Egypt’s Nile Valley and desert regions can be unbearably hot in summer.
Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean beaches are almost deserted in winter.
The Christmas–New Year period is high season in many countries.
(May-Mar & Sep-Nov)
Religious festivals aside, spring and autumn represent shoulder seasons in most countries.
Weather is often agreeable and crowds are generally smaller at main sites.
Mediterranean beaches and Turkish sites are extremely crowded in summer.
Religious holidays (including Christmas–New Year) represent mini high seasons.
Prices are sky high and transport crowded; book accommodation well in advance.