46 days in Egypt Itinerary

46 days in Egypt Itinerary

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46 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  11​h
1
Cairo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kawm ad Dahab
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Alexandria
— 2 nights
4
Giza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Al Fayyum
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Al Minya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Asyut
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Sohag
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Qena
— 1 day
10
Qena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Luxor
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Edfu
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
13
Aswan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
14
Abu Simbel
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
15
Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
16
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
17
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
18
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
Saint Catherine
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
20
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Durban

4
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.
Spend the 31st (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, get to know the fascinating history of El-Selehdar Mosque, explore the ancient world of Step Pyramid of Djoser, and take a stroll through Islamic Cairo.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Cairo day trip site .

Durban, South Africa to Cairo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Cairo reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kawm ad Dahab.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Photography Tours
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
day
Kawm ad Dahab

Kawm ad Dahab
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the gorgeous colors at Dahab reef.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kawm ad Dahab trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Cairo to Kawm ad Dahab in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kawm ad Dahab can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Kawm ad Dahab

Wildlife Parks
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2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, admire the natural beauty at Montazah Palace Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, then make a trip to Lighthouse of Alexandria, and then take in the waterfront at Corniche.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip planner.

You can drive from Kawm ad Dahab to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. January in Alexandria sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Giza.

Things to do in Alexandria

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

3
nights
Giza

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Giza is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, contemplate the long history of Pharonic Village, tee off at Mena House, and see the interesting displays at Egypt Papyrus Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Giza travel planner .

Getting from Alexandria to Giza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Al Fayyum.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Memphis Historical Site
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Memphis Historical Site ©
Memphis Historical Site

1
night
Al Fayyum

Al Fayyum ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Caricature Museum and then admire the sheer force of Wadi El-Rayan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Al Fayyum holiday website .

You can drive from Giza to Al Fayyum in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Al Minya.

Things to do in Al Fayyum

Parks Nature Museums
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Wadi El-Rayan ©
Wadi El-Rayan

2
nights
Al Minya

Al Minya ©
Minya is the capital of the Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Ashmunein, then delve into the distant past at Fraser Tombs, and then delve into the distant past at Beni Hassan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Al Minya online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Al Fayyum to Al Minya takes 3 hours. You will leave for Asyut on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Al Minya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Ashmunein
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Beni Hassan ©
Beni Hassan
El Ashmunein ©
El Ashmunein

1
night
Asyut

Asyut ©
Asyut is the capital of the modern Asyut Governorate in Egypt, which has one of the largest Coptic Catholic bishopric churches in the country; the ancient city of the same name, which is situated nearby. On the 10th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery and then contemplate the long history of Dakhla Oasis.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Asyut itinerary builder website .

Drive from Al Minya to Asyut in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sohag.

Things to do in Asyut

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dakhla Oasis
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Dakhla Oasis ©
Dakhla Oasis
The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery ©
The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery

2
nights
Sohag

Sohag ©
Sohag, also known as Sawhāj, Suhag and Suhaj, is a city in Egypt that lies on the west bank of the Nile. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Red Monastery, delve into the distant past at Abydos Tombs, and then steep yourself in history at Temple Abydos.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sohag road trip website .

Getting from Asyut to Sohag by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sohag can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Qena.

Things to do in Sohag

Historic Sites
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Temple Abydos ©
Temple Abydos
The Red Monastery ©
The Red Monastery

1
day
Qena

Qena
Qena is a city in Upper Egypt, and the capital of the Qena Governorate. On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Nubet pyramid and then look for gifts at Kome el dabie Ancient Ferka textiles workshop.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Qena trip builder website .

You can drive from Sohag to Qena in 2.5 hours. In January in Qena, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Qena.

Things to do in Qena

Shopping
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1
night
Qena

Qena ©
On the 14th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Dendera Temple Complex, then explore the ancient world of Temple Khatkhor, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hathor at Dendera, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Qena trip maker app .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Qena

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque ©
Sidi Abd Er-Rahim Mosque

4
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: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor itinerary planner .

Drive from Qena to Luxor in 1.5 hours. January in Luxor sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

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

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Kanais and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Edfu online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Aswan.

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

2
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
On the 21st (Mon), delve into the distant past at Philae Temple, steep yourself in history at Nubian Village, then steep yourself in history at Unfinished Obelisk, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then see human ingenuity at work at High Dam.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aswan driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum

1
day
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Abu Simbel trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
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.
Marsa Alam is known for beaches, nature, adventure, outdoors, and water activities. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Sharm El Luli, kick back and relax at Marsa Shoona Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin House Reef (Sha'ab Samadai), and make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam online attractions planner .

You can 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 January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Marsa Alam. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak
Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Giftun Islands, take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hurghada attractions planning app .

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 January, daily temperatures in Hurghada can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Swim with Dolphins
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina
Giftun Islands ©
Giftun Islands

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.
Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at SOHO Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Ras Um Sid, hunt for treasures at Old Market, and wander the streets of Na'ama Bay.

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

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. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

2
nights
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 2nd (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Reefs and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Dahab trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Mon), make a trip to moses pool, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), and then stroll through Jackson Reef.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Dahab in February, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Saint Catherine: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Sea and Sinai, moses pool, South Sinai Heritage Camp
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery

3
nights
Cairo

Cairo ©
On the 7th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Cairo Tower, then explore the ancient world of Bent Pyramid, and then explore the ancient world of Statue of Ramesses II. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and then wander the streets of Citadel (Al-Qalaa).

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Cairo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Bent Pyramid ©
Bent Pyramid
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan ©
Walking tours

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