32 days in Egypt & Nicaragua Itinerary

32 days in Egypt & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly to Aswan, Train to Luxor
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Luxor, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly
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Dahab, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Alexandria

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Cairo, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza, &more). Spend the 3rd (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the activities along Nile River.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary website.

Alexandria to Cairo is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Abu Simbel.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Abu Simbel, Egypt

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Abu Simbel online trip builder.

Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Abu Simbel hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Abu Simbel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
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Luxor, Egypt

— 5 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Abu Simbel to Luxor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Luxor, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Dahab.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

Dahab, Egypt

— 2 nights
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 11th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dahab trip planner.

Getting from Luxor to Dahab by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Luxor in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Dahab. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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.
Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, get outside with Outdoor Activities, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Hurghada, Egypt

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 17th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina, don't miss a visit to Mini Egypt Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque El Mina Masjid.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada attractions website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December since evenings lows in Hurghada dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 4 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hurghada to San Juan del Sur. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hurghada in December, with highs in San Juan del Sur at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Leon, Nicaragua

— 5 nights
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Leon Viejo, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Leon route planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Leon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur in December, expect nights in Leon to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.