Why you should visit Luxor
- To see how ancient Egyptian rulers endeavoured to defy mortality and thieves with architecturally spectacular tombs in The Valley of the Kings
- Marvel at the impossible feat of the mountainside temple built by one of ancient Egypt’s rare woman rulers at Deir al-Barhi
- Wander through the magnificent Karnak Temple complex, the largest Pharaonic monument in the country after the Pyramids and built over the course of 1,300 years
Our specialists ‘Must do’
Although you are in the world’s largest open air museum make sure you take a few hours to step inside and visit the Luxor Museum. The few exhibits in this modern museum are tastefully displayed and centred around a small garden. A truly wonderful place to lose yourself among the Pharaohs and Theban treasures from an ancient time.
A little more about Luxor
The town of Luxor is located on the east bank, and offers a range of accommodation, restaurants, a museum and a small but interesting souq and is home to some of Egypt's most visited and famous sites. It offers plenty of activities to keep one busy, whether staying for a couple of days or longer. From Luxor 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.
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 Tutenkhamun. 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.
When to go
The best time to visit Luxor is in the winter month between November and March where daytime temperatures reach a maximum of 26, but do plummet to around 10 degrees at night. In the summer months the temperatures can reach staggering heights and in some cases can reach the high 40’s. Travelling to Luxor on the cusp of winter and summer can be warm, but you can also take advantage of better hotel rates and less tourists.