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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.

Photo: Matt Howry@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Photo: EmsiProduction@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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)
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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

Insightful and interesting tour of Luxors finest treasure

Taking a tour with our guide Khalid was fantastic. The airconditioned bus was a nice comfort from the heat. Our guide was very knowledgable and kept the tour interesting throughout the day. He certainly brought attention to the important details as he told us the great stories of the ancient Egyptians. We loved the tour! Thanks
From Luxor: Full-Day Trip to the East & West Banks Reviewed by tammy jane, 09/17/2016

Fantastic sunrise over the nile river's bank

Great experience for both of us as we have never done any hot air balooning before. It was a fantastic first for us. Great guide Hany
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Luxor Reviewed by tammy jane, 09/17/2016

Awesome! Small group and excellent guide made a fantastic day.

We booked this trip online months before our holiday to hurghada as we didn't want to miss out if trips were fully booked but we needn't have worried. Apart from our small group of 8, there were only a couple of coaches at any of the places. We didn't queue for anything. Our guide was fantastic, lots of knowledge and when we stopped for a toilet break and had no change, he even gave us coins for that! Absolutely awesome to be in tombs decorated 3500 years ago. And the short cruise down the Nile was a welcome relief from the heat. Despite the fact we were on the go from 4.30 am to 9pm it was an amazing day, wouldn't have missed it for the world! Many thanks for the emails confirming everything including pick up times.
Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Karen, 08/10/2016

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish

Please can you pass on my sincere thanks, not just for all your help yesterday, but to our guide today, Mohammed and the bus drivers, we have had the best day ever on our Luxor trip, we could never have imagined it to be so fantastic, and what made it so special was Mohammed and his wonderful and helpful way, he was so knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble for him, he made today very special, thank you to your company for supplying this trip, I will be recommending your company to all my friends and will be using your services again, thank you again, from kit and pete Goodier UK
Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by Kit, 07/03/2016

A long Magical day .... not to be missed

Booked this tour before we left and printed out the ticket, was contacted by text the day before the trip, was advised as to the 5am pick up from our Hotel and the bus arrived on time. It was a 4 hour trip to Luxor with a short toilet break on the way, the bus was comfortable, air conditioned and sat about 12 people. a running commentary by Mohamed our very congenial Guide for the day helped to while away the time . First stop was the Temple at Karnak (in Luxor) a fascinating place bought to life by Mohameds extensive knowledge, then a boat trip down the Nile to a Restaurant for a buffet style dinner and back on the bus for the trip to the Valley of the Kings via a stop at a Papyras vendor. The Valley of the Kings is spectacular and the ticket includes entrance to 3 Tombs (we paid extra to see King Tuts) then we were off to the Queens Temple and some rather large statues and quick trip to an Alabaster showroom. A fantastic day out with a great guide, and not to be missed.
Day Trip to Valley of the Kings, Luxor Reviewed by michael, 04/06/2016

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