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When is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?

When is the Best Time to Visit Egypt? - Unique Egypt Blog

Egypt is a year-round destination, although the summer months can be particularly hot, especially towards the south of Egypt in Luxor and Aswan.

The best time to visit Egypt is from September to April. Christmas, New Year and Easter are very popular times to visit Egypt, so it is wise to book early.

Temperatures in Egypt are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to August, when the sun can be very strong. If you are visiting Egypt during this time, take plenty of sunscreens.

It's still fine to visit Egypt at these times of year and the heat is more dry than humid.

In Cairo and the Nile Delta region, winter (October to February) can be cooler, especially in the evenings and at night, so take a jacket, long-sleeved tops, and trousers.

The south remains warm during this time but again, temperatures do drop in the evenings.

This is the best time to visit Egypt for sightseeing if you want to avoid the hot sun.

The shoulder months of September, March, and April offer pleasant daytime temperatures and are considered ideal months to enjoy the Red Sea for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Scuba diving is enjoyable all year-round.

 

In terms of weather, the best time to visit Egypt is from October to April, when temperatures are at their most pleasant.

However, December and January constitute peak tourist season, and iconic sights like the Pyramids of Giza, the Temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel can get uncomfortably crowded. In addition, rates at Red Sea resorts are at their most expensive.

If minimizing expense is a priority, tours and accommodation are often significantly cheaper during the sweltering shoulder-season months of June and September.

Realistically, temperatures in July and August make daytime sight-seeing difficult, although the country's coastal resorts offer some respite from the summer heat.

 

Best Time to Cruise the Nile

With this in mind, the best time to book a Nile river cruise is between October and April.

Temperatures are manageable at this time of year, allowing you to get the most out of day-trips to iconic sights like The Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Luxor.

For the same reasons, travel during the peak summer months from June to August is not advised. Average highs for Aswan exceed 104°F/ 40°C at this time of year. And there is not a lot of shade to offer respite from the midday sun.

 

Best Time to Enjoy the Red Sea

June to September is a good time to visit the Red Sea beach resorts. Despite being the peak of summer, temperatures on the coast are much cooler than of the country's interior. Shore excursions can be a great activity during these months.

Average summer temperatures at popular beach resort Hurghada hover at around 84°F/ 29°C. While the sea temperature is a balmy 80°F/ 27°C - perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

In July and August, however, it is important to book well in advance, as resorts can get busy with vacationing Europeans and Americans and with wealthy Egyptians seeking to escape the heat of Cairo.

 

Best Time to Visit Egypthe Western Desert

Summers in the desert should be avoided, as temperatures at destinations like Siwa Oasis routinely exceed 104°F/ 40°C. During the depths of winter, nighttime temperatures can plummet to just below freezing, so the best time to visit Egypt is halfway between the two in either spring or autumn.

February to April and September to November are the optimum times temperature-wise, although spring visitors should be aware of possible sandstorms because of the annual khamsin wind.

 

Traveling to Egypt during Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting and the dates change every year according to the dates of the Islamic calendar.

In 2017, for example, Ramadan was held from May 27th - June 24th, while the 2018 dates are from May 15th - June 14th.

Most Egyptians usually become more holy during this month. Visiting their mosque more regularly and reading as much of the Koran as possible.

At night, you will find a very festive atmosphere, especially in major Egyptian cities. People usually go out after breaking their fast to coffee shops, sporting clubs or big hotels.

Often you will see oriental tents set up outside some places where shisha, food, and drinks (no alcohol). Served all night with live music, Sufi dancing, and traditional dancing.

These parties go on all night till just before sunrise. When people have their second big meal called ‘El Sohour’ which will help them fast for the next day.

Tourists not expected to fast when visiting Egypt during Ramadan. However, at this time of year services will be slower, opening hours reduced and traffic chaotic.

Shops and banks tend to close for much of the day. While many cafés and restaurants do not open at all during daylight hours.

This may not be the best time to go on a Nile river cruise or some shore excursions. At night, there is a generally festive atmosphere as eating and drinking resume.

Towards the end of Ramadan, there are several festivities are fun to experience and observe.

However, it is likely that you will witness and often experience the true hospitality. Generosity, and kindness that the holy month of Ramadan brings to the nation.

 

Festivals and Events

The vast majority of Egypt's population is Muslim and a number of Islamic celebrations held throughout the year.

Namely, Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), though the devout Coptic Christian minority observe holidays such as Easter.

 

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The spectacular temples of Abu Simbel were built in order to that on two occasions associated with King Ramses II. The sun would align and illuminate the inner sanctuary of the temple.

These dates mark the date of King Ramses II's ascension to the throne on 21st February. And his birthday on 21st October.

It is an incredible phenomenon to witness and a perfect time to visit Abu Simbel in Egypt.

 

Eid El Adha

Also known as, the Feast of Sacrifice. The festival of Eid El Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

The festival lasts for four days. And during this time families share the meat from a sacrificed animal between themselves, relatives and the poor.

2020 Calendar

To help plan your 2020 visit to Egypt, here is an overview of the annual tour festivals and events.

February 21st - Abu Simbel Sun Festival (Abu Simbel)

 

April 23 - May 23 - Ramadan (countrywide)

 

July 30 - August 3 - Eid El Adha (countrywide

 

October 21st - Abu Simbel Sun Festival (Abu Simbel)

 

There are some national holidays in Egypt and on these dates many businesses.

Some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

When is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?

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It sounds like you are interested in organizing a personalized tour of Egypt. Planning a tailor-made Egypt tour can be a great way to see the sights and attractions that are most interesting to you, and to experience the country in a way that is customized to your preferences and needs. Here are a few things to consider when planning your tour:

  1. Determine your budget: This will help you narrow down your options and plan a trip that is within your means.

  2. Decide on your travel style: Do you prefer a more structured, guided tour or a more independent, self-guided trip? This will help you decide what type of tour operator to work with.

  3. Determine your travel dates: Consider the weather and peak tourist seasons when deciding when to visit.

  4. Choose your destinations: Egypt is a large country with a lot to see, so you'll want to focus on a few key destinations rather than trying to see everything. Some of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt include Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea.

  5. Book your transportation and accommodations: Consider how you will get around the country, and book your flights, train tickets, or car rentals in advance. You'll also need to decide where you will stay, whether that's in a hotel, hostel, or vacation rental.

  6. Research and book activities and tours: Your Egypt Tours offers guided tours of Egypt's top attractions, such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Karnak. Look for reputable companies and read our reviews to find the best options for your trip.

I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your tailor-made tour of Egypt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

"Your Egypt Tours" is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers’ safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

The cost of a tour of Egypt can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as the length of the tour, the time of year you go, the type of accommodation you prefer, and the mode of transportation you choose. Some tours may be as inexpensive as $500 per person for a budget group tour, while others can cost $5000 or more for a luxury private tour. On average, you can expect to pay around $1500 to $3000 per person for a tour of Egypt that includes flights, accommodation, and most meals.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation.

From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

The weather in Egypt is generally warm and dry, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The country is located in the northern hemisphere and its climate is influenced by its location in the tropics and its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.

In the summer, temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F) or higher, especially in the desert areas of the country. The humidity is also quite low, which makes the heat more bearable.

In the winter, the weather is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The humidity is higher during the winter months, and there is also a chance of rain, especially in the coastal areas.

Overall, the best time to visit Egypt is from October to April, when the weather is cooler and more comfortable.

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many interesting and exciting things to do in Egypt. Some popular activities include:

  1. Visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza: The pyramids are one of the most famous landmarks in Egypt and a must-see for any visitor.

  2. Exploring the ancient city of Luxor: Luxor is home to several important ancient Egyptian sites, including the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.

  3. Cruising down the Nile: A cruise down the Nile River is a great way to see the country and visit some of the smaller towns and villages along the way.

  4. Visiting the Abu Simbel temples: These temples are located in southern Egypt and are known for their impressive size and intricate carvings.

  5. Going on a desert safari: Egypt has a large desert region, and going on a safari is a great way to experience the unique landscape and culture of the area.

  6. Visiting Cairo: Cairo is the capital of Egypt and is home to many interesting museums, markets, and other cultural attractions.

  7. Snorkeling or diving in the Red Sea: The Red Sea is known for its clear waters and abundant marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.

  8. Visiting the Siwa Oasis: The Siwa Oasis is a beautiful desert oasis located in western Egypt. It's a great place to relax and escape the heat of the desert.

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby.

So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it’s really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

The amount of time you will need to spend in Egypt depends on your interests and the specific activities you want to do while you are there. Here are some factors to consider when determining how many days you should spend in Egypt:

  1. What you want to see: Egypt has a lot of cultural and historical attractions, and the more you want to see, the more time you will need. For example, if you want to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the other ancient sites in the Cairo area, you may want to spend at least a few days in the city. If you also want to visit Luxor and the Nile Valley, you will need even more time.

  2. Your travel style: If you prefer to take things at a slower pace and spend more time exploring each place in depth, you will need more time in Egypt. On the other hand, if you like to pack a lot of activities into each day and move quickly from place to place, you may be able to see a lot in a shorter amount of time.

  3. Your budget: The longer you stay in Egypt, the more it will cost. If you have a limited budget, you may need to be more selective about what you see and do, and plan your trip accordingly.

As a general rule, I would recommend at least a week in Egypt to get a good sense of the country and see some of the major attractions. If you have more time, you can explore more of the country and see some of the smaller towns and villages as well.

There are many companies that offer Nile River cruises in Egypt, and the best one for you will depend on your specific preferences and needs. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a Nile River cruise:

  1. Length of the cruise: Nile River cruises range from a few days to a week or more. Consider how much time you have available and what you want to see on your trip.

  2. Type of vessel: Nile River cruises are offered on a variety of vessels, including traditional feluccas, modern riverboats, and luxury cruise ships. Choose the type of vessel that best fits your budget and desired level of comfort.

  3. Itinerary: Different Nile River cruises have different itineraries, with some focusing on ancient sites and others on more modern attractions. Consider what you want to see and do on your trip and choose a cruise that matches your interests.

  4. Price: Nile River cruises vary in price, and you should choose one that fits your budget. Keep in mind that you may be able to find discounts or special offers if you book in advance or travel during the low season.

It can be helpful to compare the features and prices of several different Nile River cruises before making a decision.

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