Seven to nine days is the most popular trip length for Egypt travelers interested in visiting both Cairo and Luxor, especially when also including Aswan, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. If you're only headed to Cairo and Luxor, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in five to six days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four days. Check out our favorite Cairo and Luxor trips below.

How many days do you need in Cairo & Luxor?

  • Most travelers spend 5-6 days in Cairo and Luxor combined
  • Visiting Cairo and Luxor in 4 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 7 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Aswan, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo 

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Recommended Itineraries for Cairo & Luxor

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

The Colossi of Memnon
Walk around the Colossi of Memnon while exploring Luxor's West Bank
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Self-Guided Sightseeing Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Egyptian Museum & Great Pyramids Of Giza Cairo
Day 3 Fly to Luxor, Tour the Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple Luxor
Day 4 Explore the West Bank in Luxor, Fly to Cairo Cairo
Day 5 Depart Cairo  

This 5-day tour takes you to ancient Egypt's most iconic sites, from mysterious pyramids to ancient temples. You'll base yourself in Cairo, taking a domestic flight to and from Luxor to see as much as possible. Check out pharaohs' treasures and the King Tut exhibit at Cairo's Egyptian Museum, behold the massive Colossi of Memnon statues in Luxor, tour the impressive Karnak Temple, and view the famous Pyramids of Giza. Read more

Extended Itineraries

1-Week Itinerary Including Aswan

Boats on the Nile, Cairo
Cruise along the Nile from Aswan to Luxor
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Pyramids of Giza & Memphis Cairo
Day 3 Tour the Egyptian Museum, Learn About Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Aswan, Board Nile Cruise Aswan
Day 5 Boat to the Temples of Edfu & Kom Ombo  Luxor
Day 6 Explore the Temple of Luxor Luxor
Day 7 Depart Cairo  

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 & Edfu

Visit the Temple of Horus before sailing to Aswan
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Explore Cairo
Day 2 Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum Cairo
Day 3 Arrive in Luxor, East Bank Tour, Board Nile Cruise Luxor
Day 4 Explore the Valley of the Kings Edfu
Day 5 Tour the Temple of Horus, Tour the Temples of Sobek & Haroeris Edfu
Day 6 Visit the Aswan High Dam Aswan
Day 7 Fly to Cairo, Free Time Cairo
Day 8 Depart Cairo 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, Esna & Kom Ombo

Visit a number of temples, including in Kom Ombo, during this Nile cruise itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo, Explore Cairo
Day 2 Tour to Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo & Khan El Khalili Bazaar Cairo
Day 3 Tour to Giza Pyramids: Memphis & Giza Cairo
Day 4 Fly to Luxor, Board Nile 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 Aswan 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 a memorable Nile River cruise toward 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 & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cairo & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas