10-Day Egypt Itinerary: Pyramids, Nile & Beyond

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If you have a few days and a sense of adventure, Egypt is the ideal travel destination for you! This enchanting country is brimming with ancient wonders and offers a remarkable blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you have a week to spare or can immerse yourself in a two-week exploration, Egypt’s rich cultural heritage, iconic landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes will leave you spellbound.

Dan and I spent 40 days in the Middle East, and this 10-day Egypt itinerary was part of it. (We also visited Iraq and Jordan, which you can also read about here.) Here, we’ll share what we did and help you customize your plan to fit whatever time you have available.

With over 5,000 years of history, Egypt is so much more than just the Pyramids of Giza. Get ready for a mesmerizing journey inside Egypt. You’re about to discover the must-visit destinations and iconic landmarks of a truly remarkable country. So, whether you have the luxury of 2 weeks in Egypt or only have 7 days, it’s worth reading this article.

Giza Pyramids behind Cairo, Egypt - on every Egypt itinerary

10-day Egypt itinerary

With a few tweaks, the Egypt travel itinerary you’ll find below is based on the one we did. But for those of you who don’t want a full guided tour during your trip to Egypt, I’ve added suggested hotels and links to cheaper tours that cover similar ground.

To make the most of our once-in-a-lifetime visit, we chose to book a guided tour. Memphis Tours crafted an exceptional travel plan tailored to our “must-sees” wish list. And if you’re wondering about the best length for a trip to Egypt, 10 days is a good introduction to the country.

Day 1: Cairo

Empty Giza Plateau with the Pyramids

Most international flights will land at Cairo International Airport. If you use a tour company, they will meet you at Arrivals and escort you to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Cairo is an overwhelming city with hectic streets and crazy drivers. If you’re traveling on your own, it’s best to prearrange your airport transport. You’ll appreciate being insulated from the chaos on the way to your hotel.

ⓘ PRO TIP: To find a meet-and-greet private transfer service, click here.

After a long, exhausting flight, you may be looking forward to relaxing for a while. Put up your feet and allow yourself time to adjust to the heat, dusty air, and loud street noise. When you get hungry, ask the hotel clerk to recommend a good local restaurant.

Your first full day in Egypt will be on the second day, but you won’t have to wait that long to see the pyramids. On the first day, when you’re getting settled in your hotel room, take a moment to look out the window. You’ll see the awe-inspiring pyramids standing tall against the skyline of Cairo.

Overnight in Cairo.

Day 2: Memphis and its Necropolis + Saqqara + the Pyramids of Giza

The Sphinx and a Pyramid in Goza

Morning: Begin your day at Giza, before the crowds and haze descend on the site. Play with perspective by posing with the three enchanting pyramids of Cheops, Khafre. Then head to the nearby Great Sphinx. The iconic head of a pharaoh with a lion’s body dates back to the time of Khafre.

Also be sure to see the Valley Temple, which is connected to the Pyramid of Khafre. Walking all the way around the base or climbing the steps will give you a clear sense of a pyramid’s massive size. Makes you wonder, how did they do that?

Don’t miss the chance to ride a camel across the desert sands for an unforgettable experience.

Afternoon: After lunch, venture outside Cairo to explore the ancient wonders of Memphis and Saqqara. Memphis, the ancient capital of Old Egypt during the Old Kingdom, was founded by King Menes. Marvel at the colossal statue of Ramses II and other fascinating artifacts at the open-air Memphis Museum.

Next, visit the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, which was designed for King Djoser by his chancellor, Imhotep. It’s the oldest stone pyramid in Egypt.

ⓘ INTERESTING FACT: Imhotep was one of only a few commoners ever to be accorded divine status after death. He had an impressive list of credentials: Chancellor of the King of Egypt, Doctor, First in line after the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief Carpenter, Chief Sculptor, and Maker of Vases in Chief.

  • Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3: Alexandria

Qaitbay Citadel, Alexanderia, Egypt

Morning: Another escape from crazy, hazy Cairo, on an amazing day trip to Alexandria. First stop: Pompey’s Pillar, built at the end of the 4th century to honor Emperor Diocletian. Then drive to visit the Catacombs which are the largest Roman Cemetery consisting of three levels cut in the rock.

Walk along the Corniche, stop in one of the quaint cafes for a rest, and then fill up on fresh seafood at the world-famous Fish Market. The view across the harbor is beautiful, and regulars come here because they know they can count on getting fresh, high-quality seafood.

Afternoon: See the Qaitbay Citadel which was built on the site of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria, using some of its stones. The Pharos (lighthouse) was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Next, visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major library and cultural center built to commemorate the famous Library of Alexandria, lost to a fire in antiquity.

  • Overnight in Cairo.

Day 4: Luxor

Not sure whether you can fit a multi-day Nile cruise into your budget? Try comparing it to what you’d pay for accommodations, tours, transportation, and meals for that duration. The difference could be minimal.

Night light show at Karnak Temple

“Ancient Thebes and its Necropolis” is a UNESCO-recognized site. Luxor was known as Thebes to the ancient Egyptians.

The capital of Egypt during the Middle and New Kingdoms was Thebes, renowned as the city of the god Amon. The impressive temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, alongside the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, serve as a remarkable testament to the peak of Egyptian civilization.

Morning: Fly from Cairo to Luxor. An early morning flight will give you time to visit a few places that won’t be on your itinerary, like the Valley of the Queens and the palace at Malkata.

Afternoon: Board your Nile cruise ship and settle into your cabin.

Luxor has some of the best temples in Egypt, especially the Karnak Temple Complex. Karnak is Egypt’s largest temple, a vast open-air museum showcasing ancient Egyptian architecture and mythology. Other don’t-miss highlights are Sphinx Avenue and Luxor Temple, known for its grandeur and exquisite statues.

Afterward, you might enjoy a leisurely stroll along Luxor’s corniche (riverfront).

Evening: After dinner, take an evening stroll on the corniche. Or enjoy the colorful and mysterious Karnak at Night light show. Buy tickets here.

Day 5: Nile Cruise: Luxor

Sunrise balloon ride over Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple.

Before dawn: On your fourth day in Egypt, get up early and watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon over Luxor. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. (You’ll return to the ship before breakfast.)

Morning: Visit the ancient tombs and temples of Luxor’s West Bank: the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. (Valley of the Queens is also on the West Bank, but it’s not always included in the itinerary due to distance.)

Afternoon: Enjoy the passing Egyptian landscape as you cruise toward Edfu. In the afternoon, visit the sun deck and watch as the ship passes through the Nile Lock at Esna. It’s the largest lock in the world.

  • Overnight in Edfu aboard the ship.

Day 6: Cruise to Edfu + Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo temple.

Morning: Watch life along the banks of the Nile as you sail along the Nile to Edfu. This well-preserved temple is dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus. Explore the majestic halls, statues, and reliefs that bring ancient Egyptian mythology to life.

Afternoon: Sail to Kom Ombo to visit an unusual double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Admire the fascinating wall carvings and panoramic views of the Nile from this double temple.

Then, stop in at the Crocodile Museum to see a few of the 300 crocodile mummies discovered nearby. Return to the ship for dinner and entertainment as you sail on to Aswan.

  • Overnight in Aswan aboard the ship.

Day 7: Aswan

Camel waiting for a rider in a Nubian Village near Aswan.

Morning: Pay a visit to the Aswan High Dam, built in the 1960s to control Nile flooding. Then continue to one of ancient Egypt’s stone quarries to see the immense Unfinished Obelisk, and finish the morning at the majestic Philae Temple.

Afternoon: Take a trip upriver past the Nile’s first cataract and cool off with a dip in the Nile waters. Then continue on to visit a local Nubian village, either on a camel or on a boat.

Meet a traditional Nubian family, learn about their lifestyle and culture and gain insight into the traditions the Nubians have followed for thousands of years. (This may be an add-on excursion. It’s worth it, though!)

  • Overnight in Aswan aboard the ship.

Day 8: Abu Simbel + Return to Cairo

Massive statues in Abu Simbel Temple

Sadly, your Nile adventure has come to an end. You could fly back to Cairo this morning, but I recommend booking a flight that leaves later in the day.

This will give you the opportunity to take a trip to Abu Simbel, one of Egypt’s most impressive UNESCO sites.

The statues are truly awe-inspiring. Waking up early for the excursion is definitely worth it.

Afternoon: Explore more of Aswan, like Elephantine Island and Aswan Botanical Gardens. Or spend some time at the Nubian Museum or shopping in the Aswan Souq before flying back to Cairo.

  • Overnight in Cairo.

Day 9: Historic Cairo

Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt

Morning: Historic Cairo is a UNESCO site as well. Even if you’re not a museum fan, start your day in Cairo at the Egyptian Museum. This is where you can see the famous Tutankhamun treasures, as well as over 120,000 other fascinating artifacts from ancient Egypt.

ⓘ TIP: The room that houses King Tut’s treasures can be extremely crowded. For the fewest crowds, arrive at 9 AM, when the museum opens, and head directly to that hall.

Afternoon: Visit Old Cairo to enjoy the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue and a few other sites. One of the most impressive is Salah El Din Citadel, which was constructed by Salah El Din (Saladin) in 1183 AD. He built it to defend Cairo from the onslaught of invading Christian Crusaders. We also enjoyed Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, named for the man who ruled Egypt over 45 years (1805-1849).

Khan El Khalili Bazaar is fun to look around even if you don’t like shopping. This is one of the oldest and most well-known markets in the Middle East.

  • Overnight in Cairo.

Day 10: El Fayoum (Valley of the Whales)

Climbing sand dunes in a 4x4 in El Fayoum

Morning: Cap off your itinerary by heading into the desert. Enjoy Egypt’s natural side by visiting Wadi Rayyan (Wadi al-Rayan), a protected area in Egypt’s harsh and deserted Western Desert.

This 100-km drive will help you understand more about Egyptian mythology. The western lands were where the sun god Ra went to die each day. The pharaohs were buried on the western side of the Nile, too. It’s all connected.

Your first stop is also its best known: Wadi Al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales). This UNESCO site holds hundreds of whale skeletons as well as dramatic rock formations that challenge the imagination. Scientists say the desert had been an ocean at one time. Could very well be that the whales were marooned there as the waters receded from the Great Flood!

Afternoon: After lunch, climb Mudawara Mountain for a spectacular view. The two gigantic freshwater lakes you’ll see are connected by Egypt’s only waterfalls. After a day of desert heat, Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls will be a refreshing final stop before returning to the city.

Evening: Tonight, you’ll fly home.

7-day Egypt itinerary

If you’re pressed for time and can only spend one week in Egypt, book a Nile cruise that goes from Aswan to Luxor. Thanks to the Nile’s strong current, you’ll save a day by sailing downstream.

Here’s our recommended 1-week itinerary:

  • Day 1: Giza + Saqqara. Explore the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, and see the step pyramid at Saqqara.
  • Day 2: Historic Cairo. Spend the morning at the Egyptian Museum, then visit places like the Citadel of Saladin, Old Cairo, and Cairo’s bustling Khan el Khalili bazaar.
  • Day 3: Nile cruise: Aswan. Fly to Aswan in the morning. Your guide will pick you up and take you to the ship. You’ll spend the afternoon touring Aswan’s attractions.
  • Day 4: Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo + Edfu.
  • Day 5: Nile Cruise: Luxor’s East Bank.
  • Day 6: Nile Cruise: Luxor’s West Bank. Optional early morning balloon ride. Visit Valley of the Kings and the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Fly back to Cairo.
  • Day 7: Alexandria. Take a day trip to Alexandria, then fly home.

How to spend 2 weeks in Egypt

If you’ve got an entire 2 weeks in Egypt, here’s where the fun begins! You have four flexi-days for whatever you fancy!

Begin with our itinerary, then add sights and activities that fit your interests. Here are 5 options for how to end your 2 weeks in Egypt.

Option 1: The Red Sea (for sun & sand)

If you’re a beach lover who needs some relaxation after all that exploration, Egypt’s Red Sea coast is the perfect destination for you. The coastline offers several well-known resort towns, like Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, and El-Gouna, full of all-inclusive resorts and large complexes. And while the easiest way to reach them is by plane, Hurghada is just a 4-hour drive from Luxor.

Egypt’s Red Sea coastline is such a popular destination that many visitors never bother to see the rest of the country! Its popularity stems from the region’s stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant underwater world. The Red Sea is renowned for its exceptionally clear waters, allowing for breathtaking views and incredible underwater visibility.

One of the main attractions here is its mesmerizing coral reefs. Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will be in paradise as they explore the vibrant marine life and colorful coral formations. But the Red Sea offers more than just diving and snorkeling. You can enjoy a variety of other water-based activities as well, including swimming, sailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing.

Option 2: El-Alamein (for history lovers)

If you’re interested in history, consider spending four days in El Alamein. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, El Alamein was the site of some decisive battles during World War II. This coastal town offers a unique opportunity to delve into the historical events that unfolded in this region. With its war museums, cemeteries, and battlefields, El Alamein provides a somber and educational experience for visitors seeking to understand the impact of the war.

Start your exploration at the El Alamein War Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the wartime history through its comprehensive exhibits. Discover artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies that depict the intensity and strategic importance of the battles that took place here. The Commonwealth War Cemetery is a solemn site that serves as a final resting place for soldiers from various nations. Walking through rows of gravestones, one can’t help but feel a sense of reverence for the sacrifices made by these brave individuals.

Beyond the historical sites, El Alamein also offers breathtaking coastal vistas and serene beaches. Take a moment to relax and reflect while strolling along the sandy shores, enjoying the soothing sound of the waves. You can extend your exploration to nearby Marsa Matrouh, a picturesque coastal city known for its pristine beaches and tranquil atmosphere. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful coastal retreat, El Alamein offers a unique blend of historical significance and natural beauty that will leave a lasting impression.

Option 3: the White Desert + Siwa Oasis (for unique sights)

If you’re in search of natural wonders and off-the-beaten-path destinations, look no further than the White Desert and Siwa Oasis. Tucked away in the western part of Egypt, these two gems offer a captivating blend of unique landscapes and cultural experiences.

The White Desert is an otherworldly expanse of chalk rock formations that create a surreal, almost lunar-like environment. The brilliant white rocks sculpted by wind erosion form whimsical shapes, giving the area an ethereal charm. Camping under the starry desert sky is a popular activity, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility and grandeur of the surroundings. As dawn breaks, the white rocks transform under the soft hues of sunrise, creating a magical ambiance that will leave you in awe.

Siwa Oasis, on the other hand, presents a lush and secluded sanctuary amidst the vast Western Desert. This remote oasis is famed for its freshwater springs, verdant palm groves, and ancient historical sites. Siwa’s unique Berber culture and architecture add to its allure, providing an opportunity to delve into the traditions and lifestyle of the local community. Visit the iconic Temple of the Oracle, where Alexander the Great once sought guidance, and wander through the narrow streets of the old town, savoring the authentic charm and peacefulness that permeate the air.

Both the White Desert and Siwa Oasis offer a respite from the typical tourist trails, providing an immersive experience in nature and culture. Whether you’re captivated by the surreal landscapes of the White Desert or enchanted by the serenity of Siwa Oasis, these destinations promise an unforgettable adventure that will ignite your sense of wonder and leave you with lasting memories.

Option 4: The Sinai Peninsula (for nature and religious sights)

If you want to experience nature, history, and the coast all in one place, the Sinai Peninsula is for you.

Start your adventure by climbing to the top of Mount Sinai, where legend has it Moses received the Ten Commandments. Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world flock to this magnificent peak. It’s worth the effort to climb to the top, where you’ll be treated to sweeping vistas of the coast and desert.

To delve deeper into the region’s history and culture, venture to the historic town of St. Catherine, which is next to Mount Sinai. It’s best known for St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Explore the monastery’s hallowed halls and be captivated by its vast collection of religious and historical artifacts.

Not far away, the coastal town of Nuweiba offers a more laid-back and authentic experience than the bustling Sharm El-Sheikh. With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Nuweiba is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. You can relax under the shade of palm trees, soak up the gentle sea breeze, and immerse yourself in the serenity of this coastal paradise.

To complete your Sinai Peninsula experience, venture into the mesmerizing landscapes of the Colored Canyon. This natural wonder boasts a labyrinth of narrow passages and towering, kaleidoscopic rock formations. Embark on a guided trek through the canyon, marveling at the ever-changing hues and mesmerizing patterns carved by nature itself.

Option 5: Dendera + Abydos (for

If you’re still craving more ancient Egyptian temples, make sure to visit the stunning temples of Dendera and Abydos. These remarkable sites offer a wealth of archaeological wonders that will captivate temple enthusiasts.

Start your journey in Dendera, where you’ll find the mesmerizing Temple of Hathor. Admire the intricate carvings and vibrant colors on the temple walls. Look out for the intriguing “helicopter hieroglyphs,” which have sparked debates about advanced ancient technology. You might also come across the controversial “Dendera lightbulb” reliefs, which some believe depict an ancient form of electricity. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty and mysteries that await you at the Temple of Hathor.

Next, head to Abydos, an ancient city of great religious importance. Explore the Temple of Seti I, known for its captivating reliefs and the famous “Tablet of Abydos” listing the names of early pharaohs. Dive into the legends surrounding Osiris, the god of the afterlife, as you visit the Osireion, thought by some to be his burial place. Let the sacred atmosphere and grandeur of Abydos transport you to the heart of ancient Egyptian mythology.

With four days dedicated to temple exploration, you’ll have plenty of time to uncover the secrets and historical significance of Dendera and Abydos. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of the ancient Egyptians, marvel at the craftsmanship and ingenuity on display in these temples, and let yourself be awed by the mysteries of the past. These temple visits will deepen your appreciation for the magnificence of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Planning resources

Here are some more useful links to help you plan your own trip.

  • Tourism authority: Egypt’s tourism website has many useful trip planning resources.
  • Airport. The code for Cairo International Airport is CAI.
  • Airport to hotel. You can use taxis or Uber to get from the airport to the hotel. Book a private limousine service for more convenience. They will greet you with a sign in the airport, help with your luggage, and help you get oriented as they escort you to your hotel.
  • Visas, To find out if you are eligible for Visa on Arrival (VOA), click here.
  • Currency. We use xe.com to calculate currency exchange values.
  • Travel insurance. You’d be surprised at how cheap it is and how much it covers. Learn more here. Trust us, when an airline misplaces your suitcase for a week, you’ll be glad you have it.

How to get around Egypt

Egypt is big, and it’s a safe bet you don’t want to walk everywhere. So, what are your options for getting around in Egypt? For detailed planning, this website will show you all your options.

  • Plane. EgyptAir offers daily flights between Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El Sheikh, Assiut, Mersa Matrouh, Sohag, and Hurghada. Flights leave in the morning and in the evening, making it easy to get to your destination. EgyptAir is the main domestic airline, but Nile Air has a few flights between Cairo and other major cities.
  • Uber. Uber is available in Cairo, but not elsewhere in Egypt.
  • Rental car. Although driving in Egypt can be daunting, signs are in English as well as Arabic. Based on our research, you can find the best car rental prices here.
  • Bus. Most Egyptians get around by bus, which runs regularly and reliably to most cities and towns for a reasonable price.
  • Trains. The modern Metro is the best way to get around Cairo. There is also a good rail system that connects the Nile Valley, the Delta, and the Canal Zone. Elsewhere, you can easily get around by bus or shared taxi.
  • Private drivers. If you’d like to hire a driver, you can find recommendations in the TripAdvisor forums.
  • Guided tours. These run the gamut from private excursions and day trips with an Egyptologist to bus tours with a guide. In our case, we used a tour company that would let us design an Egypt itinerary that fit our interests. All of our guides were certified Egyptologists, and it was worth the extra price.

Should you take a tour in Egypt?

Hanging Church in Cairo, Egypt

I feel compelled to point out that some locations are ideal for the self-reliant traveler. And others… aren’t.

As an example, consider Egypt. It’s difficult to adjust to the culture and the chaos of the country. You should do yourself a favor and at least consider taking a tour or hiring a guide, even if it’s not your usual style.

I can’t express how much it helps to travel with someone who “knows the ropes” and can tell you what you’re looking at. More importantly, they’ll “run interference” if you’re being hassled for baksheesh (we hated that about Egypt).

Should You Hire a Private Tour Guide?

Budget travel tips for Egypt

Boats taking visitors to a Nubian Village

If cost is your major hurdle, there are ways to save even more money when planning your Egypt itinerary.

  • Travel in the shoulder season, from March – April or October – November. Hotel rates are lower then. Plus, you will encounter fewer crowds.
  • Skip the view of the Nile or pyramids from your hotel room—it adds unnecessary cost.
  • Visit sites like museums and the pyramids on your own; you may save enough money to afford a more memorable experience elsewhere.
  • Don’t rule out guides and tours just if your budget is limited. Some are surprisingly affordable.
  • If you don’t fancy boats, train travel in Egypt is another good option.
  • Egypt is a cheap travel destination, it’s safe, and you can see it on your own and still have a wonderful time. But tour companies often get preferred rates, so you won’t always save money by arranging your trip yourself. Compare the prices of both before deciding.

All that said, if we had to choose one single experience that’s worth paying for, we’d say it’s a multi-day Nile Cruise. Do consider it if you’re planning to venture down to Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel! Nile cruises are all-inclusive, plus they come with unforgettable views. Besides, we hate regrets, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you won’t get anywhere else on earth.

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FAQs about planning an Egypt itinerary

What is the best time to visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is during the winter months from November to February when the weather is cooler and more comfortable for exploring the ancient sites and attractions. The warmer months (May to August) can exceed 40°C (104°F).

Do I need a visa to travel to Egypt?

Yes, most visitors to Egypt need a visa to enter the country. Depending on your nationality, you can obtain a visa either before your trip from an Egyptian consulate/embassy or upon arrival at the airport in Egypt.

What are the top tourist attractions in Egypt?

The top tourist attractions in Egypt include the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, the temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and cruising the Nile River.

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Egypt?

Egypt has a total of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are:
– Historic Cairo
– Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
– Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae
– Saint Catherine Area
– Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
– Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)
– Abu Mena
– Islamic Cairo – Historic Cairo
– Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis (Luxor)

What currency is used in Egypt, and can I use credit cards?

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, upscale restaurants, and larger stores in tourist areas. However, it’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments and markets.

What is the official religion of Egypt?

The official religion of Egypt is Islam. The majority of the population follows Sunni Islam, while a small percentage are Coptic Christians.

How should I dress when visiting Egypt?

It is recommended to dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites. Both men and women should avoid wearing revealing clothing and cover their shoulders and knees.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Yes, Egypt is generally a safe country to visit, and millions of tourists visit each year without any issues. Our attacks and they told us that they are directed at fellow citizens when groups have wanted to get the government’s attention. That said, it’s always recommended to stay informed about the current situation and follow any travel advisories or guidelines issued by your government.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Egypt?

No. The tap water in Egypt may contain impurities and pathogens that can cause health issues. It is advisable to stick to bottled water or use water purification methods if you need to consume water.

What are some traditional Egyptian dishes that I should try?

Some traditional Egyptian dishes to try include koshari (a mix of rice, lentils, and pasta), falafel, ful medames (cooked fava beans), molokhia (a green leafy vegetable stew), and various types of grilled meats and kebabs.

What language is spoken in Egypt?

The local language spoken in Egypt is Arabic, although many people working in the tourism industry also speak English. Most educated Egyptians are fluent in English or French or both, in addition to Arabic.

What are the transportation options in Egypt?

Transportation options in Egypt include taxis, ride-sharing services, buses, and the Cairo Metro in major cities. Domestic flights and trains are also available for longer distances.

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Linda is multilingual and has been to over 50 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It, where she documents her trips, shares practical itineraries, and offers insider tips. She’s passionate about helping fellow travelers save time, money, and hassle, and loves to discover new places to explore.

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16 thoughts on “10-Day Egypt Itinerary: Pyramids, Nile & Beyond”

  1. Your photos are gorgeous! I’m impressed! Your blog is probably one of the most detailed one I’ve ever read about Egypt! Thanks!

    • Thank you, Victoria. Photography is Dan’s passion, and Egypt is such a beautiful travel destination. We tried to make our article helpful enough that folks would share and link to it.

  2. Hahaha, I came across your post searching for Egypt itineraries, Lynda! We want to go to Egypt but we were thinking of spending there only 7 days and go to Jordan as well. From all I see, we could easily spend 2 weeks in Egypt though. Do you think one week would be enough though?

    • Sure, Anda. You can see Egypt in one week/7 days, if you begin your tour as soon as you land. Here’s how you could do it.

        2 days – Cairo – Pyramids of Giza, Egyptian Museum, tour Historic Cairo
        4 days – Nile Cruise – Aswan→Luxor = 4 days (downstream). Luxor→Aswan = 5 days.
        1 day – your choice – Abu Simbel, Saqqara, El Fayoum, or Alexandria.

      Both Egyptian Museum and Abu Simbel are less crowded in the morning.

  3. Hi Linda,

    I am planning to visit Egypt with my family(2 adult & 2 kids) in February,2019 for 2 weeks. I would like to know who was your tour guide. I am looking for someone who can guide us instead of taking taxis here and there.

    • Hi Sandip,

      We used a tour company called Memphis Tours, and they created a custom itinerary for us based on our interests and budget. Here’s the link. They made all the arrangements, took care of us from the moment we landed, and even gave us a cell phone to use while in country.

      If you’d prefer private tour guides, let us know – we can recommend our guides in Cairo and Luxor. (They are freelancers.)

    • Hi Dawn, Our customized 12-day trip cost $1945 per person in 2017. This included
      – all lodging
      – all transportation
      – all admission tickets
      – tour guides ever day
      – most food (we paid for our own dinners in the hotels).

      We didn’t need child or senior rates so have no idea if those are available. All we know is, Egyptians like to bargain, so there’s a good chance you might be able to negotiate a lower price for four people.

  4. I visited Egypt with a guided tour as well and I wouldn’t do it independently – I think you just learn so much more with a guide because the historic sites themselves don’t have much in the way of signage. And I hated the hassling too. This was back before the Arab Spring, though, and it really pains me to read about how Egypt’s economy is suffering now.

  5. Oh, Linda, this is going to be such a great trip. And is long enough to allow you to visit a lot of interesting places. I want to go there very badly. My parents went to Egypt some years ago and they told me it was a fantastic trip.They also hired a tour and they told me it was worth every penny, so as you also suggested, Since they went to Egypt, I keep promising myself every year that we’ll go too,but nothing yet. The trouble is that the longer I wait, the more chances there are the political situation is going to be even worse than now.

    • My friend, if I could reach through the computer and shake you, I would. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU? Besides, based on recent news reports, you might be safer in Egypt than in Europe.

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