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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.
1. 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').
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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!
Frequently asked questions about Luxor
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Planning Your 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
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- 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
We booked independently from our hotel, Fort Arabesque, we were instantly contacted by the tour company via Whatsapp to finalise arrangements and confirm collection times. Our English speaking guide met us at the Hotel reception on time. The vehicle was comfortable and the drivers very competent. Our tour had two German person, one Romanian person and ourselves (3). We had two guides, our Mohammed Zidan a scholar of archaeology from Cairo University and there was also a German speaking guide for the German couple. The itinerary was packed but was done in a way that didn't feel rushed, there was a lovely combination of guided tour and free time. Lunch was good, and we didn't end up with an stomach upsets, which is a first for a visit to Luxor for me. We bypassed queues maximising our time at the points of interest.
Amazing tour must Do! What can I say, we did a wonderful Nile Cruise with Ocean air Tours , we have to say that the company made a marvelous tour also wonderful Experience , it was a great service at the boat we enjoy it so much. thanks so much for this wonderful service Our OceanAir guide was very friendly and kind. He helped us through the tour and has been always available for us , the room were clean and the food was top notch I would definitely do it again in the future I would like to extend my special thanks to *Rania Al-Afifi* the reservation officer, who contacted us throughout our stay and cared for us.
What a great morning. I have always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride and wow was this a beautiful location to do it! Our pilot took us over the Valley of the Kings and various temples, whilst the sun rose beautifully in the sky. A special mention must go to the lovely Ramadan, who looked after us from the start to the end of the trip. It was an early start BUT SO WORTH IT!
Great to be able to choose the departure time from Hurghada and stay as long as we wanted at each site. Nana, our guide, was great. She was super knowledgable and very friendly. Would definitely recommend the hot air balloon ride.
Full day trip to both east and west bank. We were able to see all the places of interest with a professional and experienced guide. Everything was well organized from the pick up till drop of to the hotel.