17 days in Egypt Itinerary

17 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairo
— 2 nights
2
Luxor
— 3 nights
3
Hurghada
— 3 nights
4
Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
5
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
6
Dahab
— 1 night
7
Sharm El Sheikh
— 4 nights

2
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.
Head to Khan Al-Khalili and Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centrefor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, view the masterpieces at Sondos Papyrus, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and explore the galleries of Oum El Dounia Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo visit planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Cairo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Cairo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in January, expect Cairo to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

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Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Avenue of Sphinxes and Deir el-Shelwit Temple. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum, pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple, examine the collection at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Hurghada.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Luxor Museum
Luxor Museum

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Selkhet Papyrus, admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and head outdoors with Sharm El Naga.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip planner.

Take a bus from Luxor to Hurghada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hurghada, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Marsa Shoona Bay and then head outdoors with Abu Dabbab Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef.

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Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marsa Alam can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Shark Diving
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at St. Catherine's Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Catherine trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marsa Alam in January; daily highs in Saint Catherine reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

1
night
Dahab

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for gifts at WICKEDiCANDY and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dahab driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Dahab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Saint Catherine in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Dahab: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Na'ama Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ras Um Sid and El Fanar. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Al Mustafa Mosque, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and enjoy some diversion at Sling Shot.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid

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