Egypt is full of amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient history and beautiful beaches. It is also known to be a very hot country. For thousands of years, travel enthusiasts have travelled to Egypt to gaze in wonder at the ancient pyramids and temples left over from the time of the pharaohs, one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. If you are looking for the best time to visit Egypt, then this blog post is written for you.
What is the best time to visit Egypt?
At any time of the year tourists can travel to Egypt. October to April is considered to be the best time to visit Egypt, when temperatures are lower. The most popular time for tourist is December and January and the famous places like the Temples of Luxor, Abu Simbel, and the Pyramids of Giza remains the most crowded. Also the rates of all the Red Sea resorts are the most expensive during these two months. If you don’t like the crowd then March, April, and September are also good months to travel. The daytime weather can be quite pleasant and its the best time to enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
The summer months in Egypt can be exceptionally hot and dry. From May to August, the sun is very strong and the maximum temperature is around 36 degree, and the lowest is around 23 degrees. So it is necessary for you to carry sunscreens, sunglasses and plenty of water if you are travelling to Egypt during this time.
The temperatures in winters (October-February) range between 33-21 degrees. The Nile Delta region and Cairo are cold from October to February, especially at night, so make sure you carry a light jacket. Southern Egypt is warm even during winters. However, the temperature may decrease in the evening.
Think twice, if you are planning to travel Egypt during Ramadan. This is the time of daytime fasting, and hence, it might be problematic for transport and eating.
The best time to visit Egypt by region
Egypt is quite the large country (Around 390,000 square miles) and therefore the climate varies a bit from region to region. As you will probably travel around a bit, it’s always better to schedule your vacation to suit your personal travel needs.
The best time to visit Cairo
Most international flights arrive in the capital of Egypt and most travelers want to spend some time there. Cairo is usually far cooler than Luxor or Aswan in the desert below and is roughly 80 miles away from the coast. There is a temperature difference of around 3-5°C (5-10°F). April or October are possibly the best months to visit Cairo, as both Hurghada/Sharm El-Sheik and Luxor won’t be too hot around that time yet. Only try to avoid visiting in July and August as resorts can get busy with vacationing Americans and Europeans; and with wealthy Egyptians seeking to escape the heat of Cairo.
Best time to visit Luxor and Aswan
Both Luxor and Aswan are located deep down in the Sahara desert. River Nile covers the Ancient Egyptian cities into a small band of greenery, but it does not really help to cool down the temperatures. March, April, October, and November are probably the best months to visit both Luxor and Aswan. These months offer a good mixture between not overly hot days and pleasantly warm nights.
Visiting Luxor or Aswan in July or August should be really avoided. The areas around the big temples and especially the valley of the Kings or Abu Simbel will heat up to a point where even carrying an umbrella and drinking tons of water will not be enough.
Best time to visit Hurghada
The excellent time to visit Hurghada or Red Sea beach resorts is probably April, May, September and October. Regardless of being the peak of summer, temperatures on the coast are much cooler than in the interior. In July and August temperatures are around 96°F (36°C).
You’ll probably want to avoid the winter months from late November until February because you will not be able to go snorkeling.
Best Time to Cruise the Nile
All Nile cruise ships have superior air-conditions, and the day tours from the ship won’t stand apart compared to staying at a hotel. The best time to do a Nile Cruise is between October and April because temperatures are manageable at this time of year.
The pool on the deck will get quite hot starting from May, therefore travel during the peak summer months of June to August is not advised.
The worst time to visit Egypt
So, as of now you already should know that July and August months are the worst time to visit Egypt because it’s just too hot, especially for sightseeing. While July and August are probably the worst time for some visitors but for some visitors its probably the best time. Visitors looking for cheap tourist options and lesser crowds prefer to visit Egypt during this period because they get discounted rates when compared to the peak tourist months over the winter.
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