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Avenue of the Sphnixs, Luxor Temple, Egypt


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 Temple, Luxor, Egypt

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.

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Temple of Karnak, Luxor, EGypt

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.

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Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt

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.

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Hot air balloons, Luxor, Egypt

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.

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Where to stay

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

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 £££££

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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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