Luxor Travel Guide


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    Luxor used to be Thebes, which has been a magnificent center of religion and culture in Upper Egypt for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians knew it as t-apt, or the shrine, but since Arabs had some difficulty pronouncing the name, it became known as Thebes. When travelers found the ruins of templ...

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  • Pavillon Winter Luxor

    Pavillon Winter Luxor is among the ideal, premium places to stay in Luxor. Nicely found nearby Magic Horizon Hot Air Balloons, Alaska Balloons and Luxor Temple, Pavillon ...

  • Sonesta St George Hotel Luxor

    Sonesta St George Hotel Luxor is one of the best, premium places to lodge in Luxor. Beautifully found in close proximity to Aegyptus Papyrus Galleries, Love Egypt Private...

  • Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

    Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor is among the best, finest places to lodge in Luxor. Nicely located in close proximity to Magic Horizon Hot Air Balloons, Alaska Balloons and L...

  • Nefertiti

    Spotted within Luxor, Nefertiti is conveniently positioned around Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Sound and Light Show and Luxor Temple. Some other crowd-pleasing points of int...

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  • Caravanserai

    Caravanserai

    Medinet Habu Temple

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  • Karnak

    Karnak

     

    Attractions, Historical Sites
  • Luxor Temple

    Luxor Temple

    Corniche El Nil St. ...

    Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River i...

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  • Valley Of The Artisans

    [[File:Sfec-luxor-2010-03- 043.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Ruins of Deir el-Medina. A UNESCO World Heritag...

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About Luxor

Luxor used to be Thebes, which has been a magnificent center of religion and culture in Upper Egypt for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians knew it as t-apt, or the shrine, but since Arabs had some difficulty pronouncing the name, it became known as Thebes. When travelers found the ruins of temples and homes in the area by 10th century AD, they mistook them as remnants of great palaces built by pharaohs. Thus, it's now known as Luxor, which means palaces, and it's become a premier destination for tourists.

Must-See Attractions

Considered as the largest open air museum in the world, Luxor has many temples, museums, monuments and ancient ruins for tourists to explore. Check out the temples of Karnak north of the city and the Luxor temple at the center. If mummies make your day, then a visit to the Mummification Museum should be on your list. You'll learn all about the process of preserving the human body as well as birds, reptiles, cats and other animals revered by Ancient Egyptians. On your way to the Valley of the Kings where King Tut and other pharaohs were buried, you'll catch sight of two giant statues called the Collossi of Memnon. Meanwhile, see the tombs of Nefertiti and other famous royal matriarchs who were buried with their children in the Valley of the Queens.

Things to Do

After touring the temples, museums and historical ruins of Luxor, take a two-day felucca cruise with your companions going to Aswan and back via the Nile River. A romantic felucca boat ride to watch the beautiful sunset together is highly recommended for couples. Ride a hot air balloon gliding up from the West Bank and enjoy a bird's eye view of the city literally from above. Another suggestion is to use Luxor as your base and take day trips to nearby Dendera to see the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathora and to Abydos to check out the Temple of Seti I. Then, explore the old souk near the Luxor temple for souvenirs and sit down with a cup of tea or Egyptian coffee after doing your shopping.

Basic Visitor Info

Getting around Luxor is invariably easy. You either walk, bike, or ride a caleche (horse-drawn carriage), horse or camel to reach your destination. When traveling with children, it's best to take the train, minibus, taxi or rental car. Many guided tours offer day trips out of Cairo.

Haggling is a skill you should develop if you want to pay the most reasonable prices for your items. You should also beware of touting wherein men try to accost you and deceive you into paying for something you never asked for in the first place. They'll even force you to enter a shop you're not inclined to visit. The best way to get around the markets is to go straight to where the locals usually shop.

Drinking isn't done much in Luxor because of the social stigma it brings. Besides, it's also illegal for foreigners to drink out in the street or park. If you're looking for a pub, then ask a friend or colleague who's been to that area for places that serve liquor. When you don't know anyone in the city, the best source of information is the hotel staff.

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