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Although Nile River cruises are offered year-round, generally the best time to take one is during the cool, temperate months of October through March.

The high season for Nile River cruises is during winter from December through February. Temperatures at this time are chilly along most of the Nile River, except in the south which experiences pleasantly mild weather.

The low season summer brings uncomfortable heat from June through August anywhere south of Cairo, particularly Luxor and Aswan. During the shoulder seasons of fall and spring, temperatures and prices are moderate.

The majority of Egypt’s religious and state holidays will not disrupt travel plans with the exception of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. During daylight hours, many cafes and restaurants are closed, and bars close completely for the month. Offices also operate at reduced hours, though most general services, such as currency exchange and major tourist sites, operate as normal.

Travelers should note that Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.