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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

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.

Experiences

Hot Air Ballooning

Observe Luxor at sunrise from a bird’s eye perspective on a magical hot air balloon ride. Watch how the whole valley tinges pink and becomes bathed in the morning light.

Discover Luxor Temples

Marvel at the impossible feat of the mountainside temple built by one of ancient Egypt’s rare woman rulers at Deir al-Barhi.

Karnak Temple

Wander through the magnificent Karnak Temple complex, the largest Pharaonic monument in the country and built over the course of 1,300 years.

The Valley of the Kings

Walk in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor to see the most famed collection of elaborate tombs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Sofitel Winter Palace £££££

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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 Philae £££££

Oberoi Philae is a traditional-looking luxury Nile cruiser, with a contemporary and elegant interior. Each of the 22 spacious cabins and suites has large French doors offering wonderful views of the Nile and some of the Luxury Suites have a private terrace with heated whirlpool. With all-day fine dining on offer in both the main restaurant and Poolside Restaurant, enjoy curated menus spanning Western, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines designed by the Oberoi chefs. Invigorating spa treatments compliment a temperature-controlled pool, an air-conditioned fitness centre and beauty salon.

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The Oberoi Zahra £££££

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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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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