Best Time to Go to Egypt
Summers throughout Egypt can be scorching. Average temperatures in June, July and August are typically in the mid-90’s. March, April, October and November will feature the most consistently bearable weather without the intense summer crowds comprising locals on school holidays. December and January are the coldest months of the year, during which the mercury can fall into the 40’s at night — with a corresponding drop in vacation costs. More southerly Nile River destinations like Luxor and Aswan can be slightly hotter, and most Nile River cruises occur between October and April. One caveat: As a Muslim country, shops and tourist attractions may have limited hours during festivals and holy days.
Egypt on a Budget
Although Egypt certainly has its share of five-star hotels and restaurants, shoestring travelers will find no shortage of budget options in the form of hostels and local hotels. Mid-range hotel options, especially in Cairo, include popular international chains. Cheap eats typically highlight Middle Eastern cuisine — hummus, kebabs and the like. For shoppers, haggling at bazaars is part of the game — and it’s also a way to save a few bucks. Interestingly, the oppressive heat of the summer months coincides with school holidays, so airfare and accommodation costs rise with the thermometer. The best deals are typically reserved for travel in December and January.
Egypt Trip Reviews
24-Hour Cairo to Sinai Road Trip by Mihai Voinea
“It was the summer of 2014 when I went to Egypt for a 1 month cardiology internship in Cairo. The perks? I was working 3 hours a day in the morning 4 days a week and sometimes even less. The whole group was comprised of 7 people from all over the world. Five days before our departure at the end of August, I …” Read more!
Re-think Egypt by Dr. Alex Cullison Re-think Egypt It is January 2015, and my family and I have just returned from a two week vacation in Egypt. We spent 5 days in Cairo, 5 days in Aswan and 2 days in Luxor. We went on every tour that was offered. We had tour guides and Egyptologists that immersed us in both ancient history and the modern day …” Read more!
Sinai Odyssey by Sarah El-Haddad
“During Easter I have been on camping trip to explore Sinai with adventure company called Destination 31. Sinai is very well know for its beautiful beaches and finding serenity. The trip took off from Cairo on road trip all way to Ras Mohamed where one gets to snorkel in its stunning unique sea life. The day …” Read more!