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
Map of Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas
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.

Tour the Temple of Karnak in Luxor
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 8-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 Market. Then it's on to Jordan to discover the Roman ruins of Amman, the red canyons of Petra, and the breathtaking 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.

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
Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 8 Days

Equal parts cultural tour and beach getaway, this 8-day Egyptian escape takes you from the bustling streets of Cairo to the shores of the Sinai Peninsula. Get to know the capital with visits to the ancient wonders of Giza and Memphis, a tour of the medieval Salah El-din Citadel, and 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
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 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.

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.

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

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.

The Temple of Hercules on Amman's Citadel
Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Amman to Cairo - 11 Days

Combining cultural landmarks and natural wonders, this whirlwind 11-day itinerary introduces you to the unmissable 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, you'll check the Great Pyramids off your bucket list before boarding a scenic river cruise up the Nile River to Luxor—stopping to explore the secrets of Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Giza Pyramids
Explore the Ancient Wonders of Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor - 6 Days

During this 6-day trip around Egypt, start and end in Cairo while exploring multiple majestic places in between. In the capital, see highlights such as the Egyptian Museum and Pyramids of Giza before setting sail on the Nile Cruise to see the ancient sites in Aswan, such as the Philae Temple that dates back to 690 BCE. End your trip seeing the ancient temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu in Luxor before heading back to Cairo to catch your flight home.

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.

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.

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

There's more to Egypt than the 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 towards Aswan, wander the historic bazaars of Cairo, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea.

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

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
Discover the Great Pyramids, Aswan, and Abu Simbel - 8 days

On this eight-day cruise, you'll have time to marvel at the wonders of Egypt and also 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.

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. 

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

This whirlwind 8-day itinerary checks off some of Egypt's most iconic cultural highlights, 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.

The Great Pyramids at sunset
Explore Egypt: Ancient Sites, Nile Cruise & Red Sea - 11 Days

In just 11 days, this diverse itinerary showcases Egypt's highlights across land, river, and sea. Start by touring the iconic ancient sites of Giza, Alexandria, and Abu Simbel, then 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 to finish your trip 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.

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

You will arrive in Cairo, where you'll explore the pyramids and Egyptian Museum, before enjoying a three-day cruise along the Nile River with stops at various temples and tombs including the Valley of Kings, Karnak Temple, and more. You'll also sail along the Nile to Aswan and then return to Cairo for your transfer to Casablanca and then Fes, where you'll have two days to discover the bustling medina and picturesque architecture in Fes. After spending one night at Agafay Desert Camp, you'll travel to the red city, Marrakech, where you'll have a few days to visit the city's medina, enjoy a hot air balloon, visit the famous Majorelle Gardens, and much more.

A sailboat on the Nile River at Aswan
Map of Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman & More - 12 Days
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman & More - 12 Days

This cultural tour will start in Cairo, where you'll explore the bustling city and visit the Pyramids of Giza, before embarking on a three-day cruise on the Nile River during which you'll visit Egypt's most famous temples including Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Horus Temple, and others. You'll then set sail on the Nile River to Aswan before returning to Cairo in time for your flight to Amman in Jordan. In Amman, you'll do a tour of this historic city and visit the Jerash Ruins, and then travel to the ancient city Petra for one night before enjoying a desert drive through Wadi Rum and spending your final night at 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.

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 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.

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