21 days in Egypt Itinerary

21 days in Egypt Itinerary

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Cairo
— 5 nights
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Luxor
— 4 nights
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Saqqara
— 2 nights
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Aswan
— 3 nights
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Abu Simbel
— 2 nights
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Alexandria
— 3 nights
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Cairo

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Photography Tours. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Barque Solaire and Oum El Dounia Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Cairo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Luxor

— 4 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue of Sphinxes.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luxor day trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairo to Luxor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairo in February, you will find days in Luxor are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saqqara.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

Saqqara

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and then delve into the distant past at Mastaba of Mereruka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Mit Rahina Museum and then don't miss a visit to Step Pyramid of Djoser.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saqqara day trip planner.

You can fly from Luxor to Saqqara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Luxor in February, expect nights in Saqqara to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Saqqara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

Aswan

— 3 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Philae Temple and Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Animalia and Nubian Museum. Step out of Aswan to go to Kom Ombo and see Temple of Kom Ombo, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Nubian Village and step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aswan vacation website.

Getting from Saqqara to Aswan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Saqqara in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aswan, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:

Abu Simbel

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Abu Simbel trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, daytime highs in Abu Simbel are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
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Alexandria

— 3 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Qaitbey and Ancient Roman Amphitheater. Kids will enjoy Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Cathedral, stop by CREDO, and take in the waterfront at Corniche.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Abu Simbel to Alexandria takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Abu Simbel in March: high temperatures in Alexandria hover around 72°F and lows are around 55°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

Egypt travel guide

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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.