Most people visiting both Cairo and Hurghada spend about nine to 11 days in Egypt, which usually includes some time in Aswan, Luxor, and Edfu as well. For travelers wanting to visit Cairo and Hurghada exclusively, plan six to nine days for a well-paced trip. For the best itineraries, including Cairo and Hurghada, keep reading below.

How many days do you need in Cairo & Hurghada?

  • Most travelers spend 6-9 days in Cairo and Hurghada combined
  • With 10 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Aswan, Luxor, and Edfu

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Recommended Itineraries for Cairo & Hurghada

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

The Pyramids of Giza
Start your adventure with a tour of the Pyramids of Giza
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Visit the Egyptian Museum & Pyramids of Giza Cairo
Day 2 Full-Day Tour of Alexandria Cairo
Day 3 Explore the Historic Streets of Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Transfer to Hurghada, Beach Time Hurghada
Day 5 Desert Safari Adventure & the Dead Sea Hurghada
Day 6 Return to Cairo, Depart  

During this 6-day trip, you'll learn about the ancient history of Cairo and Alexandria as well as visit the old beach town of Hurghada, located on the coast of the Red Sea. Get to know Cairo's old streets with historic churches and the Khan El Khalili old market, and spend a day seeing the Egyptian Museum and Pyramids of Giza. Wander through Alexandria to see ancient artifacts and the Roman Amphitheater, and transfer to Hurghada for diving, a desert safari, and relaxation. Read more

Extended Itineraries

10-Day Itinerary Including Aswan, Luxor & Edfu

See the Luxor Temple before heading to Hurghada
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Self-Guided Exploration Cairo
Day 2 Tour the Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum Cairo
Day 3 Old Cairo Day Tour Cairo
Day 4 Fly Cairo to Aswan, Board Nile Cruise Cairo
Day 5 Cruise to Edfu, Tour the Temples of Abu Simbel & Kom Ombo Aswan
Day 6 Cruise to Luxor, Tour the Temples of Horus, Karnak & Luxor Edfu
Day 7 Valley of the Kings Excursion, Transfer to Hurghada & the Red Sea Luxor
Day 8 Explore Hurghada & Desert Safari Hurghada
Day 9 Beach Day in Hurghada Hurghada
Day 10 Return to Cairo, Depart Hurghada

Discover Egypt's many faces on this diverse 10-day itinerary. Combining iconic cultural sights with scenic river cruising and a beach getaway, you'll check off all the highlights without sacrificing relaxing downtime. Tour the pyramids and wander the colorful Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo, cruise up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, and end your stay in Hurghada on the beaches of the Red Sea. Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Aswan & Luxor

The Red Sea in Hurghada
Spend four nights in Hurghada on the Red Sea
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Explore Cairo
Day 2 Tour the Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Aswan, Explore the Philae Temple & High Dam of Aswan Aswan
Day 4 Transfer to Luxor via Edfu, Explore Luxor
Day 5 Transfer to Hurghada, Free Time Hurghada
Day 6 Snorkeling at Giftun Island Hurghada
Day 7 Grand Safari Hurghada
Day 8 Beach Time in Hurghada Hurghada
Day 9 Transfer to Cairo, Free Time Cairo
Day 10 Depart Cairo Cairo

Travel to Egypt to explore breathtaking temples and the world-famous pyramids, fascinating mummies, and stunning artwork. Enjoy some downtime and relaxation at the sandy shore of the Red Sea, explore the vibrant corals of the Gifton National Park, and cruise into the desert with a 4WD Jeep. Read more


Map of Cairo & Hurghada: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cairo & Hurghada: Best Itinerary Ideas