Egypt's domestic flights and multi-stop Nile cruises make it possible to see a variety of historic sites and landscapes in 11 days. Active travelers can hike up Mount Sinai, camp in the Black Desert, and snorkel in Sharm el-Sheikh. History enthusiasts will appreciate an Egyptologist-led tour of Luxor's temples and a visit to Giza's pyramids. Those looking to cover a lot of ground can opt for a two-country tour that includes a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor and a trek in Jordan's ancient city of Petra.

Itinerary #1: Explore Egypt: Ancient Sites, Nile Cruise & Red Sea

This classic Nile River and Red Sea itinerary is ideal for travelers interested in combining the historical highlights of Cairo with a Nile cruise and a beach getaway in Hurghada. You'll experience a light and sound show at the Giza pyramids, visit important Islamic and Christian sites around Cairo, learn about ancient Egypt while touring the temples of Luxor with an Egyptologist, get a birdseye view of the Valley of the Kings from a hot-air balloon, and spend a couple of days in Hurghada relaxing on the beach and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

End your adventure on the Red Sea in Hurghada
End your Egypt journey in coastal Hurghada
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Great Pyramids Light Show Cairo
Day 2 See the Great Pyramids with a Local Guide Cairo
Day 3 Tour the Egyptian National Museum & Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo Cairo
Day 5 Fly to Aswan, Tour Aswan's Highlights, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 6 Nile Cruise to Kom Ombo & Edfu Edfu
Day 7 Nile Cruise to Luxor, Explore Luxor's East Bank Luxor
Day 8 Hot-Air Balloon Ride in Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Transfer to Hurghada Hurghada
Day 9 Snorkeling & Submarine Adventures, Dinner at a Bedouin Camp Hurghada
Day 10 Fly to Cairo, Walking Tour of Old Cairo & Khan el-Khalili Cairo
Day 11 Depart Cairo  

After touching down in Cairo, you'll experience the pyramids of Giza by night with a sound and light show, then return the next morning for a closer look on a guided tour. You'll also have a chance to get acquainted with Islamic architecture along El-Moez Street and visit some Christian pilgrimage sites, such as the Hanging Church built atop a fortress in the Coptic Cairo neighborhood. Then, you'll catch a flight to Aswan on Day 5, where you'll embark on your Nile River cruise. Enjoy dinner and a quiet night on board before stopping in Edfu to see detailed reliefs at the Ptolemaic temples of Kom Ombo and Horus.

When your ship arrives in Luxor, you'll meet your Egyptologist guide, who'll explain Egyptian history as you walk amid pillars carved with hieroglyphs at Karnak Temple. Spend one last night on board the ship, then wake early for your hot-air balloon ride above the famous pharaoh tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Afterward, your driver will take you to Hurghada, a resort town on the Red Sea. Here, you'll cap off your trip with snorkeling at Giftun Island and a dune buggy ride to a Bedouin camp for a barbecue. Before departure, fly back to Cairo and fit in some souvenir shopping at the buzzy Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Egypt Ancient Highlights & Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor

Archaeology enthusiasts and history buffs will appreciate the abundance of opportunities on this Cairo to Luxor highlights trip to delve into Egypt's ancient past. Highlights include visiting the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids of Giza, a cruise along the Nile River, tours of Abu Simbel and the Luxor Temple complex, and a sailing experience on a traditional wooden boat. 

Gaze in awe at the temples of Egypt on this 11-day tour
Learn about ancient Egypt as you tour the temples on this 11-day adventure
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Nile Dinner Cruise Cairo
Day 2 Explore the Egyptian Museum, Evening Tour of Khan el-Khalili Cairo
Day 3 Day Trip to the Pyramids, Memphis & Saqqara, Lunch at 9 Pyramids Lounge Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Aswan, Tour Elephantine Island Aswan
Day 5 Day Trip to Abu Simbel Aswan
Day 6 Tour the Sights of Aswan, Board Nile River Cruise Aswan
Day 7 Cruise to the Temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu Luxor
Day 8 Cruise to Luxor, Tour Karnak & Luxor Temples Luxor
Day 9 Disembark Nile River Cruise, Tour the Valley of the Kings & Luxor West Bank Luxor
Day 10 Discover Abydos & Dendera Temples, Sunset Felucca Tour to Gezira el-Mozh Luxor
Day 11 Fly to Cairo, Depart  

Ease into your adventure with a Nile dinner cruise in Cairo, complete with music and city views. In the morning, you'll browse the world's most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts at the Egyptian Museum before heading to the Khan el-Khalili market to practice your bartering skills. On your final day in Cairo, visit the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then refresh with lemon mint juice and take in the views of the pyramids from your table at 9 Pyramids Lounge. Following this, you'll fly to Aswan for three nights, starting with a stroll amid gardens and brightly painted houses on Elephantine Island.

Catch a 40-minute flight to Abu Simbel on Day 5, where you'll stand in the presence of the massive rock-cut statue of Ramesses II before returning to Aswan to check out the Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk. Next, you'll sail in a felucca (traditional boat) before setting off on your Nile cruise. Along the river, you'll stop in Edfu to see ancient inscriptions at the temples, then continue to Luxor for a walk along The Avenue of the Sphinxes and a tour of the rock-cut tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Your last day in Egypt is yours to use as you wish, perhaps sailing to Banana Island to sample local fruit. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure: Cairo, Siwa, Bahariya & Sharm el-Sheikh

This active Egypt adventure is best suited to outdoorsy travelers eager to move at a fairly quick pace to cover a lot of ground. Your adventures will include a camel ride to the Giza pyramids, a tour of the mudbrick structures of Shali Old Town, a hot springs soak at Siwa Oasis, camping under the stars in the Black Desert, marveling at mushroom-shaped rocks while on a Jeep safari in the White Desert, an overnight hike up Mount Sinai to see the sunrise, stargazing at a Bedouin camp, and snorkeling in Sharm el-Sheikh. 

Take a night hike to the summit of Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise
Take a late-night hike to the summit of Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Sunset at Cairo Tower Cairo
Day 2 Pyramids Excursion & Camel Ride, Tour the Egyptian Museum & Coptic Cairo Cairo
Day 3 Transfer to Siwa via World War II Museum & Marsa Matruh Siwa
Day 4 Visit the Siwa Museum, Local Temples & Bir Washed, Bedouin Dinner Siwa
Day 5 Transfer to Bahariyah Oasis, Black Desert Excursion & Camping Bahariya
Day 6 White Desert Jeep Excursion Bahariya
Day 7 Transfer to Cairo, Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Cairo
Day 8 Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Overnight Adventure at Mount Sinai Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 9 Bedouin Desert Safari & Stargazing Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 10 Snorkeling Excursion in Ras Mohamed National Park Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 11 Fly to Cairo, Walking Food Tour, Depart   

Kick off your trip with a sunset dinner at a revolving restaurant atop Cairo Tower. The following morning, you'll visit the Giza Plateau for a camel ride to the iconic pyramids before touring Cairo's Christian sites, such as the Holy Cave, believed to be where Mary, Joseph, and Jesus hid when fleeing persecution. Next, your driver will whisk you to Marsa Matruh for a seaside lunch on your way to Siwa Oasis. Here, you'll tour the mudbrick structures of Shali Old Town, take a dip in natural springs, and overnight at a Bedouin camp. Then, continue into the Black Desert to see the volcanic landscapes and sleep under the stars. 

Day 6 is a Jeep excursion in the White Desert that offers the chance to spot white quartz crystals and giant mushroom-shaped rocks. After a good night's rest in a hotel in Bahariya, your driver will take you back to Cairo for souvenir shopping in a local souk (market) and a walking tour along El-Moez, famous for its Islamic architecture. Catch a flight to Sharm el-Sheikh, where you'll embark on an overnight trek up biblical Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise from the summit. Wrap up your trip with stargazing at a nearby Bedouin camp and a snorkeling excursion in Ras Mohamed National Park. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Amman to Cairo

First-time visitors can experience some of the best of Egypt and Jordan on this two-country tour. In Jordan, you'll wander amid Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash, climb to the top of Ajloun castle, float in the Dead Sea, trek through the ancient city of Petra, and spend a night in Wadi Rum. Then, in Egypt, you'll visit the famous pyramids, sample the national dish, cruise along the Nile to some iconic sites such as the Temple of Edfu, and admire the rock-cut tombs and temples of the Valley of the Kings from above with a hot-air balloon ride. 

Spend four days cruising down the Nile River to see landmarks like Philae Temple
Spend four days cruising the Nile River and see landmarks like Philae Temple
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amman (Jordan), Explore at Leisure Amman
Day 2 Full-Day Tour of Jerash, Ajloun & Amman Amman
Day 3 Transfer to Petra via the Dead Sea, Madaba & Mount Nebo Petra
Day 4  Explore Petra, Transfer to Wadi Rum Desert Wadi Rum
Day 5 Transfer to Amman, Fly to Cairo (Egypt), Half-Day City Tour Cairo
Day 6 Visit the Giza Pyramid Complex, Saqqara Necropolis & Memphis Cairo
Day 7 Fly to Aswan, Visit the High Dam & Philae Temple, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 8 Nile Cruise to Luxor via Temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu Luxor
Day 9 Luxor Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Optional), Visit the Valley of the Kings Luxor
Day 10 Disembark Nile Cruise, Visit Karnak & Luxor Temple, Fly to Cairo Cairo
Day 11 Depart Cairo  

The first stop is Amman, Jordan, where you'll café-hop and shop along Rainbow Street at your own pace. Then, your private driver will take you north to Jerash to see the ruins of one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities before visiting Ajloun Castle for views over the forested countryside. Back in Amman, you'll tour ancient ruins, including the Citadel, in the heart of the city. Next, your driver will take you for a float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea en route to Petra. You'll have a full day of hiking at the archaeological site, followed by an evening at a Bedouin camp in the rust-red Wadi Rum desert wilderness. 

Your driver will transfer you back to Amman for your flight to Cairo, Egypt, where you'll dive into ancient history at the Egyptian Museum and sample koshary (the national dish made with rice, lentils, pasta, and tomato sauce) at a local bazaar. Spend a day touring the pyramids of Giza and the open-air museum of Memphis, where you'll find a colossal statue of Ramesses II. Then, you'll fly to Aswan and board your Nile cruise, stopping to see mummified crocodiles at the Temple of Kom Ombo and intricate carvings at the Temple of Edfu. End on a high note with a hot-air balloon ride over Luxor. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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