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 (£)
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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
On 22.04.2021 I made this trip together with my fiancée. In a small bus we were brought from Hurghada with three other participants to Luxor. There we met our tour guide Nana at the first stop, the temple of Karnak. After that we had a ride across the Nile and then lunch. In the Valley of the Kings we visited four tombs (and learned to appreciate the work of the builders even more, as we got to know about the merciless heat in the Valley of the Kings). These first two stops were especially interesting to me. But the rest of the day was also worthwhile. Nana was a very sympathetic and knowledgeable tour guide. She made the day a wonderful experience!
We spent the day with Nana and driver Achmed from Hathor Travel. Nana was a most excellent guide, both informative and entertaining, as we worked our way through all the major sites on the West Bank for 7 hours during Ramadan. We could not have accomplished this on our own with the same ease and in the same amount of time. We highly recommend getyourguide, and if possible, ask for Nana. The prices for a private air conditioned car and a degreed Egyptologist guide are very reasonable and well worth it. Five star experience for sure. Thank you Nana.
What a great experience! Everything was very well organized, with hotel pickup to being met by our guide as we arrived in Luxor at the Karnak temple. We had an amazing time exploring Luxor with our guide Adel. We had booked the tour in German and he provided us with great insights to each site we visited and was extremely friendly and welcoming. Overall it was a great day where we learnt a lot and enjoyed it very much. For anyone looking to do the tour in German we can highly recommend Adel! It is a long day (ca. 14 hours) but very much worth it!
What a wonderful day! Yasser our guide was excellent-he had fantastic knowledge of the sites and was clearly very passionate about Egyptian history. He paced everything just right, never rushing us or keeping us for too long. Brilliant day, I would highly recommend! P.s. a tip-don’t buy the add ons to the trip online-you can buy these on the day for a fraction of the price!
Was a excellent day! The drivers Mustafa and Muhammed was a very fast and correctly. Our guide Nana is great woman and very happier. I like her how she told about some history. After Karnak we gone to restaurant and the lunch was very very good. I can say only: the BEST organization, the best transport, and the best guide Nana. Thank you for helping