12 days in Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Egypt Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Luxor
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Hurghada
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cairo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor day trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Luxor is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Luxor at 28°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Marsa Shoona Bay and then see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam trip planning tool .

You can drive from Luxor to Marsa Alam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Luxor in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Marsa Alam, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): race across the water with a speed boat tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and finally look for gifts at Evolution Egypt. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then trot along with Hurghada Equestrian.

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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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, kick back and relax at Ras Um Sid, then browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

3
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.
On the 31st (Tue), gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, and then browse the exhibits of Oum El Dounia Gallery. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre and then take a stroll through Coptic Cairo.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo online route planner .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, Cairo is slightly colder than Sharm El Sheikh - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Safaris
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Coptic Cairo ©
Coptic Cairo

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