Visit Egypt in December 2023
Just imagine a trip in December 2023 that goes beyond the ordinary where this month in Egypt becomes a magical portal to witness the wonders of the country. Visiting Egypt in December 2023 is your passport to an incredible trip where the pyramids stand as ancient guardians and the Nile River awaits to be discovered. Trips In Egypt Team asks you to join our professional Egyptologists on a mysterious trip in the gentle Nile River as the waters tell tales of old and the stars above disclose mysteries unseen. Allow your unique trip of December in Egypt to refresh your soul, and together we will create memories that you will remember for a lifetime.
The Weather in Egypt in December 2023
You will expect daily maximum temperatures of 25°C and an average of 9 hours of sunlight each day in Egypt in 2023. Trips In Egypt Team has created a comprehensive guide to assist you in arranging your trip in 2023 perfectly and enjoying the best time of your life if you have decided to visit Egypt next year.
Do you want to know more? The best time to visit Egypt in 2023 is December! So, think well and get ready to plan your ideal Egypt tour with your loved ones in 2023.
Average Degrees for the Climate of Egypt Cities in December 2023
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Crowds and Costs in December 2023
Tours to Egypt in December are paired with the wonderful weather as this unique month has a large number of visitors who want to explore the capital city of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, and other areas in Egypt. the Pyramids of Giza fill up with visitors taking selfies, as travelers of all ages take selfies at every angle of the Giza Plateau to memorize their visit to the Pyramids.
Hotels also charge high prices, and rooms can cost twice as much at this time of year. That being said, there is a reason everyone wants to be here in December 2023 the weather is wonderful and the Egyptian atmosphere is amazing.
Where Do I Go in December 2023?
December is the best time of year to see the ruins in Egypt and also enjoy the southern parts (Upper Egypt) which are very hot the rest of the year. The beaches in Egypt are breathtaking, and it is still warm enough to enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming, playing in the sand, or strolling in the towns. Here are some of the most amazing places to visit and activities to do in Egypt in December 2023:
1. The Giza Pyramids complex
The Pyramids of Giza are well-known for their mythical significance as they are the greatest place to visit in Egypt in December. The Great Pyramid of King Khufu is well known as the tomb of the Fourth Dynasty pharaoh Khufu (2589-2566BC). The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it took over twenty years to be constructed in the early 26th century BC. The Pyramid of Khufu is a part of the Giza pyramid complex, so you can visit the Plateau in Giza and see this ancient wonder which has stood 147 meters tall as the biggest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
2. The Valley of the Kings
Most Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and kings of ancient Egypt were buried in pyramids throughout the Old and Middle Kingdoms of ancient Egypt, and these were massive tombs in the desert that were not easy to conceal! The ancient rulers of Egypt strove to be more stealthy during the commencement of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt as the burials were relocated deep into a valley on the west bank of the Nile River in the ancient city of Thebes. This would have been a fantastic idea as it is called "The Great Tombs of the Kings, Queens, Strength, Life, and Power" if not for the many, many laborers and others who contributed to the development of each tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
3. Abu Simbel Temples
Get ready to enjoy the greatest structures that were created by the pharaohs such as the great temple of "Abu Simbel" which includes two giant temples that were constructed by Pharoah Ramses II who built a temple for himself for the cult of God “Amun”, and another temple for his beautiful wife Queen "Nefertiti" as a main center for the cult of goddess "Hathor" the goddess of love, joy, and motherhood. Visiting Abu Simbel Temples provides an amazing outlook because they are located on the Nile River.
4. Karnak Temple
Just imagine following in the footsteps of the ancient pharaohs of Egypt and exploring the wonders of ancient Egyptian history in one of the most well-known temples in the whole world "Karnak Temples" on the east bank of Luxor. Karnak Temple was built in the Middle Kingdom of King Senusert I in the 18th dynasty and its construction lasted until the Ptolemaic Era. Karnak Temple like other temples created during this era as it was created for religious purposes. This great temple in Luxor was the main place of the cult of the deity of Thebes "God Amun Ra".
5. The Grand Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum has around 100,000 Egyptian artifacts including the whole collection of King Tutankhamun and many pieces that will be available to the public for the first time in Egypt. The GEM is the largest museum in the world as it has 81,000 m2 of floor space including galleries, special exhibitions, exhibits, a museum for children, and virtual large screens.
6. Enjoy the Sound and Light Show
There are several ways to enjoy the Pyramids of Giza and one of them is through the sound and light shown over the pyramids in Giza. You will find crowds in December, and it is performed virtually every night so you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the show. The sound and light show in December mixes the serenity of winter with the magic of illumination which provides travelers with an amazing display of lights dancing to the rhythm of festive music.
7. Khan El-Khalili
The magical market of wonders maintains the most amazing treasures that date back to the 10th century AD and remains the most fantastic shopping center that is stocked with the most exquisite goods and commodities.
8. Temple of Philae
King Ptolemy II created the Philae Temple between 380 and 362 BC in honor of the goddess of motherhood "Isis". The amazing Philae Temple serves as a focal point for the grandest mythological tales ever told in ancient Egypt. You will be astounded by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the temple and the peace of the Nile River in December.
9. Sacred Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
The most sacred of all temples is Hatshepsut Temple which also serves as the best illustration of the incredible New Kingdom architecture. The God "Amun" who created the universe, and Queen "Hatshepsut" one of the most powerful queens in ancient Egypt were both honored in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The temple was finished in 1479 BC by being carved straight into the holy Deir El-Bahari cliffs which have the most incredible works of art ever created in history.
10. Alexandria Library
When the year draws to a close, Alexandria Library will attract you to enter its magical portal where the information of the ancient and modern world awaits to be discovered. This great library was reborn in 2002 and it has a vast collection of books, artifacts, and historical sources that show the wonders of such a great civilization. You will find yourself amazed by the beautiful views of the library and the magical atmosphere where you can appreciate the contributions of human civilization.
11. The Hanging Church
The Hanging Church is a sacred sanctuary that hovers above the historical walls of Babylon. There are six churches from the early Christian era that can also be found in Coptic Cairo. The Hanging Church was constructed in the ninth century over the walls of Babylon. Inside Coptic Cairo, there are many additional ancient churches including the Church of Saint Sergius which was the location of a refuge where the Holy Family (Mary, Jesus, and Joseph) spent their journey in Egypt.
12. The High dam
There was a mighty spell of ancient Egyptians and modern creativity that hit this sacred and weaved its wonder across over a decade from 1960 to 1971 AD. Aswan High Dam construction is a joint effort of the Soviet Union and Egypt and it holds great meaning for the land of the Nile River which results nowadays in drawing its blessing from the Egyptian people.
13. The Red Sea
You will enjoy visiting the Red Sea of Egypt when the sun and the sea combine to create breathtaking scenes that will make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale with its blue waters, and you can see also in this region a rainbow of coral reefs that awaits you. You will be amazed also by the diversity of marine life that thrives in this aquatic wonderland from dolphins to wonderful fish. December is the ideal time to enjoy the magic of the Red Sea as this month offers a balance of amazing weather and beautiful underwater views.
14. The Unfinished Obelisk
The Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut is a monument of eternal wonder, and it lies in the open air in Aswan and it was dedicated to the ancient power of the ancient Egyptian people. The ancient Egyptians carved it with such precision that it would have graced the entrance of Karnak temple, had it not been for a mysterious crack that appeared in its body. Some say it was the work of a competitor, and other people say it was a divine intervention, in general, The Obelisk remains unfinished, but not unloved, by those who wonder at its mystery.
15. The Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa
The Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa are made up of a collection of Alexandrian statues, tombs, and ancient artifacts associated with the Paranoiac burial cult, as well as Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences. There are many of the elements of catacombs combine Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Roman cultural themes, and some sculptures are Egyptian in design. The important monument was later utilized as a burial chamber from the 2nd to the 4th centuries until being unearthed in 1900 when a donkey fell into the entrance by mistake.
16. Kom Ombo Temple
The temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan is well-known for its unique architecture (Double) which means it has two courts, two halls, two chambers, and two sanctuaries that were reproduced for two important deities. The southern side of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile “God Sobek” the god of fertility, harmonic power, and military prowess. The northern side of the temple of Kom Ombo was dedicated to the falcon god (Horus the Elder) and Hathor who represented joy, music, sexuality, dance, love, mental care, and motherhood, and had a great role in helping the deceased to move to the afterlife. The Temple of Kom Ombo has the Crocodile Museum which has about three hundred crocodile mummies that were discovered in the area.
17. Edfu Temple
The Temple of Edfu was one of many temples that were built during the era of the Ptolemaic Kingdom such as the Dendera Temple complex which was dedicated to Horus, the god of healing, the sun, kingship, and the sky. Hathor traveled each year south from Dendara Temple to visit the Edfu Temple at God Horus for their sacred mirage as a part of their holy marriage and it was a great celebration every year. The temple was constructed on 23 August 237 BC, and it consists of two transverse halls, a pillared hall, and beautiful views that are surrounded by chapels. This wonderful temple was started during Ptolemy III Euergetes' reign and it was finished in 57 BC during Ptolemy XII Auletes' reign.
18. Luxor Temple
The beautiful temple of Luxor lies on the East bank of the Nile River, and it was constructed by King Amenhotep III (1386 - 1351 BC), it was finished by Tutankhamun (1341 – 1323 BC) and Horemheb (1319 – 1292 BCE), and it was later expanded by Rameses II (1303 - 1213 BC) to honor the Theban triad "Amun, Khonsu, and Mut". Today you can witness the huge Great Colonnade Hall which is over 61 meters long and there are 28 twenty-one-foot-high columns which are the only remnant of this wonderful structure and were accomplished by King Tutankhamun in 1330 BC. There are many of the sides of the temple were demolished following the reigns of the great pharaoh and repurposed for the construction of the temple.
19. The Colossi of Memnon
The first thing that the travelers visit when they arrive on the west bank of the Nile is these two giant colossi (which means statues are larger than life), this expression refers to its hardly unexpected given their huge size as they stand 60 feet (18 meters) and weigh an estimated 720 tonnes apiece for each statue. The Colossi of Memnon were carved from sandstone quarries near Cairo, Egyptologists think these were moved overland the 420 miles of Thebes since they would have been too big to be carried on the Nile River. Pharaoh Amenhotep III's sculptures depicted him sitting and were erected to defend his funeral temple on his largest complex on the west bank of the Nile River.
20. The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian museum has over 120,000,000 Egyptian artifacts including valuables discovered. If you want to learn about the ancient Egyptian way of life, all you have to do is visit the Egyptian museum to uncover the secrets of the pharaoh. You can explore everything in the Egyptian Museum from modest farming, and cooking to golden royal artifacts that can be found in the halls of the public museum, and daily activities. The museum has artifacts and things from prehistoric ages before writing was found as well as the collection of Queen Nefertiti which includes all of her golden bracelets, jewelry, and her iconic head statue.
21. Al-Muizz Street
The wonderful Al-Muizz Street is more than an attraction to enjoy; it is a living museum that was built in the 10th century AD to serve as a key commercial thoroughfare in the Fatimid Islamic period when Islamic Egypt was at its core. You can enjoy the succession of gorgeous cafés, and spectacular homes dotting the maze of Al-Muizz, and art galleries that showcase the culture of this holy civilization.
22. The Nubian Village
The most colorful village in Egypt is located on the West Bank of the Nile in the City of Aswan. The Nubian Village is painted in every color of the rainbow, the Nubians arrived from Sudan around 8,000 years ago to begin farming along the Nile River of Egypt which is why they have black skin. The Nubian people have their own language that they never impart to outsiders and this is what makes their culture unique.
23. The Mummification Museum
The Mummification Museum on the East Bank of Luxor gives a complete view of the whole process through the presentation of various instruments, equipment required for the process, and artifacts, as well as, an explanation of the religious importance of this unique practice. You can see Canopic jars, amulets, coffins that include mummified corpses, and sculptures of gods and goddesses among the various things in the Museum.
24. Saladin Citadel
The amazing Cairo Citadel in the heart of Cairo was the heart and soul of the Islamic eras when it was constructed between 1176 and 1183 AD on the highest point of Cairo as a defensive fortress that served as the center of the administration for 700 years. The Citadel functions as a great open museum, inside museums, with fantastic art galleries and, the wonderful mosque (Mohamed Ali Mosque).
25. Cairo Tower
Cairo Tower is one of the greatest landmarks of the ancient Civilization in the Capital city of Cairo. Cairo Tower is designed like the sacred Lotus flower and it features a viewing deck and magical cafés on the top of the tower. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the beautiful Nile River.
26. Sinai Mountain
Sinai Mountain is one of the four sacred mountains that was mentioned in the holy Bible and it features a cathedral and a monastery dedicated to St. Catherine. Many pilgrims went forth from this monastery in quest of the glory of the Lord and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible. You should stay near the peak and get closer to the sunrise and sunset as the summit of the mountain looks to be made of gold during those times f you want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the area.
27. Snorkeling & Diving
Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh are excellent starting points for exploring the underwater wonders. The visibility is excellent, and you can snorkel right from the beach. You can enjoy snorkeling with angelfish, parrotfish, damselfish, dolphins, and clownfish. The Red Sea is one of the most gorgeous snorkeling destinations on the planet, and Hurghada is a little snorkeling paradise on the Red Sea. Hurghada in December is a popular location for outdoor activities as it has several diving and snorkeling options in the Red Sea.
28. Desert Safari
The Desert Safari in Hurghada is an experience that visitors should not miss as it is a memorable experience that may be shared with friends and family. You will be picked up from your hotel by a 4*4 Jeep and begin your trip with 45 minutes of ATV Buggy and picture stops along the way. Later, you will return to the first location, or the Balcony as it is known in Hurghada which is a mountain with one side of stone and one side of very soft sand for some outstanding images from its peak to the mountains of the Red Sea and a wonderful panoramic view.
Is It Safe to Visit Egypt in December 2023?
Egypt is safe to visit in December, however, like with any other country, it is critical to remain updated on the situation by monitoring travel advisories from your government and international organizations. December is a popular season to visit Egypt, so, simply take conventional safety procedures such as being aware of your surroundings according to standards. If you have any special questions regarding booking a December visit to Egypt or need assistance with anything else, do not hesitate to ask the travel agency that you booked with.
The Egyptian government takes precautions to protect tourists, and you can expect a considerable security presence in key tourist places such as airports, historical sites, hotels, and Nile River Cruises. Egypt has also a specific Tourist Police department that caters to the requirements and safety of tourists and may be contacted for assistance if there are any problems or concerns.
December in Egypt is an enchanting season filled with the promise of magic and the thrill of discovery. We invite you to embark on a truly extraordinary journey through our Egypt tours in December, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will immerse you in the timeless wonders of this ancient land. Together, we will navigate the iconic landmarks that have captivated the imaginations of travelers for centuries, savor the tantalizing cuisine that reflects Egypt's rich culinary heritage, and revel in the breathtaking scenery that spans from the majestic Nile to the historic wonders of Luxor and beyond. Let this December be the month you create unforgettable memories in the heart of Egypt's cultural and historical tapestry.
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What Should I Wear While Being in Egypt?
You should wear whatever you want. It is advised to wear something light from cotton or linen, comfortable and put on sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the sandy terrain.
What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?
You should bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you not used to the Egyptian sun &pack everything you could ever need and put in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
Yes, it is available all years. as the Nile from Aswan to Luxor takes three to four days of sailing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the total cost of 600$ and the Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan take four to five days in Saturday, Monday and Thursday for the coast of 650$.
Why book Trips in Egypt?
We have experience in vacation planning for more than 10 years & our staff consists of the most professional operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort create the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time advisors to fit your every possible need during your time in egypt. we always keep in mind that your safety & comfort are our main priority until you return home.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to egypt, You will feel secure in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is very peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt and construct an entire environment dedicated for ensuring the lives of all tourists.
What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
They are very simples, If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries(check the link), have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD entry fee in cash. As for the E-Visa for 30 days, you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could be one of the countries eligible for a free visa for 90 days.
What is the Weather is Like?
The temperature of Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c, Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 23 ¡ÆC in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 32 ¡ÆC in the summertime while the temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
It is totally up to you, but if you choose to you can tip the servers at your restaurant 5-10% by handing it to them directly and 5 Egyptian Pounds as a general tip of anyone.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
Yes, you can enter the pyramids for the small fee of 20$.
How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.