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
Unfortunately, out of control of the independent guides, the compressor on the coach blew, leaving us on the road for 2h waiting for a replacement bus. Some on the coach felt there wasnt much point continuing due to the length of the drive to Luxor. We did continue, and with arriving at sites (eg Karnak) 2h later than other trips, but this did mean we were the only people there, giving us some fantastic photos of the sites empty. The guides also paid for us all to sail the Nile crossing at their expense, which also made up some time lost. There was still the distinct feeling of being rushed through each site, however speaking to other tourists who had done Luxor trips, this is par for all the trips apparently. Lunch was OK, at a restaurant in a buffet style setting, but drinks were not included and expensive. Snacks and drinks were provided for free throughout the day. Guides provided in 4 languages, and divided into groups. English group only 7 people, and felt like a private tour.
What a fantastic day. We knew it was going to be a long one but from the start of the journey we knew we were going to have a good day. Amir our guide was amazing, fantastically knowledgable and made us fall in love with Egypt and its history even more. The sun was brutal so be prepared but Amir was really attentive to this and ensured we constantly had freezing water. The places of history were breathtaking I am so so glad we booked before leaving for home.Amir’s knowledge made the day really enjoyable and it was so powerful to be so close to the ancient artefacts that we are all aware of. The trip down the Nile was incredible and the food in the restaurant lovely. From start to finish we were looked after so well and we couldn’t have wished for any more.Thank you Amir& the driver of the coach for supporting such a long long day ( 16 hours in total) and all the other individuals we came into contact with. We told lots of people on our return to hotel about the day. Thank you
I've booked a shared excursion, and I get a private one!!! Well done! You must choose this trip to Luxor. It is very well organized and because it is for small groups, you will have a relaxed and stress free trip. Our guide, AMANI is an extremely professional young lady, with a perfect English and waste knowledge of Egyptian mythology and culture. She gave us the best explanations and guidance during the whole day. The only downside of this day was the lunch, which must be improved. Thank you Amani!
We started at 4am, waited 40 minutes past our designated pick up time before getting in the van which the driver was disgustingly dangerous. He was watching YouTube videos on his phone and on all social media. Swerving all over the road and driving like an absolute maniac. I’ve never been so appalled by a driver before and only wanted to get out of the shuttle. The tour itself was fine, but the hotel shuttle driver needed to be fired.
We were the only English speaking in a group of Germans and French, so we got our own little private tour with our guide Yaya. He was amazing and we hope that if you go on the English speaking tour that you will get him as guide. He has incredible knowledge and answered all our extra questions that we had besides all the things that he explained to us on the way. He was very friendly, patient and easy going.