16 days in Egypt Itinerary

16 days in Egypt Itinerary

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16 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  17​h
1
Luxor
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Hurghada
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dahab
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Abu Simbel
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
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, shopping, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, admire all the interesting features of ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Luxor route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Luxor is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in December, plan for much warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 75°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

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

3
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.
Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Wed) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hurghada trip planner .

Take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hurghada, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at SOHO Square, get outside with Stingray's Club, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dahab trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Dahab sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Dahab to Abu Simbel takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Dahab in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Abu Simbel, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and admire the striking features of Khan Al-Khalili.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip planner .

Getting from Abu Simbel to Cairo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Abu Simbel in December: highs in Cairo hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

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