33 days in Egypt Itinerary

33 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Cairo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Hurghada
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Luxor
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Edfu
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Marsa Alam
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
6
Saint Catherine
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Dahab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Sharm El Sheikh
— 7 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Mit Rahina Museum and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and The Coptic Museum. Go for a jaunt from Cairo to Giza to see Great Sphinx about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), look for gifts at Sondos Papyrus, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the galleries of Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo travel itinerary planner.

Tampa, USA to Cairo is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Tampa to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Giza, Mit Rahina Museum
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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Mit Rahina Museum ©
Mit Rahina Museum
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosque El Mina Masjid and Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Careless Reef, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Hurghada Grand Aquarium, examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Cairo to Hurghada in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hurghada, with lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Luxor.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
Luxor

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Karnak and Luxor Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Medinet Habu and Shop Sandouk. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Avenue of Sphinxes, explore the world behind art at Art Museum, get lost in a book at Libreria Aboudi Bookstore, and get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Luxor itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hurghada in May, you will find days in Luxor are somewhat warmer (102°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Luxor

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

1
night
Edfu

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Kanais and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Edfu itinerary website.

Take a train from Luxor to Edfu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Edfu sees daily highs of 102°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus ©
Temple of Horus
Kanais ©
Kanais

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Gebel El Rosas. We've included these beaches for you: Marsa Shoona Bay and Sharm El Luli. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Elphinstone Reef, get outside with Abu Dabbab Beach, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marsa Alam trip itinerary site.

Getting from Edfu to Marsa Alam by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Edfu in May: highs in Marsa Alam hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Catherine travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Marsa Alam in May, expect Saint Catherine to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 60°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the exciting artwork at WICKEDiCANDY. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs and then head outdoors with Blue Lagoon.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dahab day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saint Catherine to Dahab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Catherine in May, with highs in Dahab at 94°F and lows at 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs

7
nights
Sharm El Sheikh

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 discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Heavenly Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and The Kite Bubble. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, get outside with San Marino Water Sports, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

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