36 days in Reykjavik & Egypt Itinerary

36 days in Reykjavik & Egypt Itinerary

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36 days in Reykjavik & Egypt Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
4
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Dahab, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Edfu, Egypt
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Luxor, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

7
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Settlement Center and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Selfoss (Kerið & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Glymur (in Akranes) and Hraunfossar (in Husafell). Spend the 28th (Tue) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, and wander the streets of Laugavegur.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Reykjavik trip maker tool .

If you are flying in from Iceland, the closest major airport is Keflavik International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Selfoss, The Settlement Center, Hraunfossar, Glymur, Horseback Riding Tours
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hraunfossar ©
Hraunfossar
The Settlement Center ©
The Settlement Center

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Shop till you drop at Khan Al-Khalili and Yadawee Egyptian Handicrafts. Popular historic sites such as Giza Plateau and Great Sphinx are in your itinerary. Take a break from Cairo with a short trip to Pyramids of Giza in Giza, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take in the exciting artwork at Townhouse Gallery, browse the exhibits of Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, and wander the streets of Islamic Cairo.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Cairo in 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Cairo. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Reykjavik in May: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giza
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

1
night
Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, view the masterpieces at Bahgat Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of The Monastery of St. Macarius, then admire the masterpieces at Alexandria Library, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Deir Anba Bishoi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Alexandria trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a bus from Cairo to Alexandria in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Cairo in June, you will find days in Alexandria are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Deir Anba Bishoi ©
Deir Anba Bishoi

1
night
Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint Catherine trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Alexandria in June, Saint Catherine is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dahab.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

2
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 5th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Reefs, stop by Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dahab trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint Catherine to Dahab by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Catherine in June; daily highs in Dahab reach 43°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

6
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Coptic Orthodox Church and The Heavenly Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Na'ama Bay and Old Market. Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark's Bay Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

4
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada ©
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Careless Reef and Parasailing & Paragliding. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. On the 15th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Senzo Mall and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hurghada day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 44°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Parasailing & Paragliding
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elphinstone Reef and Abu Dabbab Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Marsa Mubarak. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sharm El Luli, and explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin House Reef (Sha'ab Samadai).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam day trip planning tool .

Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Hurghada in June, plan for little chillier days in Marsa Alam, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Edfu.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay
Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach

1
night
Edfu, Egypt

Edfu ©
Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tombs of El kab, explore the ancient world of Kanais, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Horus at Edfu.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Edfu tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Marsa Alam to Edfu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Marsa Alam in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Edfu, with highs around 49°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Luxor.

Things to do in Edfu

Historic Sites
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Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu
Tombs of El kab ©
Tombs of El kab
Kanais ©
Kanais

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nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
For shopping fun, head to Caravanserai or Imhotep Alabaster Luxor. Tomb of Ramses VI and Tomb of Ramses III are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, contemplate the long history of Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), and deepen your understanding at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt.

To find out how to plan a trip to Luxor, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Edfu to Luxor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Luxor sees daily highs of 49°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes

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