36 days in United Arab Emirates & Egypt Itinerary

36 days in United Arab Emirates & Egypt Itinerary

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36 days in United Arab Emirates & Egypt Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Coptic Museum, contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Giza, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Ramses II. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, then take in the exciting artwork at Sondos Papyrus, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip tool .

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 a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
On the 17th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the landmark architecture of Mosque El Mina Masjid, and then see the vivid underwater world at Omo Gamaar. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays 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.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada online journey planner .

Getting from Cairo to Hurghada by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Hurghada. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid

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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.
On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, then add some fun to your beach time Water Sports, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at King Tut Museum, admire the striking features of Al Mustafa Mosque, then browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Dahab.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

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night
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): push the limits with an extreme tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then browse the exhibits of WICKEDiCANDY.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dahab vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Dahab, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint Catherine travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Saint Catherine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dahab in May, expect Saint Catherine to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 18°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and El Qulan Mangrove Forest. Discover out-of-the-way places like Swim with Dolphins and Marsa Shoona Bay. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas, see where the ancients bathed at Roman baths, and take an in-depth tour of Astronomy Center.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saint Catherine to Marsa Alam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, Marsa Alam is somewhat warmer than Saint Catherine - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 27th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Philae Temple, then head off the coast to 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.

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Getting from Marsa Alam to Aswan by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Marsa Alam in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aswan, with highs around 47°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Edfu.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Agilkia Island ©
Agilkia Island
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum
Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple

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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): explore the ancient world of Tombs of El kab, delve into the distant past at Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Edfu trip planner.

You can take a train from Aswan to Edfu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Edfu, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, then delve into the distant past at Tomb of Sennedjem, and finally stop by Habiba Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, stroll the grounds of Valley of the Queens, and then make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Luxor travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Edfu to Luxor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Luxor are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. 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
Karnak Open Air Museum ©
Karnak Open Air Museum

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
Step out of the city life by going to Nile River and Cairo Horse Riding School. Let the collections at Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya) and Imhotep Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Pyramid of Unas (in Saqqara) and Meidum Pyramid (in El Wasta). Explore Cairo further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, explore the ancient world of North Pyramid (Piramide Roja), steep yourself in history at Mosque of Ibn Tulun, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cave Church.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Cairo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can 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 ©
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Zipline. Get some cultural insight at Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and Al Fahidi Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubai: Al Badiyah Mosque (in Al Badiyah), Sharjah (Sharjah Heritage Museum & Mleiha Archaeological Centre) and Fujairah (Fujairah Heritage Village & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Al Qudra Cycle Path, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kite Beach, and admire the striking features of Al Noor Mosque.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dubai trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Dubai by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Cairo in June, expect Dubai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 47°C and 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Al Ain.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sharjah, Fujairah, Al Badiyah Mosque
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Safaris
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.
Get some cultural insight at Jebel Hafeet and Al Ain Oasis. Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum and Al Ain National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Al Jahili Fort, get engrossed in the history at Qasr al Muwaiji, walk around Jahil Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Al Ain Raceway.

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You can drive from Dubai to Al Ain in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Al Ain

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
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Jebel Hafeet ©
Jebel Hafeet
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum ©
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Mangrove National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Heritage Village and Louvre Abu Dhabi. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, go for a walk through The Corniche, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Abu Dhabi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows 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 Parks
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Safaris
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital ©
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Mangrove National Park ©
Mangrove National Park

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Dubai Butterfly Garden. Popular historic sites such as Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara and Al Noor Mosque are in your itinerary. Explore Dubai's surroundings by going to Sharjah (Mleiha Archaeological Centre & Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization). See some other sides of Dubai: take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, kick back and relax at Al Mamzar Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kite Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai route maker website .

Traveling by car from Abu Dhabi to Dubai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sharjah
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Mleiha Archaeological Centre ©
Mleiha Archaeological Centre
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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