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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.

Temple of Luxor

Temple of Luxor

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').

Horse and Carriage Tour

Horse and Carriage Tour

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.

Colossi of Memnon

Colossi of Memnon

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.

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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.

Mummy Museum

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.

Luxor Museum
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Luxor Museum

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.

Luxor Souk Market
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Luxor Souk Market

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!

Planning Your Luxor Visit

There is so much political unrest in Egypt.  Is it safe to go there?

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.

Should I follow a specific dress code here?

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.

Much of Egypt is desert -- how do I travel across this?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    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 tour guide -Khaled was really helpful

Khaled contacted us the day before the tour to confirm details He arrived promptly on the day and introduced us to the driver - they were both very welcoming . Our tour took in the temple at Karnak the Valley of the Kings ,Hatshepsut’s temple and other interesting sites .Khaled took us expert,y to all the sites making our journey much easier - he explained the historical background and advised us how best to make the most of what we saw I would highly recommend the tour especially with Khaled as a guide

From Luxor: Full-Day Tour of the East and West Banks Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/11/2018

A wonderful way to become acquainted with Luxor’s rich heritage.

Great guide, lots of fun, and definitely worth recommending. There is too much to see in Luxor to fit in one day, but if that’s all you have, or you are looking for an introduction to its incredible history, then this tour is well fitted to meet your needs.

From Hurghada Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/04/2018

A wonderful day with Khaled, fun and educational

Great tour for English speaking visitors. Take the optional lunch/ boat ride to Banana Island and have the grilled Tilapia at Alladins. Nine hour private tour returned us to our hotel at 5pm and allowing us to go for a swim before sunset. This one day tour does NOT include several important places in Luxor, so Day before or after add to your visit - Luxor Temple, and the Luxor museum and a ride on a Felluca sailboat (Khaled can help you book those)

Splendid and unique guided tour to the East and West bank

It was an amazing experience with Khalid. Very punctual, caring and attending to detail at all the times, making sure that we are feeling good and enjoying our time with no hassle. Khalid took us and explained us with a lot of profesionalism and his broad knowledge the history behind our visit to the Karnak temple, Valley of the kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. It was an epic experience that everyone should have in their life agenda. Egypt is a beautiful country.

Brilliant trip Tamer was very knowledgeable guide

I would recommend this trip to every one who visit Egypt . Thankyou to everyone who arranged the trip .This was the highlight of our stay in Egypt .

Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by glenn, 07/22/2018