Ten days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Egypt. With enough time to explore several regions, travelers can choose from a range of itineraries: combine a tour of ancient Egyptian cities with a safari in the desert oasis of Siwa, or choose to start with a multi-day cruise down the Nile River with an extended stay in Cairo. You could also split your time between Egypt and Jordan, crossing the border to Amman and visiting Petra and the Wadi Rum. Find out more about your options by reading over the itineraries below.

Itinerary #1: Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure Tour

On this exciting 10-day adventure through Egypt, you'll venture to Egypt's ancient cities to see precious antiquities and to the desert oasis of Siwa for a safari adventure, stopping at pyramids and temples along the journey. 

A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Visit Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 3 See the Pyramids Of Giza & Memphis Cairo
Day 4 Tour Alexandria's Catacombs, Roman Amphitheater & National Museum Alexandria
Day 5 Sightsee at Bibliotheca Alexandrina & Montazah Palace Gardens Alexandria
Day 6 Travel Overland to Siwa Desert Siwa
Day 7 Explore Siwa Oasis' Mountain of the Dead & More Siwa
Day 8 Go on a Safari Tour & Enjoy a Bedouin Dinner Siwa
Day 9 Transfer from Siwa to Cairo & Dine in the City Cairo
Day 10 Depart   

Begin the trip in Cairo, where you'll tour the Egyptian Museum, explore the city's Islamic heritage, and shop in colorful souks. Side-trip to see the pyramids of Giza and Memphis before moving on to the ancient city of Alexandria. See the remarkable Roman-style amphitheater, tour the catacombs, and pay a visit to the National Museum. On the next day of sightseeing, you'll go to an ancient center of learning, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and visit the gorgeous Montazah Palace Gardens by the sea.

On the second half of the trip, you'll have a change of scenery as you travel overland to the desert oasis of Siwa. Visit the tombs at the Mountain of the Dead and go on a safari tour in a 4x4 vehicle. Refresh yourself with a dip in the oasis springs at the Cleopatra Bath, then enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner on your last evening in the region. You'll head back to Cairo for one final afternoon and evening in the capital city before the trip ends. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Nile River Cruise & Red Sea Getaway 

If you love to be on the water, this 10-day Egyptian adventure — featuring a cruise on the Nile and several days to relax and enjoy the coastal charms of Sharm El Sheikh — is perfect for you.

On the beach at Sharm el Sheikh
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Day Trip to Pyramids & Sphinx  Cairo
Day 3 Visit the Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Transfer to Aswan & Sightsee Aswan
Day 5 See the Temples of Edfu & Luxor Aswan
Day 6 Explore West & East Bank of Luxor Cairo
Day 7 Travel to Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh
Day 8 Relax & Enjoy Boating and Beaches in Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh
Day 9 Visit St. Catherine's Monastery Sharm El Sheikh
Day 10 Depart   

Start your trip by sightseeing in the capital city, learning about Islamic Cairo, and visiting the impressive Egyptian Museum to see incredible ancient artifacts. Side-trip to see the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza before moving on from the region and traveling to Aswan, where you'll visit the famed Aswan High Dam. You'll start the cruise here, too, boarding a boat and floating down the Nile River, stopping to see points of interest along the journey. Highlights include the temples at Edfu and Luxor, which you'll have the chance to tour while the boat is docked nearby.

On day six, head back to Cairo and squeeze in some sightseeing before the next day's journey to the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh. You'll enjoy several days of relaxing by the Red Sea, going snorkeling, walking on the beach, and dining with water views. On the last full day of the trip, you'll have an excursion to the awe-inspiring  St. Catherine's Monastery, the place where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. Enjoy a seafood dinner with a local crowd before the trip ends. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Nile River Cruise & Cairo Cultural Tour

See the best that Egypt has to offer on this diverse 10-day tour that features urban sightseeing and several days cruising along the Nile River, stopping at temples and ancient sites along the way.

Views from the Nile River
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Day Trip to the Pyramids & Sphinx Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor & Sightsee Luxor
Day 4 Explore the West Bank Tour & Board Cruise Luxor
Day 5 Cruise to the Temple of Edfu  Edfu
Day 6 Continue on the Water to Kom Ombo & Aswan Aswan
Day 7 Travel to the Remarkable Abu Simbel Temples Aswan
Day 8 Fly Back to Cairo & Relax Cairo
Day 9 Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo Cairo
Day 10 Depart  

This journey starts and ends in Cairo. You won't spend much time in the capital city in the beginning, though: after getting oriented, you'll make the day trip to see the pyramids and the Sphinx in nearby Giza. On day three, you'll catch a flight to Luxor and spend some time touring the region's famous complex of ancient temples. The cruise officially begins on day four, when you board a boat and start making your way down the Nile River. 

First, you'll cruise to the temple at Edfu, continuing the following day to the temple at Kom Ombo. Get back on the boat and ride down to Aswan, where you'll spend the night and squeeze in some time to see the Aswan High Dam. Detour to the incredible Abu Simbel Temples on day seven, then overnight in Aswan. You'll fly back to Cairo to spend the last few days of the trip sightseeing, visiting the Egyptian Museum, touring Islamic Cairo, shopping for souvenirs, and sampling modern Egyptian cuisine. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour 

Split your time between Egypt and Jordan on this culturally oriented 10-day tour around both countries, with highlights including a cruise down the Nile River, a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza, a desert safari in Wadi Rum, and a day exploring the ancient city of Petra.

The incredible Colossi of Memnon in the Valley of the Kings
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Egyptian Museum & Great Pyramids Of Giza Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Aswan & See the Aswan High Dam  Aswan
Day 4 Cruise to Kom Ombo, Edu & Luxor  Luxor
Day 5 Marvel at Temples on the Banks of the Nile Luxor
Day 6 Return to Cairo & Dine in the City Cairo
Day 7 Cross the Border to Jordan & Get to Know Amman Amman
Day 8 Explore the Ancient City of Petra Petra
Day 9 Go on a Wadi Rum Desert Tour  Amman
Day 10 Depart   

The first part of the trip is similar to many other itineraries through Egypt. You'll begin the tour in Cairo and visit the Pyramids of Giza before continuing to Aswan, where you'll visit the High Aswan Dam and the beautiful Temple of Philae. From Aswan, you'll leave on a three-day cruise along the Nile River with stops at many of Egypt's most famous temples, including Luxor, Edfu, and Kom Ombo.

Then you'll cross the border to Amman, Jordan. After a day of sightseeing in the city, you'll travel to the ancient settlement of Petra, known for its rosy-hued stone architecture and Roman ruins. On the last full day of the trip, you'll take an exciting desert safari tour through Wadi Rum. You'll explore the region on a safari in a 4x4 vehicle driven by a local guide, seeing red sand dunes, otherworldly rock formations, and huge rock bridges. Then you'll head back to Amman to enjoy one last night before the trip ends. Learn more

More Great Egypt Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Egypt? Check out these other Egypt itineraries, with Nile River cruises, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 


Map of 10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas