Tips for tourists in Egypt

One of the oldest temples in Egypt, specifically in Luxor

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Visa on Arrival

When should you visit?

Holidays to Egypt / Weather in Egypt

1. Egypt's Visa - Visa on Arrival

Most visitors to Egypt will need a Visa.

If you are a citizen of the USA, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, Russia, and a handful of other countries, you can obtain a Visa on Arrival at the airport.
Not only at Cairo International Airport, but also through all airports inside Egypt, Like Sharm El Sheikh Airport, Hurghada Airport, Borg El Arab Airport, Sphinx Airport…etc,  just before passport control, there is a bank window where you can purchase your visa which costs 25 USD only.  Then you can take the visa and your passport to passport control to be Stamped and Welcome To Egypt .


2. When is the best time to visit Egypt ?!

The best time to visit Egypt is the cooler months of the year: November to March. In the southern part of the country, at Luxor and Aswan, rain is unlikely. In Cairo, haze can be an issue in the morning during the winter months, so it’s best to time your visit to outdoor sites (such as the pyramids of Giza) to the afternoon hours. During the winter months, it can rain in Cairo and Alexandria.

Camel-Riding - Holidays to Egypt

Best 10 Holiday Destinations in Egypt and the weather conditions in each city.

Egypt is one of the best countries to spend your holidays. This is for many reasons like its amazing weather, the numerous places and things to do, and the historic places to visit. 

In addition, it includes countless water activities, beautiful sites to enjoy, and so much more. We will help you learn about the best vacation spots in Egypt, and tell you all you need to know about each of them.

10. Dahab

Red sea - Dahab city - Egypt

Dahab is one of the most naturally beautiful attractions in Egypt. It is Located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula and about 80km (50 mi) northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. It is a famous resort known for offering the finest vacation across the shores of the Red Sea, the main attraction of the city is the aquatic activities such as diving, snorkeling, and especially windsurfing. The city is known for being near the infamous Blue Hole, a.k.a. The world’s most dangerous diving site. The city includes many forms of entertainment, such as camel & horse rides, cycling, jeep and quad bike trips, and Safari trips into the desert, where you will enjoy a majestic time in a Bedouin village.

The weather of Dahab Red Sea

The climate in Dahab is quite tropical with hot summer days and warm-mild winter days and an average temperature of 25 C (77.2 F).Egypt Tours Portal LogoEgypt Tours Portal Logo  

9. Alexandria

Alexandria - Egypt

If you are looking for the best family vacation destination in Egypt, Alexandria is the right destination for you. This Greco-Roman gem in Egypt is a city that straddles the beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

You will find many interesting places in Alexandria to visit. You can enjoy this wonderful vacation spot differently during summer and winter; This is what makes it unique!

Alexandria is definitely one of the best destinations to visit in Egypt because it is magical all year round. It is impossible not to fall in love with this city, visiting it will be like a ritual!

The weather of Alexandria

In Alexandria, the summers are long, warm, muggy, arid, and clear and the winters are cool, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 86°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 89°F.

8. Sharm el-Sheikh

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Sharm El Sheikh is one of the best holiday destinations in Egypt for many reasons.

To begin with, its nature is so beautiful with the colorful mountains that you can watch along the Red Sea. The mountain colors gradually change to different shades of brown, red, and yellow, leaving you breathless!

Plus, if you get into the water, you will be mesmerized by the amazing colors and species of the different fish and coral reefs. That’s why it’s ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world!

Holidaying in Sharm El Sheikh is incomparable to any other city you have been to; it’s so much fun there

Here‘s the answer why this fascinating city is one of the most visited destinations in Egypt. You will have thrilling things to do in Sharm El Sheikh where a couple of days is not enough! 

  • Snorkeling 
  • Diving at the Far Garden
  • Playing watersports
  • Riding the banana boat
  • Visiting Saint Catherine
  • Shopping at Naama Bay
  • Going on a boat cruise
  • Dining at the amazing restaurants and cafes
  • Living it up at their nightlife venues
  • Going on a desert safari.

The weather of Sharm el-sheikh

In Sharm el-Sheikh, the summers are hot, muggy, arid, and clear and the winters are comfortable, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 95°F and is rarely below 52°F or above 99°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Sharm el-Sheikh for hot-weather activities are from early April to late June and from late September to mid November.

7. Marsa Alam

Dolphins in The Red Sea - Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is what is called the optimum spot for spending quality time; this ideal destination is one of the must-visit places in Egypt for its unique beaches and colorful coral reefs.

It’s positioned on the stunning shore of the Red Sea, offering you numerous water activities and undescribable scenery. 

Besides, you could be lucky enough to witness the dolphins just meters away from you; how exciting!It also has an amazing desert where you can enjoy many activities for a change. 

Though it’s far away, the sights there make it worthwhile. Marsa Alam is an unmissable trip full of enjoyment and thrill! 

Plus, if you get into the water, you will be mesmerized by the amazing colors and species of the different fish and coral reefs. That’s why it’s ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world!

Holidaying in Sharm El Sheikh is incomparable to any other city yave been toou h; it’s so much fun there

Marsa Alam is a place that is naturally beautiful yet offers you many things to do.

  • Enjoying watersports
  • Relaxing by the beautiful scenery
  • Sightseeing in El Quseir
  • Going on a desert safari
  • Trying scuba diving
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Having a wonderful night at Port Ghalib. 

Best Season to Visit.

The best time to visit Marsa Alam is during spring and fall, where it’s perfectly warm.

6. Siwa

Salt lake - siwa

Siwa, is Egypt’s most famous yet most remote oasis, it is located in the Western Desert, but much closer to the Libyan border. Every year, thousands of Egyptians and foreigners alike visit Siwa to learn about its unique history, heritage, and culture (they even have their language which is closer to Berber than Arabic).

Siwa’s natural charms, from the vibrant greenery at the edge of the Great Sand Sea to their crystal-clear salt lakes and vast expanses of olive and palm trees, are worth visiting on their own.

Siwa is largely untouched by modernity and its technological trappings (Siwa was isolated from the rest of Egypt until the 1980s, when a road connecting it to Marsa Matrouh was built), making it an ideal place to camp and get away from it all.

Camping under the Milky Way in the Great Sand Sea is an experience you will never forget!

things to do.

  • Salt Lakes
  • Safari
  • Sand boarding
  • Bonfire night
  • Shali  Castle
  • Mountain of the dead
  • Alexander Temple
  • Ain Cleopatra

Best Time to go to Siwa.

The weather in Siwa is very delightful & relaxing with warm sunshine covering the entire oasis most of the time. It is advisable to visit Siwa in the cooler months of the year during the winter, spring, and autumn, from October to April, as the temperature in summer can be hot especially in the heart of the Sahara.

5. Faiyum

Lake in the desert - Faiyum trip

Fayoum, about an hour and a half from Cairo, has always been known as a great nature retreat and break from the city. Fayoum has a lot of great camping spots, like on sand dunes right on the shore of Magic Lake (named for its changing water color according to time of day), or near Lake Qarun (Fayoum’s oasis, the biggest in Egypt) or close to the Wadi el Rayan waterfalls.
The garden of Egypt for its abundance of wildlife and production of fruit and vegetables. It is famous for containing the beautiful lake Qarun Wadi El Hitan, which is one the UNESCO world heritage sites in Egypt that holds hundreds of Archaeoceti, which are whale fossils going back hundreds of thousands of years ago, which shed some light on the Evolution of Whales. It holds a number of different animal species, including reptiles, mammals, and birds, as well as some rare endangered species.

things to do.

  • sandboard
  • explore Tunis Village
  • visit the Wadi el Rayan Waterfalls
  •  see the ancient whale bones at Wadi El Hitan (Whale Valley)
  • see the petrified forest
  • discover Fayoum’s ancient ruins.

Best Time to go to Faiyum.

In Al Fayyūm, the summers are long, hot, arid, and clear and the winters are short, cool, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 95°F and is rarely below 43°F or above 102°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Al Fayyūm for hot-weather activities are from mid May to late July and from mid August to late October.

4. Hurghada

Parasailing Hurghada - Hurghada Parasailing in red sea

If you are seeking to relax and enjoy a lavish stay, then Hurghada is the best. It‘s one of the most recognizable cities along the Red Sea where you will have a cool vacation. 

It offers you the ideal combination of staying in a resort yet having all facilities of a city too. You will enjoy nature’s amazing views, in addition to many spots for hanging out. 

This mix of merits makes it an ideal choice for couples and families to holiday in Egypt. 

Hurghada is one of the best tourist cities in Egypt, making it your ultimate spot if you want to chill and relish tranquility! You’ll be missing a lot if you haven’t visited it yet! 

things to do.

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving in the depth of the sea
  • Going on a desert safari
  • Going on a boat trip
  • Parachuting 
  • Shopping at the local boutiques 
  • Strolling at the Hurghada Marina 
  • Visiting the Hurghada Grand Aquarium 
  • Dining at restaurants and chilling at cafes.

Best Time to go to Hurghada.

The weather in Hurghada is quite tropical as it changes between 30 C (86 F) most of the year except for the summer months where the temperature gets a little too high to 40 C (104 F).  The temperature in Hurghada can reach highs of 18 C and lows of 42 C. The Climate of Hurghada has a dry desert climate type which showcases temperature difference between night and day. 

3. Aswan

Nile River - Aswan Egypt

Laid-back Aswan is one of the best places in Egypt to enjoy the Nile. Cruises arrive and depart from here, and you can also hop aboard a smaller felucca (a traditional wooden sailboat) and skirt around the Nile islands. In fact, going by felucca is the easiest — and sometimes the only — way to see some of Aswan’s sights, including the Tombs of the Nobles and the colourful, mural-covered Nubian village of Gharb Soheil. South of the Aswan Low Dam, the Temple of Isis at Philae is set on a photogenic island studded with palm trees. At the end of the day, a sundowner on the terrace of the historic Old Cataract Hotel, built in 1899 by Thomas Cook and namechecked by Agatha Christie in Death on the Nile, is a classic Aswan experience.

Climate of Aswan.

Aswan climate is one of the driest, hottest, and sunniest cities on earth and is usually very humid with an average temperature in the summer from the months of May to September up to 40 C (104 F) while in the winter months from October to march up to is 23 C (73.4 F).

Best Time to go to Aswan.

The best season to visit Aswan is the same as Luxor during the winter. Starting from November till March is the ideal time to pack your bag and go tour this awesome city. 

2. Luxor

Temple of Karnak 1 - Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada

Often touted as the “world’s greatest open-air museum”, Unesco-listed Luxor has a rich cache of historical treasures like few other places on the planet. The pharaohs of the New Kingdom moved their capital here, then called Thebes, and constructed mighty monuments to their gods and themselves, many of which still stand today.

Like many ancient Egyptian cities, Luxor is split in two by the Nile: the east side, where the sun rises, was seen as the “land of the living”, while the west was considered the “land of the dead” and the setting sun. Karnak Temple is the most impressive site on the east bank, and it’s one of the largest religious temple complexes in the world, covering nearly 500 acres. Karnak is connected to Luxor Temple by the Avenue of Sphinxes and fronted by colossal statues of Ramses II. This certainly isn’t the last you’ll see of this prolific pharaoh.

Across the Nile River, the Valley of the Kings is the New Kingdom’s royal necropolis, and the magnificent tombs are carved and painted floor to ceiling with spells and blessings for a smooth journey into the afterlife.

Many Nile cruises depart from Luxor and head south to Aswan, taking a few days to stop at temples along the way.

things to do.

  • Visit the Majestic Luxor Museum
  • A journey to the Heavenly Temples of Karnak
  • A Magical Tour to the Royal Valley of the Kings
  • Take a Trip to the Ramesseum Temple of King Ramses II
  • Discover the Hidden Attraction of Medinet Habu
  • Felucca Ride Across the Nile River
  • Enter the majestic Valley of the QueensExplore the Tomb of King Tutankhamun
  • Explore the Allure and Magic Within Tombs of the Nobles

Best Time to visit.

The best season to visit Luxor is during winter starting from November till February. You can also visit it between March and April. 

1. Cairo

Sphinx and The Great Pyramids of Giza - Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

Cairo has always been the city of wonders and history, containing the essence of three great civilizations, Pharaonic, Coptic, and Islamic, between its immortal gates. Dating over 4500 years, in the heart of Cairo is the city of Giza, home to the great three pyramids of Giza, which are the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, and the Menkaure Pyramid, plus the oldest man-made statue, the sphinx, and the Grand Egyptian Museum, home to more than 150,000 artifacts, including the legendary complete collection of the boy king Tutankhamun. Near the city of Giza is the majestic city of Saqqara, home to the legendary Step Pyramid of Imhotep, one of the first pyramids ever constructed in Egypt. The Dahshur area is an amazing place filled with a number of early constructions of Pyramids.  Looking over the downtown area of the cameo is the epic Cairo citadel from the 11th century.

Cairo has been dubbed as the city of minarets due to the massive number of mosques plus the golden brick road Khan El Khalili Bazaar and Al Muizz Street, where the shopping experience is more like traveling to ancient times. Also near the city of Cairo is the marvelous Bahariya Oasis, which has some of the most amazing natural attractions. The wonderful city of Cairo is where you can find many cultural, historical, religious, and recreational places to visit.  It has many wonderful hotels, which vary according to their majesty, level of service, and even prices.

Best Time to Visit.

In Cairo, the summers are long, hot, humid, arid, and clear and the winters are cool, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 96°F and is rarely below 46°F or above 102°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Cairo for hot-weather activities are from mid May to mid July and from mid August to late October.

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