Seven to nine days is the most popular trip length for Egypt travelers interested in visiting Cairo, especially when also including another location like Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna, or Kom Ombo. If you're only headed to Cairo, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in four to five days. For the best itineraries including Cairo, keep reading below.

How many days do you need in Cairo?

  • Most travelers spend 4-5 days in Cairo
  • With 6 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo 

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Recommended Itineraries for Cairo

Recommended Itinerary for 4 Days

Spend quality time at the renovated Egyptian Museum
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Egyptian Museum & Cairo Tower Cairo
Day 3 Old Cairo Day Tour Cairo
Day 4 Visit Alexandria, Depart Cairo Cairo

Hit the highlights of Cairo and neighboring Alexandria on this tour. Over the course of four days, you'll see the Pyramids and Sphinx along with the extensive archives of the Egyptian Museum, views from Cairo Tower, and remnants of the ancient world in Alexandria. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

See the Pyramids during a guided tour of Giza
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Self-Guided Exploration Cairo
Day 2 See the Pyramids on a Tour of Giza, Visit the Egyptian Museum, Sound & Light Show Cairo
Day 3 View Precious Antiquities in Alexandria Cairo
Day 4 Guided Tour of Islamic Cairo, Dinner Cruise on the Nile Cairo
Day 5 Depart Cairo  

This five-day trip is anchored in Cairo and takes you to Egypt's top cultural highlights. Begin with major attractions in the capital city, touring the Egyptian Museum to see the King Tut exhibit. Then, detour to Giza to visit the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx, and then take a day trip to Alexandria to explore ancient Roman ruins. Return to Cairo, where you'll learn about Islamic traditions, and go for a dinner cruise on the Nile River. Read more

Extended Itineraries

1-Week Itinerary Including Aswan & Luxor 

Take a scenic cruise on the Nile River
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Memphis, Saqqara Cairo
Day 3 Cairo: Egyptian Museum &Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Aswan, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 5 Travel by Boat to the Temples of Edfu & Kom Ombo  Luxor
Day 6 Explore the Temple of Luxor Luxor
Day 7 Fly to Cairo, Depart  

Enjoy the best of Egypt on this weeklong adventure. Spend a few days in Cairo, visiting museums, learning about Islamic history, and side-tripping to the pyramids of Giza, before boarding a boat for a cruise along the Nile River. Highlights along the journey include Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Karnak Temple. The itinerary ends up back in Cairo—a perfect way to spend seven days. Read more

8-Day Itinerary Including Aswan, Luxor & Edfu

Visit Egypt's ancient sites like the Luxor Temple complex
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Self-Guided Exploration Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Giza Pyramids & Sphinx Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor, Board Nile Cruise (Day 1) Luxor
Day 4 Nile Cruise (Day 2) Edfu
Day 5 Nile Cruise (Day 3) Edfu
Day 6 Nile Cruise (Day 4) Aswan
Day 7 Fly to Cairo, Free Time Cairo
Day 8 Depart Cairo  

Follow the ancient Nile down through Egypt to sail to some of the ancient world's most dramatic structures. Spots such as Karnak, Luxor, and Abu Simbel evoke the complex structures of ancient Egyptian life and architecture, while a city tour of Cairo and a trip to the Aswan Dam will help bring you into Egypt's present. Read more

9-Day Itinerary Including Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo

Get up close to the awe-inspiring columns at the Temple of Kom Ombo
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Tour the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo & Khan El Khalili Bazaar Cairo
Day 3 Discover the Great Pyramids: Giza & Memphis  Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Luxor, Board Nile River Cruise, Tour the Temples of Luxor & Karnak Luxor
Day 5 Explore the Valley of the Kings, Cruise to Esna Esna
Day 6 Cruise to Kom Ombo via the Temple of Edfu Kom Ombo
Day 7 Cruise to Aswan, Visit the Temple of Philae, Aswan Dam & Unfinished Obelisk Aswan
Day 8 Disembark from Nile River Cruise, Fly to Cairo Cairo
Day 9 Depart Cairo  

Cruise deep into the heart of Egypt on this laid-back, 9-day itinerary. After exploring the many charms of Cairo—from the Great Pyramids to bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar—you'll catch a quick flight south to Luxor to board an unforgettable Nile River cruise towards Aswan. By day you'll discover ancient sites and antiquities, while nights are spent falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the river. Read more


Map of Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas