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Luxor Travel Guide

Luxor Travel Guide

Located on the banks of the Nile in Upper Egypt, Luxor (from Al Uqsur in Arabic meaning “the palaces”) exists on the site of the city of Thebes, the former capital of ancient Egypt.

With a large number of ancient monuments, temples and burial grounds located in and around the city, Luxor is the country’s most popular tourist attraction after the pyramids, and the base from which to explore Pharaonic Egypt .

Luxor has many attractions including the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Esna, the Rammuseum and Hatchetsup Temple on the west bank of the river Nile, and Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple on the east bank.

Similarly the impressive Ptolemaic temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo are just a few hours away to the South by train.

Luxor is also home to the Sunshine Project, a home to disadvantaged and abandoned children. If you have had your fill of ancient monumnets, a visit to the project can be one of the most worthwhile and rewarding excursions you can make.

As Thebes, the city prospered for five hundred years during the New Kingdom (1550 – 1069) era. It was during this period that most of the major monuments were built and although it was no longer the country’s capital, it remained a ceremonial centre and the capital of the south.

Bustling with visitors for seven months of the year, modern day Luxor is a city built on the economy of tourism. From the feluccas and cruise boats that dock here to the touts, shops keepers, restaurateurs, and travel agents one can hardly take a step without being offered some way to part with one's cash. The hassle factor is high here, but for those with the patience to smile it off, the rewards are great.

Luxor can easily be combined with visits to other parts of Egypt such as Aswan, Cairo and Hurghada. You can read about moving on from Luxor here

Luxor Attractions | Details of all the major sites, attractions and famous Egyptian monuments arount the city of Luxor

Karnak Temple | Karnak Sound and Light Show | Getting to Karnak | Karnak Ticket Price and Admission Times | Visitor Information

Karnak Sound and Light Show

The Luxor Temple | Getting to Luxor Temple and Luxor Temple Ticket Prices. The web's most extensive Egypt travel resource.

Travel from Luxor to ... | Onward travel from Luxor including the train from Luxor to Aswan, bus, private car, and where to by ferry tickets in Luxor | The Online Egypt Travel Guide

The Sunshine Project Luxor | Charity in Egypt, The highlight of a visit to Luxor - Give something back and help the wonderful kids of the Sunshine Project Itineraries

Luxor Tour Itineraries | Suggest sightseeing itineraries for one day / two days or three days in Luxor. Map Luxor Map of Luxor | Download, print and take with you. Rough Map of Luxor


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