8 days in Egypt Itinerary

8 days in Egypt Itinerary

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8 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  4​h
1
Cairo
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Luxor
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hurghada
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dahab
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Riyadh

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Cairo

Cairo ©
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.
On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairo holiday builder website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cairo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Cairo due to the time zone difference. December in Cairo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Museums Historic Sites
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay ©

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and then appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, and then pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Luxor travel website .

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

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

2
nights
Hurghada

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Luxor to Hurghada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in December, Hurghada is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
On the 21st (Sat), get outside with Bibo Viaggi and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St Catherine Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh visit app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dahab attractions planning tool .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dahab are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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