36 days in United Arab Emirates & Egypt Itinerary

36 days in United Arab Emirates & Egypt Itinerary

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Start: Marrakech, Morocco
Fly:  10 h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dahab, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
6
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  22 h 30 min
7
Aswan, Egypt
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Edfu, Egypt
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h
10
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
11
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
12
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
13
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
14
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Coptic Museum, explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, and then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ramses II. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, then contemplate the long history of Great Sphinx, then take in the exciting artwork at Sondos Papyrus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Islamic Arts.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary maker.

Marrakech, Morocco to Cairo is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Marrakech to Cairo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marrakech in May, Cairo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omo Gamaar. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the world behind art at Sand City, examine the collection at Selkhet Papyrus, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda.

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Traveling by flight from Cairo to Hurghada takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hurghada, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding
Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at King Tut Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Al Mustafa Mosque, then browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sharm El Sheikh using our trip planner.

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

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Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dahab travel route tool.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mount Sinai.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine trip planner.

You can drive from Dahab to Saint Catherine in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in May, expect Saint Catherine to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

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Marsa Alam, Egypt

The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marsa Shoona Bay and Swim with Dolphins. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Gebel El Rosas, and admire the ancient design of Roman baths.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Marsa Alam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Saint Catherine in May, things will get a bit warmer in Marsa Alam: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
El Qulan Mangrove Forest ©
El Qulan Mangrove Forest

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Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Philae Temple, step off the mainland to explore Agilkia Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aswan online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Aswan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Marsa Alam in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Aswan, with highs around 47°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Edfu.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral ©

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Edfu, Egypt

Edfu ©
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tombs of El kab, delve into the distant past at Kanais, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Horus.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edfu trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Aswan to Edfu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Edfu can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus ©
Temple of Horus
Tombs of El kab ©
Tombs of El kab
Kanais ©
Kanais

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Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 29th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Karnak Open Air Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, then explore the ancient world of Tomb of Sennedjem, and finally browse the different shops at Habiba Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, then explore the ancient world of Valley of the Queens, and then appreciate the history behind Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Luxor trip planner.

Take a train from Edfu to Luxor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Luxor sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Tomb of Sennedjem ©
Tomb of Sennedjem

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meidum Pyramid and Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. Let the collections at Imhotep Museum and Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya) capture your imagination. See some other sides of Cairo: delve into the distant past at Pyramid of Unas, trot along with Cairo Horse Riding School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Ibn Tulun, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairo visit planner.

Getting from Luxor to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Saqqara, Meidum Pyramid
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Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan ©
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
Meidum Pyramid ©
Meidum Pyramid
Pyramid of Unas ©
Pyramid of Unas

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Appreciate the collections at Mleiha Archaeological Centre and Sharjah Heritage Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara and Al Fahidi Fort. Venture out of the city with trips to Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization (in Sharjah), Al Badiyah Mosque (in Al Badiyah) and Fujairah (Fujairah Heritage Village & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, enjoy the sand and surf at Kite Beach by Meraas, cast your line with a fishing tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Dubai takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Dubai. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairo in June; daily highs in Dubai reach 47°C and lows reach 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Al Ain.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sharjah, Fujairah, Al Badiyah Mosque
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Safaris
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara ©
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Al Ain ©
A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jebel Hafeet and Firing Range. Get some historical perspective at Al Jahili Fort and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Qasr al Muwaiji, examine the collection at Al Ain National Museum, soak away your stress at local Arab baths, and play a few rounds at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Al Ain trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Al Ain takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Al Ain

Outdoors Fun & Games Golf
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Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club ©
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
Jebel Hafeet ©
Jebel Hafeet
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Heritage Village. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Abu Dhabi and Miraj Islamic Art Centre. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Etihad Towers, and go for a walk through The Corniche.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi can reach 47°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dubai.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Louvre Abu Dhabi ©
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital ©
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
You'll explore and learn at Mleiha Archaeological Centre and Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara and Al Noor Mosque. See even more of Dubai: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Al Mamzar Beach Park, and stroll through Dubai Butterfly Garden.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dubai trip planning tool.

Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sharjah
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Mleiha Archaeological Centre ©
Mleiha Archaeological Centre
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara ©
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara
Fishing Charters & Tours

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