Secret season: May and September
May – The temperature reaches a high of 32 degrees Celsius during the day and drops to a pleasant 18 degrees Celsius at night. Long days with up to 14 hours of sunshine await which means you can make the most of your time in Egypt.
September – The summer heat begins to lift, paving the way for pleasant daytime temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius with 12 hours of sunshine. The early season is fresh and exhilarating and our teams are excited to welcome guests after the hot summer months of June to August.
Highlights: As a cruise down the mighty Nile and viewing the pyramids of Giza is one of our most popular destinations, travel here in May or September and you’ll have the advantage of fewer crowds and lower prices.
Visit Egypt during the secret season and enjoy the open waters from our exclusive Sanctuary Boats as you sail past temples and tombs from along the Upper Egypt between Luxor and Aswan. May is the final month before the heat kicks in but in some ways the best.
All sites remain open but with numbers dwindling as summer approaches, all the attractions are much quieter. Enjoy the freedom of movement from entering the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings with your private Egyptologist to taking a hot-air balloon flight over the Avenue of Sphinxes. During the day our guides carefully select shady spots to stop and talk and you will find the temples are cool.
Head to the Red Sea and venture to some of the best diving sites in the world. Swim among the colourful corals or simply soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches.
Be one of the first to see the archaeological treasures in the new Grand Egyptian Museum (due to open shortly) that overlooks the pyramids of Giza. From here, you can explore Cairo, which is a vibrant metropolis and take advantage of fewer people to browse the Khan el-Khalili bazaar for spices and scents. Wander through the Wekala al-Balaq street market renowned for Egyptian cotton and take a fascinating diversion to the Camel market.
Top tips from Fiona Malan Product Manager A&K Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
Balloon flights in May benefit from an early sunrise. When it comes to clothes pack breezy loose cotton and linen along with a charming vintage parasol to channel your inner 1920s Agatha Christie style who famously wrote Death on the Nile. We can arrange for you to stay in her suite at the Old Cataract Hotel.
When I travelled to Egypt in May 2022, our private Egyptologist walked us from Sun Boat IV to Luxor Temple at the end of the day. We took the pace slow, quietly listening and learning - there was only one other family there. We stayed on for longer than planned and watched the setting sun and had the temple to ourselves. I can’t imagine having had this experience at the height of the season.