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Here’s my suggestion of a 14-day Egypt itinerary that includes all of the major landmarks you’d want to visit and the experiences you’d want to try.

It also includes a little beach time in Hurghada, to relax and unwind after such a demanding itinerary.

What Would You Do in 2 Weeks in Egypt?

My Egypt visit was a 12-day itinerary. I would have loved a couple of extra days.

I spent the first 3 nights in Cairo, 5 nights on the Nile cruise, 3 nights in Hurghada, and one last night in Cairo before the flight back home.

We commuted by bus from Cairo to Luxor, and then from Aswan to Hurghada. For the last commute, from Hurghada to Cairo we used a local flight.

My suggestion is to add two full days in Aswan, for a total of 14 days in Egypt.

You’ll have time to visit the Unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam, the Philae Temple the first day. The second day, you’ll visit the Abu Simbel Temple.

Click here to book a private day tour from Aswan to Abu Simbel.

Day 1: Cairo Arrival

Arrive in Cairo and check-into your hotel.

Giza pyraminds and the great Sphinx

Giza pyramids and the Sphinx, a must-see during your 14 days tour of Egypt

Visit the Giza Plateau

You can use the Cairo Metro to get to Giza. I haven’t used it, though, because I was with a big group of friends and we had private transportation.

The visit to Giza Pyramids area requires at least three hours.

In January the line to enter the Great Pyramid of Giza was so big that I opted to visit a smaller pyramid, either Khafre or Menkaure.

The Sphinx area is also very busy in high-season. Expect some crowds, but don’t let this ruin your trip. Just try to live the moment and to enjoy the breathtaking monuments in Egypt.

Egipt - busy narrow passage to TheSphynx

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egyptian museum cairo artifact

Egyptian Museum Cairo – thousands of artifacts, amazing culture trip

Explore the Egyptian Museum to see King Tut’s treasures

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is huge. It showcases thousands of artifacts such as statues, mummies, Egyptian everyday utensils, and artworks.

Depending on your interest in Ancient Egypt history, you may spend several hours exploring the Egyptian Museum. I think three hours is a good average to consider when planning your Egypt itinerary.

Spend this first night of your trip in Cairo.

Day 2: Cairo Exploration

Cairo deserves more than a few hours. However, most travelers only afford one or two days here, as Egypt is a big country and ancient sites aren’t all close to each other.

Coptic Church in Cairo

The interior courtyard of a Coptic Christian Church in Cairo

See Cairo’s top Coptic Christian and Islamic sites

The Coptic Christian neighborhood of Cairo is one of the highlights of my Egypt itinerary.

To save time, go to the Coptic Christian neighborhood by taxi. Fares are cheap.

If you want to know more about Coptic Christians, their history, their churches, and their customs, take a guided tour.

Take a guided tour of Old Cairo

Old Cairo is wonderful.

Make the most out of your visit by taking a guided tour with a local historian.

Click here to book your old Cairo tour now.

Shop at the famed Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Shopping doesn’t need any other words than haggling. Take your negotiation skills to the next level by trying to persuade sellers to offer you huge discounts.

It is possible to make purchases at 30% the initial price. Egyptian merchants expect you to haggle, so don’t refrain from doing it freely.

This will be your second night in Cairo.

Luxor - giant pillars

Huge pillars in Luxor and little Violeta standing next to them for comparison.

Day 3: Fly to Luxor & Karnak Temple

Take a morning flight to Luxor.

Options for getting to Luxor from Cairo include flights, buses and trains.

I did the bus and hated every minute of it. Buses from Cairo to Luxor belong to Blue Bus Company and they take almost 8 hours to travel the 314 miles (505 km) between Cairo and Luxor.

Check into your Luxor hotel and spend the day visiting the town and its temples.

Tour the Karnak Temple complex, dating back over 4,000 years

Temple of Hatshepsut

That’s me in front on the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of my favorite landmarks in Egypt

Day 4: Luxor West Bank Tour

Take a full-day tour of Luxor West Bank.

Cross over to see the massive statues at Colossi of Memnon.

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Visit the Valley of the Kings to explore the tombs of Egypt’s pharaohs and nobles.

The entrance ticket entitles you to visits to three tombs of your choice.

Temple of Hatshepsut

Temple of Hatshepsut

See Queen Hatshepsut’s temple and the Ramesseum of Pharaoh Ramses II.

Overnight in Luxor.

Edfu Temple Egypt

The Egypt itinerary with cruise has the advantage of taking you to see some temples by night

Day 5: Cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan

Board your multi-day Nile cruise to Aswan. Sail to Esna and pass through the Esna Lock.

Overnight in Aswan.

Aswan is smaller than Luxor and it receives fewer tourists. Staying a few days in Aswan is a great option for those who prefer relaxing, quiet spots.

Day 6: Visit Aswan

Go visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple.

This itinerary should fill in your day nicely.

Overnight Aswan

Day 7: Abu Simbel Day Trip

Early morning road trip to the impressive Sun Temple of Abu Simbel, re-located during the Aswan High Dam building project.

Take an afternoon Nile felucca sailboat ride.

Overnight Aswan.

Felucca rides on the Nile are fun

Felucca rides on the Nile are fun

Day 8: St. Simeon’s & Transfer to Hurghada

Visit St. Simeon’s Monastery by camel.

Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada. This is a 6 to 8-hour drive, so pick your drive carefully. Make sure the vehicle has air conditioning.

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Hurghada, Egypt - All inclusive resort - pool view

This all-inclusive resort was pretty much like any other such resort in other countries.

Days 9, 10, 11, 12: Relax in Hurghada on the Red Sea

Have a short stay in the beach town of Hurghada to relax and enjoy the sun and sea.

Snorkel or scuba dive Egypt’s amazing Red Sea reefs.

Cairo crowds

Cairo crowds boarding a public bus

Day 13: Return to Cairo

Catch a flight back to Cairo for your final night in Egypt.

Explore more of Cairo’s cuisine, nightlife and culture, go souvenir shopping and brace for your flight back home.

How does this Egypt itinerary sound? Would you add anything to it?

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