Once part of the ancient city of Thebes
Luxor holidays can only be described as an absolutely fascinating experience, and the city is frequently referred to as the world’s greatest open air museum due to the staggering amount of excellently preserved monuments dating back over 4000 years. Once part of the ancient city of Thebes or the city of a thousand gates, Luxor stands proudly on the east bank of the River Nile and is home to the Temple of Luxor with the imposing Temple of Karnak, which took over a thousand years to build, just to the north. The two temples are linked by a long road called a dromos which is still lined today with breathtaking stone sphinxes. Over on the west bank you will find the amazing Valley of the Queens and equally impressive Valley of the Kings where the iconic Tomb of Tutankhamen can be found.
The Temple of Karnak also hosts a breathtaking sound and light show with an entertaining look at Egyptian history, an unforgettable night out for the whole family.
Take a hot air balloon trip at dawn over the west bank of the Nile and see the Valley of the Kings from an amazing angle. The unforgettable sight of the sun rising behind the imposing tombs will stay with you for ever.
At the other end of the day, arrange a stunning sunset cruise along the River Nile on a felucca or traditional wooden boat, the romantic scene as the sun fades out of sight is one of the most spectacular you will ever see.
Quick Luxor Tips
The transfer time is approximately 20 minutes
The best time to visit Luxor is undoubtedly the winter period of October to April. The summer season May to September is not for the faint hearted where temperatures can reach close to 50C at times – however this happens to be the cheapest time to visit the city
A visa is required to enter Luxor but this can vbe obtained on arrival
No Luxor holiday would be complete without a visit to the souk
A camel ride along the banks of the Nile will take you through lush green gardens, marshes and mangroves and offers a fabulous contrast to the harsh stone of the magnificent temples.
Shopping in Luxor will take you on an exciting trip to the local souk, an aromatic blend of spicy smells and colourful crafts. The hectic alleyways are full of noise as the locals barter for the highest prices they can get while the tourists try to get the bargain of a lifetime. No Luxor holidays would be complete without a visit to the souk even if it’s just to soak up the mesmerising atmosphere.
With over 4000 years of history, Luxor is well used to receiving visitors and hence is an extremely hospitable city with accommodation ranging from small family run guest houses, self catering apartments and luxurious spa hotels all competing for your attention, so whatever your budget you are sure of a wonderful warm welcome during your holidays in Luxor. Book your holidays to Luxor at Latedeals.co.uk today
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If your going to holiday in August an annual street festival of Abu El-Haggag held just before Ramadan every year, it has a blend of Islamic culture and classic Egyptology with horse races, boat parades, dance and tahtib which is traditional stick fights.
Temple of Luxor
Located on the east bank of the River Nile and is the site of the famous city of Thebes and was dedicated to Amun, the king of the gods. The Temple is steeped in history and is worth visiting.