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Best Time to Visit Egypt

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Hot air balloon over Asasif Valley and the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

Hot air balloon over Asasif Valley and the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when the temperatures are cooler but still ideal for outdoor experiences across the desert regions.

Your preferred travel goals, what you would like to see and do, and who you decide to travel with will all affect the best time for your visit. You may wish to explore the millennia of heritage exuding from the Pyramids of Giza to the colossal statues of the Ramses II with your family or wallow in the lapping waves of the Red Sea with your partner.

The following information can help you understand Egypt’s best time to visit and highlights some of the essential experiences to look forward to.

Best Time for Sightseeing

View of the Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt

View of the Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt

Best Months: January | February | March | April | October | November | December

Spring, fall, and winter are the best times for sightseeing in Egypt, especially from January to April and again from October to December. The summer months can make sightseeing a struggle due to the heat but the fall and spring, as well as the winter, have mild weather that can turn the banks of the Nile lush and make exploring the legendary monuments and galleries of Egypt much more comfortable from Giza to the Valley of the Kings and beyond.

Best Time for a Nile Cruise

Ship docked on the Nile river at the Abu Simbel Temple Complex in Egypt

Ship docked on the Nile river at the Abu Simbel Temple Complex in Egypt

Best Months: March | April | May | June | July | September | October

Spring, summer, and fall are the best times for a Nile River cruise, especially between March to October. The iconic sites across Egypt are easily accessible as you drift down the Nile which offers majestic views as well as connection to places like Karnak and the Hatshepsut temples. By visiting during the less-popular months, you can still have the comfort of luxury accommodations with less occupants on the boat giving you an entirely different perspective of the cruise and Egypt.

Best Time for Beaches

Red Sea coast in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

Red Sea coast in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

Best Months: April | May | June | July | August | September | October

The different beaches of Egypt are easy to visit between spring and fall from April to October. The wide length of time for visiting Egypt’s beaches is great for the diversity of the coastlines whether you want to visit the Red Sea or the Mediterranean Sea around Alexandria. While summer may bring the crowds to the Red Sea coastline, the shoulder months are still comfortable and the waters are warm in late spring and early fall as well.

Best Time for Snorkeling/Scuba Diving

Vibrant coral reef in the Red Sea, Egypt

Vibrant coral reef in the Red Sea, Egypt

Best Months: March | April | May | September | October | November

Spring and fall are the best times to scuba dive or snorkel in Egypt with the water still warm and accessible at the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea around Alexandria. The remarkable colors and vibrant aquatic life of the seas come into view with calm waters, great conditions, and access to unique sites dressed in coral or overflowing with sunken ancient history. You can find some of the world’s most beautiful reef systems to ancient treasures connected to the foundations of Alexandria.

Best Time for Hiking

Early morning at Mount Sinai in Egypt

Early morning at Mount Sinai in Egypt

Best Months: January | February | March | April | October | November | December

Egypt is a wonderful place to hike and explore especially in January to April and October to December in winter, spring, and fall. The desert landscape offers incredible surprises with breathtaking sceneries bisected by long-established routes. The great trails of Egypt can lead to marvelous desert culture, fantastic stargazing, and exotic limestone valleys, revealing an often unseen but equally impressive side of Egypt.

Best Time with Family Travel

Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

Best Months: January | February | March | April | October | November | December

The drama of Egypt is perfect for families in winter, spring, and fall specifically from January to April and October to December. Families can engage with the history and politics of Egypt, as well as immerse yourselves in the natural wonders that helped shape the historic and contemporary cultures of the country. Visiting in the cooler months outside summer makes it much easier for your family to enjoy more pleasant temperatures whether lounging on the beaches or trekking to see the pyramids.

Best Time for Couples

Sunrise hot air ballon ride above the mountains in Egypt

Sunrise hot air ballon ride above the mountains in Egypt

Best Months: January | February | March | April | October | November | December

Egypt is a romantic and engaging escape for couples when visiting in winter, spring, and fall from January to April or from October to December. On first impression, Egypt is simply living history but dig beneath the surface and you find legends that bring romantic mythologies to life immersing you in preserved ancient wonders. Archeological treasures come in the form of ruins and artifacts, traditions and hidden, and oases adding to the intense and luxurious allure that makes Egypt a fantastic retreat for couples.

Spring and Summer Activities

Windsurfing in Dehab, Egypt

Windsurfing in Dehab, Egypt

Best Months: April | May | June | August

Spring and summer create a unique ambiance across Egypt, especially from April to June and again in August. The warmer weather and rains in spring bring showers that turn the banks of the Nile River into lush gardens while the summer months of June and August give you great opportunities to enjoy the highlights without the large crowds or intense heat of July. The beaches are also vibrant in spring and summer as well supporting some of the following activities.

Scuba Diving | Snorkeling | Sailing | Shopping

Fall and Winter Activities

Camels on Mount Sinai trail in Egypt

Camels on Mount Sinai trail in Egypt

Best Months: October | November | December | January

Fall and winter are fantastic months for visiting Egypt, especially from October to January. These are the most popular times of the year to visit Egypt but give you the most comfortable weather to enjoy different types of adventures from Alexandria in the north to Abu Simbel in the south. The cooler months give you the chance to indulge in cultural activities or engage in more active adventures at your preferred pace.

Hiking | Cruise | Camel Drive | Cultural Festivals

More Travel Informations & Tips

Nile river cruise in Egypt

Nile river cruise in Egypt

Egypt is legendary for its monuments, tombs, and the winding banks of the Nile River. The endless number of timeless things to do, and knowing the unique experiences you can have, will support your best time to visit, whether you want a Nile cruise or a snorkeling expedition. Zicasso’s Egypt Travel Guide has more information and helpful tips on how you can have your perfect trip. You can also speak with an Egypt travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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