26 days in Egypt Itinerary

26 days in Egypt Itinerary

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26 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairo
— 4 nights
2
Alexandria
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hurghada
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
7
Aswan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Luxor
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo Citadel, Zamalek (Gezira Island), and other attractions you added. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Cairo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, things will get much warmer in Cairo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi, King Farouk Palace and Roman Amphitheatre. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, take in the waterfront at Corniche, take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, and explore the ancient world of Pompey's Pillar.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alexandria travel route builder .

Getting from Cairo to Alexandria by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect nights in Alexandria to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Alexandria

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

1
night
Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint Catherine journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Alexandria in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saint Catherine, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran Island and Ras Um Sid. There's more to do: take a stroll through Na'ama Bay and stroll through Shark's Bay Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip builder tool .

Drive from Saint Catherine to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Catherine in September; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 41°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ras Mohamed National Park ©
Ras Mohamed National Park
Tiran Island ©
Tiran Island
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

3
nights
Hurghada

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Careless Reef, Abu Tig Marina, El Dahar, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Mahmya Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Giftun Islands ©
Giftun Islands
Abu Tig Marina ©
Abu Tig Marina
Hurghada Grand Aquarium ©
Hurghada Grand Aquarium

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
You've now added Lake Nasser to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Nasser.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Abu Simbel trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Hurghada to Abu Simbel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 46°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Nasser
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Lake Nasser ©
Lake Nasser

3
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mausoleum of Aga Khan as well as Kitchner's Island. Go for a jaunt from Aswan to Kom Ombo to see Temple of Kom Ombo about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Philae Temple, head off the coast to Elephantine Island, admire the natural beauty at Aswan Botanical Garden, and explore the ancient world of Unfinished Obelisk.

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Getting from Abu Simbel to Aswan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Aswan, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

6
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You've added Mummification Museum, Valley of the Queens, Karnak Open Air Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Luxor with a short trip to Temple of Horus at Edfu in Edfu, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Luxor tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Luxor sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Valley of the Queens, Dendera Temple Complex, Temple of Horus at Edfu
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Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

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