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Egypt: When to Go

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Tours of Egypt

The best time to visit Egypt depends on where you'd like to go. Generally speaking, winter from December through February is the tourist high season and summer from June through August is the low season in all parts of the country, with the exception of the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts. During the shoulder seasons of fall and spring, temperatures and prices are moderate.

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The winter high season is chilly in most of Egypt, except for in the south which experiences pleasantly mild temperatures. The high season market peaks around the holidays of Christmas, New Year's and Easter, and you'll find prices at their highest at these times. Travelers should note that Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The low season summer brings uncomfortable heat from June through August anywhere south of Cairo, particularly in Luxor and Aswan. Most Egyptians take their vacations during the summer to escape the heat.

On the coasts, winter is the low season with cool temperatures, strong winds and frequent rains. During the high season summer, the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts enjoy moderate warmth ideal for sunning on the beaches. Egyptian schools let out for the summer holidays and many locals flock to the beaches at this time.

Most of Egypt's religious and state holidays will not disrupt travel plans with the exception of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. During daylight hours many caf├ęs and restaurants are closed, and bars close completely for the month. Offices also operate at reduced hours, though most general services, such as currency exchange and major tourist sites, operate as normal.

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