Best of Sharm El Sheikh

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Sharm El Sheikh
On the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is a resort town with beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling and diving. Sharm (as it’s known locally) has evolved from a fishing village to a commercial port to an epicenter for tourism, and you’ll find a wide selection of seaside hotels, all-inclusive resorts and plenty of nightlife (a rarity in most parts of Egypt). Aside from basking on the sands, you can head off on desert tours, boating trips and all manner of aquatic activities. 

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 WWII, 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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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.

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 adventure around Egypt is tailor-made for you if you love boats and beaches. Featuring a multi-day cruise down the Nile River with the chance to tour ancient temples along the way, plus several days in the idyllic coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, this itinerary offers a great mix of outdoor activities and cultural sightseeing. Relax by the Red Sea, enjoy sunset views on the Nile, and tour the best museums in Cairo: this well-rounded trip has it all.

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.

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.

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.

Other popular travel destinations in Egypt
Cairo · Luxor · Aswan · Edfu · Kom Ombo · Esna · Hurghada · Alexandria · Siwa · Fayoum