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Top 7 Things To Do 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.

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

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

Decent tour to see all that’s worth seeing in Luxor

The tour is good, it takes you to all the places you have to see in Luxor, plus it doesn’t make you feel like you are in a rush at each location.

Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Un Wa, 06/05/2018

Great day with so many fabulous things to see.

Long but great day. Omar our guide was very informative and helpful. Everything from the minute we were picked up to the minute we got dropped of was excellent. The food, travel, information, help from the guide and drivers and of course all of the historic sites we visited. Highly recommend booking with Get your Guide.

Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Nichole, 05/18/2018

Hassan was a wonderful guide. Thank you for a memorable day.

A really fun and informative tour. Hassan took great care of us. A word of caution. Cover up! It is hot and the sun is strong so take lots of sun screen, a hat and a long sleeved shirt. I wasn't so well prepared!

Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Julienne, 04/21/2018

Jam packed day seeing some amazing sites with very informative guide

It was amazing to be able to see the sites we did in one day. Our guide was amazing, he was very knowledgable and caring. He could answer all of my questions and I felt like I had really learnt so much by the end of the day, about the history of the sites and also about Egypt in general. If I would have had more time in Egypt I would have had no hesitation in visiting Cairo with these guys. One thing I would say is bring some cash for optional extras including the Nile boat ride and some lovely pieces from the alabaster factory you will visit. You'll also want to be able to tip your guide and driver at the end of the day. It was a great, informative and safe way to visit some of the most incredible places in the world.

Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Saalim, 02/27/2018