With five days to spend in Egypt, you have a few choices to make. Most travelers want to spend some time in Cairo, visiting the famous Egyptian Museum and detouring to nearby Giza to see the pyramids and the Sphinx. From there, you could continue on to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, focusing on ancient Egyptian history. Or you could side-trip to Alexandria, seeing the Roman ruins there before returning to Cairo for a dinner cruise on the Nile. Another alternative is to go on a cruise down the Nile River or to combine a few days touring ancient Egyptian monuments with a few days at a beach resort on the Red Sea. Find out more about these itineraries below.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Ancient Egypt

Tour pyramids, temples, Roman ruins, and ancient Egyptian monuments on this quick 5-day tour of the country's top historic sites, including Luxor Temple and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The Colossi of Memnon
The Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo & Sightsee Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Egyptian Museum & Great Pyramids Of Giza Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor & Tour Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple Luxor
Day 4 Explore the West Bank of Luxor Cairo
Day 5 Depart Egypt - End of Trip  


Welcome to Egypt! On this quick but well-rounded tour, you'll base yourself in Cairo, except for one night in the middle of the trip, when you'll stay in Luxor. Start in the capital city with a visit to the King Tut exhibit at the Egyptian Museum and a tour of the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. Sample Egyptian-style cuisine and walk around in Cairo during a free evening in the city.

On day three, you'll catch a domestic flight to Luxor. This area is home to a wide range of incredible ancient sites and monuments. You'll focus your time on touring two of the main attractions on day three: Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. More unforgettable monuments await on day four: you'll walk through the Valley of the Kings to see massive rock-cut tombs, gaze up at the towering Colossi of Memnon statues, and tour Hatshepsut Temple, the memorial of Queen Hatshepsut. Catch a quick flight back to Cairo for one last night on the town before the trip ends. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Egypt Cultural Tour

Base yourself in Cairo for this 5-day cultural tour, side-tripping from the capital city to the pyramids of Giza and the ancient city of Alexandria, finishing the trip with a dinner cruise on the Nile River.

The Great Sphinx of Giza
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo  Cairo
Day 2 See the Pyramids on a Tour of Giza Cairo
Day 3 View Precious Antiquities in Alexandria Cairo
Day 4 Islamic Cairo Tour & Dinner Cruise on the Nile Cairo
Day 5 Depart Egypt - End of Trip  


This tour has a unique advantage: you'll stay overnight in Cairo for the duration of the trip, eliminating the logistical hassle of moving from hotel to hotel and allowing you more time to see the sights. You'll arrive in the capital city and take some time to settle in before the next morning's excursion to the Egyptian Museum, followed by a side trip to Giza on day two to see the site's iconic pyramids and the Sphinx. Dine in a local restaurant before returning to Cairo for the evening.

On day three, embark on a day trip to Alexandria. Highlights of the day include visits to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoukafa, the Citadel of Fort Qaitbey, and the Library of Alexandria, an ancient center of learning. Return to Cairo and enjoy a free evening. You'll stay in the city on day four, exploring Islamic Cairo on a guided tour and shopping for treasures in Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Finish the trip with a dinner cruise on the Nile River, watching the sun go down over the water as you hear traditional Egyptian music played live onboard. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Ancient Egypt Tour & Red Sea Getaway

Combine cultural sightseeing with outdoor adventure on this action-packed trip plan that takes you to some of Egypt's fascinating ancient monuments before detouring to the Red Sea to relax at the beach resort of Hurghada. 

Yachts in the harbor at Hurghada
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo & See the Pyramids of Giza  Cairo
Day 2 Tour the Temple of Luxor Luxor
Day 3 Transfer to Beach Resort of Hurghada & Relax Hurghada
Day 4 Enjoy the Red Sea & Desert Safari Hurghada
Day 5 Depart Egypt - End of Trip  


Start in Cairo and begin sightseeing immediately: time is of the essence on a 5-day tour! On day one, you'll visit the Egyptian Museum and go to Giza to see the pyramids and the famous Sphinx. Overnight in Cairo before catching a domestic flight to Luxor on day two. During this day in the Nile Valley, you'll focus on two major points of interest: the ancient Egyptian temples of Karnak and Luxor. 

On day three, you'll switch gears, traveling by car to the beach resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. Explore the cafés and markets of El Dahar, the old town, before relaxing on the sand. The area is a hot spot for scuba diving, particularly around the SS Thistlegorm Wreck, a famous shipwreck dive site. The following day, go for a refreshing morning swim before heading out for a desert safari adventure on a camel, ATV, or 4x4 vehicle. You'll get back to town in time for one last dinner before the trip wraps up and you fly out. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Cruise Adventure on the Nile River

This short but action-packed cruise down the Nile River includes stops at the temples of Luxor and Karnak, a horsedrawn carriage tour through the temple complex at Edfu, and a side trip by boat to the archeological ruins of Elephantine Island.

Water views during a cruise along the Nile
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Luxor & Sightsee Luxor
Day 2 Cruise to the Valley of the Kings & Deir el-Bahri Edfu
Day 3 Explore Edfu & Continue to Aswan Aswan
Day 4 See the Abu Simbel Temples & Boat to Elephantine Island Aswan
Day 5 Visit the Philae Temple - End of Trip  


The trip gets underway in Luxor. You'll spend a day sightseeing, visiting the temples of Luxor and Karnak, then overnight in town. The cruise down the Nile River begins on day two. You'll float down to the Valley of the Kings, where you'll get off the boat for a guided tour. Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the focal point of the Deir el-Bahri complex, before the cruise continues along the Nile to Edfu

On day three, enjoy a horseback carriage ride through the temple complex of Edfu as your guide explains the site's history and cultural significance. Tour the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo, then cruise onward to Aswan in the evening. You'll see the majestic temples of Abu Simbel on day four, followed by an afternoon excursion to the archeological site of Elephantine Island on a traditional sailing vessel. Overnight in Aswan, then visit the Philae Temple before catching a flight out. Learn more

More Great Egypt Itineraries

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Map of 5 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
Map of 5 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries