Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo (British Airways, Egypt Air); Luxor (Egypt Air, Easyjet); Sharm el Sheikh (Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
Egypt in Depth highlights * Cruising Lake Nasser and the Nile * Sound and Light show at Abu Simbel * Temples of Amada Read more ...
Highlights - Stylish Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Luxor, Aswan, Crocodile mummies at the Temple of Horus, the largest and most completely preserved temple in Egypt. Read more ...
Three Nights in Cairo and Seven Nights Full Board on the exclusive Sanctuary Sun Boat III Cruise – From £1995pp... Read more ...
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Luxor is situated in Upper Egypt, in the province of Qena. It was the ancient city of Thebes - the capital of Ancient Egypt. The early Arab travelers, who admired Luxor for the numerous monuments and ruins scattered around the city, gave it its name. In Arabic Luxor means "the palaces".
Luxor has often been described as the world's greatest open air museum, being home to an unparalleled number of monuments, amongst which the most famous are the Luxor and Karnak Temples. It is made up of three different areas; the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes, which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.
To say that the Luxor area is a major tourist attraction would be an understatement. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area attracted visitors and has been doing so ever since.
There is an abundance of sightseeing in Luxor, but if you only do one thing it should be to see "The Sound & Light Show", held at Karnak Temple.
Suggested Luxor Accommodation
Set in a tranquil oasis, between the desert's edge and the fertile green fields of the West Bank of the Nile, Al Moudira is a hugely impressive boutique property...
This palatial Luxor Resort & Spa is one of the finest Hilton properties in the world. Grand architectural touches abound, and are complemented by traditional Egyptian touches to create a genuinely impressive...
Inspired by the local Arab architecture, the Sheraton Luxor is superbly located in quiet, secluded tropical gardens in the heart of Luxor. The resort offers the largest panoramic view of the river in Luxor...
A magical experience of history awaits at the Old Winter Palace, built in 1886 on the Nile banks in a tropical garden. The mythical atmosphere with the modern decor offers a central location, just minutes...
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