5 Perfect destinations for a warm winter vacation in Egypt

The thing about Egypt is that it’s not only deeply rich in history, culture and nature, but you can also visit it all year round! Due to its lovely weather most of the year, you’ll always be left with an abundance of cities to choose from no matter what the season is. So, if you are looking for an escape from the cold and gloominess of the winter, then Egypt is your destination. In this article, we’ll show you our favorite destination for a perfect warm winter vacation.


1. Luxor

Luxor - warm winter vacation in Egypt
Photo by CALIN STAN on Unsplash

Designated as a world heritage site, Luxor is one of the richest cities, not just in Egypt, but the whole world. The city is like an open museum, its locals are literal curators who don’t just know their history very well, but can communicate it in several languages eloquently. The first time I visited Luxor I was amazed at how even the youngest children spoke at least three or four languages. Even for those who are not much into history, Luxor is still a fascinating experience.

Nile Cruises from Luxor to Aswan and back are very popular too and are my personal favorite. The cruses which are usually 3,5 or 7 days are just magical. Don’t take my word for it, ask anyone who’s been there!

Luxor  Nile Cruise- warm winter vacation in Egypt
Luxor from a Nile Cruise

Weather in Luxor

Best time to visit Luxor is between December and February where the average day temperature is 25°C (77°F ) with the sun there almost everyday which makes it perfect for a nice warm winter vacation. It gets a bit chilly at night though with an average of 8°C (46.4°F)

Top Tourist Attractions in Luxor

Temples :

Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, Medinet Habu Complex, Mortuary Temple of Seti I

Tobms

Valley of the Kings , Valley of the Queens , Tombs of the Nobles

Museums

Luxor Museum,  Mummification Museum

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Are one of the popular activities in Luxor that you shouldn’t miss

Location

Luxor is located on the bank of the Nile River 660 km (408 miles ) south to Cairo.

How to Get There

From Cairo, you can either book a domestic flight which will take only an hour or a train ( overnight trains are available) which takes 10 to 12 hours. If you don’t plan on visiting Cairo check for direct flights to Luxor or Aswan from your city.
If you started a Nile Cruise in Aswan then it’ll take you to Luxor. Buses are available too but I won’t recommend them for such a long distance especially with other cheap alternatives available


2. Aswan

Aswan Botanical Island- warm winter vacation in Egypt
Botanical Island , Aswan – By Mohamadkassem licensed CC

Aswan is usually visited with Luxor (usually through Nile cruises ). Yet, Aswan has its unique character. It may not have as many monuments as Luxor but it does have a charming nature, an ancient Nubian culture, and one of the kindest welcoming Egyptian population. The famous Nile rides in Aswan (Felucca rides) have such a calming effect. Until I tried it myself I used to underestimate it, but now it’s the first thing I do whenever I visit the city.

Beautiful Nubian House – by Zakaria Rabia licensed CC
Colorful Nubian House – By Mgalal20 licensed CC

Weather in Aswan

Same as Luxor Aswan is best visited from December to February where it’s nice and sunny and excellent for winter vacations. The average day temperature is 25°C (77°F ) and at nights the average is 10°C (50°F )

Charming Aswan By Haytham Al-hefnawy licensed CC

Top Tourist Attractions in Aswan

Philae Temple, Tombs of the Nobles, Nile Rides (Felucca rides), The Botanical Island, Nubian Village, The High Dam, The Nubian Museum, Trip to the nearby Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel near Aswan Image by Nadine Doerlé from Pixabay

Location

Luxor is located on the bank of the Nile River 870 km (540 miles) south to Cairo.

How to Get There

Domestic flight to Aswan from Cairo are available ( about 90 minutes long) as well as train rides (overnight trains are recommended since it’s a 13 hours ride).
If you booked a Nile cruise from Luxor then it will take you to Aswan where you can either end your cruise or ride back to Luxor depending on your reservation. Same as Luxor, I wouldn’t recommend busses for this trip.


3. Hurghada

Hurghada soma bay - warm winter vacation in Egypt
Soma Bay, Hurghada – By
Amrkhaled 2003 licensed CC

If history and culture is not your thing, and you are just looking for a place where you can spend your days relaxing by the soft sand beach and enjoy the nightlife, then Hurghada is your city. The whole city is like a one huge beach resort with amazing pure water and fantastic snorkelling and diving activities that’s suitable even for beginners. Hurghada is perfect for honeymooners since it has lots of adults-only resorts as well as families as it’s filled with aqua parks and fun activities for kids.

Image by nrxfly from Pixabay

Weather

Hurghada is perfect for winter vacations as the day temperature is 24°C (75.2°F ) on average from November to March. It gets cooler at night with an average of 13°C (55.4°F ).

Top Activities in Hurghada

Giftun Islands,  Abū Minqār island, Aqua Parks, Scopa diving, snorkelling, Hurghada Grand Aquarium, Abu Tig Marina

Location

Hurghada city is Located by the Red sea 465 km(288.938 Miles) south east of Cairo

How to Get There

Hurghada has an international airport with direct flights to many European countries as well as Russia if you can’t find a direct flight from your city then an hour-long domestics flights from Cairo are available and affordable. Busses from Cairo (and most Egyptian cities) are available too. If you are staying with a local Egyptian then driving is an option too since it’s less then a 5-hours-drive


4. Sharm El-sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh- warm winter vacation in Egypt
A resort in Sharm el Sheikh – By
Sherif Ali Yousef licensed CC

Recognized as one of the world top diving destination. Sharm EL-Sheikh is an amazing winter destination to observe the wonders of the red sea and relax in the fancy yet reasonably affordable resorts.

White Knight Bay, Sharm El-Sheikh – By Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) licensed CC

Sharm El-Sheikh Weather

Sharm El-sheikh is most enjoyed in the winter season. the average temperature between December and February is 24°C (75.2°F ).

Top Tourist Attractions in Sharm El-Sheikh

Naama Bay, Shark’s Bay, Ras Mohammed National Park, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mt. Sinai, the old Market, trips to Dahab and the blue hole, diving activities.

Sharm El-Sheikh by Amrkhaled 2003 licensed CC

Location

Sharm El-Sheikh is located on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula 500km(310 miles) south-east of Cairo

How to Get There

Direct flight to Sharm’s airport from many European cities and Russia are available. If you couldn’t find a direct flight from your country, then a domestics 1-hour-flight from Cairo is available. you can also take a bus from Cairo or most other Egyptian cities to Sharm El-Sheikh.


5. Siwa Oasis

Siwa oasis salt  lake
Salt Lake, Siwa – By
Ahmed Emad Hamdy licensed CC

Siwa is a different story; a green oasis in the heart of the desert. a destination that’s usually underrated by most tourist but a one worth living. Perfect for those seeking escape from the busy cities and in need of a calming spiritual experience where you can see the stars at night without the distraction of the city lights. Siwa is famous for its pure air, palm trees, clear blue sky, hot and cool springs and salt lakes. In addition, Siwa is a destination for medical tourism.

Special shot for the Milkyway and meteors over Siwa region in west – Egypt By Mohamed Mostafa Abdelraheem licensed CC

Weather

Siwa is warm and sunny form November to March with a day temperature ranging from 20°C (68°F ) to 25°C (77°F ) and chilly nights with an average of 10°C (50°F)

Top Activates and Attractions in Siwa

Amun Temple, Mountain of the Dead, Salt Lakes, desert Safari, Shali Fortress , Fatnis Island , Cleopatra’s Pool , Graeco-Roman Tombs

Cliptartra’s pool – By Mostafasharawy24 licensed CC
The centre of Siwa is dominated by the ruins of the 13th century Shali fortress Ahmed Emad Hamdylicensed CC

Location

Siwa is located 741 km (460 Miles) to the west of Cairo in the heart of the Egyptian Western Deserts and 50 km(31 Miles) east of the Libyan border

How to Get There

Buses from Cairo, ALexandria and Marsa Matrouh are available to get to Siwa


Conclusion

No matter what you fancy for your winter vacation, whether it’s a ride into history, fun days on the beach or a relaxing vacation, Egypt has it all!