Top Tours & Activities 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.
- CurrencyEgyptian Pound EGP (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+20
- Best time to visitTemperatures 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
I'm so glad I booked our tour of Luxor with Khaled. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and his English was very good. We really got a feel for the importance and significance of the monuments we went to see - Khaled really knew his stuff and cared deeply about it. Thank you, Khaled!
The day was a long one, so be prepared for that - around 15 hours for us including 7-8 travelling - but that comfortable in a new mininbus, so no issues. Excellent guide, Mohammed, very knowledgable and helped guide us past many of the street hawkers! Highlights were the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the River Nile trip - be aware that both these last two involve charges and you will need to pay in Egyptian pounds (100 per person per activity when we went). Didn't need the stops at the Papyrus Museum and the Alibaster shop, but they are part of the package and at least you weren't pressured to buy anything (though we did!) Only issue for us was make sure you use the same e-mail address to book the trip as to confirm it when over in Egypt, if you won't be aware of your pick up time which is confirmed a day or two before you go.
Can not fault day, was informed about pick up time before the day, our guide had a excellent knowledge of Egypt past and present. We were looked after from start to finish, it was so surreal to be at the places we have seen on television words can not describe how we felt being at these fantastic places in Egypt. We felt safe and relaxed throughout the day and well informed the short Nile cruise finished the tour of brilletly. If you are thinking about booking this just book it was a fantastic day with memories that will stay with you forever. You need to take with you just over 20 Egypt pound for the two extra parts that are not included , however well worth it.
We really enjoyed the trip and Mohammed was very knowledgeable and informative. He answered any questions we had and also made it fun. It was very organised, we felt safe and looked after. The food was very good and there was plenty for everyone to eat. Allow 25 Egyptian pounds each for a drink with the meal. We chose the mango juice which was lovely and refreshing. We did the optional boat trip for £7.50 each. We were in a group of 7, some English speaking and some German speaking. Each group had it's own guide in the appropriate language. I would recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see Luxor.
Make sure to request a private tour with Khaled– he knows just about anything and everything all things Luxor. 10 thumbs up!