Perfect itinerary for a one week trip to Egypt and must-see places
Egypt stole my heart; it was not what I was expecting. It definitely left a significant impression on me, and I forever will be grateful that I was able to travel there and experience it for myself. This is my second post about Egypt where I provide to you my perfect itinerary for traveling to Egypt and mention all the must-see places in this beautiful country.
Definitely read this post which will show you a lot more information that you should know since THIS ONE is just an itinerary!
Day 1 (Cairo) – Late arrival & transfer to our hotel in Giza.
Day 2 (Cairo)
You can choose between having a free day in Cairo or a trip to Alexandria. I decided that we should go to explore the Pyramids on our own (me and my mom),
so we could do it earlier in the day before all the tourists arrive. We definitely paid way more to our Egyptian guide than we should have, so just don’t forget to bargain (learn other tips here). After that, we decided to explore Cairo. We used Uber to get from our hotel in Giza to the city center and visit some local places to eat, different little shops and also visit the Saladin Citadel.
Day 3 (Cairo)
We started the third day by visiting the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx with our tour group. After that, we stopped at the local perfume store and visited the Egyptian Museum. Here, you can see more than 12 000 Egyptian antiquities, including the solid gold mask of King Tutankhamun weighing 11 kg. Later in the day, we got on the overnight train to Aswan.
Day 4 (Aswan)
The highlights of our day in Aswan were the Unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam and a short boat ride to Agilika island. There we went to see Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Later in the day, we embarked on our cruise ship along the Nile River.
Day 5 – Early trip to Abu Simbel.
We had to wake up at 3 am and go on a 3-hour bus ride to get to Abu Simbel, but it was definitely worth it. In my opinion, it is the most fascinating temple which we visited in Egypt. Don’t skip it. The cost of the tour was €90 + $16 for the entrance fee. There are two massive rock temples, The Great Temple of Ramesses II and The Small Temple of Hathor and Nefertari. The complex is a part of the UNESCO Heritage Site, and in 1968 it was relocated on an artificial hill.
After lunch, we visited the Temple of Kom Ombo, here you can also look at the mummified crocodiles. I was shocked to see how well preserved they are after 2000 years.
Day 6 (Luxor)
We started with an early 5 a.m. visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Then we sailed to Luxor and had a relaxing time on a ship. Later in the day we visited the Luxor Temple built by Ramesses II and we spent one evening in Luxor
Day 7 – West bank of the Nile River.
Our first stop of the day was at the Colossi of Memnon. There are two massive stone statues of Amenhotep III.
Then we continued to the Valley of the Kings. In your entrance ticket are included 3 temples that you can visit. Some of the tombs are so well preserved, that you can still see the original colors of the paintings.
After that, we went to see the Temple of Hatshepsut and explored Karnak.
Our journey came to an end when we got on our bus ride to Hurghada. If you have more time, it is a great place to snorkel, swim in the Red Sea and just relax on the beach.
Day 8 – Flight back home.
Other things worth mentioning if you have more time: White Desert, Black Desert, Hot air balloon ride.