When to Go
High Season (Dec–Feb)
- Balmy winters avoid the heat of the desert interiors, though January can be rainy in some countries.
- The Christmas–New Year period is high season in many countries, and other religious holidays represent mini high seasons.
- Prices are sky high and transport crowded; book accommodation well in advance.
- Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean beaches are almost deserted in winter.
Shoulder (Mar–May & Sep–Nov)
- Religious festivals aside, spring and autumn represent shoulder seasons in most countries.
- Weather often agreeable and crowds generally smaller.
- In Iran, prices are highest and crowds biggest during No Ruz (21 March to 3 April).
Low Season (Jun–Aug)
- High season along Mediterranean beaches and Turkish sites, which are extremely crowded in summer.
- Egypt’s Nile Valley and deserts across the region are unbearably hot from June to August.