32 days in Egypt Itinerary

32 days in Egypt Itinerary

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32 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  21​h
1
Luxor
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Edfu
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Aswan
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Abu Simbel
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Marsa Alam
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
6
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Taba
— 1 night
8
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Hurghada
— 4 nights
11
Cairo
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

3
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Visit Medinet Habu and Avenue of Sphinxes for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dendera Temple Complex and Tomb of Ramses VI. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Luxor Temple, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

To find out how to plan a trip to Luxor, use our trip itinerary maker.

Salt Lake City, USA to Luxor is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Luxor, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in October: high temperatures in Luxor hover around 95°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley of the Queens, Dendera Temple Complex
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Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Tombs of El kab, then explore the ancient world of Gibel Silsila, then explore the ancient world of Kanais, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus at Edfu.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Edfu holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Edfu, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train 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

3
nights
Aswan

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of Kom Ombo and New Kalabsha are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nubian Village and Nubian Museum. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Unfinished Obelisk, step off the mainland to explore Kitchner's Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple, and admire all the interesting features of Agilkia Island.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aswan travel planning site .

Take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Aswan are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo
Nubian Village ©
Nubian Village
Unfinished Obelisk ©
Unfinished Obelisk

1
night
Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel ©
On the 10th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Abu Simbel day trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Abu Simbel, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Abu Dabbab Beach and Elphinstone Reef. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marsa Alam online vacation planner .

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 October, you will find days in Marsa Alam are little chillier (88°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Swim with Dolphins

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 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Marsa Alam in October, expect Saint Catherine to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 57°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taba.

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

1
night
Taba

Taba ©
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tee off at Taba Heights Golf Resort, explore the historical opulence of Castle Zaman, and then step into the grandiose world of Salah El-Din Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taba day trip app .

Getting from Saint Catherine to Taba by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Dahab.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors
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Castle Zaman ©
Castle Zaman
Salah El-Din Castle
Salah El-Din Castle
Taba Heights Golf Resort ©
Taba Heights Golf Resort

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 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Reefs, then look for gifts at Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the history behind Wadi Zaghara, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Dahab trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Taba to Dahab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Dahab, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

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

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.
The Heavenly Cathedral and Coptic Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Al Mustafa Mosque and Bibo Viaggi. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

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.
Visit Mosque El Mina Masjid and Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada trip planner .

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 October, daily temperatures in Hurghada can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid
Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda ©
Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda

7
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Step Pyramid of Djoser and Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Mastaba of Mereruka (in Saqqara) and Giza (Pyramids of Dahshour & Mastaba of Ti). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Bent Pyramid, deepen your understanding at Mosque of Al-Azhar, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairo vacation builder .

You can fly from Hurghada to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hurghada, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Giza, Saqqara, Memphis Historical Site, Thebes
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour

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