Egyptian itinerary for 9 days

Egypt itinerary for 9 days

Egypt itinerary for 9 days

The country along the Nile has a history of thousands of years and a unique culture, as evidenced by its impressive architectural monuments. Egypt is famous for its monumental pyramids, beautiful temples, and colorful coral reefs in the Red Sea. Visiting the land of the pharaohs is a fantastic experience that you can best discover in 9 days.

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Day 1-3 – Cairo

Our trip began in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. On your first visit to Egypt, you should book accommodation in Giza or Cairo. Giza offers good accommodation options, from low-budget hostels to higher-priced hotels with stunning views of the Pyramids.

From Giza, you can easily explore the pyramids, take a day trip around Saqqara and Dahshur and visit the bustling city of Cairo. Getting from Giza to Cairo takes more time due to slow traffic. We recommend planning a day to see the sights in the capital.

We spent 3-full days in Giza, which proved to be enough for us to explore the sights. We visited the Pyramids of Giza twice because we were so impressed by the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. In our opinion, 2-days can be enough to explore the capital and the surrounding attractions.

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Day 4-6 – Luxor

Leaving the noisy city of Cairo behind us, our next stop was Luxor. From Cairo to Luxor you can take a plane or night train. You can reach Luxor by train in 9-10 hours, and it costs 80 USD. The price includes breakfast, dinner, and a private sleeping cabin.

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You can buy train tickets at Ramses or Giza train stations. Buy your ticket at least 1-day before departure.

We spent 3-days in Luxor but would have liked to have stayed longer. This city is full of sights, an ancient history where visitors lose their sense of time. Luxor is much calmer and quieter than Cairo, but you should visit both cities.

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Day 7-9 – Aswan

We arrived in Aswan by train from Luxor, which takes 4-5 hours. From Luxor to Aswan, the train ticket costs 90 EGP in first class and 60 EGP in second class. In Aswan, it is recommended to buy a return ticket to Cairo on the first day.

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Philae Temple

Checking in to our accommodation, we went to Philae Temple. Arriving at the port, it is worth joining more tourists as the travel cost may be less. The price of the boat is 200 EGP.

The entrance fee for the Philae temple is 180 EGP.

Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel is located 300 km south of Aswan and only 20 km north of Sudan. Roads to Abu Simbel are closed every day from 5 pm to 5 am due to security measures. It’s not easy to get there, and it’s even harder to avoid the crowd, but it’s worth it.

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The temples are a 3-hour drive from Aswan and can be visited on a private or group tour. The tour costs 20 USD per person, and you can book at any hotel. If you visit the Abu Simbel temples on a group tour, you will stay there for 3 hours.

The entrance fee for temples in Abu Simbel is 240 EGP.
If you are traveling in Egypt with a tripod, then you need to buy an extra ticket for each entrance for 20 EGP.

Photography is allowed inside the Abu Simbel temples, but you should buy the camera ticket, which costs 300 EGP. Photography with the phone is free.

The temples of Abu Simbel were dismantled and moved between 1964 and 1968. The Abu Simbel was rebuilt 64 meters higher, 250 meters away from the river, to protect it from the risk of flooding.

In Aswan, don’t miss the Felucca Sailing, which provides an experience of a lifetime.

We spent 2 days in Aswan and then traveled back from there by night train to Cairo for 80 USD.

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