Luxor

Luxor is a small city in southern Egypt (Upper Egypt), located in the Nile Valley, some 420 miles (676 km) south of Cairo, the country’s capital. The city measures the area of 416 square kilometers with a population of almost 507000.
Translated in English, the name “Luxor” means “Palaces”. As part of the ancient city of Thebes, once the Pharaohs’ capital of Egypt, Luxor was an important political and religious center. Today, Luxor is designated UNESCO World Heritage site also known as the world’s largest open-air museum, since the city and its surroundings hold more than half of Egyptian antiques. Luxor luxury tours include visits to main Luxor attractions and the city’s most notable historic sites.
The modern Luxor spreads over the Nile’s East bank and this is where most of Luxor Excursions start from. Majority of hotels, restaurants, as well as train and bus stations are located in the district of modern Luxor on the East Bank.

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What to Do in Luxor

Luxor Sightseeing

When you visit Luxor, your excursions will most likely include Luxor attractions such as The Luxor Temple, The Karnak Temple, The Tombs of the Nobles, The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens, The Luxor Museum, and Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina). These are the best tours in Luxor that will introduce you to this magnificent country’s history and culture.

Luxor Excursions to the Red Sea

You can book one of Luxor excursions to the Red Sea in Safaga or Hurghada. You will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to Safaga (around 3 hours) or Hurghada (approximately 4 hours) where you will enjoy a full day of snorkeling in the Red Sea. This is one of the best tours in Luxor if you are an undersea world enthusiast.

Unforgettable Luxor Hot Air Balloon Rides

A balloon ride over the city is a unique way to experience Luxor attractions from a totally different perspective.

The Pyramids in Giza Excursion

The mysterious Pyramids of Giza are located on the outskirts of Cairo on the Giza Plateau. You can book one of Luxor luxury tours to Pyramids and travel by plane, taxi, bus, car, or train. You can also book luxury Nile cruise from Luxor to Cairo as the Giza Necropolis is located only a 44-minute drive from Egypt’s capital.

Luxury Nile Cruises

Take a luxury Nile cruise. Luxor is a perfect base for Nile boat cruises. Check with your Luxor travel guide and book a luxury cruise between Luxor and Aswan. You will spend a few unforgettable days sailing on the mighty Nile and sightseeing Luxor highlights. Board your luxury cruise in Egypt to enjoy breathtaking scenery between Luxor and Aswan or the unique atmosphere of Cairo. Luxury Nile cruise is a unique opportunity to spend a few unforgettable on one of the beautiful luxury ships. Sailing on the Nile river, you can choose from different sorts of cruises:
Nile cruises between Luxor and Aswan
Lake Nasser cruises
• Long cruise between Cairo and Aswan
• Dahabiya (small yacht) cruises

Amazing Egyptian Food in Luxor

Although in Luxor you won’t find a vibrant life like that one in Cairo, this city still has to offer plenty of excellent dining options.
Traditional Egyptian cuisine is rich in flavors and colors. It is a great mix due to the country’s history, geography, and religion. Egyptian food is similar to Eastern Mediterranean cuisine and is very rich in vegetables.
While in Egypt, try as much food as possible. Visit some of the best restaurants in Luxor and indulge in Mahshi, Koshari, Shawarma, and other specialties. However, many restaurants serve international food, so there is enough choice to satisfy all food preferences.
According to TripAdvisor, some of the best restaurants you’ll find in Luxor are:
• 1886 Restaurant, La Fleur, Victoria Room at Winter Palace Hotel, (fine dining)
• Sofra Restaurant & Café, Al-Sahabi Lane Restaurant, the Lantern Room, Gerda’s Garden (traditional cuisine).
There are also numerous pizzerias and cafés scattered all over the city.

 

Culture and history info

Luxor Culture and History

When in Luxor, all your senses will be awakened. Smells, colors, tastes, sounds on the streets of Luxor will stay with you long after you leave this beautiful city.
As with the rest of the country, the residents of Luxor are conservative and keep their tradition. However, you’ll find your hosts very friendly as well. They are will make sure your stay in Luxor is pleasant and truly unforgettable.

If you’re interested in ancient Egyptian history, you will be absolutely delighted with Luxor, once known as Thebes, the capital of Ancient Egypt, settled on the east bank of the Nile River. The modern Luxor also spreads over the Nile’s East bank and this is where most of Luxor excursions start from. Majority of hotels, restaurants, as well as train and bus stations are located in the district of modern Luxor on the East Bank.
Luxor highlights such as the Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak, as well as the Museum, hotels, restaurants, bus and train stations are situated on the East Bank of the town. West Bank is the site of famous Luxor attractions like The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens.

The old Pharaohs’ capital, Thebes, was on the West bank of the Nile River, where today most of the tombs and other ancient ruins are.

Attractions

Colossi of Memnon

  Little remains of the once impressive Amenhotep’s memorial temple. The two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III were erected to guard the entrance of Amenhotep’s.....More info

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Deir El-Medina

  Deir el-Medina is an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the workmen and artisans responsible for constructing the royal tombs in the Valley of.....More info

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Karnak Temple

Karnak, located on the East Bank at Thebes, is one of Egypt’s largest surviving temple precincts and is the largest of Luxor’s temples. It was.....More info

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Luxor Museum

It was inaugurated in 1975. Luxor Museum is renowned as one of the thoughtfully assembled displays of antiquities in Egypt. Most of the artifacts displayed.....More info

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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River. It was founded during the New Kingdom.....More info

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Medinet Habu

  Where the fertile Nile floodplain meets the desert lies the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, known locally by its Arabic name Medinet Habu. The temple is.....More info

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Ramasseum Temple

  This mortuary temple was dedicated to Ramses II. It contains the fallen colossus that inspired Percy Bysshe Shelleys poem, Ozymandias. Scenes from the king’s great.....More info

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Temple of Abydos

Abydos is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt. This city hosts one of the most well-preserved temple in the country. The main monument at.....More info

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Temple of Dendera (Dandarah)

The large temple complex that dominates the site of Dendara was one of the principal cult centers of the goddess Hathor. It contains a large.....More info

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Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahari)

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is the focal point of the Deir el-Bahri (“Northern Monastery”) complex of mortuary temples and tombs located on the west.....More info

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Temple of Horus at Edfu

  The provincial town of Edfu is located about halfway between Luxor (115km away) and Aswan (105km). 65km north of Kom Ombo and 56 km south.....More info

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Tombs of the Nobles

  Also Called The Valley of the Nobles and located at the West Bank of the Nile. Although this valley may lack the star power of.....More info

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Valley Of The Kings

The famed Valley of the Kings, hidden between rocky escarpments, was the final resting place for the kings of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. Nestled.....More info

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Valley Of The Queens

  The Valley of the Queens is located on the west bank of the Nile. Hidden in a Y-shaped ravine in the western cliffs, the valley served.....More info

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