How to Plan a 7-Day Egypt Itinerary (Expert Advice)

How to Plan a 7-Day Egypt Itinerary (Expert Advice)

By Margaux | Updated Mar. 17, 2023

When planning your trip to Egypt, setting your trip duration is probably one of the most important things to do to get started. A week is a decent length of time, especially if you're visiting for the first time.

Read on to find out more about how to plan your 7-day long trip to Egypt, which places most tourists go if they're visiting Egypt for a week, how to divide your time between the different cities, and what you'd be looking at in terms of budget. We've also got some additional tips listed at the end.

Where to Go for 1 Week in Egypt?

To make the most out of your week in Egypt, it's vital to determine where you want to go. These are the top destinations we recommend for those who have 7 days to visit Egypt.

1. Cairo and Giza

Visit the Great Pyramids of GizaVisit the Great Pyramids of Giza

As the capital of Egypt, Cairo is the best place for flying in to Egypt as there are the most international flights, but also because this is a great point to set off on your journey from.

Highlights in Cairo include the Egyptian Museum*, and Giza is very close by, which is where you'll find the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx of Giza. If you have the time you can also visit the Khan El-Khalili Market to pick up some souvenirs and get a feeling of the atmosphere of the bustling streets of Cairo.

*As a note, the Egyptian Museum is moving to a new location in Giza around November 2022. This date is estimated but this would change your visiting times in Cairo and Giza slightly as you'd need longer in Giza to visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

2. Luxor

Night View of the Temple of LuxeNight View of the Temple of Luxe

Luxor is a must on any first-timer's Egypt itinerary, because this is where you'll find the Valley of the Kings (including the Tomb of King Tutankhamun and the Tomb of Queen Nefertari), the Temple of Luxor, the Temple Complex of Karnak, the Luxor Museum, and the Temple of Hatshepsut, just to name a few must-sees!

You could spend anywhere between 1 and 5 days in Luxor, depending on your interest in Egyptian archaeology, how much time you have, and what your priorities are.

3. Aswan

Aswan DamAswan Dam

Aswan is a much quieter town along the banks of the Nile, but, as it was once on ancient Egypt's "path to Africa", there are many temples, monuments, and sights to see in Aswan.

This is where you'll find the island temples of Philae, the Temple of Kom Ombo, and it is the final stop before tours into Abu Simbel.

Aswan is also a great place to start on a tour of the Nile on either a cruise or a felucca (a traditional Egyptian sailboat).

Further reading: 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt 

Four Suggested 7-Day Itinerary Options in Egypt

In case you're finding it hard to image how you'd spend 7 days visiting the places listed above or aren't sure about the order, we've put together four sample itineraries for you to get you thinking about what you'd like to see and how long for while in Egypt.

1. Cairo, Giza and Luxor 

Take the Hot Air Balloon Flying Over the Valley of the KingsTake the Hot Air Balloon Flying Over the Valley of the Kings

This is probably the most common 7-day trip for most first-time visitors to Egypt to take, as it covers a lot of Egypt's must-see spots, from pyramids to the Sphinx to incredible tombs and temples.

Days 1–2: Cairo and Giza

Arrive at Cairo airport and head over to your hotel. If you've arrived in the morning, head over to the Egyptian Museum, or if you've arrived in the afternoon, spend the evening at the Khan El-Khalili Market.

The next day, either start your day at the Egyptian Museum if you haven't been yet, or otherwise head straight over to Giza just 30-minutes away and take in the amazing sights at the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza.

Days 3–4: Luxor East Bank

The next two days will be spent getting to and arriving in Luxor. There you'll be able to see the impressive Temple Complex of Karnak, Luxor Temple, and you'll have a day to enjoy a cruise or a felucca on the Nile River too.

Days 5–6: Luxor West Bank

For days 5 and 6, you'll see the sights along the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, including the amazing Valley of the Kings (which is where you'll see King Tutankhamun's tomb amongst many others), as well as the Temple of Hatshepsut.

Day 7: Back to Cairo for departure

Take this day to head back to Cairo in order to be able to catch your International flight back.

Suggested read: Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Egypt (Can't-Miss for First-Timers)

2. Cairo, Giza, Luxor and Aswan

Enjoy a Felucca on the Nile RiveEnjoy a Felucca on the Nile Rive

To see a little more of the Nile and venture into Aswan, this itinerary will take you deeper into Egypt with Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan covered.

Days 1–2: Cairo and Giza

As with the first itinerary option, your first two days are spent arriving in Cairo, seeing the impressive collection at the Egyptian Museum, and visiting probably the best-known tourist destinations in the entire world: the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

Days 3–4: Luxor

You'll have two days to explore Luxor, so you should see the Karnak Temple complex, the Luxor Temple, the tombs at the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut.

Days 5–6: Aswan and Nile Cruise

Spend days 5 and 6 getting over to Aswan (either by car, or by boat up the Nile as most tourists do). Once in Aswan you'll see the Temple of Philae and the Aswan Dam. If you have time you can also see the botanical gardens at Kitchener's Island.

Day 7: Back to Cairo

You'll want to head to Aswan airport for an internal flight to Cairo, and then head home from Cairo.

Suggested read: The Top 10 Egyptian Monuments (From Pyramids to Temples)

3. Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor

Visit Pompey's Pillar in AlexandriaVisit Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria

For those who are interested in visiting Alexandria, and who want to give Luxor a little longer to see everything it has to offer, you could spend the 7 days seeing Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor.

Days 1–2: Cairo and Giza

The first two days you'll arrive in Cairo, see the Egyptian Museum, and spend a full day at the Giza Necropolis learning about the Great Pyramids of Giza as well as the Sphinx of Giza. In one of the two evenings, head on over to the Khan El-Khalili market to do a little bit of souvenir shopping and get a local dinner out.

Day 3: Alexandria

On day 3, you'll head on over to Alexandria to visit the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Pompey's Pillar, and the Citadel of Qaitbay (which was built on the remains of the Lighthouse of Alexandria). After your day trip go back to Cairo, where you'll start your trip to Luxor in the morning.

Days 4–6: Luxor

For days 4 to 6, you'll have time to explore all of Luxor and its surroundings. Take in the views of the Nile, see the Karnak Temple complex, the Luxor Temple, the many different tombs at the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut.

Day 7: Back to Cairo

On the last day, travel back to Cairo for your flight home. If you've got the time you can spend the morning in Luxor still, or visit some other spots in Cairo.

4. Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel at SunriseAbu Simbel at Sunrise

For those who really want to make it to Abu Simbel, this is also possible within a 7-day trip to Egypt but you'll have to shorten your times in both Luxor and Aswan, and you'd be spending a little more time on the road. This is how we would recommend you split up your 7 days if you want to see as much as possible, but do expect less down time if you go down this route.

Days 1–2: Cairo and Giza

Your first two days start the same as the other itineraries, with visits to the Egyptian museum, incredible pyramids and Sphinx in Giza. At the end of day 2, you could either head to Luxor or otherwise go over there on the morning of the third day.

Days 3–4: Luxor and travel to Aswan

Days 3 and 4 you would get to Luxor, visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Karnak, and then head on over to Aswan either by boat or by car ahead of your day trip to Abu Simbel after you're done exploring Luxor.

Day 5: Abu Simbel

On this day you'd start early with a 3-hour drive towards Abu Simbel from Aswan, and spend the day seeing the temples built out of rocks under the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. In the evening, drive back to Aswan where you can spend the night.

Day 6: Aswan

Spend the day in Aswan to visit the Aswan Dam, and enjoying the views over the river Nile. You would also have time to take a short Nile cruise or a trip on a felucca.

Day 7: Back to Cairo

Head back to Cairo in order to catch your international flight home.

Still Can't Decide? Contact us: we are here to help. We will help you select destinations based on your interests, budget, preferences, and other requirements.

How Much Does a 7-Day Trip to Egypt Cost

Sea View from the Nile CruiseSea View from the Nile Cruise

Pricing for your trip can really vary depending on how luxurious you would like your hotels to be, how much you would like to see during your time, and what kind of restaurants you'd like to eat at.

Your biggest cost, however, would be the flights. Traveling to Egypt from the United States, you would likely spend anywhere between 650 US dollars (in economy class) to 3,500 US dollars (in business class), depending on how far in advance you book. Flying from Europe to Cairo would set you back between US dollars 300 (economy class) and 3,000 US dollars (business class). Booking in advance can help reduce some of these costs.

  • For those traveling on a budget, we estimate around 60–75 USD dollars per day per person in Egypt, so you'll be estimating around 420 to 525 US dollars for the week.
  • At the higher end, you can expect to spend between 150 and 200 US dollars per day per person while in Egypt, so approximately 1,050–1,400 per person for a 7-day trip.

There are ways to stay in between these costs too, if you'd like to splurge on a luxury hotel for half of your trip, and stay somewhere more budget for the other half, but these are just some guidelines to help you plan.

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Tips for Arranging a 7-Day Trip to Egypt

  • Make sure you're well-rested as you'll be seeing a lot in a week! However, don't overdo it when you're planning because you do want to enjoy yourself — it is a holiday after all.
  • Pick your top priorities and base the rest of your destinations around those. Are you most interested in the Valley of the King's and King Tutankhamun's tomb? Then Luxor should be the highlight of your trip. Are you interested in visiting Abu Simbel on the border to Sudan? You'll have to make sure to leave some time to get there.
  • Reduce time by traveling by flight in between destinations where possible, or driving overnight.
  • Book through a travel agency if you're unsure. Booking through the experts can help you make the most of your time and will ensure you're seeing all the top spots without skipping anything important. Global Highlights can also help arrange domestic travel while you're there, or arrange private transfers to help make your trip to Egypt as smooth as possible.

Check some Egypt tours for inspiration. 

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