54 days in Jordan & Red Sea and Sinai Itinerary

54 days in Jordan & Red Sea and Sinai Itinerary

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54 days in Jordan & Red Sea and Sinai Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  20​h
1
Hurghada, Egypt
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
El Quseir, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 8 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
4
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Taba, Egypt
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Dahab, Egypt
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
8
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Aqaba, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Ottawa, Canada


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10
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Careless Reef. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, browse the collection at Bibliotheca Alexandrina El Gouna, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hurghada Grand Aquarium.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hurghada trip itinerary tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Hurghada is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Hurghada, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in January: high temperatures in Hurghada hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to El Quseir.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
Spas
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
El Quseir, Egypt

Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mosque Shaykh Al-Farran.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Quseir sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Hurghada to El Quseir in 2 hours. In January in El Quseir, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in El Quseir

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
El Quseir Fort ©
El Quseir Fort

8
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wadi Gemal and Shaab Marsa Alam. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, get engrossed in the history at Astronomy Center, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from El Quseir to Marsa Alam in 2.5 hours. In February in Marsa Alam, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Gemal ©
Wadi Gemal
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Catherine's Monastery and St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios). Step out of Saint Catherine with an excursion to moses pool in Al Tur--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sinai, visit a coastal fixture at Daedalus Reef Lighthouse, and get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Marsa Alam in February, things will get little chillier in Saint Catherine: highs are around 20°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Taba.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trips

Red Sea and Sinai, moses pool
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Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Daedalus Reef Lighthouse ©
Daedalus Reef Lighthouse

3
nights
Taba, Egypt

Taba
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Explore hidden gems such as Coloured Canyon and Salah El-Din Castle. Step out of Taba with an excursion to Ain Khudra in Nuweiba--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Taba Heights Golf Resort and explore the historical opulence of Castle Zaman.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taba road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Saint Catherine to Taba in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Dahab.

Things to do in Taba

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuweiba
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Salah El-Din Castle
Salah El-Din Castle
Coloured Canyon ©
Coloured Canyon
Taba Heights Golf Resort ©
Taba Heights Golf Resort

7
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Dahab ©
Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coral Reefs and Blue Lagoon. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Three Pools, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dahab travel route tool .

Getting from Taba to Dahab by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. February in Dahab sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Horseback Riding Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

8
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bibo Viaggi and The Heavenly Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ras Mohamed Camping, take a stroll through Na'ama Bay, get outside with Subacquei Clandestini CCF Sharm, and bet on your favorite at Ghibli Raceway.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh travel site .

Getting from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral
Al Mustafa Mosque ©
Al Mustafa Mosque

2
nights
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wadi Rum attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sharm El Sheikh to Wadi Rum in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aqaba.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Aqaba, Jordan

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Araba Desert, then view the masterpieces at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery, then make a trip to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, and finally stroll around Aqaba Marine Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Aqaba, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Wadi Rum to Aqaba in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Aqaba

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali ©
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali

2
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Fri), trot along with Horse Riding Jordan, delve into the distant past at Obelisk Tomb, then take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of The Great Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, contemplate the long history of Petra, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Aqaba to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Amman.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Petra ©
Petra
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb
The Great Temple ©
The Great Temple

3
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at The Jordan Museum and then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): delve into the distant past at The Citadel, stroll through Madaba Archaeological Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nebo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amman trip planner .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Amman are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
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The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Room Escape Games
Madaba Archaeological Park ©
Madaba Archaeological Park