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Statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed in luxor, Egypt

What most people come to see are pyramids; museums; the Khan el-Khalili bazaar; a Nile cruise to Luxor for the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut Temple, Karnak and Luxor temples; Aswan, including the Philae Temple; Esna; felucca sailing on the Nile; the Red Sea for diving; and Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada for snorkeling. The Pyramids of Giza, the dazzling jewels of Tutankhamun, the pharaohs' temples at Luxor -- Egypt is an irresistible destination for devotees of ancient history.


The fabled city of Luxor -- known to antiquity as Thebes -- boasts a staggering treasure of ancient monuments, temples and tombs. The Arabian experience awaits you in Luxor. Experience the Arabesque House, with Islamic architectural features and fixtures. Peer through Mashrebeya windows, try a Shisha and experience the delights of Eastern promise in Egypt.

The mysterious Nile, that gigantic serpent that winds so fabulously, so ungraspably, back through history"

On the East Bank of the Nile, in the City of the living, Luxor and Karnak Temples greet the sunrise. The sunset on the West Bank throw shadows through the City of the Dead: the Tombs of the Nobles, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's temple.
cruise ship by the Nile, Luxor
Cruise Ship by the Nile, Luxor

To say that the Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would be an understatement, to say the least. It has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Not many holiday hotspots can rival that! Even in the ancient times, during the late dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists, and has been doing so ever since. Not bad for a destination that has only recently been properly equipped to actually accommodate tourists. Luxury hotels and resorts, family-friendly restaurants and vibrant bars, that’s what modern Luxor is all about. The city might not have any real beaches but most resorts have amazing pools, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.

You’re never short of an adventure in Luxor. Immerse yourself in the history of ancient Egypt, but keep your wits about you
luxor temple at night
Yes, we said it sightseeing. And when we’re talking about Luxor, sightseeing is a bit of an understatement as well actually. The city has often been called the world’s greatest open air museum, as indeed it is. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled to anywhere else in the world we can think of. Here, you can visit the temple ruins of Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel. You can explore Tutankhamen’s tomb, the burial chambers of King Tut and Queen Nefertiti. And a River Nile cruise a hot air balloon trip is a must. The city also offers superb shopping and an array of colourful bazaars. Exhausted yet? We told you, you would need that pool!

Today, you can walk through history; past statues with the heads of gods and animals, beneath pillars carved with lotus buds and papyrus. Ride in a horse-drawn caleche, sail in a felucca, take a sunset cruise or see the city from a hot-air balloon. However you look at it, Luxor is unique.

In Luxor, the must-see landmarks would be at least one or two of the many fine monuments and tombs found on the West Bank, which will prove to be welcome escapes from the heat of the city. Make sure to also visit the Luxor and Karnak temples and the highly popular Luxor museum, all on the East Bank.
Karnak temple, Luxor
Karnak Temple, Luxor
Although you can fly or take a train between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, we highly recommend the bus rides between Luxor and Aswan, as these trips usually have stopovers at popular, historic monuments along the way. In Aswan, you could tour Elephantine Island, the Nubian museum and the unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam and St. Simon's Monastery. If you have an extra day to spare, you could also visit the temples of Abu Simbel, and have more time to see Aswan's many other attractions.

King Tutankhamun

The most famous tomb in he Valley of the Kings, c. 1352 BC. in 1922, Howard Carter's discovery of fabulous treasures caused a worldwide sensation.

Queen Hatshepsut's temple ( or Deir el-Bahari)

Hatshepsut, the only woman to rule over Egypt as pharaoh, named her temple "Djeser Djseru": the Splendour of Splendours.

Luxor Temple

The southern temple, dedicated to Amon. it was Known to the ancient Egyptians as Ipet reseyet, the Harem of the south.
luxor temple

Karnak Temples/The temple Complex of Karnak

" ... there is, in truth, no building in the wide world to compare with it" Known to the ancient Egyptians as Iput-Isut, the most esteemed of places, Karnak is built on a massive scale. The temple complex covers a hundred acres; its history spans thirteen centuries.

The biggest and best temple of the lot has to be the temple complex of Karnak outside Luxor, 419 miles from Cairo. Luxor was a city of the dead, with 10 massive temples and countless other religious structures covering 200 acres built by successive generations of Pharoahs over 2000 years. There's even a vast sacred swimming pool.

The Ramesseum

Ramses II's stupendous mortuary temple inspired Shelley's sonnet "Ozymandias": "...Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert... Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies..."

Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan

The Sound and Light Spectacle

At a site near the Sacred Lake, words, music and lighting combine to tell the story of Karnak ( in English, French, German and Japanese).
The Sound and Light Spectacle, Luxor

Day Trips

Luxor is an ideal base for day tips to Esna and Dendera. Esna boasts the Temple of Khnum, the ram-headed creator god. Nearby is an early Christian monastery, Deir Manayus w al-Shuhada, built the 4th century AD. "The Monastery of Three Thousand Six Hundred Martyrs" contains two churches; the walls of one are covered with vibrant 10th-century murals.

At Dendera

you can see the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of healing. This Graeco-Roman Temple is famous for its astronomical ceiling, painted with symbols of the heavenly bodies.

King Tut's International Festival

Luxor will be staging a cultural renaissance in 1994 with the first King Tut international Festival, planned to be an annual event from now on. The festival has been inspired by the ancient Egyptian festival of opet which was held during the season of Nile flooding and celebrated the annual reunion of the Theban Triad: the great god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. During opet the temples were decked with flowers as priests with incense and sacrifices, musicians, dancers and thousands of cheering spectators accompanied a bejewelled effigy of Amun in a procession from Karnak to Luxor Temple. The journey signaled the start of a riotous public holiday, so popular that it as gradually extended from 11 to 27 days of celebration. During the reign of King Tutankhamun the whole ceremony was carved in relief on the processionary colonnade in luxor Temple, where it can still be seen today.

Exotic hot air balloon adventures in Luxor

Look down upon Egypt from a completely new perspective. As the sun rises, float above the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Luxor Valley, then across the sacred mountains in the desert – an unforgettable adventure…
Exotic hot air balloon adventures in Luxor
The world's coolest, most exotic hot air balloon adventures in Luxor is one of ballooning's most famous enthusiasts. In terms of stunning landscapes to see by air, the pyramids and sandy landscapes of Luxor, Egypt, are tough to beat. You may know Luxor by its former name, Thebes, the mythical home of Oedipus and Heracles. Here, Magic Horizon Balloons will take you over the desert and up to the top of the stunning structures. Sindbad hot air balloon is one of the pioneering companies for passenger balloon rides in the Luxor region to provide you with a unique and unforgettable balloon adventure. Balloon Trip Service Provider:
Alaska balloon Hot Air Balloons - Tel: 002095-2276651/0127845190, Website: www.alaskaballoon.com
Viking Air Egypt - Tel: 002095-2277212 / 2271211/0129800155, Website: www.vikingballoonsegypt.com
Hodhod - Tel: 002095-2270116/0121158593, Email: hodh...@yahoo.co.uk
Sindbad hot air balloon - Tel: 002095-2270437 - 2272960/0100095500/0103307708, Website: www.sindbadballoons.com
Magic - Tel: 002095-2280455
Sky Cruise - Tel: 002095-227383754 - 227383752, Email: rese...@skycruise-eg.com
Dream Hot Air Balloons, Luxor, Egypt - Tel: 002095-2283637/0104049602, Website: www.dream-balloons.com
HORUS Airship & Balloon - Tel: 002095-2282670, Website: www.horusballoon.com

Luxor open-air museum

Luxor is called the largest open air museum in the world. Thebes, symbol-rich seat of the Pharaohs! After visiting the superb temple of Luxor, situated in the centre of the city near the Nile, you make your way – with ever growing wonder – along an avenue of Sphinxes that stretches some 2.5 kilometres to the entrance of the awesome temple of Karnak, a masterpiece of New Kingdom architecture, a fascinating combination of colours, massive columns and vividly sculpted friezes.
Luxor is called the largest open air museum in the world.
Enjoy the same monuments but from a bird's eye view. While hot air ballooning has become a common excursion activity on almost every tourist itinerary in town, more recently, flying has conquered the skies. Instead of hovering above Luxor in a hot air balloon, with the wind essentially deciding which temples you will visit, a flight in a small Cessna plane gives you control over your sightseeing. Lont Group offers a 30-minute flight over Luxor for about $120 per person, with a minimum of two pax. While not as classic a trip as by balloon, the small planes have their own charm. From Deir Al-Bahari and the Ramesseum to the Tempe of Seti I and Madinet Habu, the bird's eye view is spectacular.

Caravanserai: The friendliest crafts shop in Luxor, with fixed prices.

Luxor Travel Information - Where to stay, Temperature, Tourist Map

Luxor Transportation- By Air, Train, Bus, Local Ferry and By boat, Caliche and Donkey ride, Bikes and Cycling, Taxi

Recently Archaeologists discovered 12 new sphinxes in Luxor . More Details: Recent Development of Luxor City

The Official Tourism Portal for Luxor, Egypt and Online Travel Guide to Luxor City: http://www.luxoregypt.org/

Last Updated on Monday 17th January 2011