Egypt is a country so rich for getaway destinations both in the summer and the winter, tailoring to everyone’s interests, whether cruising the Nile River to explore ancient heritage, or relax on the beach. Invest-Gate presents some of the top winter destinations featuring warm weather and hospitable atmosphere during the cold months of winter.
Said to house 30% of the world’s antiquities and 70% of Egypt’s antiquities, words cannot do justice to describe Luxor and its magnificent ancient Egyptian heritage, still well preserved over thousands of years. Every temple and archeological site in Luxor is on our must-see list: the Karnak, Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and everything in between. Book a ticket to see Al-Karnak Temple sound and light show at night, and enjoy the feel of the city, going back in time to the world’s most fascinating civilization.
There is so much Nile in Aswan! If you are enamored with the Nile River in Cairo and the Delta and find yourself reserving tables at high-profile places in Cairo just to be next to the Nile, rest assured it is nothing compared to the blueness, cleanness, and vastness of the Nile in Aswan. We recommend taking a Nile boat tour, as well as, paying a visit to the High Dam. We also recommend venturing into Nubia and getting acquainted with the culture and customs of the Nubian people of Aswan… perhaps take it a step further and stay with a local family at one of the cozier houses-turned-into-boutique-hotels such as the Nubian Dream.
El- Minya’s Tel El-Amarna comprises the well-preserved remains of a new capital city established and built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late Eighteenth Dynasty, and abandoned shortly after his death. The ancient site receives significantly less tourists compared to other ancient Egyptian monuments in Luxor and Aswan. However, it is worth the visit as it offers insight into the houses and structure of ancient Egyptian cities as opposed to the temples in Luxor and Aswan, which were reserved to the priests and select individuals. While visiting El-Minya, we recommend staying at the New Hermopolis, which features a stone structure and domes, taking you on a time machine adventure stepping into the ancient city yourself.
Fayyoum, which is a -two-hour- drive from Cairo, is an often- overlooked destination despite being full of activities to try and scenery to enjoy. During your visit, you should visit Wadi El-Rayan protectorate and enjoy the waterfalls, try sand-boarding in the desert, take a boat trip or go Kayaking on Qarun Lake and visit the Valley of the Whales to explore the fossils of the extinct mammals. We recommend staying in or at least visiting Tunis Village, home to many artists for months on end, who use the quietness and serenity as an inspiration for their work.
The Red Sea
If the love of the sea runs in your veins and the crashing waves from summer to summer is not enough for you, there are a number of destinations on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean that you could visit for a weekend trip or an extended vacation such as Sharm El-Sheikh, Marsa Alam, Hurghada and many more. You could discover Ras Sudr, a four-hour drive from Cairo, which is warm enough that you could enjoy Kitesurfing, we recommend La Hacienda Ras Sudr to enjoy the growing sport and relax on the beach. There is also El-Gouna, where you could rent a bike away from Cairo’s suffocating traffic, have brunch in a restaurant overlooking Abu Tig Marina and take a boat ride in the crystal blue water; we recommend staying at Mangroovy El-Gouna.
The Mediterranean Sea
You could also visit one of the jewels of the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria, and the top romantic destination in Egypt during the winter season. There is something for everyone in Alexandria…visitors are relieved from the flocks of tourists, who invade it in the summer and thus have the city to themselves. You could enjoy walks along the Corniche, eating freshly caught fish at the many seafood restaurants, have a picnic in Al-Montazah, or visit the historic sites such as the Roman Amphitheatre or the 15th Century Citadel of Qaitbay. We recommend staying in one of the historic hotels such as Steigenberger Cecil, Windsor Palace, or the Helnan Palestine Hotels.