31 days in Egypt Itinerary

31 days in Egypt Itinerary

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31 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Freetown
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Luxor
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Aswan
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Marsa Alam
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hurghada
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Dahab
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
8
Cairo
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Freetown

4
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Edfu (Temple of Horus at Edfu & Kanais), Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera) and Dendera Temple Complex (in Qena). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, and make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor planner .

Freetown, Sierra Leone to Luxor is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Freetown in August, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 49°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Take a break from Aswan with a short trip to Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Philae Temple, make a trip to Aswan Sculpture Park, steep yourself in history at Nubian Village, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aswan trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Luxor to Aswan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 50°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Abu Simbel trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Abu Simbel, expect temperatures between 50°C during the day and 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

4
nights
Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli, head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam vacation maker site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Abu Simbel to Marsa Alam in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Abu Simbel in August, you will find days in Marsa Alam are a bit cooler (42°C), and nights are about the same (34°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak

4
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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hurghada travel planner .

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina

4
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.
Sharm El Sheikh is known for nature, wildlife, shopping, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, find something for the whole family at Mirage Divers, don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh online travel route builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Jackson Reef
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

3
nights
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dahab: Saint Catherine (Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Reefs, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and Head underground at Blue Hole.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dahab day trip planner.

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Dahab

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Saint Catherine
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

6
nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, steep yourself in history at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dahab to Cairo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in August, things will get slightly colder in Cairo: highs are around 41°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

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