Is October a Good Time to Visit Egypt?

October is an excellent time to visit Egypt. The scorching heat of Egypt’s summer months has passed, so you can expect wonderfully pleasant weather which is simply perfect for sightseeing.

Is October a good time to visit Egypt


Is October a Good Time to Visit Egypt?

October is often described as being a shoulder season in terms of tourism. The low season and the peak summer months have passed, and despite October being the start of the high season, tourists have not yet begun arriving in large numbers.

So, is October a good time to visit Egypt? We believe it is. Daytime temperatures and nighttime temperatures are wonderfully pleasant, and you also don’t have to contend with large crowds of tourists at major tourist sites.

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Weather and Temperatures in October

Is October, a good time to visit Egypt in terms of the weather? To begin with, expect warm weather and plenty of sunshine. By the time October arrives, daytime temperatures are slowly but surely declining. With that having been said, you can expect average lows of around 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit), and average highs of around 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit).

If you head further south, to places like Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor, average temperatures are somewhat higher during the day and a little bit of lower at night.

If you are going to be visiting Egypt in October, we suggest packing clothing which is cool and light. You should also consider packing in a wide-brimmed hat and some good quality sunscreen lotion.

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Avoiding the Crowds

In Egypt, the high season runs from the beginning of October to the end of April, with December and January being the peak tourist season. One of the great things about visiting Egypt in October is the fact that not only do you get to enjoy excellent weather, but you also get to avoid huge crowds of tourists.

Make no mistake, you are still going to see many tourists at famous historical sites like the Giza Pyramids complex and the rock cut Abu Simbel temple complex, but nowhere near as many as you would see if you were to visit in December or January when popular tourist sites are literally saturated with tourists.

Cost of Visiting Egypt in October

Is October a good time to visit Egypt in terms of cost? Yes and no. Since October is the start of the high season, hotel prices are starting to rise, as are Nile cruise prices and tour prices. While there are still some very good deals to be found, there is no getting away from the fact that any and all tourism-related prices are starting to rise.

There isn’t really much you can do in order to avoid high season rates. However, if you book and place your reservations well in advance, and pay the necessary deposits, you can at least shield yourself from further price increases along the way. For example, if you were to book one of our Egypt tour packages and pay the deposit that is required in order to finalize your reservation, you won’t need to worry about prices increasing at a later date.

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Enjoy an Enchanting River Cruise

There is no better way to experience the soul of Ancient Egypt than by way of a Nile Cruise, but is October a good time to visit Egypt for a cruise on the world’s longest river? We believe that October is as good a time as any in order to enjoy a Nile cruise.

Providing you book one of the ever-popular five star Nile River cruises, you’ll be doing lots of sightseeing along the way. Quality Nile cruises usually include almost daily sightseeing excursions with professional tour guides. During these excursions, you will visit a number of the best relics of ancient Egypt, and with October’s comfortable weather, you can enjoy these excursions without having to worry about scorching temperatures. The weather is also perfect for sitting and relaxing out on deck in the evenings.

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The Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is a bi-annual event that takes place at the rock cut temples of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt every February and every October. For a brief period on two days of the year, the sunlight is able to penetrate the inner sanctum of the pharaoh’s temple, illuminating three of four statues that are inside the inner sanctum. The statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, is the only one that is not illuminated by the sun.

Once the sun reaches a certain point in the sky, the statues are plunged back into darkness until the next event. This spectacular event has been happening twice a year for more than 3,000 years.

Is October a good time to visit Egypt for the Abu Simbel sun festival or is it better to visit in February? The weather in February is notably cooler than it is in October, but the site can be saturated with tourists in February, both locals and foreigners. The site can also get very crowded even in October, but certainly not as crowded.

Beach Holidays in Egypt

Is October a good time to visit Egypt for a beach holiday? Yes, October is an excellent time for enjoying a relaxing break on a beach in Egypt. However, if you want to avoid large crowds then we would suggest visiting Hurghada on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, rather than Sharm El Sheikh on the South Sinai Peninsula.

Sharm El Sheikh is an outstanding destination and certainly one of Egypt’s most enchanting city resorts. One major drawback is the fact that it can become very crowded even during the summer season (June, July and August), thanks to Israeli tourists who are able to visit the South Sinai region of Egypt for up the 14 days without a visa.

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Last Updated on March 26, 2024