26 days in Egypt Itinerary

26 days in Egypt Itinerary

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26 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Aswan
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Kom Ombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Edfu
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Luxor
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cairo
— 8 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Alexandria
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
End: Cairo

3
nights
Aswan

Aswan
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Aswan is known for historic sites, museums, nature, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kitchner's Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and head off the coast to Agilkia.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aswan day trip planner.

Cairo to Aswan is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairo in May; daily highs in Aswan reach 47°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nile River
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Nile River
Nile River
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island

1
night
Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Temple of Kom Ombo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kom Ombo trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Aswan to Kom Ombo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kom Ombo can reach 47°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Historic Sites
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Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

1
night
Edfu

Edfu ©
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 26th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Kanais and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Edfu trip app .

Drive from Kom Ombo to Edfu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Edfu are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Kanais ©
Kanais
Edfu Sound and Light Show ©
Edfu Sound and Light Show

8
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Take a break from Luxor with a short trip to Temple of Hathor at Dendera in Qena, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, get answers to all your questions at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and steep yourself in history at Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina).

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor holiday builder website .

Drive from Edfu to Luxor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dendera Temple Complex, Valley of the Queens
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

8
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.
You've now added Nile Cairo Dinner Cruise to your itinerary. Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, delve into the distant past at Bent Pyramid, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City (Coptic Cairo).

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip planner .

Getting from Luxor to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Luxor in June, expect Cairo to be little chillier, temps between 40°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

4
nights
Alexandria

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.
Alexandria is known for historic sites, museums, parks, beaches, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Montazah Palace Gardens, snap pictures at Stanley Bridge, delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, and take a leisurely stroll along Corniche.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairo to Alexandria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Alexandria, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Montazah Gardens ©
Montazah Gardens

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