20 days in Egypt Itinerary

20 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Egypt route planner

Make it your trip
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Taba
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive
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Dahab
— 1 night
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh
— 3 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada
— 3 nights
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El Quseir
— 1 night
Drive
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Marsa Alam
— 4 nights
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Kom Ombo
— 1 night
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Edfu
— 1 night
Train
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Luxor
— 3 nights
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Taba

— 1 night
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an exotic tour of Canyon Motor Safaris and then tee off at Taba Heights Golf Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castle Zaman and then step into the grandiose world of Salah El-Din Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taba road trip website.

Cairo to Taba is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairo in May, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Taba: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Saint Catherine

— 1 night
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 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of St. Catherine's Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Serabit el-Khadim Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint Catherine road trip planner.

Getting from Taba to Saint Catherine by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taba in May: highs in Saint Catherine hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Dahab

— 1 night
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, then browse the exhibits of WICKEDiCANDY, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dahab vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Dahab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Dahab is somewhat warmer than Saint Catherine - with highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Sharm El Sheikh

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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 some cultural insight at The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ras Um Sid. Step out of Sharm El Sheikh to go to Dahab and see Mirage Divers, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: bet on your favorite at Ghibli Raceway, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Hurghada

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mini Egypt Park and Mosque El Mina Masjid. Explore hidden gems such as Carless Reef and Planet Spa at Baron Palace Resort Sahl Hasheesh. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Sharm El Naga, make a splash at Jungle Aqua Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hurghada trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to El Quseir.

Things to do in Hurghada

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

El Quseir

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at El Quseir Fort, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Shaykh Al-Farran, and finally work off some steam at Planet Spa at Sentido Oriental Dream Resort.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the El Quseir day trip planner.

Getting from Hurghada to El Quseir by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in El Quseir

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Marsa Alam

— 4 nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marsa Shoona Bay and Gebel El Rosas. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef and Abu Dabbab Beach. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Amore Safari, see the vivid underwater world at Elphinstone Reef, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marsa Alam tour itinerary tool.

Drive from El Quseir to Marsa Alam in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kom Ombo.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Kom Ombo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Kom Ombo.

Plan my trip to Kom Ombo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Kom Ombo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Marsa Alam in May, you will find days in Kom Ombo are a bit warmer (47°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Edfu.

Things to do in Kom Ombo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Edfu

— 1 night
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 26th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Gibel Silsila, then explore the ancient world of Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edfu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kom Ombo to Edfu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Luxor

— 3 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medinet Habu and Tomb of Ramses III. Avenue of Sphinxes and Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, and browse for treasures at Imhotep Alabaster Luxor.

Plan my trip to Luxor with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Luxor sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.