12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly:  9​h
1
Luxor
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Marsa Alam
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Lagos

3
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: steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip website .

Lagos, Nigeria to Luxor is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western African Time (WAT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Lagos in December, plan for slightly colder days in Luxor, with highs around 28°C, while nights are colder with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Before you visit Marsa Alam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Luxor to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Marsa Alam when traveling from Luxor in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Turkish Baths

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Makadi Water World and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hurghada Grand Aquarium.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada day trip site .

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Hurghada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hurghada can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Makadi Water World ©
Makadi Water World
Hurghada Grand Aquarium ©
Hurghada Grand Aquarium

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Na'ama Bay and Shark's Bay Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at SOHO Square, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, see Off-Road Tours, and browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh planner .

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. December in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, then explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, and then contemplate the long history of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairo trip website .

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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