54 days in Jordan & Red Sea and Sinai Itinerary

54 days in Jordan & Red Sea and Sinai Itinerary

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Hurghada, Egypt
— 10 nights
2
El Quseir, Egypt
— 3 nights
3
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 8 nights
4
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 3 nights
5
Taba, Egypt
— 3 nights
6
Dahab, Egypt
— 7 nights
7
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 8 nights
8
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
9
Aqaba, Jordan
— 2 nights
10
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
11
Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Careless Reef. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Sand City, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hurghada Grand Aquarium, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hurghada trip planning site.

Ottawa, Canada to Hurghada is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Hurghada, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Hurghada at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to El Quseir.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
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 where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the El Quseir trip itinerary tool.

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

Things to do in El Quseir

Outdoors Wildlife 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Abu Dabbab Beach and Astronomy Center. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Shaab Marsa Alam, enjoy the sand and surf at Sharm El Luli, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsa Shoona Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marsa Alam tour planner.

Drive from El Quseir to Marsa Alam in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Wadi Gemal ©
Wadi Gemal

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 discover tucked-away gems like Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery. Take a break from Saint Catherine with a short trip to moses pool in Al Tur, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Daedalus Reef Lighthouse, get a sense of history and politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios).

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint Catherine travel route planner.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Saint Catherine by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marsa Alam in February: high temperatures in Saint Catherine hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taba.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Nature 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Castle Zaman and Taba Heights Golf Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taba: Nuweiba (Coloured Canyon & Ain Khudra). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Salah El-Din Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taba trip website.

You can drive from Saint Catherine to Taba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car 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
Castle Zaman ©
Castle Zaman
Coloured Canyon ©
Coloured Canyon

7
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coral Reefs and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Wadi Zaghara, trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Mahmoud's Massage & Beauty, and get outside with Three Pools.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dahab planner.

You can drive from Taba to Dahab in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Dahab, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °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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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Reefs ©
Coral Reefs
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coptic Orthodox Church and Al Mustafa Mosque. And it doesn't end there: catch all the local highlights with Bibo Viaggi, look for gifts at Mall Darya, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and join the crowd at Ghibli Raceway.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
Bibo Viaggi ©
Bibo Viaggi

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): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wadi Rum online road trip planner.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Wadi Rum in 10.5 hours. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Aqaba.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

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, view the masterpieces at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery, thendon't miss a visit to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, and finally stroll around Aqaba Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Traveling by car from Wadi Rum to Aqaba takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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

Outdoors Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Jordan, thencontemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb, thenget engrossed in the history at Petra Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, thencontemplate the long history of Petra, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip builder site.

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

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb

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. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Citadel, stroll around Madaba Archaeological Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nebo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Amman tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for 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
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo
The Jordan Museum ©
The Jordan Museum