Luxor Attractions in Egypt are the main attractions for anyone looking to explore Ancient Egypt. Luxor, Egypt, is the most picturesque city in the country. Ancient Egypt is full of stories, legends, and fantasies. Who has never been interested in learning more about the history of the pharaohs and how this ancient civilization lived? Few people know that Cairo is not Egypt’s city with the most ruins, temples, and archaeological sites, but Luxor is!
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With its desert, temples, and history, Luxor is a city that has stood up to the effects of time and nature and kept its rich history. When you go to Egypt, you have to stop in Luxor. After all, you don’t get the chance to see the wonders of Egyptian civilization in person every day.
Where is it?
Luxor is in the south of Egypt, about 655 kilometers from Cairo and 214 kilometers from Aswan. It is on the banks of the Nile River and is the city with the most important ancient Egyptian sites. You can’t quickly see everything the city has to offer. The best way to see what Luxor offers is to stay there for at least two days.
Why Visit Luxor?
Luxor is known as the world’s largest open museum. The city is full of grand outdoor monuments like temples, obelisks, shrines, and burial chambers that have been there for thousands of years and tell the story of ancient Egyptian civilization.
When is it best to go to Luxor?
You can go to the city at any time of the year, but because it is hot most of the year, most people go in the fall/winter (October–April) when the weather is cooler.
What are the best things to see and do in Luxor?
- The Valley of the Kings
The great pharaohs’ cemetery is in Luxor’s mountains called Valley of Kings, a large valley in the desert with many hidden tombs. You will see where great pharaohs like Ramses II, Amenhotep III, and the famous young pharaoh Tutankhamon were buried in this valley.
- Luxor Temple
The Temple of Luxor is in the middle of the city, facing the Nile, and this temple is why Luxor is known as the world’s largest open-air museum. The temple was built in the ancient city of Thebes, which used to be the capital, and is one of the best-kept.
- Karnak Temple
The Temple of Karnak is next to the Luxor Temple, another fantastic site that shows the history of an ancient civilization. We know that the ancient Egyptian artisans and architects were very skilled because of the carvings on the massive columns. Also, the pharaohs had a lot of courage and perseverance to spend years building such amazing things.
- Hatshepsut’s temple
Undoubtedly, I think the Temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most impressive temples in Egypt. It is correct at the base of a mountain and was ordered to be built by Hatshepsut, the queen of the pharaohs. The Valley of the Kings is in the same area as the tomb temple.
- Memnon’s Colossi
In the city’s eastern part, there are two giant statues called Colossi of Memnon. The statues were made to protect the Temple of Amenophis, but this temple doesn’t exist anymore. One of the exciting things about this monument is that after an earthquake that shook the city, one of the statues was damaged with cracks that made noise when the wind blew. Because of this, the statue became known as Memnon’s Colossus (an ancient Greek hero).
- The balloon ride you can’t miss
It can be fantastic to wake up in the middle of the night and go on an adventure in Luxor. The balloon ride lets you see the desert, the Nile Valley, and the temples that are all over the city from above. A great experience that you should have!
How do I get there?
Luxor has a train station and an airport. From Cairo, you can take a direct flight or a train that takes all night. You can also get around Luxor by taking a cruise on the Nile, which goes from Luxor to Aswan and back to Luxor.
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Frequently Asked Questions.
Luxor is an old city in Egypt, and it is in the Nile Valley, which is in the Upper Egypt region. It is where most river trips begin, and it is often called the “world’s largest open-air museum” because it has some of the most impressive monuments in the country.
If you want to see everything Luxor offers, you should give yourself at least two days.
Even if you only have one day to spend in Luxor, it’s worth the trip. The best way to see Luxor’s most famous sights is to take a day trip.
Visitors to Egypt must enter with a passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of arrival. Most nationalities can have an entry visa valid for one (1) month from the date of arrival. Some of these countries are Australia, Canada, South Korea, Croatia, the United States, Georgia, Japan, Macedonia, Norway, New Zealand, European Union, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, and most Latin American countries. This visa is acquired at the window before going through customs.
Since your tour guide will be a Spanish-speaking professional, it is not essential. However, it is beneficial to learn some of the most commonly used words and phrases. In case you wish to have contact with the locals and explore popular places, it will be necessary for you to know a few words.
While it is true that Egypt has a wealth of fascinating historical sites, the Nile River is not far behind. Aboard a cruise, you can experience navigating one of the most famous and history-filled rivers while watching the most beautiful sunsets that only Egypt has to offer. This is an experience like no other.
Taking pictures is allowed in most of the places to visit, however, some of these sites charge an additional fee for allowing you to do so. In some museums, it is forbidden to take pictures.
With a relatively low crime rate, especially in places that tourists visit frequently. Egypt is and has been one of the best and safest tourist destinations for decades. With the quality of hospitality of the locals, you will feel at home in Egypt. However, as in any other tourist destination, it is important to take into account and follow the recommendations provided by your travel agency in order to explore and enjoy the country at ease.
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There are a lot of activities that you can do on your trip to Egypt. However, the favorites of travelers are: visit the pyramids, tour the old Cairo visiting the most emblematic places (mosques, streets, markets, etc), sailing aboard a cruise on the Nile River. Visiting and touring other cities in Egypt.
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