20 days in Saudi Arabia & Egypt Itinerary

20 days in Saudi Arabia & Egypt Itinerary

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20 days in Saudi Arabia & Egypt Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  12​h
1
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
4
Alexandria, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Family-friendly places like Mount Uhud and Dar Al Madinah Museum will thrill your kids. Let the collections at Koran Museum and The Beautiful Names of Allah Gallery capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, steep yourself in history at Jannatul Baqi, take a stroll through Masjid Jummah, and don't miss a visit to The Seven Mosques.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Medina road trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Medina is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Medina to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Mount Uhud ©
Mount Uhud
Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba

7
nights
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Visiting Jeddah Water Front Park and Silver Sands Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Kaaba and Sharif Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mecca side-trips: Jeddah (Fakieh Aquarium, Al-Balad, & more), Shafa Mountains (in Taif) and Elephant Rock (in Al Ula). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, make a trip to Jabal al-Nour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bilal Masjid, and steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mecca trip planner .

Getting from Medina to Mecca by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medina in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Mecca: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Mecca

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Jeddah, Taif, Elephant Rock
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Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Al-Balad ©
Al-Balad
Abraj Al-Bait Towers ©
Abraj Al-Bait Towers

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Egyptian Antiquities Museum and The Coptic Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Coptic Cairo and Pyramids of Giza. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Great Sphinx in Giza, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, explore the activities along Nile River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mecca to Cairo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mecca in December, expect nights in Cairo to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

3
nights
Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Pompey's Pillar, then delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, then steep yourself in history at Fort Qaitbey, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens, then take in the waterfront at Corniche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cairo to Alexandria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria National Museum ©
Alexandria National Museum

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