Avenue of the Sphnixs, Luxor Temple, Egypt

Luxor

The town of Luxor is located on the east bank of the River Nile, the start or end to many Nile Cruise itineraries. It offers a range of accommodation, restaurants, a museum, an interesting souq and is home to some of Egypt’s most visited and famous sites.

Luxor offers plenty of activities to keep one busy, whether staying for a couple of days or longer.

From Luxor, cruises on the Nile begin or end and it is a short journey, either by road or by boat, to the west bank of the Nile and the sights of the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Hatshepsut Temple. On the east bank, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple are easily visited by calèche or by taxi.

Hatshepsut Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt
Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt
Luxor Temple, Egypt
Sun deck, Steam Ship Sudan, Egypt

The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is an ancient burial site. Of the 62 known tombs, only 11 have electricity, the most famous being that of Tutankhamun. The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut is a short walk or a taxi ride from the Valley of the Kings and it has been heralded as “the finest building in Egypt”. Together they make a wonderful half-day excursion.

It is also possible to sail on a “Felucca”, which is a traditional working boat, which, in the majority of cases, have retired from industry, and now work in tourism. Some people opt to sail as far as Edfu in these boats, whilst others will prefer the more comfortable cruise boats. A four-day programme on the Nile will include the sites at Luxor, will stop on route at Edfu and Kom Ombo, before finally reaching Aswan.

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Luxor, Aswan, Egypt

Personal Egyptologist in Luxor

As the sun rises over the temples dedicated to the Gods and sets over the mortuary tombs on the bank of the Nile, it was mesmerising listening to Ahmed, our private guide. Listening to the stories in wonder at the mysteries of the traditions and rituals of Ancient Egypt, whilst being mesmerised by the architecture is incredible. Having our own Egyptologist was a special experience and one I would recommend to anyone visiting the Valley of the Kings and the East Bank in Luxor.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Sofitel Winter Palace £££££

  • Egypt

The Sofitel Winter Palace on the banks of the Nile was once the private residence of King Farouk of Egypt and has hosted royalty and celebrities. Designed like an English stately home, this 19th-century palace is a landmark on the riverfront. Each of the 86 guestrooms and six suites is different, with high ceilings, beautiful fixtures, modern amenities and comforts, and all rooms enjoy views of either the Nile or the hotel gardens.

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The Oberoi Zahra £££££

  • Egypt

Oberoi Zahra is a contemporary boat with simple and elegant décor. Each of the 25 Luxury Cabins has expansive views of the river framed by large picture windows and the two elegant suites offer extremely spacious accommodation with a separate living area and their own private terrace with Jacuzzi.

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Sanctuary Sun Boat IV £££££

  • Egypt

A contemporary boat with a stylish art deco feel, Sun Boat IV oozes luxury and style, with friendly staff, first-class service and exceptional food. Of the 40 newly renovated cabins and suites, all on the main deck and higher have large floor to ceiling windows where the first thing in the morning you can wake up to the picturesque banks of the Nile from the comfort of your bed. For a special treat, a Royal Suite is perfect for a romantic stay with its own balcony commanding panoramic views of the Nile from the front of the ship. All cabins are well equipped with air conditioning and en suite facilities and the swimming pool is the perfect spot to relax in the sun.

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Royal Steam Ship MISR £££££

  • North Africa

A small steam powered boat, the MISR Royal Steamer was originally commissioned by the British Royal Navy and launched in 1918 when she journeyed 3276 nautical miles from England to Alexandria. Steeped in history she has since served in multiple wars and been the private yacht to Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk before being restored and rebuilt to her original drawings in 2006.

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