Luxor Travael Guide

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

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.

Population

Population - Demography of Luxor
According to the Egyptian census of 2017, Egypt has a population of 104,2 million, which makes it the third most populated countries in the African continent and the 15th most populated country in the world. Around 19.5 million Egyptians reside in the capital of Cairo, while Luxor has a population of 506,588.
The majority of the population lives around the Nile River, which spreads over an area of 40,000 square kilometers.
While ancient Egyptian religion comprised a system of polytheistic beliefs and rituals, the most dominant religion in Egypt today is Islam. Around 10 percent of the population are Christians. The majority of Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The mother tongue in Egypt is Arabic that is spoken with many local variations. However, English and French are also widely spoken, particularly around popular Luxor attractions and other tourist destinations in Egypt.
Ethnic minorities in Egypt include Greeks, Abazas, Turks, and Nubian people along the Nile River.

Transportation

Transportation in Luxor

An important part of all Luxor Excursions is transportation. And If you are coming from abroad, you will arrive at Luxor International Airport, the main airport serving the city of Luxor. From the airport, there are shuttle buses and taxis to the city. However, you can also arrange a private transfer from the airport.
While in Luxor, you can use a taxi service. Taxis in the city of Luxor on the east bank are plentiful and cost from EGP 100 (minibus that takes up to 9 people) to EGP 250 from the East Bank to the West Bank.

The bridge that connects the east and the west bank of the Nile River was open in 1998, which enabled convenient land access between the two river banks.
However, river crossings have traditionally been the domain of ferry services and many people still use this way of transportation in Luxor. You can also hire a felucca sailboat or motorboat to cross the river.

Luxor is well connected to other Egyptian cities by the railway system. Rail service along the route of the Nile operates several times a day. The rail line runs between major Luxor attractions as well as major destinations in the country such as Cairo and Aswan.
There are also many luxury trips that you can take from Luxor such as luxury Nile River cruises or the Red Sea snorkeling.

FAQs

When is the best time to visit Luxor?

In regards to weather, the best time to visit Luxor is probably from October to April, when temperatures are the most pleasant and the days are sunny and warm. However, pack some warmer outfits as well as the nights can get chilly.
Peak summer months in Egypt are from May to October, so make sure to protect your skin with a sunscreen if you visit Luxor during this time of the year.

Is it safe to travel alone to Luxor?

Egyptians are generally friendly and warm people, so traveling alone to Luxor is safe. In addition, the security system at the tourist attractions is outstanding.

Do I need a visa to visit Luxor?

Yes, there is an E-visa valid up to 30 days to Egypt available to the citizens of European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Serbia, South Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, and Malaysia. Citizens from these countries can also obtain a visa at the airport upon arrival in Egypt.
If you are not a citizen of any of the above-listed countries, you will have to apply for a travel visa at the embassy of Egypt in your country.

How is internet connection in Egypt?

Many tourists visit Egypt each year, so, internet connection and Wi-Fi in most hotels and cafés in Luxor should be good.

Can I hire a private car to ride in Luxor?

Yes, you can. However, you will need an international driving license to drive in Egypt.

What is the currency in Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is Egyptian Pound. However, the US dollar, euro and pound sterling are frequently accepted around most Luxor attractions.

Are there any rules I should follow while in Luxor?

As Egypt is mainly a Muslim country, there are certain rules that tourists would benefit from following.
- While friendly contact is acceptable, affection displays such as kissing in public are not welcome.
- Religion should not be discussed in public.
- Before entering a mosque, you should remove your shoes, in accordance with the country’s tradition.
- During the holy month of Ramadan, avoid drinking and smoking in public.
- Although you don’t need to dress conservatively, it is recommended to wear clothes that cover your neck, sleeves, and legs.

How to reach Luxor from Cairo?

The currency in Egypt is Egyptian Pound. However, the US dollar, euro and pound sterling are frequently accepted around most Luxor attractions.

How many days do I need in Luxor?

Plan at least three days to see Luxor attractions and main tourist sites.

What is the weather of Luxor?

Luxor is positioned in the desert and has a hot climate with average temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer. Winters in Luxor are short and pleasantly warm.

What are the means of transportation I can use in the city?

In Luxor, you can use any type of transportation from local buses and trains to taxis and ferries. Also, you can drive a private car if you have a valid international driver’s license.

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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