Top attractions in Luxor
Who wouldn't want to explore the 'world's greatest open air museum' and see its temples, tombs, spectacular desert, and river scenery? The main attractions lie at either side of the Nile, the East and West bank, encompassing staggering must-see sites that'll make you wonder how times and generations have evolved.
This temple is in honor of the Egyptian God Amon-Re around 1400 BC, and constructed by famous Egyptian pharaohs -- Amenhopis III and Ramesses II (aka the 'great builder').
Why not let a horse do all the walking by jumping aboard its carriage for an orientation tour. Wander through the bazaar or just relax at a cafe and enjoy a strong local coffee.
Let a donkey take you to the West Bank to see the two 18-meter-high stone statues of Amenhotep III (all that remains), and marvel at the style and decoration of the tombs.
This was the center of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, you can't help but be awed by the massive columns and painted hieroglyphs.
Learn about mummification and see a range of human and animal remains at this captivating museum. This practice is believed by the ancient Egyptians to be a critical part of the quest for eternal life.
Take a stroll through and discover the many artifacts discovered in modern Luxor. Statues found in 1989 hidden beneath the floor of the Luxor Temple, and an annex dedicated to Egypt's Golden Age are also on show.
Dizzy yourself in this bustling bazaar crammed with clothes, jewelry, trinkets, stunning spices, and leather goods. Haggle til your heart's content to get the best deals on your new exotic finds!
Terrorists continue to plan attacks in Egypt. Foreigners could be targeted in tourist resorts or other locations frequented by foreigners. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and use heightened caution to avoid unsafe situations.
Egypt is an Islamic country. For woman, it's generally best to dress modestly, keeping knees and shoulders covered and not to wear figure hugging clothing. Women visiting religious sites are advised to cover their hair and neck with a scarf and take shoes off if required. Men can wear shorts and a normal style t-shirt.
Four-wheel drive vehicles are really the only way and be prepared for a bumpy ride. Perhaps take anti-nausea tablets or any other remedy you use to prevent travel sickness.
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- Temperatures can be high from May to September, if you want to avoid the heat, then go in the cooler months of October through February. Always be prepared with sunscreen and layers to keep you protected from the daylight sun and the cooler nights.
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What people are saying about Luxor
Excellent day trip and value for money, a full on itennery but truly making the most of the day. To start the day at 5am our driver was lovely, very helpful and we had plenty of opportunities to stop along the way. On the way back he even treated us all to a sugar cane drink just perfect at the end of a long hot day. On arrival into Luxor we met our guide, was just 3 of us so gave plenty of time to ask questions and be able to listen to all of his information was very informative. Be sure to take plenty of Egyption poinds to valley of the kings was an extra 300 Egyption for a photo pass and although the trip included the cost of visit to 3 tombs for an extra 250 egyption per person you can visit king Tutankhamun tomb so worth it in my opinion. After lunch we also had the option for 200 egyption to enjoy a 45min Nile cruise rather than the bus to the next temple visit again this was a lovely add to the trip. Overall excellent I cant fault it in any way and would highly reccomend
A 5.00am pick-up from the Hotel and an 8.00pm return we were ready for, but the luxury coach would never be any dictionary's definition of 'luxury'; it was nought but a large mini-van, cramped without leg room. The experience was good but uncomfortable enough for my wife to want to cancel our trip to Cairo/Giza but thankfully we didn't . The van stopped several times at watering holes which were welcome not expensive and much needed. The drivers one for the journey and one for the return, were amazing. I thought I had seen madness on the roads, in Italy and Sri Lanka particularly, but Egypt drivers are the most crazy; 4-lane highways made into 6 lanes or more by cars over and under taking within a hairs breadth of each other. The tombs are low and mostly impossible for anyone with disabilities. Tut Anhk Kamun's is most famous, least impressive. The Temple at Karnak took my breath away, wonderful, amazing, fantastic, words that don't come close to describing it. A must-do trip
She was very considerate in planning our tour day in relationship to the heat. We never felt rushed nor pressured during our time with her. We were told back at our Winter Palace Hotel from fellow travelers that we were able to cover 2 1/2 days of sight seeing with her in comparison to some of their one day tours in Egypt. She was thorough, confident, and an experienced tour guide of 14years with very good English and a very fun relatable personality. Not only was she a highly educated ancient Egyptologist, but also had great relevant explanations to our cultural modern day questions. Our day with her in combination with our stay at the Winter Palace were the top highlights of our trip thus far. We strongly recommend her and her driver for this day tour! The driver deserves recognition for the quality and comfort of his vehicle, as well as, his patience with us, because we took more time at each site and ran over the scheduled hours without being charged extra.
I was a little concerned when I arrived at our hotel to be told that the holiday operator and hotel do not run tours to Luxor! I'd booked this trip on line from home at GetyourGuide. I started to ask about to make sure that it was safe to go. I had no need to be concerned. I received updates to my e-mail of all the details I needed for our trip. We were picked up directly from our hotel by the lovely Bob! He was our guide for the day, we had 2 drivers due to the long drive and about 10 in the group. We had a great day, Bob had excellent english and was very interesting with his knowledge and the way he presented it to us. We enjoyed the Nile cruise which was extra but definitely worth it. Lunch was good and Bob looked after us right through out the day. making sure we didn't get bothered by any street vendors etc as we went through to the attractions. Can recommend enough. Many thanks for a great day out.
Loved all the sight seeing, real history right there!! I am glad i went with just my husband, as my young kids would have struggled in the heat. I would recommend taking lots of loose change or 5LE & 20LE, toilets are 5LE to use and you are tipping quite alot. Its the culture which is absolutely fine but be prepared. We travelled in a small minibus, slept most of the way on way there, on way back my back was killing me, very tight squeeze. Im glad i went and experienced it, wouldnt recommend the long journey for kids.