Top attractions in Luxor
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!
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
- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Luxor
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What people are saying about Luxor
We enjoyed this 5 days 4 nights Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. You can taste the Egyptian culture along the river cruise! Ramzy is a nice guide, he treated us drinks along our journey. Always cheerful and explain history of Egypt on spot of historical sites. An extra favour he helped, finding us an adapter for charging our phones! Really appreciate that! Tickets for the attractions are not included, the price of ticket is cheap, and tipping is required for some transportation. The basic ticket of the Valley of the Kings can visit 3 tombs, you can buy extra tickets for special ones. We know that when we exit, so check it out if you want to know more.
Really nice experience, captain Omar was very helpful before and during the balloon ride, he made us feel very safe and gave us all the necessary information. They arrived at our hotel at the exact time we established, and after the ride they left us on the west side and talked to our driver to meet him. All in all an amazing experience, great service made possible by a professional company.
The tour was about 10 hours. We managed to see maybe the most important objectives from Luxor in one day. Initially, we wanted to see Luxor as a day trip from Hurgada but it is much better to come to Luxor for at least 2 days and make this day tour, the Full East-West day tour.
Nougat was possibly the greatest tour guide/Egyptologist I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Great tour with an awesome guide Hoda, really learned a lot today. Would recommend 10/10!