Egypt in the summer

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1. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Allo, folks,
I'm subjecting myself to the summer heat of Egypt this July. Does anyone have any suggestions? I plan on taking my Camelbak and very light clothes, but there's always little tidbits you only learn from being there.

Also, I'll be using a pre-set tour schedule, but will be looking for opprotunities to break away in Cairo, Luxor, and Abu Simbel. Any suggestions on what to do or see off the beaten path? Thanks!

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Forget trying to do anything Between 11am and 4pm, do all of your sightseeing as early morning as you can stomach.

Stay in a place with a pool.

I thought Aswan was more fun to explore than Luxor, the hassle in Luxor was a bit much for me.

3. Posted by traveller9 (Budding Member 16 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

When in Cairo, beware of the papyrus "Musuem" scam. Someone will offer to take you to the pyramiads with a small stop at the "musuem".
Also, don't let the hassling get to you. keep in mind it's the only way alot egyptians make any money.

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Make sure those clothes are VERY light, because in July it is almost unbearable heat (around 50 degrees)! I agree with the do things early or late, as you just can't go out in the mid-afternoon heat. We didn't stay in places with a pool, but you can pay like 10 Egyptian pounds to hang out for the day at the pool area in some of the big hotels. In Cairo, the bar @ the Hilton has fantastic air-con, beer is a bit pricey but they serve unlimited free crudites at the bar Make sure you cover your arms & wear trousers or a long sarong as the women tend to spit at you if you don't

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Have long lunches in Cairo. The food is very delicious & nutritious. Lots of steamed vegetables when I was there.

6. Posted by capisco (Budding Member 24 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

make a day trip to alexandria 2 hours away from cairo and have beach and very nice ;)

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8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I thought Port Said was awful.

9. Posted by EGYPTGUIDE (Inactive 8 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

because of hot in summer you have to suggestion
first to make your tour program at morning and finish it before the noon time and
second turned your trip to be in the north of Egypt and it is also so interesting
including Cairo (pyramids,Egyptian museum.),Alexandria(under water museum,the old roman city of Alex.),port said (you can have a trip in Suez canal),Sinai (holly mountain........),Rosetta city(houses back to 500 years ago and the old market...............
if you need more information you welcome e mail me
regards and have a nice time in egypt

10. Posted by mollysbb (Budding Member 6 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Ive just come back from a week in Egypt. Booked a cheap week in Luxor and took the train to Cairo for three nights. The trains are excellent and VERY cheap £6 for a first class airconditioned, big seat for the 10 hour journey cairo to luxor, and the scenery on the way is fabulous. Cairo was much more comfortable, being several degrees cooler, and I wouldn't wish to be there any later in the year than we were! I booked the Gresham Hotel in Cairo for something like £2 each per night and we had our own bathroom and air conditioning. It's very basic, as the price would suggest, but it's right in the centre, and the people were lovely, very friendly and welcoming. Don't do the sound and light at Luxor, its far too long and boring and expensive. Go out as early as possible, not just for the heat-we got to the pyramids at Giza before 8 am and there was nobody around. It was magical - much better without all those damned tourists! Have a great time