Egypt Travel Guide – Best places to visit in Egypt

Egypt Travel Guide – Best places to visit in Egypt

Egypt Travel Guide – Best places to visit in Egypt

Egypt, the land of mysteries. Explore the world-famous Pyramids, ancient temples, incredible landscapes, white beaches, and the beautiful reefs of the Red Sea. Egypt is an enormous country that can be traveled on every kind of budget. It is time-consuming to travel around Egypt, so we recommend spending at least one week in Egypt. Use our 10-day Egypt travel guide to visit the best places in Egypt.

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Egypt Travel Route

The majority of historical sights to visit in Egypt are located along the Nile because the ancient Egyptians lived along its banks. In these 10 days traveling Egypt, you will be guided down following that river. Please note: We optimized the tour we did so you can possibly do the best itinerary.

Our tour with Egypt with Travel Talk Tours made traveling in Egypt so much easier, plus we had a great group of young people.

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egypt travel route cairo pyramids

Day 1 – 2: Cairo

Your journey starts in Egypt’s capital: Cairo. It is the gateway to the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Cairo itself is chaotic but in a fascinating way. Visit the mummy room in the museum, the mosque and plan to spend two days with the things to do in Cairo.

Cairo to Luxor: 9 hours

Day 3 – 4: Luxor

Welcome to the world’s largest open-air museum. Luxor is the city where would need at least 4 days to visit all the well-preserved temples and tombs. Good to know: If you travel in Egypt is it required to buy a photography pass in order to take photos at most sites.

The city has a relaxed vibe, very different from Cairo. You will find yourself in some ‘jaw-dropping’ moments, for example when wandering around in Valley of the Kings. This is where the tomb of the Tutankhamun is located.

egypt travel route valley of the kings

Spend two days in Luxor and visit the Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Luxor is one of the highlights when you travel to Egypt. ➳ Find all: Hotels in Luxor

Luxor to Aswan: 4 hours

hieroglyphs egypt

Day 5: Aswan

Aswan is another great stop on the Egypt Travel Guide. Like Luxor, Aswan is located on the Nile. Therefore, sailing the Nile with a felucca from Aswan to Luxor is a popular way to travel Egypt.

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While in Aswan, visit the Kom Ombo and Philae Temple and plan a trip to the temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Aswan

egypt travel route nile river felucca

Day 6: Abu Simbel & Nubian village

Rise and shine early and prepare for a 3-hour trip down south Egypt to visit Abu Simbel. The temple complex near the border with Sudan is completely carved out of the side of a rock. Between 1964 and 1968 the entire temple has been moved to higher ground because it was threatened to be flooded. An unbelievable story when you are standing in front of the massive temple. Read more about the colorful Nubian Village in Egypt.

Tip: If time isn’t a problem, visit Abu Simbel in the afternoon. It will be far less crowded.

egypt travel route abu simbel

Get back to Aswan, arrange a motorboat and cruise the Nile to the Nubian village. The Nubians are known for their kindness and colorful building. Wander around in the village for 2 hours, have lunch at Kato Dool restaurant and jump back on the boat the Aswan.

➳ Stay in a beautiful Nubian House

nubian colorful village

Day 7 – 9: Dahab

Dahab is a chilled backpacker town on the Red Sea. Most travelers visit Dahab for its incredible snorkeling and diving into the Blue Hole. Rent an ATV and go on a desert safari and eat at some delicious restaurants located on the boulevard. After traveling in Egypt, Dahab will be one of your top stays so make sure to spend enough time here.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Dahab

dahab coast

You can either fly from Aswan into Sharm El-Sheikh via Cairo. This is only 20 minutes away from Dahab.
Another option is a 12-hour drive where you catch a ferry at Hurghada to Sharm El-Sheikh.

Day 10 – End of Traveling Egypt

Your incredible Egypt travels has come to an end. Depending on where you need to fly you should take an international flight from Cairo or Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Egypt by tour or not?

Traveling Egypt with a tour company is a great decision. Why? Getting from A to B isn’t that easy and in Egypt, every little thing comes with a hassle. By joining a tour, you learn a lot about Egypt’s history, it makes traveling easier, safer, and you will meet a lot of like-minded people.

cairo bazaar

Best time to visit Egypt

Travel to Egypt in their winter which runs from October until April. Temperatures will be much more comfortable but the attractions will be busier. Try to avoid December and January as these are known as the peak months.

Cost of traveling in Egypt

Egypt can be traveled on any kind of budget. Go on a low-budget by staying in hostels and travel by train and local buses. Or choose for a little more comfort by joining a tour in Egypt.

Double room: $30 per night
Lunch / Dinner: $2 – $10
Fruit snacks: $1 bunch of bananas
Drinking water: $0.50 for 1.5L
Attraction entrances $5 – $15
Sim card: $10 (20GB)

dahab fruit market

What to wear while traveling in Egypt?

Egypt is a modern country where they wear modern clothes. As a woman, you don’t need need to cover your hair or ankles outside the religious sites. It’s best to wear breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk. During the winter time, take a sweater and long jeans as the temperatures in the evening will drop.

Visa in Egypt

Entering Egypt requires a visa. A Visa on Arrival can be purchased for 25 USD at the airport in Cairo. Make sure to have the exact amount with you in US dollars.

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  • Hi we are a young couple planning to visit Egypt and will be nice if you could recommend a good your operator for us to plan our trip

  • Hi there, me and my friend (two girls) are planning to travel through Egypt to dive and visit the temples and piramids. Because we’re tight in budget and time we’re doubting if it’s worthwhile to integrate Aswan and Abu Simbel in our itinerary? Or do you think Caïro, Luxor (and our dive spot Marsa Alam/Hurghada) will be satisfying enough? All tips are welcome. Thanks. Cheers, Eline

    • Salt in our Hair

      Personally, we found Aswan and Abu Simbel the most satisfying. So you might be better off skipping Cairo, to be honest. Again, that’s our personal preference.

  • Anika Rahman

    I realize you took a tour but just wondering if you guys have suggestions or recommendations for a private taxi shuttle to travel from Luxor to Hurghada?


    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Anika, sorry to say that we don’t have a recommendation for that.

      • Anika Rahman

        Thanks guys! I appreciate all the help and will update you after my trip next month:D
        I have four days in Luxor:
        Last question if you guys don’t mind… is this doable for Luxor?
        13-14, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
        15-edfu+ kom ombu (back to luxor) or dendera
        I don’t think both would be doable as they are on either ends

        • Salt in our Hair

          Hi Anika, 13+14 should be doable but day 15 is an 8-hour drive, that’s not recommended. Kom Ombu makes it too far but you can sleep in Aswan instead.

  • Anika Rahman

    Love this blog. Also followed you guys on insta:) beautiful pictures!
    Recommend stations for food in each places? Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Numibian village?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Thank you! Unfortunately not at this stage as we still have to write down all the experiences and information about this trip. Sorry about that <3

  • Hi! Do you need a photography pass if you’re using your phone to take photos? Cheers, and thanks for awesomeeee articles!

  • Hi, Me and 2 girlfriends want to dive and visit the temples during a 10-day trip. If we want to make this work we’ll have to make decisions. For example: Caïro or Luxor temples? We think about diving in Hurghada because we have a direct flight to Hurghada from Belgium. We want to try to travel on our own. You think it’s safe? Thanks. Cheers, Eline

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hey Eline, Luxor is definitely better than Cairo. And we haven’t been to Hurghada the only thing we know is that the coastal areas are the safest.

  • Do you customize tours based on traveler’s requests? I am looking for one that includes a visit to the White desert and Marsa Alam instead of Dahab.

  • Love your blog! Did you take a drone into Egypt and Jordan. We’ve been reading that it gets confiscated at the border. Do you have any advice about that?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Jenifer,
      Unfortunately we couldn’t take our drone as it’s not allowed. We think you have to get special permission and not sure how easy that is :(

  • Farah Aleem

    Hi! Glad to come across your blog. Planning a trip to Egypt this September-October. Would like to include Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simble Temple with the Nile cruise. Saw the tour company you have suggested. Any specific package you recommend to cover the above places. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Enjoyed reading your blog.
    Travel vibes,

  • Hello!
    Did you take the river cruise to get from Luxor to Aswan?

  • Nancy Kelley

    Which tour group do you recommend and can we pay and see there schedule before we leave the USA? Thanks

  • Nancy Kelley

    I noticed when ordering a visa you pay a 35 dollar fee. Do you pay that fee when waiting to get it from the airport? What’s the pros and cons when getting from website vs getting at airport? Thanks

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Nancy,

      We would always choose to get the visa online to skip the queue for it at the aiport! The e-visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue and then you are allowed to stay for 30 days from the day of entry. We did the Egypt and Jordan tour :)

  • Hello guys! On the site of the tour group you recommend are a lot of different Egypt tours to choose from. Which one did you do?

  • Always wanted to travel to Egypt but the stories of it being unsafe has made me hesitant. Did you feel uncomfortable at any point of your trip?

    • saltinourhair

      We felt completely safe traveling Egypt with a Tour Company. We wouldn’t travel Egypt entirely on our own. Not specifically because that won’t be safe but more because it’s way easier.

  • Can I ask you where you stayed in Cairo ? I heard that there is a great Hostel the name of it Tahrir Square Hostel, Do you have any experience about it ?

  • Travel Loonies

    Did you went on the tour with other people, or it was one organized just for the 2 of you?
    If you did go with other people, how did you manage to capture all the photos without people in them?

    • saltinourhair

      With a group of 40 people haha :-) Well, you are free to roam so with a lot of tricks and patience you can easily shoot without people.

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