Have you ever had a childhood dream about seeing the Giza pyramids? In any case, you will have ample time to marvel at this mesmerizing nation’s pyramids and other noteworthy features within ten days.

The destination of Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs, is one of mystery and wonder. With its rich history, different culture, and remarkable landmarks, arranging a trip to Egypt can be invigorating and overpowering.

You can make the most of your time by following this comprehensive 10-day Egypt itinerary, which will not only show you the must-see attractions and experiences but also give you helpful advice on how to make the most of your time there.

Things you should know before planning a trip to Egypt

Egypt Visa

You will certainly need a visa to fly and explore this magical country.

Travellers from countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Europe, and some parts of Asia may be eligible for on-arrival visas. You must pay $25 at the Cairo International Airport in cash or US dollars to purchase this visa.

People from other countries, like the Philippines, Indonesia, India, etc., may need authorized visas from their local embassies. Please check the latest visa rules and updates before planning a trip to Egypt.

Accommodation

Throughout this Egypt itinerary, we recommend some of the best hotels in Giza, Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. We will offer you both affordable and luxurious options so that you will have adequate choices for your upcoming Egypt trip.

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Transport with in Egypt

For a safe and comfortable ride, you can book an Uber (only in Cairo) and taxis for other parts of the country.

Numerous bus routes connect major cities, making them an affordable option as well. Bus fare starts from 50 cents.

The Nile Cruise is another popular tourist option between Aswan and Luxor.

Egypt Itinerary Overview

We have curated a 10-day Egypt itinerary for you that will include all notable attractions and landmarks in the country, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and the ancient cities of Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo.

Enjoy delicious Egyptian cuisine, learn about Egypt’s glorious history, and relax at the beautiful Red Sea resorts.

Day 1 Arrival in Cairo
Day 2 The Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx
Day 3 Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis
Day 4 Aswan
Day 5 Abu Simbel Temples and Felucca Sailing
Day 6 Journey to Luxor
Day 7  West Bank of Luxor
Day 8 East Bank of Luxor
Day 9 Red Sea Resorts
Day 10 Old Cairo, Pharaonic Village, and Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

It is the first day of your Egyptian voyage. After collecting your luggage at the Cairo International Airport, you can take a taxi or arrange a hotel shuttle to reach your hotel.

After a long journey, you must be tired by now, so you don’t do any sightseeing on the first day of your trip.

Cairo, Egypt’s capital, is a vivacious and bustling metropolis with a glorious ancient history. It may take an hour to reach your hotel.

Where to Stay

There are numerous hotels and accommodations in Cairo, ranging from affordable options to luxurious five-star properties. Our recommendations,

  • Gardenia Hotel Cairo ($30/night**)
  • Indiana Hotel Cairo ($31.61/night**)
  • Panorama Ramsis Cairo ($20.7/night**)

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Day 2: The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Finally, your dream will come true as you witness the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the last remaining ancient wonder of the world.

After a delicious Egyptian breakfast, you can head to the Pyramids of Giza.

The Giza Plateau, also known as the Necropolis of Giza, is home to nine pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and a collection of smaller tombs. The Pyramid of Khufu, with its two neighbors, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure, are the most note-worthy attractions in Egypt.

The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Every day, the Giza Plateau opens from 6 am to 5 pm, and we recommend you spend at least 3 hours here.

Witnessing the Great Sphinx, entering one of the pyramids, and visiting the photographic spots are among the top things to do on the Giza Plateau.

Entry fee: $6-$7 for adults

Pro tips:

  • Try to arrive at 8 am to avoid crowds and midday heat.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, and carry sunscreen or other sun protection.
  • You may come to meet local vendors and unauthorized guides. Politely avoid their services and stick to your plan.
What are the three Pyramids of Giza called?

Menkaure (front), Khafre (middle), and Khufu (the Great Pyramid) are three Pyramids of Giza.

Who built the Pyramid of Giza?

The largest and the most famous Pyramid of Giza was built by Snefru’s son, Khufu or Cheops. The pyramid’s base covered over 13 acres, and its sides rose at an angle of 51 degrees 52 minutes and were over 755 feet long.

The Egyptian Museum

Now, spend the second half at the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the museum from the Pyramids of Giza.

You can hire a taxi or use public transportation to get there.

The museum boasts the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts. The Royal Mummies Room, the solid gold mask, the golden sarcophagi of Tutankhamun, and several statues, jewelry, and treasures are among the highlights of a visit.

The Egyptian Museum

You can visit Qasr al-Nile Bridge and the Cairo Tower if you are still brimming with energy.

Walk through Tahrir Square to the Qasr al-Nile Bridge from the Egyptian Museum. Now, just opposite the bridge, you can see the Cairo Tower. You can enjoy a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city from the tower. The tower remains open from 9 am to midnight.

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Day 3: Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis

On your third day, you will leave the boisterous streets of Cairo and head out to Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis.

Dahshur

The city is home to two of the oldest pyramids of Egypt (built between 2613 and 2589 BC).

The Bent Pyramid (they attempted to make it smooth, but couldn’t succeed) and the Red Pyramid (red limestone is used to construct the pyramid) are not only older than the Pyramids of Giza but also attract many tourists.

Dahshur

Pro tip: Though you can go inside both pyramids, if you have claustrophobia, avoid going inside.

Who built Dahsur?

The first King of the 4th dynasty, Sneferu, built the bent pyramid of Dahsur. It was attempted to create a smooth pyramid instead of a stepped one.

Memphis

Though Memphis was the first capital of Egypt, now you can find only ruins and statues here. The Alabaster Sphinx and the massive statue of Ramesses II are two prime attractions here.

Saqqara

Saqqara was the necropolis of Memphis, the former Egyptian capital. The world’s oldest complete stone building complex and the well-known Step Pyramid of Djoser can both be seen from this location.

Saqqara

It takes approximately 3-4 hrs to visit all three places. Now, return to Cairo and prepare for your afternoon flight to Aswan.

It takes another one and a half hours from Cairo to reach Aswan. Once reach, rest and prepare for a full-day adventure tomorrow.

Where to Stay

  • Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel & Spa ($101/night**)
  • Movenpick Resort Aswan ($140/night**)
  • Benben By Dhara Hotels ($189/night**)

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Day 4: Aswan

It is your 4th day, and it will be quite relaxing as you will visit only a few places.

Your first stop will be at Unfinished Obelisk, an ancient monument that portrays the methods used by ancient Egyptians.

Aswan

Your next destination will be Philae Temple, an astounding temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis. You can get there by a boat ride on the river Nile.

Visit Nubian Museum in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of your day on the Nile River. You can go for an hour-felucca ride on the Nile and a motor boat trip to the Nubian Village.

Pro tip: Enjoy your dinner at Dokka with mesmerizing views of the Nile River and Elephantine Island.

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Day 5: Abu Simbel Temples and Felucca Sailing

On your 5th day, you will visit the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples, built by Pharaoh Ramses II. Due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1960, the temples were dismantled and then refurbished on higher ground. You can travel to Abu Simbel by plane or road from Aswan.

In the early evening, relish a traditional felucca sailing experience on the Nile River.

Day 6: Journey to Luxor

Today, you will be leaving for Luxor from Aswan by road. It will take 3 hours to reach Luxor without any halt. But you should visit three historical temples, Kom Ombo, Edfu, and Esna. So, it will take around 10 hours to travel from Aswan to Luxor.

Kom Ombo

It is a double temple dedicated to two sets of Gods. One portion of the temple is devoted to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god who is related to the fertility of the land along the Nile River. The falcon-headed god Horus is honored in the other half.

Kom Ombo

Edfu Temple

It is the biggest temple of the god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC.

Esna Temple

This temple is dedicated to the god Khnum, his ensembles Menhit and Nebtu, their son, Heka, and the goddess Neith. The temple sits 9 meters below street level.

Where to Stay in Luxor

  • Emilio Luxor ($41/night**)
  • Pyramisa Isis Luxor ($68/night**)
  • Sonesta St George Hotel Luxor ($75/night**)

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Day 7: West Bank of Luxor

On your 7th day, you will visit the West Bank of Luxor, jam-packed with tombs, temples, and historical sites. Don’t forget to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and Medinet Habu. You can hire a taxi and should leave early, between 7 am and 8 am.

Valley of the Kings

It is one of the most popular noteworthy attractions in the world, and your Egypt itinerary won’t be completed without visiting this. The tombs of the pharaohs who ruled Egypt between 1539 and 1075 BC are exquisitely decorated in this royal burial ground. There are over 60 tombs in this small area, but only a few are open to the public.

West Bank of Luxor

Three tombs are included in your entrance ticket. You can add three burial places at an extra expense: Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramesses V and VI’s tombs.

If you decide to visit all six tombs, it may take 2-3 hours.

Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

With its three terraces and location on the cliffs of Deir el-Bahri, this temple stands out from many other Egyptian temples. This temple is dedicated to one of the influential female leaders of Egypt (Queen Hatshepsut).

Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III

This enormous temple is dedicated to Ramesses III. The temple has many courtyards, pylons, and peristyle halls, with inscribed reliefs portraying the defeat of the Sea People by Ramesses III.

Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III

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Day 8: East Bank of Luxor

The 8th day of your Egypt Itinerary will be reserved for the east bank of Luxor. Only four prime attractions are here so it will be a low-key day.

Karnak Temple

Start your day by visiting the incredible Karnak Temple. It is the second largest temple in the world, after Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Visit the Karnak Open Air Museum and gaze up at the massive columns in the famous Hypostyle Hall as you enter through an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes.

Why is Karnak Temple so famous?

It was believed that creation began at the Karnak Temple. People also think it was an interaction point between the god Amun-Ra and the Egyptians. It plays a significant role in Egypt’s cultural history, providing clues about the ancient Egyptian religion.

Luxor Temple

Though this temple looks like a smaller version of Karnak Temple, the purpose of the temple is different. Built in 1400 BC, this temple is dedicated to many crowned kings of ancient Egypt.

 

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Luxor Museum

In the afternoon, you must visit the Luxor Museum, which hosts many artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Mummification Museum

This small museum portrays the entire mummification process. Apart from human beings, you can find various mummified cats, birds, and crocodiles here.

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Day 9: Red Sea Resorts

Consider spending at least one day at one of Egypt’s stunning Red Sea resorts to unwind after a hectic Egypt itinerary.

Stunning Red Sea Resorts in Egypt

Beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class diving opportunities can be found in Marsa Alam, Hurghada, and Sharm el Sheikh, among other places.

Day 10: Old Cairo, Pharaonic Village, and Departure

On your final day in Egypt, take a tour of Old Cairo. This historic neighborhood has several religious landmarks, including the Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Hanging Church.

Next, go to the Pharaonic Village, a living history museum that gives you a look at how ancient Egyptians lived their days. To experience the uniqueness and richness of Egypt, add this attraction to your Egypt itinerary.

Old Cairo, Pharaonic Village, and Departure

Now, return to the Cairo International Airport for your takeoff flight, taking with you recollections of an extraordinary 10-day experience in the land of the Pharaohs.

Conclusion

This 10-day Egypt itinerary is an excellent way to learn about the country’s fascinating monuments, diverse culture, and rich history.

From the clamoring city of Cairo to the old temples of Luxor and Aswan, this Egypt trip certainly leaves you with a profound appreciation for the land of the Pharaohs and its marvels.

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FAQs

How many days do you need in Egypt?

You can explore all the prime attractions of Egypt within ten days, but you can extend your trip up to 2 weeks to know this mystical country wholeheartedly. This 10-day Egypt itinerary offers an excellent balance of history, culture, and relaxation.

Is Egypt worth visiting?

Yes, of course! Egypt is brimming with ancient wonders, spectacular landscapes, and vibrant culture. From the spectacular pyramids to the enthralling Red Sea resorts, every traveller will be amazed by its attractions.