16 days in Egypt Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Egypt holiday planner
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Drive
1
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cairo
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Luxor
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Marsa Alam
— 2 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Saint Catherine
5
Saint Catherine
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Dahab
— 3 nights
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Alexandria — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina and then steep yourself in history at Fort Qaitbey. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Royal Jewelry Museum, contemplate the long history of King Farouk Palace, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral.

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Borg El Arab to Alexandria is an approximately 1-hour car ride. December in Alexandria sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairo.
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Cairo — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza and then admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). On the next day, steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cave Church, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Cairo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Luxor.
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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.
Visit Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Take a break from Luxor with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take an in-depth tour of Luxor Museum.

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You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Luxor hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Marsa Alam.
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Marsa Alam — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Sharm El Luli and then explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): have unforgettable encounters with Deep Dark Safari and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Getting from Luxor to Marsa Alam by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Marsa Alam, with lows of 19°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Saint Catherine.
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Saint Catherine — 2 nights

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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saint Catherine road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Marsa Alam in December, plan for little chillier days in Saint Catherine, with highs around 19°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dahab.
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Dahab — 3 nights

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Get some cultural insight at Na'ama Bay and The Heavenly Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Shark's Bay Beach and Ras Um Sid. Go for a jaunt from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh to see SOHO Square about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Dahab trip planner.

Getting from Saint Catherine to Dahab by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Saint Catherine in December, you will find days in Dahab are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to home.
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Egypt travel guide

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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.
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