60 days in Egypt & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Egypt & Japan Itinerary

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Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 night
Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Dahab, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 10 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 15 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Himeji, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Barcelona, Spain


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7
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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 cultural insight at Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Great Sphinx. Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Saqqara (Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep's Mastaba & Step Pyramid of Djoser). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and contemplate the long history of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Cairo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Saqqara, Memphis Historical Site
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

1
night
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Simbel trip app.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Abu Simbel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in October: highs in Abu Simbel hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Abu Simbel Temple Complex ©
Abu Simbel Temple Complex

7
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Temple of Karnak and Dendera Temple Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Horus in Edfu (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Queens, and don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Luxor trip planner.

Traveling by train from Abu Simbel to Luxor takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Temple of Horus, Dendera Temple Complex
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Dendera Temple Complex
Dendera Temple Complex
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

5
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Sinai and Ain Khudra. Step out of Dahab to go to Taba and see Castle Zaman, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Blue Lagoon and explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dahab day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Dahab takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Luxor in October, expect nights in Dahab to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castle Zaman, Ain Khudra, Mount Sinai
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
Castle Zaman ©
Castle Zaman

10
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, &more), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama (Shomyo-ji Temple & Sankeien Gardens). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dahab to Tokyo takes 20.5 hours. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dahab to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dahab in October, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

15
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Universal Studios Japan), Koshien History Museum (in Nishinomiya) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Gion, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, and steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Otsu, Uji, Koshien History Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

7
nights
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Site of Miyama Batttery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ohara Museum of Art and Samuhara Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen) and Chizushuku (in Chizu-cho). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Kurashiki, Takasago, Tamba, Jodoji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

6
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get some historical perspective at Atomic Bomb Dome and Taikodani Inari Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Shirayukiro (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Shirayukiro, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Former Naval Academy, Taikodani Inari Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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