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.
Best of Sharm El Sheikh
Biologically rich coral reefs draw divers from across the globe. Dozens of outstanding sites are within a boat ride of Sharm, including Ras Mohammed National Park, home to over 1000 species of fish. You might spy whale sharks, rays, pelagics, hammerhead sharks, gorgonian forests and pinnacles on a day’s outing. The SS Thistlegorm, a British cargo ship sunk in World War II, ranks among the top wreck dives in the world. By land, you can visit Dahab, where you can hike in the mountains, snorkel in the Blue Hole, and get a taste of camel riding.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.