planner

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Cairo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kawm ad Dahab
— 1 day
Drive
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Alexandria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Giza
— 3 nights
Drive
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Al Fayyum
— 1 night
Drive
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Al Minya
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Asyut
— 1 night
Drive
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Sohag
— 2 nights
Drive
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Qena
— 1 day
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Qena
— 1 night
Drive
11
Luxor
— 4 nights
Train
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Edfu
— 1 night
Train
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Aswan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel
— 1 day
Fly to Aswan, Taxi to Marsa Alam
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Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hurghada
— 2 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Catherine
— 2 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Cairo
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Cairo
— 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Saqqara (Step Pyramid of Djoser & Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids). Spend the 31st (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, explore the activities along Nile River, and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary maker tool.

Durban, South Africa to Cairo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get little chillier in Cairo: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kawm ad Dahab.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Kawm ad Dahab

— 1 day
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Dahab reef.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kawm ad Dahab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairo to Kawm ad Dahab takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kawm ad Dahab are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Kawm ad Dahab

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Alexandria

— 2 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, admire the natural beauty at Montazah Gardens, and then get advice or help at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Alexandria, and then take a leisurely stroll along Corniche.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alexandria trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kawm ad Dahab to Alexandria in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Giza.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Giza

— 3 nights
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Giza is known for historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, stop by Egypt Papyrus Museum, and steep yourself in history at Pharonic Village.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Giza route planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Giza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Giza can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Al Fayyum.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Al Fayyum

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Wadi El-Rayan.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Al Fayyum driving holiday website.

Drive from Giza to Al Fayyum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Al Minya.

Things to do in Al Fayyum

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Al Minya

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at El Ashmunein, then explore the ancient world of Fraser Tombs, and then explore the ancient world of Beni Hassan.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Al Minya online road trip planner.

You can drive from Al Fayyum to Al Minya in 3 hours. On the 10th (Thu), you're off to Asyut.

Things to do in Al Minya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Asyut

— 1 night
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. On the 10th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Dakhla Oasis.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Asyut travel route planning app.

You can drive from Al Minya to Asyut in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Asyut are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Sohag.

Things to do in Asyut

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Sohag

— 2 nights
Sohag, also known as Sawhāj, Suhag and Suhaj, is a city in Egypt that lies on the west bank of the Nile. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The Red Monastery and then delve into the distant past at Temple Abydos.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sohag using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asyut to Sohag takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Qena.

Things to do in Sohag

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Qena

— 1 day
Qena is a city in Upper Egypt, and the capital of the Qena Governorate. To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Qena day trip website.

Traveling by car from Sohag to Qena takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Qena are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You'll set off for Qena on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Qena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Qena

— 1 night
On the 14th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Dendera Temple Complex and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Qena online tour planner.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Qena

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Luxor

— 4 nights
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Qena to Luxor takes 2 hours. January in Luxor sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Edfu

— 1 night
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 19th (Sat), mix with locals at Edfu Sound and Light Show, delve into the distant past at Kanais, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edfu trip maker.

Getting from Luxor to Edfu by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You will leave for Aswan on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Edfu

Events · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

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 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, contemplate the long history of Nubian Village, then steep yourself in history at Unfinished Obelisk, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): head off the coast to Elephantine Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then admire the engineering at Aswan High Dam.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aswan road trip website.

You can take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Aswan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Abu Simbel

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Abu Simbel online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Marsa Alam is known for wildlife, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Mubarak, make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam, kick back and relax at Sharm El Luli, and explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marsa Alam travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Abu Simbel in January, Marsa Alam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Hurghada

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Sun), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Giftun Islands, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hurghada trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

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.
Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Only One Apnea Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip app.

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sharm El Sheikh when traveling from Hurghada in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

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 2nd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dahab online travel planner.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Saint Catherine

— 2 nights
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 (Mon): don't miss a visit to moses pool, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), and then see the vivid underwater world at Jackson Reef.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint Catherine tour planner.

You can drive from Dahab to Saint Catherine in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dahab in February; daily highs in Saint Catherine reach 20°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Cairo

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Cairo Tower and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Ramses II. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cairo Citadel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip maker website.

Getting from Saint Catherine to Cairo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Egypt travel guide

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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.