9 days in Egypt Itinerary

9 days in Egypt Itinerary

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9 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  22​h
1
Luxor
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Hurghada
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings, and then appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and then stop by Habiba Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor road trip tool .

San Francisco, USA to Luxor is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Luxor. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Luxor hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

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

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada trip maker app .

You can take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hurghada when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairo.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip planner.

You can fly from Hurghada to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hurghada in December: highs in Cairo hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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Giza
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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