We were recently asked on our Facebook page a questions about visiting Egypt and I thought it would be a good idea to answer those questions through a blog post so everyone can find the answers easily!
Here it goes:
When is the best time to visit Egypt?
This question doesn’t really have a clear-cut answer. Really, Egypt is great to visit all year-round — depending on what you’re coming for. If you’re coming for history and want to visit the sites in Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel (the region known as Upper Egypt), then I would definitely recommend the cooler months of October through April. The region is located pretty far to the south which means it can get very, very hot, especially in the summer months. If your aim is to visit the beach, however, the summer months may be a great time to visit! While the beaches offer great temperatures all year long, and it can get hot in the summer, generally it is still the best diving, snorkeling, swimming and tanning time. However, if you’re interested in desert camping in the Sahara, September through February are probably the best months, since you won’t be dealing with scorching heat or creepy crawlies like snakes and scorpions. Be prepared though, depending on the month, it can get very cold.
How many days do I need for a visit to Egypt?
Again, this depends on the activity and how intense you want your time to be. For history buffs, you could live here and not see everything. So I would recommend spending about 2 weeks if you want to visit as many historical sites as possible. This would include a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan, a visit to Abu Simbel, a trip to Alexandria, and visits to the Pyramids in the Cairo/Giza area. If you want to enjoy the desert, 2 more days are good enough. For the beach, I’d say you could spend about 4-5 days there as well. All in all, if you’re looking to experience as much as possible, I’d say 3 weeks is a good amount of time.
Where can I see the mummies of the great pharaohs?
Very simply, the 2 best places to see the mummies of the great pharaohs are the Valley of the Kings (some select tombs), and the Mummy Room and the Egyptian Museum. Both of these will have special entrance fees (Egyptian Museum Mummy Room is LE 100 each, and the Valley of the King’s King Tut’s tomb is also LE 100 each). Other than that, it’ll be somewhat more difficult. Be prepared for lots of crowds though!
That’s the first set of questions. I hope my answers helped. If you’ve got any more, ask away and leave comments!