Once part of the ancient city of Thebes
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.
Places to Visit
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.