17 days in Egypt & Colombo Itinerary

17 days in Egypt & Colombo Itinerary

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17 days in Egypt & Colombo Itinerary

Start: Male, Maldives
Fly:  13 h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Aswan, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
5
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  4 h
End: Male, Maldives

4
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.
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Step Pyramid of Djoser are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Pyramids of Dahshour and Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Shah of Iran, explore the activities along Nile River, and explore the ancient world of Statue of Ramses II.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairo route planner.

Male, Maldives to Cairo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Maldives Time (MVT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Male in November, expect Cairo to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

4
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Medinet Habu and Avenue of Sphinxes. Museum-lovers will appreciate Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Ramses III, make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, contemplate the long history of Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), and get answers to all your questions at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Luxor visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in November, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Tomb of Ramses VI
Tomb of Ramses VI
Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes

1
night
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nubian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Animalia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aswan visit planner .

Drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Aswan

Museums Historic Sites
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Animalia ©
Animalia
Nubian Museum ©
Nubian Museum

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ras Um Sid and Mangrove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Heavenly Cathedral and Coptic Orthodox Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sharm El Sheikh: Dahab (WICKEDiCANDY & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh trip planner .

Getting from Aswan to Sharm El Sheikh by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aswan in November since evenings lows in Sharm El Sheikh dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dahab
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

3
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Beruwala Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kalutara Bodhiya. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). There's much more to do: see Multi-day Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning app .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Colombo in 10 hours. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Colombo, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in November; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Community Tsunami Museum, Beruwala Beach, Kalutara Bodhiya
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Safaris

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