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
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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
First of all - our english guide Nana was a very nice lady with heaps of knowledge. She gave us a lot of information and somehow it never got boring as she was approaching the ancient history in a funny, more relaxed and entertaining way - loving it! They also give you plenty of time to do the proper walk around and to take all your photos on each location which is gold. Therefore the atmosphere on this trip was great and so was the food in the restaurant she picked. The drive with the stop took us around 5 hours and the van was clean and modern. It is equipped with USB slots for charging your phone so just bring the cables with you and you’re all set. They also brought us the bottles of fresh water several times. Overall I really recommend booking this tour, you won’t regret - Luxor is stunning!
guide with perfect knowledge and great spelling skills! Mohammed was our guide and he was simply awesome. Everything announced was visited and customized to our needs. With a small group of 4 it was very great. From the pickup by a well air conditioned micro bus to the drop off at the hotel, everything was wonderful. Everyone who has the chance to go for it, don't hesitate it's 1000 percent worth it. Thanks again to the people who organized the tour and thanks to Mohammed for the day!! I
What an amazing excursion. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us an unforgettable experience. She knew all the best photo spots, what times to visit the destinations, and a full detailed explanation of all the landmarks, along with lots of extra information about egypt you would never otherwise hear. We were in an air conditioned van that comfortably fit our group, and our driver was a great guy. I cannot reccomend this activity enough! You have to try it!
Our tour with Muhammad was amazing. We were thankful to recieve such a knowledgable, friendly, and perosnalbe tour guide to help explain all of the wonders in the Valley of the Kings and Luxor. Althought we enjoyed our trip one day simple was not enough and we are excited to come back and see more. When we do we will be sure to book this tour operator again because the service was the best we received in Egypt.
Absolutely amazing experience. Long bus ride there and back, but the experience was worth it. Our tour guide was exceptional, very knowledgeable and answered all our questions with ease.