18 days in Nile River Valley, Alexandria & Slovenia Itinerary

18 days in Nile River Valley, Alexandria & Slovenia Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Edfu, Egypt
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Aswan, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Alexandria, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 30 min
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Valletta, Malta

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, examine the collection at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor route builder tool.

Valletta, Malta to Luxor is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Luxor. When traveling from Valletta in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

1
night
Edfu, Egypt

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 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Gibel Silsila, thenexplore the ancient world of Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Edfu attractions website.

Traveling by train from Luxor to Edfu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Edfu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Aswan.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Temple of Horus ©
Temple of Horus
Kanais ©
Kanais
Gibel Silsila
Gibel Silsila

3
nights
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Philae Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jazirat al Malik, and step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aswan trip maker website.

Take a train from Edfu to Aswan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Aswan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Temple of Kom Ombo
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Elephantine Island ©
Elephantine Island
Temple of Kom Ombo ©
Temple of Kom Ombo

1
night
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel ©
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Abu Simbel trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

3
nights
Alexandria, Egypt

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.
Step out of Alexandria to go to Cairo and see El-Sayeda Zainab Mosque, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens, look for gifts at CREDO, admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery of St. Macarius.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alexandria itinerary website.

Fly from Abu Simbel to Alexandria in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Abu Simbel in December, you will find days in Alexandria are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

El-Sayeda Zainab Mosque
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Pompey's Pillar ©
Pompey's Pillar
Montazah Gardens ©
Montazah Gardens
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina

6
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Maribor (Sinagoga Maribor & Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort), Ptuj (Prešernova Street & Town Hall) and Bled (Lake Bled Train Station, Bled Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, make a trip to Prešeren Square, take in the views from Dragon Bridge, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana day trip website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alexandria to Ljubljana in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandria to Ljubljana is minus 1 hour. In December, Ljubljana is much colder than Alexandria - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bled, Maribor, Ptuj, Postojna
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

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