With just under two weeks in Egypt, you can visit up to six destinations— or more if you include nearby Jordan. A classic highlights tour combines Cairo, a Nile cruise between Aswan and Luxor, and beach time in Hurghada. Add the Western Desert's Siwa Oasis and coastal Alexandria to step off the beaten path, while more adventurous travelers should camp in Bahariya and hike Mount Sinai in Sharm el-Sheikh. Opt for a multicountry trip to include the wonders of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert.

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

Culture enthusiasts will enjoy this leisurely-paced highlights tour of Egypt's ancient sites, the Nile River, and the Red Sea. In Cairo, you'll learn the history of the great pyramids with an Egyptologist guide and marvel at the treasures of the Egyptian Museum. More ancient sites await as you jet south to Aswan for a temple-hopping cruise up the Nile to reach the "open-air museum" of Luxor. Then, it's on to coastal Hurghada for snorkeling among islands and reefs, a wild 4WD adventure in the dunes of the Sahara, and dining around a campfire with local Bedouins.

Sunbathe on the beaches of the Red Sea during this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Sunbathe on the beaches of the Red Sea during this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Sunset at Cairo Tower Cairo
Day 2 Day Trip to the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis & Saqqara Cairo
Day 3 Discover the Egyptian Museum & Old Coptic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Aswan, Tour the Sights of Aswan, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 5 Cruise Toward Luxor via the Temples of Kom Ombo & Edfu Luxor
Day 6 Cruise to Luxor, Tour the East Bank & the Temple of Karnak Luxor
Day 7 Disembark Nile Cruise, Discover the Valley of the Kings, Transfer to Hurghada Hurghada
Day 8 Snorkeling Adventure in Giftun Island National Park Hurghada
Day 9 Sahara Desert Safari & Bedouin Camp Dinner Hurghada
Day 10 Day Trip to Mahmya Beach: Sailing, Snorkeling & Beach Time Hurghada
Day 11 Submarine Tour, Fly to Cairo, Tour Al-Muizz Street & Khan el-Khalili Cairo
Day 12 Free Morning to Explore, Cairo by Night Tour Cairo
Day 13 Visit Al-Manial Palace & Cairo Tower, Depart Cairo  

In Cairo, get your bearings in the capital as you watch a sunset from Cairo Tower, the city's highest point. Next, take a day trip to the pyramids at Giza and the Saqqara necropolis before seeing artifacts from King Tut's tomb at the Egyptian Museum and exploring Old Coptic Cairo with your guide. Then, fly to Aswan for a city tour and board a Nile River cruise toward Luxor, stopping to admire ancient temples like Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Karnak along the way. Disembark your Nile cruise to discover the sprawling Valley of the Kings, then transfer to coastal Hurghada

See the Red Sea's vibrant reefs with a snorkeling adventure off Giftun Island, then spend a day in Bedouin villages in the Sahara Desert and take a camel to a local Bedouin camp for dinner. On a day trip to Mahmya Beach, you'll sail, snorkel, and enjoy beach time. The following day brings a morning submarine tour and a flight back to Cairo. There, you'll tour Al-Muizz Street and discover museums like Abdeen Palace on an atmospheric evening tour. On your final day, visit the Al-Manial Palace and Museum on Roda Island before departure. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Highlights & Hidden Treasures of Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Aswan & Luxor

Unearth the wonders of Egypt on this off-the-beaten-path exploration of Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Aswan, and Luxor. Ideal for history buffs and culture enthusiasts, you'll explore the pyramids of Giza, unwind in Bir Wahed's desert hot springs, taste local delicacies on a Cairo food tour, and cruise the Nile River for three days. Additional highlights include a day trip to the waterfalls of Wadi el-Rayan and striking out into the country's north to visit ancient ruins in Alexandria and the Siwa Oasis. Finish with dinner and a cultural show aboard a Pharaonic barge on the Nile.

Visit the mud-brick Shali Old Town, an ancient Berber settlement in the Siwa Oasis
Visit the mud-brick Shali Old Town, an ancient Berber settlement in the Siwa Oasis
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Watch the Sunset from Cairo Tower Cairo
Day 2 Explore the Giza Pyramid Complex, Guided Tour of Old Cairo  Cairo
Day 3 Day Trip to Wadi el-Rayan's Valley & Waterfalls Cairo
Day 4 Full-Day Tour of Cairo's Landmarks Cairo
Day 5 Transfer to Alexandria, Tour of the Ancient City's Landmarks Alexandria
Day 6 Transfer to the Siwa Oasis via El-Alamein & Marsa Matrouh Siwa
Day 7 Full-Day Tour of the Siwa Oasis Siwa
Day 8 Transfer to Cairo, Food & Walking Tour of the City Cairo
Day 9 Fly to Aswan, Tour Aswan Highlights, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 10 Cruise to Edfu via the Temple of Kom Ombo Edfu 
Day 11 Cruise to Luxor, Visit Karnak & Luxor Temple Luxor
Day 12 Disembark Nile Cruise, Fly to Cairo, Nile Pharaoh Cruising Dinner Cairo
Day 13 Depart Cairo  

Begin in Cairo to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu and its protector, the Great Sphinx, followed by a tour of Old Cairo's historic churches. Then, take a nature-focused day trip to Wadi el-Rayan to swim in a refreshing pool below waterfalls and sandboard on nearby dunes. Back in the capital, you'll learn more about Islamic Cairo at the 12th-century Cairo Citadel, the Mohamed Ali Mosque, and in historic streets and bazaars, then head to Alexandria for panoramic Mediterranean Sea views and landmarks like the Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa and the Citadel of Qaitbay

From Alexandria, travel to the Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert via the El-Alamein military museum and the coastal town of Marsa Matrouh. Spend a day admiring Shali Old Town's traditional Berber architecture, fortresses, museums, temples, and hot springs. After sampling local delights on a food tour back in Cairo, travel to Aswan, board a Nile cruise, and tour Aswan's highlights: Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, and Aswan High Dam. Cruise to several temples en route to Luxor, where you'll disembark and fly to Cairo for a final night. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Egypt City, River, Desert & Coast Adventure

This far-reaching active itinerary combines the best of Egypt's landscapes: the city, desert, and coast. Ideal for adventure seekers, you'll explore Cairo's exciting food scene, catch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon over Luxor, cruise the Nile to visit iconic temples such as Karnak, Luxor, and Edfu, head to the oasis of Bahariya to camp in the stark beauty of the Black and White Deserts, and snorkel in the Red Sea's pristine Ras Mohamed National Park. Round off your trip with a midnight hike up Mount Sinai in Sharm el-Sheikh and a traditional Nile dinner cruise in Cairo.

Discover the reefs and beaches of the Red Sea on this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Discover the reefs and beaches of the Red Sea on this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Sunset at Cairo Tower Cairo
Day 2 Camel Ride at the Pyramids, Tour the Egyptian Museum & Coptic Cairo Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor, Tour Karnak & Luxor Temples, Board Nile Cruise Luxor
Day 4 Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight, Visit the Valley of the Kings Luxor
Day 5 Cruise to Aswan via the Temples of Edfu & Kom Ombo  Aswan
Day 6 Disembark Nile Cruise, Tour the Sights of Aswan, Fly to Cairo Cairo
Day 7 Transfer to Bahariya Oasis, Explore & Camp in the Black & White Deserts Bahariya
Day 8 Transfer to Cairo, Cairo Walking Food Tour Cairo
Day 9 Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Bedouin Safari & Stargazing Tour Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 10 Red Sea Beaches, Sunrise Hike Up Mount Sinai Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 11 Snorkeling Trip to White Island & Ras Mohamed National Park Sharm el-Sheikh
Day 12 Fly to Cairo, Nile Dinner Cruise Cairo
Day 13 Tour Al-Muizz Street & Khan el-Khalili, Depart  

Get settled into Cairo, then kick things off in style with a camel ride to see the pyramids of the Giza Plateau and the Great Sphinx. Dive deeper into the capital with a tour of Coptic Cairo's Hanging Church and Holy Cave, then fly to Luxor to board your Nile cruise. Take a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the "open-air museum" and visit the Valley of the Kings before casting off south toward Aswan. Here, you'll switch to a small felucca (traditional river sailboat) for a scenic trip around Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum before flying back to the capital.

Next, you're off to Bahariya Oasis to camp overnight in the otherworldly Black and White Deserts, known for their ancient cities and well-preserved mummies. Then, return to Cairo for a walking food tour before flying to Sharm el-Sheikh for a Bedouin safari and stargazing tour. Spend the next days enjoying Red Sea beaches, taking a sunrise hike up Mount Sinai, and snorkeling with dolphins around White Island and Ras Mohamed National Park. Before departing, fly to Cairo a final time to taste Egyptian specialties on a Nile dinner cruise and wander Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman & the Dead Sea

Discover the best of Egypt and Jordan on this epic multicountry trip across cities, deserts, rivers, and seas. Travelers looking for a blend of history, culture, and adventure will enjoy engaging in experiences like traditional Egyptian cultural performances, touring the hidden corners of Old Cairo, sailing the Nile on a traditional wooden sailboat, camping under the desert stars in Wadi Rum, and exploring the ancient ruins of Petra and Jerash. Additional highlights include a full-day tour of the Egyptian Museum and Coptic Cairo and visiting Jordan's medieval Kerak Castle. 

Camp overnight in the red-sand desert of Wadi Rum
Camp overnight in the red-sand desert of Wadi Rum
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo (Egypt), Cultural Performance at Wekalet el-Ghoury Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Egyptian Museum, Guided Tour of Old Cairo Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Aswan, Board Nile Cruise, Explore Aswan's Landmarks Aswan
Day 4 Visit Abu Simbel & the Temple of Kom Ombo  Kom Ombo
Day 5 Visit the Temple of Edfu, Cruise to Luxor Luxor
Day 6 Explore the West & East Bank of Luxor Luxor
Day 7 Fly to Cairo, Guided Tour of Islamic Cairo's Landmarks Cairo
Day 8 Fly to Amman (Jordan), Transfer to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum
Day 9 Transfer to Petra, Explore the Archaeological Site at Your Own Pace Petra
Day 10 Transfer to Amman via the King's Highway Amman
Day 11 Day Trip to Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais  Amman
Day 12 Guided City Tour, Transfer to the Dead Sea, Afternoon at Leisure The Dead Sea
Day 13 Relaxed Morning in the Dead Sea, Transfer to Amman, Depart  

Your adventure begins in Cairo with a tanoura folk dance performance and visits to the Egyptian Museum and Coptic Cairo's Fortress of Babylon. From there, fly to Aswan and visit Agilkia Island and Philae Temple before boarding a Nile river cruise. Hop aboard a traditional wooden sailboat to see Aswan's landmarks, then cruise north toward Luxor to explore the temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, and Edfu. You'll explore the many temples and complexes of Luxor, including the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Kings, before flying back to the capital for a tour of Islamic Cairo and the Mohamed Ali Mosque

Fly to the Jordanian capital of Amman next and transfer to the Wadi Rum Protected Area for a desert Jeep tour. Then, it's on to the famed archaeological site of Petra, starting with the narrow Siq, a natural rock gorge leading to the Treasury, a towering mausoleum. On your way back to Amman via the King's Highway, visit Shobak Castle, the Ottoman village of Dana, and more. Wander the Jerash Roman ruins, Ajloun Castle, and the northern city of Umm Qais, with views of the Yarmouk Valley. After a guided tour of Amman city, drive to the Dead Sea to relax and float atop its salty waters. Learn more

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