Best of Cairo

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Cairo
One of the largest cities in Africa, Cairo has occupied a strategic point on the Nile for over a thousand years. Wandering the streets is pure sensory overload with the call to prayer echoing over bustling markets and photogenic mosques. The Pyramids of Giza lie at the edge of the city, and evoke the mystery of the ancient world. Another not to be missed sight, the Egyptian Museum houses one of the world’s most important collections of ancient artifacts. 

You can delve deeper into Egyptian history on a guided visit to the Citadel of Saladin See, an impressive monument of military architecture dating back to the Middle Ages. Among Cairo’s many striking mosques, the 14th-century Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is considered the finest work of early Mamluk architecture in Cairo. You can also browse for lamps, jewelry, carpets and souvenirs in the lanes of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, a market in Cairo’s historical center.
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The Great Sphinx of Giza
Map of Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days
Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days

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 day-trip to Alexandria to explore ancient Roman ruins. Finish the trip back in Cairo, where you'll learn about Islamic traditions and go for a dinner cruise on the Nile River.

Giza Pyramids
Map of Best of Cairo - 4 Days
Best of Cairo - 4 Days

On this quick, eventful journey, experience the best of Cairo. Tour the Egyptian Museum, which includes antiques that date back 5,000 years, followed by a visit to the famous Cairo Tower. Then, enjoy a concert in Giza surrounded by the pyramids and the Sphinx. Next, tour the Old Cairo churches, mosques, and market stalls, and enjoy delicious Egyptian fare.

Inside the ancient city of Petra, Jordan
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman, & Petra - 7 days

Venture to the Great Pyramid of Giza, climb to the top of Petra's largest temple, see Dead Sea Scrolls in person, go for a safari tour in Wadi Rum: these are just a few of the adventures that await you on this thrilling 7-day itinerary around Egypt and Jordan. Start with a few days in Cairo learning about Egyptian culture and history, then cross the border to Amman to begin your journey around deserts and Roman ruins.

Pyramids & Sphinx
Best of Cairo & Alexandria - 4 Days

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.

Browse the colorful stalls at Cairo's Khan El Khalili Bazaar
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Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Take a deep-dive into Cairo's ancient sites (like Saqqara) on this six-day tour
Map of Cairo in Depth: Discover the Egyptian Capital - 6 Days
Cairo in Depth: Discover the Egyptian Capital - 6 Days

Delve deep into the enthralling Egyptian capital and its surroundings with this whirlwind six-day adventure. With guided tours and fascinating excursions, you'll check off Cairo's most iconic sites and discover a few hidden gems along the way. Follow an Egyptologist through the Pyramids of Giza, hunt for souvenirs in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, see the treasures of King Tut in the Egyptian Museum, and venture out of the city for a day trip to Egypt's only waterfall at the Fayoum Oasis.

Tour the Temple of Karnak in Luxor
Map of Treasures of Egypt & Jordan - 8 Days
Treasures of Egypt & Jordan - 8 Days

From the Valley of the Kings to the lost city of Petra, the ancient wonders of Egypt and Jordan beckon on this eight-day itinerary. Start in Cairo to stand in the shadow of the Sphinx and discover the dazzling antiquities of the Egyptian Museum. After a day trip through the temples and tombs of Luxor, you'll delve deeper into the history of Old Cairo with visits to the Salah El-din Citadel and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Then, it's on to Jordan to discover the Roman ruins of Amman, the red canyons of Petra, and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

The Colossi of Memnon
Map of Highlights of Ancient Egypt: Cairo & Luxor  - 5 Days
Highlights of Ancient Egypt: Cairo & Luxor - 5 Days

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.

Combine iconic Egyptian sites like the pyramids of Giza with ancient wonders in remote Siwa
Map of Cultural Highlights of Northern Egypt: Cairo & Siwa Oasis - 9 Days
Cultural Highlights of Northern Egypt: Cairo & Siwa Oasis - 9 Days

Explore both Egypt's glittering capital and a far-flung desert oasis on this nine-day adventure in the north of the country. Dive deep into Egyptian culture in Cairo, where you'll seek out the famous sights with a local guide—including the star of the show, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Then it's time to take respite from the desert heat in the Siwa Oasis, journeying through its dunes and ancient mud brick cityscapes with dinner at a Bedouin camp. One last Cairo foodie adventure caps off the trip as the grand finale.

Feel like Indiana Jones as you explore the ancient ruins of Siwa's Shali Old Town
Map of Cultural Highlights of Northern Egypt: Cairo & Siwa - 8 Days
Cultural Highlights of Northern Egypt: Cairo & Siwa - 8 Days

Explore Cairo's ancient core and concentrated culture before you head to the palm-fringed oasis of Siwa on this eight-day journey through Egypt's north. Guided tours of the capital will uncover fascinating history, from pharaohs to the birth of Christianity, before you strike out into the desert to roam the ancient mud-brick fortress of Shali, dip in saltwater pools, and dine at a Bedouin camp. End it all back in Cairo for a final food frenzy before waving goodbye to the "Land of Ra."

Spires on the skyline of Cairo
Map of Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh  - 7 Days
Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

On this weeklong tour of Egypt, you'll enjoy a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures. Tour ancient Egyptian landmarks in Cairo, behold the grand pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, and see Roman ruins in Alexandria. Then you'll fly to the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, venture out on a grand safari around Dahab, and relax by the Red Sea before circling back to the capital city.

Beaches along the Red Sea in Sharm El Sheikh
Map of Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 8 Days
Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 8 Days

Equal parts cultural tour and beach getaway, this eight-day Egyptian escape takes you from the bustling streets of Cairo to the shores of the Sinai Peninsula. Get to know the capital by visiting the ancient wonders of Giza and Memphis, joining a tour of the medieval Salah El-din Citadel, and taking a stroll through the colorful Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. After a quick flight to the coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the rest of your trip is free to savor the sun-soaked beaches and clear waters of the Red Sea at your own pace.

The Red Sea beaches of Sharm El Sheikh
Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

Cultural sightseeing meets a beach vacation on this week-long Egyptian getaway. Starting in Cairo, you'll explore the ancient world with tours of the Great Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Alexandria. Then switch gears and head for the coast, where you can unwind in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh—sunbathing, swimming, and scuba diving along the Sinai Peninsula.

End your adventure in Egypt's White Desert
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & White Desert - 12 Days

Combine ancient history with natural wonders on this 12-day Egyptian adventure. Ride camels in the shadow of the Great Pyramids, board a relaxing cruise down the Nile River, and discover the remarkable antiquities of Abu Simbel, Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings. After exploring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Old Cairo, set off into the breathtaking landscapes of the White and Black Deserts—visiting lush oases and otherworldly landscapes as you camp under the stars.

Views from the Nile River
Map of Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days
Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days

See Egypt by land, sea, and air on this unforgettable 10-day adventure. Start in Cairo and the legendary pyramids of Giza, then fly to Luxor and take a ride down the Nile River, stopping to tour ancient temples along the way. Circle back to the capital and immerse yourself in Cairo's Islamic heritage as you visit mosques and museums and browse for souvenirs at the 14th-century market, Khan el-Khalili.

Aswan's Temple of Philae
Discover Egypt - 9 Days

This 9-day trip hits the highlights of Egypt, including a luxurious Nile River cruise to experience the best of the country's captivating history. Begin your journey with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and immerse yourself in the riches of the Egyptian Museum. Then, after a short flight to Luxor, you'll board your cruise down the Nile and marvel at the grandeur of Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, and more. Along the way, you'll have ample time to unwind and take in the incredible scenery along the river.

Luxor, Egypt
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Morocco: Cairo, Marrakech & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Morocco: Cairo, Marrakech & More - 14 Days

Explore the best of Egypt and Morocco on this two-week tour of the highlights. You'll sightsee Cairo, visit the pyramids, enjoy a three-day cruise along the Nile River, and more. Then zip over to Morocco, where you'll tour Casablanca, wander through the bustling medina of Fes, and float over the countryside near Marrakech in a hot air balloon.

Boats on the Nile, Cairo
Cairo Adventure & Nile Cruise - 7 days

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!

Felucca sailboats on the Nile
Map of Egyptian Highlights of Cairo & The Nile - 8 Days
Egyptian Highlights of Cairo & The Nile - 8 Days

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.

Ancient Egyptian temple complex in Luxor
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Petra & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Petra & More - 14 Days

This two-week journey features an appealing mix of culture, history, and outdoor adventure. The itinerary starts in Egypt, where you'll sightsee in Cairo, visit the Pyramids of Giza, cruise down the Nile River on a boat, and tour the ancient temples at Luxor. Then you'll cross the border to Jordan, where the second part of the trip begins. See Petra's jaw-dropping "Rose City," go on a safari around Wadi Rum, and take it easy by the Dead Sea.

Hot air balloons over the Valley of the Kings
Treasures of Egypt: Cities, Deserts & Nile Cruise - 15 Days

Immerse yourself in Egypt's ancient history and natural beauty on this comprehensive 15-day itinerary. See the Great Pyramids, stroll the markets and mosques of Old Cairo, set sail on an unforgettable river cruise up the Nile, and tour the temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, and Luxor. After day trips to Alexandria and Wadi Natrun, you'll venture into the sand dunes and oases of the White Desert to camp under the stars.

The Pyramids of Giza
Highlights of Cairo, Alexandria, and Hurghada - 6 Days

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.

Cruise down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan
Map of Journey Down the Nile: Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Kom Ombo & Aswan - 9 Days
Journey Down the Nile: Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Kom Ombo & Aswan - 9 Days

Cruise deep into the heart of Egypt on this laid-back, nine-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, like Luxor Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk, while nights are spent falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the river.

The incredible Colossi of Memnon in the Valley of the Kings
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman & More - 10 days

This exciting itinerary takes you to the top highlights of Egypt and Jordan. You'll start your trip in Cairo and visit the Pyramids of Giza before departing for a three-day cruise along the Nile River with stops at many of Egypt's most famous temples. Then you'll cross the border to Amman, Jordan. After one day in the city, travel to the ancient city of Petra and enjoy a desert safari tour through Wadi Rum.

Spend four days cruising up the Nile River to see landmarks like Philae Temple
Map of Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Amman to Cairo - 11 Days
Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Amman to Cairo - 11 Days

Combining cultural landmarks and natural wonders, this 11-day itinerary introduces you to the highlights of Jordan and Egypt. Discover the archaeological hotspots of Amman and Jerash, relax on the shores of the Dead Sea, wander through the ancient city of Petra, and camp under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert. Once in Egypt, check the great pyramids off your bucket list before boarding a scenic river cruise up the Nile River to Luxor—stopping to explore ancient temples along the way.

Tour the Valley of the Kings
Treasures of Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Luxor & the White Desert - 9 Days

Combine cultural sights with a Nile River cruise and a desert adventure on this 9-day jaunt through Egypt. Start in Cairo to discover the antiquities of the Egyptian Museum and the Great Pyramids, then board a luxurious river cruise to journey up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. Visit the ancient wonders of Abu Simbel, Edfu, and the Valley of the Kings along the way—then change gears and venture into the breathtaking White Desert for a camping trip under the stars.

Spend three nights crusing up the Nile River
Cairo & Nile River Cruise: Aswan, Edfu & Luxor - 7 Days

Egypt's ancient wonders await on this unforgettable week-long itinerary. After touring the Great Pyramids in Cairo, fly to Aswan to board a three-night river cruise up the mighty Nile. Visit the famed temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, and Edfu along the way—then disembark at Luxor to discover the Valley of the Kings. Your journey comes to a close back in Cairo, where you'll spend a final morning browsing the treasures of the Egyptian Museum.

Explore the Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile River in Luxor
Map of Cairo & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

The shores of the Red Sea in Dahab
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, the Sinai Peninsula & Amman - 10 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, the Sinai Peninsula & Amman - 10 Days

This 10-day Middle Eastern adventure covers not one but two wonders of the world—both ancient and new. It starts in Cairo, where you'll visit the legendary Giza pyramid complex and marvel at wonders like the Great Sphinx. After some time exploring the highlights of the Sinai Peninsula, you're off to Jordan, where you'll visit the UNESCO "Rose City" of Petra and float effortlessly in the waters of the Dead Sea.

 Wake up to beautiful sunrises overlooking the Red Sea in Hurghada
Map of Cairo & Hurghada: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo & Hurghada: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Combine ancient Egyptian sites with relaxing beach time along the Red Sea
Map of Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that seven to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Egypt trip with stops in both Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. Get inspired with our Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh trip ideas below.

Camp overnight in the red-sand desert of Wadi Rum
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman & the Dead Sea - 13 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman & the Dead Sea - 13 Days

Discover ancient ruins and natural landscapes across Egypt and Jordan on this 13-day adventure. Begin by experiencing Cairo's rich culture with a traditional folk performance and historic district tour before flying to Aswan to board a four-night Nile cruise. Visit iconic temples and tombs along the river, then fly to Jordan and hop on a Jeep to climb red dunes and rock formations at Wadi Rum. Finally, uncover the ancient "Rose City" of Petra and bustling Amman before blissfully floating in the Dead Sea.

Adventure your way through Egypt on this 15-day tour that takes you from Cairo to the Red Sea town of Dahab
Map of Adventurous Egypt: City, Desert, River & Coast - 15 Days
Adventurous Egypt: City, Desert, River & Coast - 15 Days

With desert camping, camel rides, and a Red Sea snorkeling excursion, this 15-day itinerary adds a dash of adventure to your Egyptian vacation. Start in Cairo with some classic sightseeing and the pyramids of Giza, then it's on to Luxor to see the Valley of the Kings by hot-air balloon and board a Nile River cruise to Aswan. After a day trip to Alexandria and a night under the stars in the White Desert, fly to coastal Dahab, where you'll dive into coral reefs and take a quick jaunt into Jordan to see Petra.

A highlights of your 16-day adventure is a night spent in the White Desert
Map of Adventurous Egypt: Cities, Deserts, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 16 Days
Adventurous Egypt: Cities, Deserts, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 16 Days

Ancient wonders meet adventurous nature excursions on this epic 16-day trip across Egypt. Alongside a jam-packed itinerary of temple tours, city explorations, and a multiday Nile River cruise, you'll see a more rugged side of the country as you venture deep into the White Desert and explore the Red Sea coastline around Dahab. Immersive day trips to Alexandria and Abu Simbel and a cross-border visit to Petra round things out.

Karnak Temple is just one of the astonishing sites you'll explore on this grand tour
Map of Luxury Cultural Tour of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria & Siwa - 14 Days
Luxury Cultural Tour of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria & Siwa - 14 Days

The treasures of Egypt extend far beyond the Giza pyramids, which you'll quickly discover on this luxury two-week adventure. It begins in Cairo, where you'll ease into the dynamic capital's rich history and culture on visits to its best museums and dining in its finest restaurants. After touring those famous pyramids, travel south to Luxor, a hotbed of ancient dynastic history, then head to coastal Alexandria before venturing off the beaten path to experience the mystical desert oasis at Siwa.

Visit the mud-brick Shali Old Town, an ancient Berber settlement in the Siwa Oasis
Map of Highlights & Hidden Treasures of Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Aswan & Luxor - 13 Days
Highlights & Hidden Treasures of Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Aswan & Luxor - 13 Days

Delve into Egypt's cultural heritage and natural beauty in just under two weeks, starting in the capital, Cairo. Watch the sunset from the city's highest point, take a day trip to the waterfalls of Wadi el-Rayan, and visit landmarks like the Egyptian Museum. Step off the beaten path to visit ancient ruins in Alexandria and the Siwa Oasis, then cruise down the Nile for three nights, stopping at temples along the way. Back in Cairo, finish with a Nile dinner cruise and cultural show aboard a Pharaonic barge.

Sail around the highlights of the Nile River on your own private vessel
Map of Luxury Egypt Sailing Adventure: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 14 Days
Luxury Egypt Sailing Adventure: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 14 Days

Make your dream of Egypt a reality as you set off on a luxury trip to marvel at a few of the greatest sites the world has ever known. Tours of Cairo's highlights and the iconic pyramids are a mere starter, as afterward, you'll board a luxury sailboat for a private Nile cruise. The adventure takes you from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the 13th-century Abu Simbel in Aswan, all while enjoying first-class dining both onboard the ship and at the country's finest restaurants

Pyramids of Giza
Map of Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days
Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days

Experience some of the most popular sites of the ancient world in style on this nine-day Egyptian luxury tour. You'll start off in Cairo, then cruise down the Nile to visit towering temples, elaborate tombs, and other monuments as you travel in style.

Take a trip out to the Siwa Oasis to explore ancient mudbrick fortresses and desert pools
Map of Egypt's Highlights & Hidden Corners: Cities, Oases, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 15 Days
Egypt's Highlights & Hidden Corners: Cities, Oases, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 15 Days

This far-reaching 15-day tour combines Egypt's iconic landmarks with off-the-beaten-path treasures. Visit the pyramids of Giza, explore Alexandria's historic center, and join a food and walking tour of Cairo. Then, unwind in the remote Siwa Oasis before boarding a three-day cruise down the Nile, stopping at ancient temples. Finally, dive into adventure in Hurghada with snorkeling in the Red Sea and desert quad biking to a Bedouin village before returning to Cairo for a dinner cruise.

Traditional sailboats on the Nile at Luxor
Cairo & Nile Cruise: Aswan & Luxor - 7 Days

Check off some of Egypt's most iconic sights on this diverse week-long itinerary. Cairo serves as your base for three nights, while you explore the nation's capital, tour the Pyramids of Giza, and discover Alexandria's storied past. After a quick flight to Aswan, it's all aboard for a scenic three-day cruise up the Nile River, disembarking for day trips to the spectacular temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu & Karnak. Your adventure ends in Luxor, where you'll stroll through ancient history in the Valley of the Kings.

Wadi Rum
Discover Egypt & Jordan in 13 Days

Explore Egypt on a luxurious Nile River cruise as you visit Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Highlights will include visiting the Pyramids of Giza, seeing art and artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, and Karnak Temple in Luxor. As you cruise down the Nile, you will also have time to relax and take in the scenery. Then you'll visit Jordan, a country for those seeking both adventure and relaxation as well as mystique and ancient roots. You'll see sites such as the ancient city of Petra, the capital Jerash, the sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

Cruise the Nile from Aswan to Luxor
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Hurghada & White Desert - 13 Days

With a perfect blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 13-day Egyptian itinerary has something for everyone. Discover the ancient sites and antiquities of Cairo, cruise up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, lounge on white-sand beaches at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, and end your journey camping under the stars among the breathtaking dunes of the White Desert.

Sunbathe on the beaches of the Red Sea during this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Map of Egypt Discovery Tour: Ancient Sites, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 13 Days
Egypt Discovery Tour: Ancient Sites, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 13 Days

This perfectly-paced highlights itinerary offers a glimpse of Egypt's diversity in just 13 days. Journey from the Giza Plateau outside Cairo to the shores of the Red Sea in Hurghada—with a relaxed three-night Nile River cruise in between. Highlights of your trip include exploring the stepped pyramid of Djoser with an Egyptologist, a cruise down the palm-lined Nile River, a wild 4WD adventure in the dunes of the Sahara, and several snorkeling trips around the Red Sea's islands and reefs.

Among the tours and ancient temples, there'll be plenty of time for 5-star relaxation on your trip (photo courtesy of Sunrise Arabian Sharm el-Sheikh)
Map of Ultimate Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 14 Days
Ultimate Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 14 Days

You couldn't plan a more epic two-week luxury vacation than this grand tour of Egypt's highlights. Walk in the footsteps of ancient history in Cairo as you visit the best museums and hike around the Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx. Then you're off on a first-class cruise down the famed Nile River, stopping at ancient temples in Luxor and Aswan before jetting off to Sharm el-Sheikh for a few days of fun in the sun at Egypt's premier beach resort on the Red Sea.

Discover the reefs and beaches of the Red Sea on this 13-day Egyptian adventure
Map of Egypt City, River, Desert & Coast Adventure - 13 Days
Egypt City, River, Desert & Coast Adventure - 13 Days

This 13-day Egypt itinerary blends city fun, a temple-hopping river cruise, desert camping, and active adventures on the Red Sea. Hit the ground running in the capital with a camel ride among the Pyramids before hopping on a peaceful three-day cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Venture toward the oasis of Bahariya for a night of camping in the otherworldly White Desert, then it's on to Sharm el-Sheikh for a midnight hike up Mount Sinai and a day of Red Sea snorkeling before wrapping up back in Cairo.

On the beach at Sharm el-Sheikh
Map of Nile River Cruise & Red Sea Getaway - 10 Days
Nile River Cruise & Red Sea Getaway - 10 Days

This 10-day Egyptian adventure is perfect for anyone who likes to spend time on (and in) the water. It kicks off with a multi-day cruise down the legendary Nile River, with stops to tour ancient temples along the way. Finish the trip with a few days of relaxing by the Red Sea in the idyllic coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, with an added visit to Saint Catherine's, the longest-operating monastery in the world.

Yachts in the harbor at Hurghada
Map of Ancient Egypt & Red Sea Getaway - 5 Days
Ancient Egypt & Red Sea Getaway - 5 Days

On this whirlwind tour through Egypt, you'll see diverse destinations ranging from the busy capital city to a beach resort by the Red Sea. Starting in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum and the King Tut exhibit, detour to the pyramids of Giza, and see the ancient temples of Luxor and Karnak. Then head for the coast, spending the last few days in Hurghada, swimming in the ocean and enjoying a desert safari tour.

Relax on the beaches of Sharm el-Sheikh in between active adventures
Map of Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure: Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh - 6 Days
Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure: Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh - 6 Days

Journey from bustling metropolis to seaside splendor on this active six-day adventure across Egypt. After touring the Great Pyramids by camel, jet off to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In between relaxing beach time and snorkeling fun, you'll embark on memorable excursions into the surrounding desert—including an overnight trek up Mount Sinai and dinner under the stars at a remote Bedouin camp. Wind down back in Cairo with a final food tour around the city before your departure.

Walk among the ancients at the famed pyramid complex of Giza
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Petra & Wadi Rum - 8 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Petra & Wadi Rum - 8 Days

Set off on a quick, eight-day journey through Egypt and Jordan to see the highlights of both countries. You'll start with a guided tour of Old Cairo and a day trip to the pyramids in Giza, then fly to Aswan for a three-day cruise up the Nile River. Stop at landmarks like Abu Simbel and the Temple of Khnum until you disembark and trade Luxor for Amman, Jordan's capital. End your trip by exploring Petra at your own pace and seeing the sights of Wadi Rum via Jeep.

Rise above Luxor's ancient temples and tombs in a hot-air balloon at sunrise
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Petra & Wadi Rum - 9 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Petra & Wadi Rum - 9 Days

This nine-day adventure takes you to some of the best natural landscapes and ancient ruins that Egypt and Jordan have to offer. Spend two days exploring Cairo and the Giza Pyramid Complex before flying to Aswan, where you'll board a three-day cruise up the Nile River. Disembark each day to explore the surrounding temples, then fly to Amman, Jordan's capital. Visit the archaeological site of Petra and end with an exhilarating Jeep tour across Wadi Rum.

You'll have plenty of opportunities for beach time during your three nights in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
Map of Ultimate Highlights of Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 16 Days
Ultimate Highlights of Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 16 Days

Spend 16 days exploring the legendary sites of Egypt on this grand tour that spans the country from north to south. Tour the pyramids of Giza with an Egyptologist guide, temple-hop along the shores of the Nile on a six-night river cruise, and take a day trip to the Mediterranean Sea to explore the ancient city of Alexandria. It's not all cultural tours and sightseeing—you'll also jet off to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for outdoor adventures and beach time.

Sail the Nile in a luxurious dahabiya sailing boat
Egypt & Jordan Grand Tour: Cairo, Nile Sailing Trip, Hurghada, Bahariya & Petra - 20 Days

Enjoy culture, adventure, and relaxation on this unforgettable 20-day tour of Egypt and Jordan. See the iconic pyramids, temples, and tombs of the ancient world, explore otherworldly deserts and Red Sea beaches, and board a traditional dahabiya sailboat to cruise the Nile River in style. After discovering Egypt's many highlights and hidden gems, it's time to hop over to Jordan to camp among the red dunes of Wadi Rum and experience the "Lost City' of Petra by candlelight.

Cruise down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan
Ultimate Egypt: Cairo, Nile River Cruise & the Red Sea - 14 Days

Cultural highlights, river cruising, and a beach vacation combine on this unforgettable two-week Egyptian adventure. Starting in Cairo, you'll marvel at the Great Pyramids and explore the city's world-class museums before flying south to Luxor, capital of the ancient pharaohs. Shift gears and board a scenic cruise down the Nile River to Aswan, exploring temples and tombs along the way, then head to the coast to end your journey on the gorgeous Red Sea beaches of Sharm El Sheikh.

The massive statues at Abu Simbel
Map of Egyptian Culture & History Tour: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & More - 14 Days
Egyptian Culture & History Tour: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & More - 14 Days

Pyramids, temples, tombs, Roman ruins—this two-week tour of Egypt takes you to the country's top cultural and historical highlights. You'll visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, touring the most important monuments along the way, from the Karnak Temple Complex to the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings. Finish the trip with a few relaxing days in Sharm El Sheikh, an Egyptian resort town with white sandy beaches and clear water perfect for swimming and boating.

The Valley of the Kings
Explore Egypt: Ancient Cairo, Nile Cruise & Red Sea Beaches - 14 Days

This two-week tour showcases the highlights and hidden gems of Egypt— from ancient temples to Red Sea resorts. Discover the iconic Great Pyramids and the lesser-known sites of Saqqara and Dahshour, cruise up the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor, and head to the coast for rest and relaxation on the beaches of Hurghada. End your journey by circling back to Cairo, where you'll tour historic mosques and markets and embark on day trips to Alexandria and Fayoum.

Sunrise over the White Desert
Egypt Highlights: Cairo, White Desert, Luxor & Hurghada - 9 Days

Combining cultural highlights with stunning beaches and deserts, this 9-day Egyptian itinerary offers a perfect blend of ancient history and outdoor adventure. Visit the Great Pyramids and discover the many flavors of Cairo on a gastronomic tour, then set out into the breathtaking White Desert for a Bedouin camping experience. After a day spent exploring the temples and tombs of Luxor, you'll head for the beach and end your journey in the Red Sea diving hotspot of Hurghada.

After your three-day Nile cruise, relax on the golden sands of one of Hurghada's beaches
Map of Egyptian Highlights From Cairo to the Red Sea - 9 Days
Egyptian Highlights From Cairo to the Red Sea - 9 Days

In just nine days, you'll see some of Egypt's most iconic landmarks and natural wonders—from the historic streets of Cairo to the coastal Red Sea city of Hurghada. In between, spend three days cruising down the Nile, stopping at ancient temples like Edfu and Karnak along the way. Other highlights include a food and walking tour in the capital, a day trip to the Giza pyramid complex, a boat trip to the Giftun Islands, and a Jeep tour across the desert.

Explore the desolate White Desert by Jeep with a local guide
Map of Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure - 9 Days
Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure - 9 Days

Whether you're looking for city fun, outdoor adventures, or relaxing beach time, this nine-day trip across Egypt has something for everyone. You'll tick off the capital's famous highlights, like the Giza pyramids, before heading deep into Egypt's desert interior to see otherworldly landscapes, experience Bedouin culture, and pitch a rustic camp among the lava-scorched Black Desert. End it all by heading to Sharm el-Sheikh for an epic overnight hike and snorkeling among the vibrant reefs of the Red Sea.

Hike up Mount Sinai to catch the sunrise on this 12-day Egyptian adventure
Map of Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure - 12 Days
Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure - 12 Days

Race across Egypt in adventurous style with this 12-day active itinerary. After hitting the highlights in Cairo, strike out toward Siwa Oasis to swim in Cleopatra's Pool and explore ancient rock-cut fortresses. Venture into the White Desert for two nights of camping under the stars, then fly to Sharm el-Sheikh for an epic hike up Mount Sinai and snorkeling in the Red Sea. You'll wind down back in Cairo with a Nile dinner cruise and a spin around the Egyptian Museum.

See ancient wonders like the stepped Pyramid of Djoser on this 12-day adventure through Egypt
Map of Ultimate Highlights of Egypt: From Cairo to the Red Sea - 12 Days
Ultimate Highlights of Egypt: From Cairo to the Red Sea - 12 Days

This 12-day tour checks off the most iconic sights of Egypt, from the shores of the Nile to the beaches of the Red Sea. Tour the pyramids of Giza with an Egyptologist guide, then transfer to Luxor to float over the Valley of the Kings by hot-air balloon. Hop between ancient temples on your way to Aswan, where you'll explore its islands by sailboat. After a quick visit to the carved wonders of Abu Simbel, you're off to Sharm el-Sheikh to snorkel, swim, and dine under the stars at a Bedouin camp.

Beautiful ancient hieroglyphs in the Habu Temple at Luxor
Map of Ultimate Egypt: Cairo, Nile River Cruise & the Red Sea - 15 Days
Ultimate Egypt: Cairo, Nile River Cruise & the Red Sea - 15 Days

There's more to Egypt than the great pyramids—this comprehensive 15-day adventure combines the country's most iconic ancient sites with a relaxing Nile River cruise and some downtime on the beaches of Sharm el-Sheikh. Along the way, you'll check off landmarks like the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel, visit spectacular riverside temples as you cruise toward Luxor, wander the historic bazaars of Cairo, and snorkel amid the colorful reefs and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.

A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
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Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days

Discover some of Egypt's most historic and exotic locales as you travel from Cairo across the country to the western oasis of Siwa. First, marvel at the great pyramids of Giza, see pharaohs' treasures in the Egyptian Museum, and tour one of the finest libraries of the ancient world in Alexandria. Then continue west to the Siwa Oasis to visit archaeological sites and enjoy a desert safari.

Cruise down the Nile to Luxor and explore its tombs and temples
Map of Egypt Ancient Wonders & Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor - 6 Days
Egypt Ancient Wonders & Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor - 6 Days

This quick six-day trip around Egypt starts and ends in Cairo, exploring plenty of ancient wonders in between. In the capital, see highlights such as the Egyptian Museum and Pyramids of Giza before setting sail on a three-day cruise down the Nile, where Aswan and Luxor's ancient sites await, including the Temple of Kom Ombo and Karnak. Disembark and spend your last few hours in Egypt exploring the Valley of the Kings, a burial site for pharaohs and noblemen.

Luxor Temple
History & Culture of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, & Aswan - 7 Days

In just a week, this action-packed itinerary takes you to Egypt's top historic and cultural attractions. You'll see the Great Pyramid of Giza, ancient temples at Karnak and Luxor, and fascinating antiquities at Cairo's Egyptian Museum. One particular highlight of the trip is a journey to the iconic temples at Abu Simbel, an ancient site that was dismantled and rebuilt on higher ground in the 1960s to make room for the Aswan High Dam.

 Pyramids of Giza
Map of Discover the Great Pyramids, Aswan & Abu Simbel - 8 days
Discover the Great Pyramids, Aswan & Abu Simbel - 8 days

On this eight-day cruise, you'll have time to marvel at the wonders of Egypt and relax while traveling on one of the largest artificial lakes in the world — Lake Nasser. You'll see major sights like the Great Pyramids of Giza, the ancient structures of Aswan, and the monumental temples at Abu Simbel.

The great Giza Pyramids
Explore the Treasures of Egypt and Jordan - 10 Days

Witness the ancient wonders of Egypt and Jordan during this 10-day adventure. After arriving in Cairo, you'll get to see pharaohs' treasures at the Egyptian Museum and explore the Pyramids of Giza, including the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Cruise the Nile River to see the temples at Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Luxor. Transfer to Jordan, where you'll visit the Roman Theater and Citadel in Amman, and get a full-day tour of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, dip your toes in the lowest point of the Earth: the Dead Sea.

Start your trip in Cairo and take a tour of the Pyramids
Map of Cairo, Aswan & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Aswan & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor spend about seven to nine days in Egypt, which usually includes some time in Edfu, Hurghada, Kom Ombo, or Esna, as well. If you're not interested in extending your itinerary, the same timeframe is enough for your Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four to six days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and beyond.

Watch the sunset from a Bedouin camp near Siwa
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 7 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 7 Days

Even with just a week in Egypt, you can see plenty more than the pyramids, as evidenced by this luxury adventure that includes some lesser-visited treasures. Your first day in Cairo is one for the books as you set off on an insider's tour of the Giza Plateau. Then, travel north to the coast and Alexandria to explore its ancient amphitheater, catacombs, and library before winding up at a tranquil eco-retreat in Siwa, a remote desert oasis where Cleopatra herself once bathed.

Spot Aswan's landmarks aboard a felucca, a traditional wooden sailboat
Map of Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman & the Dead Sea - 15 Days
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Hurghada, Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman & the Dead Sea - 15 Days

Discover Egypt and Jordan's iconic highlights on this 15-day tour, beginning in historic Cairo's museums and streets. You'll spend three days temple-hopping down the Nile, snorkel around the Giftun Islands off Hurghada, and ride a camel or quad bike in a Bedouin desert village. Then, trade one desert for another as you camp in Wadi Rum and discover ancient Petra at your own pace before taking a road trip down the King's Highway to explore ancient ruins in Amman and float in the Dead Sea.

Get lost in the narrow, mud-brick alleys of Siwa
Map of Egypt's Highlights & Hidden Corners: Cairo, Siwa, Luxor, Hurghada & More - 16 Days
Egypt's Highlights & Hidden Corners: Cairo, Siwa, Luxor, Hurghada & More - 16 Days

Go from the bustling capital to the shores of the Red Sea on this 16-day tour that features some of Egypt's off-the-beaten-path gems alongside the classic highlights. Discover landmarks like the Giza Pyramid Complex and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, then spend a day visiting Alexandria's ancient sites before transferring to the remote Siwa Oasis. Trade the desert for the Nile as you set off on a three-day cruise from Aswan to Luxor, then head to Hurghada for beaches, snorkeling, and desert fun.

The Nile River
Map of Egypt Cultural Tour & Nile River Cruise: Cairo, Siwa & More - 14 days
Egypt Cultural Tour & Nile River Cruise: Cairo, Siwa & More - 14 days

Explore Egypt by water and land on this action-packed two-week tour of the country. After getting oriented in Cairo, you'll cruise along the Nile on a boat, stopping to visit the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor Temple, and the Valley of the Kings. Then you'll continue the trip overland, exploring antiquities in Alexandria before retreating to the Siwa Oasis, home to the fascinating Berber settlements of the Egyptian desert. 

Gaze in awe at the temples of Egypt on this 11-day tour
Map of Egypt Ancient Highlights & Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor - 11 Days
Egypt Ancient Highlights & Nile Cruise: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor - 11 Days

Ancient history and archaeological wonders take center stage on this 11-day journey through Egypt. It starts with you riding a camel around the pyramids of Giza, browsing King Tut's artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, and bargaining for souvenirs at Cairo's old bazaar. Then, set off on a three-night Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor—hopping between riverside temples, visiting local islands, taking a spin on a traditional felucca sailboat, and making a day trip to marvel at the rock-cut splendor of Abu Simbel.

Take a night hike to the summit of Mount Sinai to watch the sunrise
Map of Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure: Cairo, Siwa, Bahariya & Sharm el-Sheikh - 11 Days
Egypt City, Desert & Coast Adventure: Cairo, Siwa, Bahariya & Sharm el-Sheikh - 11 Days

This whirlwind trip across Egypt packs in plenty of active outdoor adventures as you make your way from Cairo's winding bazaars to the shores of the Red Sea. Check off the capital's highlights, then it's off to the remote desert oasis of Siwa to explore its turquoise salt lakes and crumbling fortresses. Continue to Bahariya to pitch camp among the lava-scorched landscapes of the Black Desert, then jet off to the coast for hiking and snorkeling fun in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Visit the ancient Temple of Luxor on this 8-day itinerary
Map of Essential Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada - 8 Days
Essential Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada - 8 Days

This whirlwind eight-day itinerary checks off some of Egypt's most iconic cultural highlights and then heads to the beach for some well-earned relaxation. Take a food tour of Cairo, stand in the shadow of the Great Pyramids, and see Aswan's sights from a traditional felucca sailboat. After touring the magnificent temples and complexes of Luxor, transfer to the Red Sea to soak up some sun on the white sand beaches of Hurghada.

Spend four days cruising down the Nile River, passing ancient wonders en route
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Voyage Down the Nile: Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Kom Ombo, Aswan & Abu Simbel - 8 Days

Spend eight days exploring the ancient wonders of ancient Egypt, beginning in the capital, Cairo. Tour the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo's historic sites, and the iconic Giza pyramids, then fly to Luxor for a four-day cruise down the Nile. Stop at ancient treasures, like the Temple of Kom Ombo and Karnak, on your way to Aswan, and then trade the water for a late Abu Simbelnd transfer to visit the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples.

Dive into the ancient temples of Luxor on this eight-day expedition in Egypt
Map of Egyptian Highlights From Cairo to the Red Sea - 8 Days
Egyptian Highlights From Cairo to the Red Sea - 8 Days

Combine Cairo, the Nile River, and the Red Sea on this whirlwind eight-day tour that ticks off some of Egypt's greatest wonders. Wander the streets of the capital on a food tour, then learn the secrets of the pharaohs from an Egyptologist at the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum. Take a three-night cruise up the Nile, visiting riverside temples and tombs, then transfer to the beach town of Hurghada for a desert safari through the Sahara and snorkeling in the colorful coral reefs of the Red Sea.

End your Egypt adventure on the Red Sea in Hurghada
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Explore Egypt: Ancient Sites, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 11 Days

This diverse itinerary showcases Egypt's highlights across land, river, and sea in just 11 days. Start by touring the iconic sites of Giza and venturing deep into Cairo's historic neighborhoods and world-class museums. Then, fly to Aswan and board a cruise to spend three nights journeying up the Nile River. After immersing yourself in the ancient world at Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, transfer to the Red Sea for snorkeling, swimming, and soaking up the sun on the beaches of Hurghada.

Check out the massive Luxor Temple during your Egypt adventure
Map of Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan & Luxor: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 11 days is the most popular trip length for Egypt travelers interested in visiting Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan, and Luxor, especially when also including Bahariya. If you're not interested in Bahariya, 10 to 12 days is enough for your Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan, and Luxor trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as eight or nine days. Check out our favorite Cairo, Hurghada, Aswan, and Luxor trips below.

Start your trip in Cairo and explore the world-class Egyptian Museum
Map of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Edfu: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Edfu: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, seven to nine days is the perfect amount of time for an Egypt trip with stops in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Edfu. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five or six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—our favorite itinerary extension includes Hurghada. See more ideas for Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Edfu itineraries below.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you cruise the Nile from Aswan to Luxor
Map of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Bahariya: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Bahariya: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Bahariya spend about 10 to 13 days in Egypt, which usually includes some time in Hurghada, as well. If you're not interested in Hurghada, nine to 13 days is enough for your Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Bahariya trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in seven or eight days for travelers with limited time. For the best itineraries including Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Bahariya, keep reading below.

Traditional sailboats on the Nile
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada - 10 Days

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.

Explore Nile temples from Aswan to Luxor with the help of a private guide
Map of Ultimate Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 10 Days
Ultimate Luxury in Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise & Sharm el-Sheikh - 10 Days

Imagine a 10-day holiday that mixes tours of the world's most iconic antiquities with luxury cruises and relaxing beach time. That's what you're getting with this grand Egypt adventure, which begins in the capital of Cairo with dinner on the Nile River and a special insider's tour of the Giza pyramids. Then, set sail on a multiday cruise down the Nile, stopping at showstopping landmarks like the Temple of Luxor before winding up on the Red Sea coast at one of the finest beach resorts in the Middle East.

Hop aboard a luxury sailboat for a memorable trip down the Nile (photo courtesy of Movenpick)
Map of Luxury Egypt Sailing Adventure: Luxor to Aswan - 10 Days
Luxury Egypt Sailing Adventure: Luxor to Aswan - 10 Days

Pack your bags for a great adventure that will take you to the highlights of Egypt on land and water. This luxury tour begins in Cairo, where you'll marvel at iconic landmarks like the Sphinx and the pyramids, then discover Egypt's tantalizing flavors at the city's finest restaurants. Then, step aboard a private sailboat for a cruise down the Nile, stopping to see the Pharaonic statues at Abu Simbel, stroll the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, and visit the Temple of Horus, one of the grandest shrines of ancient Egypt.

Explore the fortified walls and towers around the medina in Fes
Map of Egypt & Morocco Highlights: Cairo, Nile River, Fes, Marrakesh & More - 15 Days
Egypt & Morocco Highlights: Cairo, Nile River, Fes, Marrakesh & More - 15 Days

Spend 15 days discovering Egypt and Morocco's highlights, starting in Cairo, where the Giza pyramid complex awaits. Move on to Luxor to board a three-day cruise along the Nile River, with stops at iconic temples and tombs along the way. Fly to Casablanca and transfer to Fes, spending two days discovering the bustling medina and picturesque architecture. Camp in the Afagay Desert, then head to your last stop, Marrakesh. Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride, visit the famous Jardin Majorelle, and more.

Get a glimpse of Nubian culture on a visit to Aswan's Elephantine Island
Map of Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman & More - 12 Days
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman & More - 12 Days

This 12-day cultural itinerary starts in Cairo, where you'll explore the bustling capital city and visit the pyramids of Giza before embarking on a three-day cruise down the Nile River to discover some of Egypt's most famous temples. Fly to Amman in Jordan to tour the historic city, visit the ruins of Gerasa, and travel to the ancient city of Petra for one night. Enjoy a desert drive across Wadi Rum's otherworldly landscape and spend your final night floating on the Dead Sea.

An aerial view of the Wadi Rum desert
Map of Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman, Petra, & More - 11 days
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman, Petra, & More - 11 days

You'll start your trip in Cairo—where you'll visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum—before departing for a three-day cruise along the Nile to many of Egypt's most famous temples in Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo. You'll also set sail along the Nile River to Aswan and then return to Cairo in time for your flight to Amman in Jordan. After one day in Amman, you'll travel to the ancient rose-colored city of Petra for one night before enjoying a desert tour through Wadi Rum and then returning to Amman for your final night.

Cruise your way down the Nile in the utmost luxury (photo courtesy of Farah Nile Cruise)
Map of Luxury Highlights of Jordan & Egypt - 10 Days
Luxury Highlights of Jordan & Egypt - 10 Days

Egypt and Jordan are home to some of the most dazzling ancient sites in the world—and this 10-day grand tour offers insider's tours and adventures in both countries. You'll arrive at the Dead Sea, where you'll enjoy natural spa treatments before traveling to the rock-cut temples of Petra and soaring over Wadi Rum's vast deserts by hot-air balloon. Then, jet over to Egypt for a VIP tour of the pyramids and Sphinx, plus take a luxury cruise down the Nile as you visit ancient temples from Luxor to Aswan.

See Egypt's most spectacular sights, including an insider's look at the Great Sphinx
Map of Luxury Highlights of Jordan & Egypt - 14 Days
Luxury Highlights of Jordan & Egypt - 14 Days

The only thing better than a luxury tour of Egypt's highlights is combining it with a luxury tour of Jordan's highlights. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure begins at Jordan's incomparable "Rose City," officially known as Petra, and from there, you'll travel around the Martian-like desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. After some relaxing beach time at the Dead Sea, hop over to Egypt, where you'll tour the pyramids, see Tutankhamun's tomb, browse the bazaars of Cairo, and take a grand multiday cruise down the Nile.

Walk around Egypt's massive Luxor Temple, located on the east bank of the Nile
Map of Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Egypt and Jordan typically plan a trip for 14 to 15 days when combining Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo with Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and Umm Qais. If you're not interested in Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and Umm Qais, 11 to 12 days is enough for your Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo trip. For the best itineraries, keep reading below.

 Visit the Temple of Khnum in Esna while sailing along the Nile River
Map of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, eight to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for an Egypt trip, with stops in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as six or seven days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—our favorite itinerary extension is Sharm el-Sheikh. Keep reading for more inspiring itineraries.

The Nile river
Map of Jewels of The Nile: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan - 8 days
Jewels of The Nile: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan - 8 days

Explore Egypt on a luxurious Nile River cruise as you visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. Highlights will include visiting the Pyramids of Giza, seeing art and artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, and Karnak Temple in Luxor. As you cruise down The Nile, you will also have time to relax and take in the scenery.

Visit the world's oldest stone pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser
Map of Egypt & Jordan's Ancient Ruins & Natural Landscapes - 16 Days
Egypt & Jordan's Ancient Ruins & Natural Landscapes - 16 Days

Desert landscapes, lush oases, and ancient temples await you on this 16-day tour across Egypt and Jordan. From Cairo, visit the Giza Pyramid Complex, sail down the Nile in a felucca, and explore the temples lining its shores. Then, rise above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and visit the Valley of the Queens before flying to Jordan to jump on a Jeep tour across the desert's red dunes in Wadi Rum, hike along the Jordan Trail to Aqaba, and explore the "Rose City" of Petra at your own pace.

 Visit the historic site and two temples of Abu Simbel while in Aswan
Map of Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 14 to 15 days is the perfect amount of time for an Egypt trip, with stops in Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 10 to 13 days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.

Your trip kicks off with Red Sea snorkeling in Sharm el-Sheikh
Map of Active Egyptian Adventure: Snorkeling, Hiking & Desert Camping - 8 Days
Active Egyptian Adventure: Snorkeling, Hiking & Desert Camping - 8 Days

Experience Egypt in adventurous fashion with this active eight-day itinerary. It kicks off in Sharm el-Sheikh, where you'll snorkel the Red Sea's reefs, make an epic overnight trek up Mount Sinai, and spend the day with local Bedouins. Hop over to Cairo for a quick spin around the Great Pyramids by camel, and then it's off to the lunar landscapes of the White Desert to camp under the stars. The fun winds down back in Sharm el-Sheikh with a bit more beach time before departure.

Other popular travel destinations in Egypt
Luxor · Aswan · Edfu · Kom Ombo · Esna · Sharm el-Sheikh · Hurghada · Siwa · Alexandria · Fayoum