Is There a Best Time to Visit Egypt and Jordan?

As the title “Is there a Best Time to visit Egypt and Jordan?” above asks, is there a best time to visit Egypt or its neighboring country of Jordan? There are actually a few answers to that question.

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How to Determine the Best Time to Visit Egypt and Jordan

Best time of year to visit Egypt and Jordan - Camels and Pyramids in Egypt

Camels “parked” at the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.

If you are familiar with global travel, you may already know the term “peak travel season”. This is usually when the weather in a specific area is the best it will be all year, but it can also be a time when the highest numbers of travelers come to an area.

For instance, ski season is not often what many consider the best time to visit a beautiful area like the Alps, but it is a peak travel season and the region can be uncomfortably crowded during certain weekends or entire months.

There are also holidays that allow a lot of people to get away for a week or more. For example, Egypt Easter holidays are popular with many as it is the beginning of spring and many school aged children and teens have time off from school. This may not be a peak season, but it can be a very busy time for travel to popular destinations. However, many holidays are also a time when travel bargains are readily available, and a cruise you plan for February or March might be much less expensive in April, for example.

At each end of the peak season, just before off-peak (a time of less ideal weather or overall conditions for travel) there are the “shoulders”. These can be perfectly fine seasons for travel, with more comfortable weather and less crowding. Some opt to avoid traveling at such times, though, because there is a great deal more unpredictability with the weather.

All of this is why many who are heading to Egypt may wonder about the best time to visit Cairo or the best time to visit Egypt and Jordan. Let’s start first with the weather, then the peak seasons and then those “shoulder” seasons. We’ll also consider any holidays that could make it a good time to travel to Egypt.

Using Weather to Choose the Best Time of Year to visit Egypt and Jordan

Best time of year to visit Egypt and Jordan - Ancient city of Jerash in Jordan

The ancient city of Jerash in Jordan.

If you ask those familiar with weather in the Middle East and Northern Africa, they would tell you that Autumn and Spring (October through April) offer up the best weather conditions. Though Egypt is home to three unique climates (the Mediterranean along the northern coast, the Red Sea to the east and the central climate that includes the area of the Nile and west into the Sahara), the weather is most comfortable beginning around mid-October every year when daytime temperatures vary between 17 and 29 degrees Celsius. In the months that follow, they range from around 9 to 10 and 19 to 25 degrees Celsius, with the highest amounts of precipitation occurring within those same months.

Jordan has similar weather in its most popular areas, though night time temperatures generally become quite cool in the desert-like regions. In fact, in winter weather, some areas of Jordan may experience snow fall and freezing temperatures after dark. However, the average temperatures are similar to those of Egypt. This makes the best time to visit Egypt and Jordan the Autumn to Spring months of October through April.

Using Peak Seasons as the Best Time to Visit Egypt and Jordan

Best time to visit Egypt Jordan - Abu Simbel Temples

The rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel in Upper Egypt.

If we are being honest about the best times to visit Egypt and Jordan, the peak seasons of December and January are really fine. Though Jordan can be quite wet during this time and temperatures chilly, when you plan to visit both countries, this is the height of predictable and super comfortable weather.

You can enjoy hiking and walking in even the typically hottest sites such as the Valley of the KingsAbu Simbel temples and more. You may see brief rain showers (very seldom) and cooler evening temperatures, but they are still in an incredibly comfortable range, and rarely above 25 degrees Celsius.

Keep in mind, though, that this is the true peak season in both places and you will not find many popular sites remaining uncrowded. Plan for morning and late afternoon visits to work around the crowds if possible.

Using Shoulder Seasons as the Best Time to Visit Egypt and Jordan

The Best time to visit Egypt and Jordan - Treasury in Petra in Jordan

The Treasury in the Rose Red city of Petra in Jordan.

Shoulder seasons are at the beginning and ends of each peak travel season, and when they relate to Egypt and Jordan, they will be all of October and into November as well as the end of March and into April. The temperatures can begin to climb into a somewhat uncomfortable range in late summer or early spring, so you will only want to plan travel into the area if you do not suffer much from adverse conditions.

As an example, people paying a visit to Petra in Jordan during the shoulder seasons can anticipate daytime temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius during the late summer and early autumn months. However, the early spring conditions are cooler with April’s high temperatures at 28 degrees Celsius.

Egypt is hotter and dryer than Jordan and highs in both late summer and spring can be as high as 33 degrees Celsius with very little precipitation expected. So, if you do want to use the shoulder seasons as your best time to visit Cairo in order to enjoy less crowding and lower pricing, just be aware that temperatures are not as predictable.

The good news is that you can easily dress for the weather and enjoy a comfortable trip even if temperatures are higher than you might have expected.

Opting for the Holidays as the Best Time to Visit Egypt and Jordan

If you are going to look at holidays, like the Easter holidays already mentioned, as a good time to book, this will fall in the shoulder season at the end of the peak season but due to high demand you will get higher pricing and lots of fellow travelers may head to some of the same areas. 

It can be said that anytime is the best time to visit Egypt and Jordan because they are countries with so much to see and do. If you are not bothered by heat, plan a trip at any time of the year.

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