Best Time to Visit Egypt

The beautiful country of Pharao, Egypt, is a real paradise of sunlight and has a somewhat dry climate. During the period of June to August, the country is typically piping hot, and when January comes, temperatures drop for a favorable period of cool weather. Rain is extremely uncommon in Egypt. However, brief rainfalls occasionally soak the coast during the winter, which lasts from December to March.

The months of October through April are excellent for a vacation to Egypt since the weather will agreeably turn cold and sunny enough to enjoy your voyage. With such a pleasing climate, you will have a great experience of the beautiful and bustling Cairo city, enjoy touring the majestic Pyramids in the vast desert without sweating, and discover Egypt's ancient tombs in a good atmosphere.

Egypt is rather warm during the summertime (May - September), but the low humidity, air conditioners, fewer tourists, and cheaper pricing make up for the heat. That leaves the summer as a potential travel time for you to get great deals and offers. Cruising the Nile is particularly pleasant during this time of year due to the pleasant wind that blows down the river.

High Season: Mid-October to January

Such a Pleasant Climate to Explore Egypt

The comforting prospect and delightful temperatures of midwinter turn lengthy days of wandering about splendid artifacts and historical monuments in Luxor into a delight instead of a burden. This is when most visitors come to see the city's wealth of Pharaonic treasures.

People generally travel to South Sinai at this time of year to climb Mount Sinai or scuba dive at Nama Bay on the Red Sea Coast. For open-air activities, visitors simply take advantage of the pleasant weather to tour Egypt's historical wonders.

Throughout the winter solstice, temperatures in the country drop at nightfall and may become much chillier than you anticipate, so make sure to bring along appropriate clothing.

Because this is the busiest travel time of the year and this period is filled with holidays like Christmas (celebrated by Christians in the country), and the New Year, lodging costs will particularly skyrocket.

Karnak TempleKarnak Temple

Shoulder Season: March to May, September to Early October

Less Crowded, Good Deals but High Temperatures

In many cases, visiting Egypt during the medium season will allow you to make the most of your vacation. During this time, prominent landmarks are less crowded, and cheap hotel rooms are plentiful.

May and September always have intense heat throughout the day, so those who are heat-sensitive or whose vacation plans include bringing young children may consider visiting in either March, April, or October instead.

Keep in mind that springtime sandstorms might cause flight delays.

Low Season: June to August

A Great Time to Visit the Beach

During this season, scorching conditions prevail, with daily highs averaging 40 - 42 degrees Celsius. At first light, the gates of Luxor's pharaonic treasures are opened, giving day larks a chance to avoid the heat of the day.

For those strong enough to journey to the iconic Great Sand Sea of Aswan, be prepared to hear a sarcastic "Welcome to Alaska!" upon their arrival. We don't really advise a trip to a desert area because of the unbearable heat at this time of the year.

During the summer, experienced divers and water sports enthusiasts flock to Sharm el-Sheikh's crystal-clear waters and the Red Sea's exquisite shorelines. The cool, clear waters and excellent underwater visibility are worth the scorching temperatures and burning sand of the beach. However, recreational divers may choose to skip summertime since the country is diveable for the whole year.

Paradoxically, you may think beaches and shorelines will be less crowded during the low season, but they will be full of locals from all over the country coming to enjoy their holiday. Even though Alexandria during this season is still quite hot, there is a nice wind to cool you down.

Traveling to Egypt During the Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and during this period, Muslim people in Egypt engage in fasting and prayers for at least 30 days. The celebration day is determined by the appearance of the crescent moon.

During the holy month of Ramadan, several businesses, even those catering to visitors, reduce their hours of operation, and many eateries and cafés that aren't focused on the needs of visitors only open at night.

Although non-Muslim tourists are not required to fast, they should be considerate of the fasting community by refraining from openly drinking water or eating food in public during the fasting hours (from sunrise to sunset).

During Ramadan, you may also learn a great deal about the Islamic culture and seize the opportunity to initiate healthy habits.

January

In January, Egypt is fully engaged in wintertime, with average maximum temperatures in cities like Cairo around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime average low temperatures around 48 degrees Fahrenheit. During this month, nightly temperatures through dawn may be rather chilly, especially in the Nile Delta and surrounding areas, so make sure to pack accordingly if you're heading there to cruise the river or you're planning to visit Cairo. Certain regions become freezing at the crepuscule, so before booking your room, specifically in coastal areas, make sure they have heaters. This is particularly important if you're staying near the shore. Temperatures in Upper Egypt are pleasant in the daytime, with, for example, an average high of 73 degrees Fahrenheit in Luxor and a low dropping to around 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

Upper Egypt (southern) cities like Aswan have almost no precipitation and sunny weather with an average of 0 inches of rainfall, whereas Cairo in the north and Hurghada in the Red Sea Governorate have pleasant weather, so no raincoat or other rainy weather clothing is required if you want to visit. As an exception, some cities in Lower Egypt may be very rainy. That's the case in Alexandria, with a moderate 2 inches of precipitation. However, in January, the weather varies continually from a part of Egypt to another, so be sure to confirm the weather before heading to any locations, particularly if you're planning to visit the Sinai Peninsula shores, which are occasionally hit by tempest and inundation during this month.

Where to Go in January

With average daytime temperatures around 71°F, traveling and discovering any part of Egypt during January is a great experience. In contrast to the warmer months, when Upper Egypt may be extremely hot, January is a comfortable month for visitors.

This is the best time of year to go touring Cairo's famous landmarks, such as the Great Sphinx of Giza and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, without having to worry about overheating. Enjoy strolling in Cairo's souk (open-air market), touring the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and wandering around the architectural jewels of the old city, such as the Hanging Church or Al-Azhar Mosque.

There are few better months than January to appreciate a leisurely time on Egypt's beautiful shores. The temperatures are excellent for pleasant outdoor activities like swimming and sunbathing. For a memorable vacation filled with delicious cuisine, exciting activities, and vibrant festivities, the magnificent beaches of Naama Bay in Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab Lagoon in Dahab, and El Gouna in Hurghada are your best bet.

Upper Egypt is also an excellent alternative, since the weather will be warmer but not unbearable. You can go sightseeing in the Valley of the Kings, visit the Luxor Temple, or cruise the Nile on a felucca.

What to Do in January

The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are an absolute must-see on any vacation to Egypt. In January, the Giza plateau near the Nile River is blessed with pleasant temperatures, which are agreeable for visitors, in spite of the huge crowds, to comfortably admire the Great Pyramid of Giza. Only 532 meters away, also on the plateau of Giza, don't miss the splendid Great Sphinx of Giza (Abu Al-Hol). The Khafre's Pyramid and the Giza Solar Boat Museum are also must-sees in the surrounding area. In Cairo's historic district, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church, and the Palace of Amir Beshtak are some of the most impressive religious buildings.

Located on the Mediterranean Sea in the north of Egypt, the city port of Alexandria has a wide range of exciting places to see throughout the first month of the year. Wander around the streets of this magnificent Mediterranean city and go explore the Museum of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, stroll the waterfront on Corniche Road downtown, or head to one of the exquisite seafood restaurants at the harborfront for dinner. In the heart of the city, you may go sightseeing at Kom el-Dikka, the most complete and well-preserved archeological site in Alexandria, with its bath complex, lecture hall, and theater. Also in the Carmous district, visit the Kom El-Shuqqafa catacombs, where you can explore the different levels and visit the burial chambers.

Cruise the Nile on a felucca boat and go to Aswan, visit an old Nubian village guarded by the old traditions, beat the crowd and take a side trip to Edfu to explore the Horus temple, or travel to Kom Ombo and visit the Haeoris Temple. January, with its mid-summer weather, is the perfect month for wild adventures in Egypt.

Major Events & Festival:

  • The Egyptian Marathon in Luxor: As one of Africa's longest-running marathons, it attracts experienced and amateur athletes from all over the world, and it's a great way to introduce Luxor's historical landmarks. It is a 22 km marathon.
  • Cairo International Book Fair: This event is held annually around the last week of January through February at the Egypt International Exhibitions Center in Cairo. In the Arabic-speaking world, this fascinating cultural activity is the greatest, oldest, and most important fair where visitors can learn and discover about the Arabic world. During the fair, most of the activities will be carried out in Arabic, and the same goes for the books, but it is a captivating place to be for taking beautiful photos, watching, and learning.

February

The weather turns even chillier in Egypt during the month of February, especially in Lower Egypt, where temperatures are very pleasant in contrast with the extremely hot summer months. In February, daytime highs averaged 69 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of about 52 degrees.

Near the coasts, temperatures are more comfortable. Temperatures in popular tourist spots including Hurghada and Dahab fall between 73 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Evening temperatures can be very low in February, so make sure to pack accordingly. Precipitation is almost non-existent this month, with an average of 0 inches in Hurghada (277 hours of sunshine) and 1.1 inches in Alexandria.

Where to Go in February

Luxor

During this season, the capital is at its brightest and most welcoming. The sun shines brightly, and the air is not oppressively humid, making for lively, sunny days punctuated by stunning twilight. With this pleasant temperature, sightseeing gets more enjoyable. Even though tourist sites are crowded, you can easily tour the different attractions without sweating. Throughout February, numerous pubs and restaurants all over the country throw parties that keep the city bustling. The various nightclubs and music venues in Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, or Dahab will be bustling with revelers, making this the perfect time to discover Egypt's nightlife.

In February, travelers from all over Europe come to Sharm in the southern Sinai Peninsula to get away from the cloudy weather at home. Sharm has beautiful beaches with fine sand, and the shores of the Red Sea are full of interesting activities and nighttime festivities.

What to Do in February

February is the busiest month in Egypt, with tourism at its peak. Visitors to the land of the ancient pharaohs are particularly fond of this month because temperatures are comfortable and the days are clear and bright, making it a great time for exploring any area of the country. The Great Pyramids of Giza are a must-see for anyone visiting Egypt this month. Indeed, the plateau of Giza is packed with thousands of tourists during this month, but compared to the summer's sweltering weather, it is the perfect time to go touring the complex of pyramids and the Great Sphinx. The capital's downtown area is where you will find the city's museum (Cairo's Egyptian Museum), historic buildings, and stunning religious edifices such as Coptic Cairo, Al-Azhar Mosque, and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali (the City Citadel). In addition, you can go shopping in the Khan El-Khalili Souk and sample the flavored Egyptian cuisine at one of the souk's best restaurants.

Make the most of your journey by combining exploration and leisure aboard a felucca on the Nile River, embellished with a relaxing vista of the sunset and the temples along the riverbank. You may disembark at the popular tourist city of Luxor to explore the Temple of Karnak, go touring the Valley of the Kings, or visit the Magnificent Temple of Luxor. Enhance your Luxor experience with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the city.

Divers are welcome to the Red Sea's most popular dive destinations, the Ras Mohammed National Park and the Strait of Tiran in Sham El-Sheik. Hotel rates typically include a variety of activities such as water sports, day trips to historical sites, and a nightlong trip to dive the well-known Thistlegorm wreck off the Sinai Peninsula's western shores.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Ascension of Ramses II: This occurs biannually (on February and October) when the sunlight directly reaches the holiest room of Abu Simbel's famed temple and illuminates the monument of Pharaoh Ramses II. On February 22nd, the festival celebrates the ascension of Ramses II to the throne, and on October 22nd, his birthday is celebrated. Religious rites have been held for 3,200 years for each of these dates, and thousands of people attend each time.

March

March marks the beginning of spring in Egypt. As February finally ends, temperatures start rising again, but not blazingly. The weather is pleasant and the air is clear, making this month a perfect time to visit Egypt. However, temperatures vary throughout March according to location and can considerably rise by the end of the month. For instance, in the first half of the month, average highs in the capital reach 74 degrees Fahrenheit, while nighttime lows average approximately 53 degrees. But by the second half of March, they had significantly increased, with average highs of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 60 degrees.

Upper Egypt, on the other hand, sees temperatures rise very quickly, with average highs of 84 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 55 degrees Fahrenheit in Aswan during the weeks of March. In the latter part of the month, temperatures reach a comfortable 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout March, you will enjoy a perfect weather condition of 9 hours of daily sunshine with 0.2 inches of monthly precipitation.

Where to Go in March

In March, you may expect pleasant weather all over Egypt. As the month goes on, the temperature will rise gradually. The beginning of the month is perfect for touring Egypt's historical sites in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel. The second half of the month, which will be hotter, will be excellent for leisure time and delicious cocktails at the beaches of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea.

The weather is still pleasant, and since it is less crowded, it is a great occasion to visit Luxor just after Cairo by Nile Cruise. In Aswan, take a half-day felucca ride and discover the city's popular attractions, including Kitchener's Island, the Tombs of the Nobles, and the Monastery of St. Simeon just along the river.

Sometimes in March, when the Chamsin wind, filled with sand, starts to blast, it may cause sandstorms that can stop airplanes from taking off, stop felucca rides on the Nile River, and make touring difficult because of reduced visibility. Plan for a couple of additional days in case anything goes wrong with your trip.

What to Do in March

The Great Pyramids and the Egyptian capital of Cairo are must-sees for anybody travelling to the country. The old capital city is dotted with historical edifices and tourist attractions, and it is only 7 kilometres from the Giza plateau, where the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stands.The huge complex of pyramids is impressive, and a first-time traveller to Egypt will spend a day roaming around the three magnificent tombs of the plateau, including Khufu (481 feet high), Khafre (471 feet high), Menkaure (213 feet high), and the Great Sphinx of Giza. A nice way to enjoy your tour is by riding a camel and staying after the visit to take part in the activities organised at twilight.

History and archaeology enthusiasts may want to visit Luxor's splendid temples and tombs, including the Valley of the Kings, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor. Take a walk along the Avenue of the Sphinx, go sightseeing at the Colossi of Memnon, or watch the sunrise over Luxor in a hot air balloon. Cruise the Nile and go to Aswan, Edfu, Kom Ombo, or Esna.

The Sinai Peninsula's beaches are especially beautiful in late March, and water sports including snorkelling, sea kayaking, surfing, and diving are readily available. In addition to its fantastic nightlife, this area is home to a wide variety of excellent restaurants and beautiful, luxurious beaches.

Major events & Festival

  • Downtown Cairo Contemporary Arts Festival: This annual festival features performances in theater, dance, music, cinema, and fine arts, and it usually kicks out in the latter half of March. As is customary, it features performances by both local and foreign musicians in locations all across the city.

April to May

From April through May, even though temperatures are continuously rising, the weather is still pleasant, but the number of visitors significantly decreases. It is the shoulder season in Egypt; historical sites and tourist attractions are less crowded, and ticket fees are slightly cheaper. Springtime is at its peak between the beginning of April and late May, causing climate variations across the country. Depending on your destination, during this period, the weather will vary and can be unpleasant in some parts of the country. In April, Cairo temperatures will be high during the day, with a maximum of 83 °F and lows of 58 °F. Expect at least one day of precipitation in April. In May, the average daytime temperature in Luxor is around 102 degrees Fahrenheit, and minimum temperatures drop to 59 degrees with 0 inches of precipitation. Hurghada in the Red Sea region will experience daytime average highs of 91°F and nighttime minimums of 72°F with 0 inches of precipitation.

Where to Go in April to May

Due to the much higher temperatures, tourists begin to thin out significantly near the latter half of April. If you can handle the higher temperatures that start to set, you can enjoy a fine vacation. However, it's not scorching yet, so you may take advantage of the great weather and fewer people to visit most of the popular sites and attractions.

Egypt's capital city of Cairo will still have a pleasant temperature range for sightseeing at the historic monuments. It's also a great opportunity to see the town's various sights, such as its lively bazaar (Souk or Khan El-Khalili) and stunning religious edifices. The coastal city of Alexandria will be a great place to be, with comfortable daytime maximum highs of 76°F. The city hosts several historical sites and attractions. Divers will be pleased to go explore Alexandria's underwater ruins.

Southern Egypt's top attractions—Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel—remain acceptable during the first half of April, especially when cruising the Nile, where the cool currents make the midday sun bearable. In the second half of the month, maximum temperatures might reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit in Upper Egypt, making it a tough time to take in the sights.

In the beginning of May, it's highly recommended to visit the beaches along the Red Sea region so as to beat the heat. Naama Bay, El Gouna, Soma Bay, Ras Um Sead Beach, and Marsa Alam are just a few of those exotic bands of white sand, clean water, and vibrant atmosphere where you can spend your perfect vacation. The hot weather is somewhat less oppressive, and the pleasant breeze of the sea makes things even better. To enjoy your stay, you can learn how to snorkel, dive, surf, kiteboard, or just sunbathe. All these fantastic activities are usually organised by the resort.

What to Do in April to May

The weather in Egypt during this period can be manageable if you carefully choose your activities. Due to the milder temperatures at nightfall, sleeping under the open sky in the White Desert and nightlong felucca cruises from Aswan are both enjoyable options.

In Lower Egypt, the capital Cairo is a great starting point, especially in the first half of April when the weather is still bearable. The old city downtown is brimming with magnificent religious edifices (Al-Azhar Mosque, the Hanging Church, Coptic Cairo, and the City Citadel), several attractions like a souk where you can purchase handicraft goods, and one of the world's great museums (the Egyptian Museum). Just 7 kilometers away, on the Giza plateau, you can tour the famous Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza by camel and spend some time watching the beautiful sunset.

The most adventurous can choose to endure the hot weather and head to Luxor to explore the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and the Luxor Temple. At the crack of dawn, when temperatures are still cool, take a hot air balloon ride over the splendid town of Luxor to admire the sunrise, or make a side trip to Abydos to visit the Temple of Osiris. Luxor is an easy gateway to the beating paths of Edfu and Kom Ombo, where you can explore some less-known but absolutely grandiose temples.

Located on the Mediterranean coast, the great city of Alexandria provides a shelter from the heat and a plethora of activities and historical sites. The museum of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a must-do while you're there. Explore the Catacombs of El-Kom Shuqqafa in the Carmous district, take a walk to Fort Qaitbey, and climb up to its roof for a stunning view of the Mediterranean. On the city's eastern side, relish the peaceful atmosphere in Montazah Gardens and set for a dinner at twilight at the harborfront with a view of the sea.

May, with its hotter weather, is a lovely month to visit the beaches of the Red Sea coast and the Sinai Peninsula's resorts. Coastal cities' shores are teeming with visitors and activities during the month of May. In Sharm El-Sheik, spend some quality time at the beautiful beaches of Naama Bay or Um Sid and take advantage of the side trips the hotels offer during the shoulder season to go diving at the famous Thistlegorm Wreck and the Jolanda Reef Site, explore Ras Mohammed National Park, or go sightseeing at Saint Catherine's Monastery. Hurghada and Dahab are also bustling beach towns packed with vacationers drinking margaritas by the poolside, tanning, enjoying spas, and taking part in watersports activities.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Coptic Easter Sunday: It is considered one of the most significant days for Egyptian Christians. After a 55-day Lent (the Great Fast), Christians in Egypt commemorate Easter Eve with a massive meal. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated with holy ceremonies as well as feasts and festivities.
  • Sham Al Nassim: On this day, more relaxed celebrations are held in parks to commemorate Easter once more. This usually happens on a Monday, following the celebrations of Holy Sunday. It is a great opportunity to blend with the locals and learn about the Coptic culture.
  • Sinai Liberation Day: Egypt celebrates the victory of April 25th against Israeli forces and the conclusion of a protracted conflict regarding the Sinai Peninsula. In addition to commemorations for those lost during the conflict, popular destinations along the coast, including Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab, host lively festivals and activities to showcase the area's stunning natural beauty.
  • Ramadan: Egyptian Muslims observe the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan by hosting lavish dinners at night. Foodies will have a ball, but those who want to see more of the city will find fewer options. Several of the city's small eateries are closed for business during the day, and most attractions shut early. If you want to travel during this period, keep in mind that liquor stores will be restricted.
  • Moulid of Abu Al Haggag: Towards the last week of April, Luxor hosts this Sufi festival, during which time Egyptians wear bright colored dresses and carry on a wide range of activities for visitors, including live concerts, dancing, horse racing, theatrical productions, and much more. However, be aware that summer in Luxor can become rather warm.

June

In June, the weather in Egypt may become quite scorching. Temperatures during the daytime may reach intolerable levels in certain areas, making it the most scorching month in Egypt after July. However, there are some places where you can have a fantastic vacation. Daytime maximum temperatures in Cairo are 93 °F, while lows drop to 68 °F. Coastal cities like Sharm el-Sheikh see even hotter temperatures, with a daytime average of 99°F and a minimum temperature of 80°F.

When one travels southward, one encounters a sharp rise in such instances. For example, the typical high temperature in Abu Simbel is between 104 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit, but in Luxor, it may reach above 106 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of the day. Use high-quality sunblock and drink enough water whenever you go outside, no matter where you travel in the country.

Where to Go in June

The arrival of June is accompanied by high temperatures at the peak of summer. Just like in the month of May, you just need to be more strategic about where you go if you want to enjoy your time in Egypt.

In June, the beaches of Egypt are undeniably the most popular destinations to visit. In addition to incredible moments of leisure sipping cocktails at the beach or by the hotel's poolside, the weather is much more bearable, and there are usually day trips organized by the resorts to go diving at famous reefs or go sightseeing. When you factor in the soothing seaside wind, you have an ideal location for some R&R in the sun, some snorkeling, or just plain lounging about.

If you decide to brave the sizzling 93°F average daytime temperature of Cairo during the month of June, you should be an early bird so that you can explore the popular sites before they get crowded and the temperatures start to rise exponentially. Plan outdoor activities for first thing in the morning, then escape the heat of midday in a museum, a cool restaurant, or a shop. At night, when it's cooler, you may eat outside for some fresh air and go for some refreshing drinks.

The great city port of Alexandria, unlike the Capital, has chillier temperatures during June. With highs of 83°F, it is a great time to visit Alexandria and explore its many ancient monuments and museums, or simply relax at one of its beautiful beaches.

Cities like Aswan, Luxor, and Abu Simbel, which are further south, are less crowded in June, but the weather is very hot and humid there, making it a good time to visit if you can endure the sweltering weather.

What to Do in June

Breathtaking and animated, the Red Sea coastlines are a welcome relief from the heat, and Cairo, with its chillier weather, is also a great option. The coastal cities of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Dahab are the most popular for vacations at the beach. Sharm and Hurghada, with their luxurious resorts, an abundance of activities, and hot nightlife, are bustling with tourists, while Dahab is a more relaxed and accommodating destination with both high-end and budget accommodations. Divers and snorkelers alike will be fascinated by the seas' teeming and beautiful marine life.

Hurghada, with its world-class hotels and its clean beaches and turquoise-blue water, is the perfect place for family vacations, with tonnes of activities and side trips organized by the hotels. The side trips include going diving at the Thistlegorm wreck and other sites along the Straits of Gubal, taking a camel ride in the desert with a bedouin dinner in the evening, and visiting the Hurghada Aquarium.

During this time of the year, the weather in Alexandria is particularly pleasant, even though it is still hot. Fans of tombs and temples flock to this city because the weather is less hot, allowing them to visit historical sites such as the catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa, Kom el-Dikka, and Pompey's Pillar. In addition, you can go visit the museums at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Alexandria National Museum.

Take an excursion organized by agencies to visit Cairo and tour the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Make sure to schedule your tour early in the morning to avoid the oppressive midday heat and pack extra water. During the day, it is preferable to spend time visiting museums (the Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization) where there is air conditioning or at your hotel pool. The evening is generally chillier, so you can walk a little bit in the streets of the capital, taste the flavored Egyptian cuisine, or discover Cairo by night.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Eid Al Fitr: Just like other Muslim communities in the world, Egyptian Muslims celebrate the end of fasting with a huge feast known as Eid al-Fitr. This three-day festival of sweets in June features several parties, parades, and plenty of delicious dishes.
  • International Cairo Biennale: The Cairo Biennale is a major cultural event organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture's Fine Art Sector, where people from all over the world come to discover contemporary African art.

July to August

Egypt's summertime is reputed to be boiling hot, especially when it reaches its peak from the beginning of July until late August. Temperatures increase exponentially and hit the three digits during this season, the heat is unbearable, and the tourism activity is at its lowest point. As a result, historical attractions are less loaded, and there are good deals on resorts and entry fees.

The Sinai Peninsula coast and the region along the Red Sea are usually the ideal destinations during this time of the year because of the water activities. Despite everything, the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh will be very hot during these months, with daytime average temperatures of about 100°F and nighttime minimum temperatures of 81°F. The weather in northern Egypt will be mostly bearable. For example, the average daytime temperature in Cairo will be 95°F and the average nighttime temperature will be 72°F. Lower Egypt will be unpleasant during this period. By way of illustration, the daytime maximum temperature in Luxor will be about 106 °F, and the minimum temperature will be 74 °F. It is highly recommended to avoid this part of the country during this period.

In July and August, Egypt is very dry, so do not expect any precipitation. As it is summertime, you will have hours of sunshine per day.

Where to Go in July to August

Red Sea

With The beginning of July starts the low season in Egypt since the temperatures are extremely scorching, and this lasts until the end of August. The heat discourages vacation planning, so fewer people visit at certain times. If you don't mind the scorching hot weather, now is the best time to visit Egypt, since the prices drop, the crowds thin out, and there's plenty of space to move about.

Visitors are drawn to the beaches of the Sinai Peninsula and the region along the Red Sea during this season. The seaside breeze and the water activities make for a more bearable environment to cool down from the heat and days of exploring tombs, temples, and archeological sites. During the month of July, there will be just a fraction of the people at the beach, but by the beginning of August, the shores and resorts will be crowded with locals on vacation. August is the busiest month for internal tourism in Egypt, and as a result, Egyptians running from the heat of the innerland are drawn to the coast, especially to the Mediterranean.

Although the summer heat is at its peak in July (average temperatures of 95 °F)) and August (average temperatures of 93 °F)), the weather is tolerable in Old Cairo. The crowd has thinned out; it's a great opportunity to visit the capital's attractions without the everlasting lines. Once you're done visiting Cairo, you can take a day trip to the neighboring city of Saqqara, where you will explore even more remarkable archeological sites. It is also a great option to visit Alexandria during this season; the port city's temperatures are more bearable with an 85.1°F to 87.08°F daytime maximum temperature.

It's not recommended to visit Upper Egypt during this time of the year. However, the most daring travelers planning a trip to Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel should plan their trip for the second half of August. To make it easier, cruise the Nile on a modern boat with air conditioning.

What to Do in July to August

This is a great time to visit the Red Sea shores and the Sinai Peninsula coast. Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, or Dahab—these coastal cities have stunning beaches ideal for water sport enthusiasts, and the resorts there are offering interesting deals during this time of the year. Luxury travel locations are a great way to treat yourself to some R&R by indulging in spa treatments and therapeutic massages. Dahab is a wonderful alternative since it is both more economical and has a wide variety of lodging options, from luxury resorts to mid-range hotels and family hotels. To spice up your vacation, Lagoon hotels and water sports operators offer diving excursions, diving lesson packages, equipment rental, and kitesurfing sessions, the most popular Lagoon beach activity.

Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is a must-see because it has a wide range of nearby attractions and charming old buildings on its streets.Due to the high temperatures, you will have to wake up very early in the morning to go sightseeing at the amazing Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx of Giza. The complex of pyramids, including the pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Chephren, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, are just astonishing to see with your bare eyes. To make your touring easy, you can go by jeep or ride a camel. When the sun finally goes down, there is usually a spectacular light and sound show at the site of the pyramids, and you will surely enjoy that.

Even though it's still very hot, the weather in Alexandria is bearable at this time of year. Tourists come to this city to see its many ancient tombs and temples, such as the catacombs at Kom el-Shuqqafa, Kom el-Dikka, and Pompey's Pillar, and take shelter from the high temperatures. Also, museums like the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the National Museum of Alexandria can be visited.

Cruising the Nile is a great way to beat the heat if you're planning on visiting Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel in the south. The temperatures in Upper Egypt are unbearably high, so make sure to pack more water and sunscreen before heading there. From the river, you can see several of Egypt's ancient temples and ruins; this will allow you to stay in the comfort of the boat.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Eid Al Adha: Among the two most important Muslim religious festivals in Egypt, Eid al-Adha, the Holiday of Sacrifice, begins at the end of July. The celebration lasts for four days and is marked by a lot of praising song, praying, and meat-fasting to commemorate the period when Abraham (Ibrahim), to honor God's order, was willing to sacrifice his son.
  • Eid Al Adha: The Festival of the Sacrifice, which took place at the end of July, continues through August.

September

In Egypt, the first half of September typically marks a transition between two seasons; therefore, temperatures gradually decrease during the month to become chillier by the second half of the month. The maximum midday temperatures in the capital reach approximately 92 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows drop around 69 degrees Fahrenheit in the beginning of September. The latter half of September brings slightly chillier weather, with maximum midday temperatures around 87 °F and minimum temperatures around 66 °F.

Cities in Upper Egypt like Luxor are still scorching during the first weeks of September, with daytime highs of 102 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 71 degrees. Temperatures are more consistently around 98 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the month, making it the best time to explore southern Egypt, even though it remains hot.

Precipitation is extremely rare in September (0 inches in Hurghada, Luxor, and Cairo), and the day lasts 12 hours.

Where to Go in September

Temperatures may be changing for the better during September, yet it's still not advisable to visit cities in Upper Egypt, including Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, where temperatures are blazing hot in the first part of September compared with cities in Lower Egypt or the coastal cities. The weather in Cairo through September has been pleasant. Even though the daytime temperatures are unbearable, it is possible to beat the heat by scheduling excursions and visits at the crack of dawn. In the evening, when the weather is chillier, there are many activities taking place on the plateau of Giza after touring the historical landmarks (the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza).

Alexandria also provides a great shelter from the heat in September, in addition to several important historical sites and tourist attractions. As temperatures are turning chillier during this time of the year, Alexandria is a good destination for outdoor activities and pleasure time at the beach.

In contrast with the innerlands, the coastal parts of the country, including the Red Sea region and Sinai Peninsula coast, are fantastic vacation spots during this time of the year. Beside the cool water of the beaches, the leisure time spent relaxing on the sand, the cocktails at your hotel's poolside, and the watersports, the weather in these areas is pleasant, and the soft sea breeze makes everything even better.

To avoid the unbearably hot temperatures in Upper Egypt, plan your trip to Luxor and Aswan during the latter part of the month for the best weather. If you decide to visit Upper Egypt during the beginning of September, stock up on sunblock, pack enough water, and be ready for a boiling hot welcome.

What to Do in September

Temperatures are gradually dropping in different parts of Egypt through September, especially in the second half of the month. Visitors are progressively reappearing in the old city of Cairo; it is a great time to go visiting the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the surrounding attractions, such as the Great Sphinx and the Giza Solar Boat Museum. Stroll in the streets of the old capital and visit the ancient religious buildings that are testimonials to the city's vast heritage, such as the Sultan Hassan Mosque, where you can admire Mamluck architecture, the Citadel, where you can get a view across the old city, or the Coptic Cairo, which used to be a Roman fortress. Don't forget to visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations, where you can admire the royal mummies.

Just 30 kilometers south of Cairo, head to the necropolis of Saqqara and the sites of Dashur, less known but considered the birthplace of the first pyramids in Egypt. Here you will have the opportunity to sightsee the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the Bent Pyramid, or the Red Pyramid, hidden touristic jewels that are testimonials to the oldest rulers of Egypt. Also in Saqqara, go visit the Imhotep Museum, built as a tribute to Imhotep, architect of the step pyramid of Djoser.

As temperatures are dropping through September, the hotels in beach cities such as Hurghada, Sharm, and Dahab are teeming with tourists coming to enjoy a good vacation at the beach and take advantage of the offers made by resorts. Spas, free cocktails by the poolside, water activities, and side trips are usually included in the deals. In addition, the beaches of Sharm el-Sheik and Hurghada together animated the night with people partying and enjoying the good vibe of relaxed vacations.

The second half of September is a good time to begin your Nile cruise from Luxor or Aswan, great gateways for visiting ancient sites including Edfu and Kom Ombo. Taking a boat is not only the most relaxing way to go about Upper Egypt but also the most picturesque.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Wafaa Al Nil: This joyous event, whose name signifies "Fidelity of the Nile," is held in honor of the river Nile, which the Egyptians consider holy. Poetry readings, musical performances, and academic presentations are just some of the arts-related events happening on this day.

October to November

The beginning of October is great news for tourists traveling to Egypt; the weather gradually becomes more bearable as the month progresses, and by the first week of November, temperatures are cooler. The second half of October is the commencement of the high season in Egypt; through this period until January, the weather will continue to get chillier and the prominent landmarks will be packed with tourists. The second half of October is the commencement of the high season in Egypt; through this period until January, the weather will continue to get chillier and the prominent landmarks will be packed with tourists.

Cairo, Egypt's capital in the north, will have chillier weather during these months, with daytime average highs ranging from 85°F to 76°F and nighttime lows ranging from 64°F to 57°F. Luxor in southern Egypt will still be quite hot, with maximum temperatures of 96°F to 84°F and minimum temperatures of 64°F to 53°F. Beach cities in the Sinai Peninsula, such as Sharm el-Sheikh, will have great weather with average highs of 89°F to 81°F during the day and lows of 74°F to 66°F during the night.

October and November are generally sunny months in Egypt, but do expect some precipitation in some parts of the country, including Cairo (1 day) and Alexandria (1 day), so make sure to pack accordingly. The fall began in September and will last until late November, so expect 12 hours of daylight during this time.

Where to go in October to November

The beginning of October in Egypt announces a progressive but sure arrival of tourists along with temperatures gradually changing for the best. The latter October and first week of November marks the entry to the high season, the weather is pleasant and the historical sites are more crowded. It is the ideal time to visit Egypt.

Throughout these months, it is possible to visit almost anywhere in Egypt. Cairo is a wonderful place of departure since the city is just starting to come to life. The journey may begin with a visit to the amazing Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, and the city offers much more than just historical sites to see, including outstanding dining and exciting pubs. 30 kilometres south of Cairo, head to the necropolis of Saqqara and the sites of Dashur, where you will be amazed by the vestiges of the first pyramids ever built, including the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the Bent Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid.

The seaside is also incredibly animated during this period. Coastal cities including Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam have pleasant temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, making them the best destinations to relax in the sand and take in the breathtaking scenery. Resorts in these cities usually offer side trips for diving or sightseeing and water sports lessons. Moreover, these are the best places to experience Egypt by night (especially Sharm El-Sheikh).

The cities in Upper Egypt, such as Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, will reward you with old temples, tombs, archaeological sites, and exquisite attractions such as a balloon ride at dawn, a Nile cruise, and stylish restaurants. From any of those cities, you can make a side trip to discover even more impressive temple complexes at Edfu or the agricultural town of Kom Ombo on the east bank of the Nile.

What to Do in October to November

At the start of October, the weather is getting much cooler, and there are fewer people at historical sites. Before Egypt's busy season, now is the best time to see most of the country's famous sights. The capital is an excellent starting point for visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Even though you've seen photographs of these massive antique wonders a hundred times, they still have the power to amaze you. The complex of pyramids, including the pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Chephren, which is the smaller one, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, are just a few of the monuments that you can sightsee on the plateau of Giza. Cairo itself will amaze you with its bustling streets dotted with ancient buildings and its lively souk.

Now is a great opportunity to go visit Saqqara and the site of Dashur, which is 30 kilometers south of Cairo. Here, you can see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the Bent Pyramid, or the Red Pyramid, all of which are hidden tourist gems that tell stories about Egypt's earliest era. Also in Saqqara, go visit the Imhotep Museum, built as a tribute to Imhotep, architect of the step pyramid of Djoser.

Head more northerly and go visit the magnificent cities of Luxor or Aswan. The beautiful city of Luxor hosts many prominent sites to explore, including the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and the Luxor Temple. At first light, when most of the city is still asleep, take a hot air balloon ride over the splendid town of Luxor to admire the sunrise. Luxor is an easy gateway for a side trip to Abydos to visit the Temple of Osiris or a Nile cruise to the beating paths of Edfu and Kom Ombo, where you can explore some less-known but absolutely grandiose temples.

You may find a great balance between leisure and exploration in the seaside cities of the Red Sea and the Sinai Peninsula. During this season, the resorts along the coast are packed with tourists, and there are many great deals that include side trip explorations, diving, and water sports. Many water sports, including surfing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, and bodyboarding, complement the excellent cuisine and exciting fiestas over the weekend.

Major events & Festival:

  • Abu Simbel Sun Festival (the Ascension of Ramses II): In general, October is the second time the sun will align with Abu Simbel's Great Temple, illuminating the statue of King Ramses II the most. His birthday will be celebrated at this time.
  • Siyaha: During this festival, thousands of Siwans get together for three days during the full moon to settle old disagreements and make new friends before the new season starts. The celebration is interwoven with songs to praise God, Sufism, and dancing, and after the noon prayer there is a huge feast for everyone, no matter the social rank or the financial status. Visitors can attend the festival.
  • Moulid of Sayyed Al Badawi: This festival takes place in Tanta, in the Nile Delta, where, around the end of October, millions of Sufi Egyptians are drawn to offer prayers and commemorate the Sufi figure who fought the Crusaders in the 13th century.
  • Arab Music Festival: Throughout 10 days, the Egyptian Opera House, which is part of Cairo's National Center, presents around 39 concerts of Arabic music. The festival features not only world-class musicians but also poets, painters, and other sorts of performers. The event usually takes place around the beginning of November.
  • Cairo International Film Festival: It is a renowned festival that usually takes place in the middle of the month or occasionally around December and which exhibits a broad range of international and Arab films. Along with prestigious film festivals like Cannes or Venice, the Cairo International Film Festival was recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers as one of the most distinguished in the world.

December

Despite the fact that Egypt is known for its extremely hot temperatures almost the entire year, temperatures drop unexpectedly and the weather becomes much colder in December. If you're planning a trip to Egypt in December, keep the weather variations in mind when packing. It is recommended, particularly for the nights, to prepare the necessary clothing to keep yourself warm.

In Upper Egypt cities such as Cairo, the weather is pleasant, with daytime highs averaging about 69°F, while nighttime lows may dip as low as 51°F. Lower Egypt cities, on the other hand, experience much warmer daytime temperatures, with for instance in Luxor highs of 76°F, and much cooler nights with minimum temperatures of 45°F. In seaside cities like Hurghada, the maximum daytime temperature is around 73 °F, and the minimum temperature is around 55 °F.

The capital of Egypt will experience three days of precipitation during the month of December, and the same goes for other parts of the country, where you should expect at least one day of precipitation. Make sure to bring impermeable clothes because severe downpours are unlikely.

Where to Go in December

December is still the peak season in Egypt, and the winter weather makes it a perfect time to visit almost the whole country. The mild winter temperatures and the sunny days are perfect for exploring the site of the Great Pyramids on the plateau of Giza and shopping in the capital's bustling souk. The coastal city of Alexandria, with its beautiful corniche and even cooler weather, is a great place to visit during this month as well.

Beautiful weather means equally beautiful coastlines. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, and playing on the beach. Visitors and natives blend together on the bands of white sand, keeping the coastal cities busy. There are a tonne of daytime excursions offered, and many restaurants and pubs hold their own activities.

December is an excellent time to go exploring the tombs and temples in Upper Egypt. It is wintertime, so temperatures in Luxor or Aswan are consistently low, ideal for seeing the region's many ancient treasures. Luxo is an excellent gateway to visiting the temples in Esna, Edfu, or Kom Ombo by cruising the Nile River.

What to Do in December

In December, there are more people around than normal, but they also make for lively marketplaces and thrilling entertainment. Those visiting Cairo should take some rain gear. Located 10 miles from the plateau of Giza, the capital is a good starting point during this month. The weather is favorable for any activity; it is the best time to go touring the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza without the sweltering temperatures of the summertime. In addition to the impressive landmarks on the plateau of Giza, you can also visit the Giza Boat Museum and take part in the sounds and other activities organized when the sun goes down on the plateau of Giza. With the festivities of December, Cairo is more lively than ever. Stroll around the old city streets to sightsee its ancient edifices such as the Hanging Church, Al-Azhar Mosque, or the city citadel, go bargaining at the bustling souk, or go sightseeing the vast collection of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum.

The mild winter temperature is ideal; cruise the Nile and go visit Luxor, Aswan, or Abu Simbel farther north. These cities are full of amazing sites to see and things to do at this time of the year. In Luxor, you can explore the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, or take a balloon ride over the city at sunrise. Aswan is the perfect base for day trips aboard a felucca to go exploring Abu Simbel's Great Temple of Ramses II, the Temple of Hathor, the unfinished Obelisk in the northern quarry of Aswan, or the Philae Temple.

The seaside is also a great destination in December, especially to take a break from all the temples and archaeological sites. The beach cities of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh are worth visiting during this time of the year. Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh have astonishing shores bordered by exquisite all-inclusive resorts. Enjoy some water activities such as surfing, kayaking, or diving, and relax with a massage or a poolside snooze in one of the Red Sea beach resorts. There is a wide range of options, from high-end dining to pulsating nightlife.

Major Events & Festival:

  • Kiahk: In Egypt, the Coptic Orthodox Church observes the Christmas holiday on January 7, and Kiahk, which takes place in December, is a time of fasting known as "The Nativity Fast" during 40 days. The period of fasting is followed by a huge feast for the believers.

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