Luxor Travel Guide

Luxor, also known as Thebes, is a city and its surrounding modern metropolitan area in Upper Egypt that was the capital of ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom (c. 1570 BCE – 1070 BCE), and the location of the Valley of the Kings.

20 Things You Need To Know About Luxor, Egypt

Luxor has a rich history dating back to 1570 BC. When you are in Luxor, you'll feel like you are in an open-air museum. When you get to see the main tourist attractions are the temples, tombs, and monuments along with the West Bank of the River Nile (including Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Hatshepsut Temple), Thebes, Karnak Temples, and Deir el-Bahri ("the Northern Monastery''). Luxor, known as Thebes, was a capital city and home of luxury and splendour in ancient Egypt. Some of these sites date from before Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 BC. Luxor has many mosques and Coptic Christian churches, and an Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saint George. And there are also many ancient Islamic mosques—the area is filled with fantastic vacation destinations and beautiful monuments. To get a taste of the old atmosphere in the modern scene, you can stop over at any of the restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops.


 

What to know about Luxor

The currency used Egyptian pound (EGP/L.E)

Airports Luxor Internationals Airports 

Area (km2) 425km2

Things to do +20 tours and activities.

 

 

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Luxor

 

 

Karnak Temples complex

The temple of Karnak complexes was so many during the ancient Egyptian times, these temples are made up of multiple temples in one known as a complex, and they are so many because each pharaoh built one as a mark of reverence for Egypt’s most feared deity. You get to experience a lot with its hall built by Amenhotep 3 and its sphinxes lining up on the streets linked to Luxor temple and Karnak Temple of Amun. It’s a perfect example of historical architecture that existed between 1570 BC and -1090 BC and was later rebuilt and extended by Ptolemy.
 

Luxor Temple 

The Luxor Temple, also called the great temple, was built by Pharaoh Amenhotep III over 2,000 years. It is regarded as one of Egypt's best-preserved temples and monuments, with major parts still intact and standing. The construction of this temple took place between 1100BC to 1600BC. Pharaoh Tutankhamun and hormoheb also took part by constructing friezes, columns, and statues. Pharaoh Akhenaten also built a shrine to The Sun God Aten while removing his father's cartouches. Ramses II was the only one responsible for major expansions. To celebrate the nation's prosperity and the great Karnak harvest, the people would load boats and vessels with statues of Mut (the goddess of war), Amun, and Khons (the moon god.), making them sail down the river Nile.

 

Queen Hatshepsut Temple

This is one of the most intriguing temples all around Egypt. It is known as the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut. It is intriguing because of its beautiful designs and decorations. The building is made of limestone and located close to the valley of queens along the west Nile River at the foot of the crest hills. The temple was designed by Senemut architect and dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. The temple has 97 ft. high pylons, courts and hypostyle halls, and a long, colonnaded terrace. The daughter of king Thutmose became queen of Egypt by marriage to her brother Thutmose II at age 12. She then became regent for her stepson Thutmose III upon her brothers’ death. She became pharaoh in 1473BC

 

Valley of the kings

The Valley of the Kings is a truly informative, impressive, and unforgettable experience you can enjoy in a day. The Valley of Kings  located 90km (56 miles) to the west of Luxor city. Its tombs were designated UNESCO world heritage sites. The Valley of Kings was an essential center for burials where Egypt's New Kingdom nobility built their tombs during the 16th to 11th centuries BC. When you think about Valley of Kings, the first thing that comes to mind is The Tomb of King Tutankhamen. Walking through the hot desert sand, watching the movie about how Carter discovered King Tutankhamen's tomb and riding an antique electric train that takes you from one tomb to another are all elements that complete the picture.

 

Temple of Medinat Habu

This is one of Egypt’s largest memorial temples in the world. This was built in memory of Ramses III, by his own request to commemorate him. The temple still has large Ramses III statues and beautifully carved paintings. It is made to have rooms for priests, storage, workshops etc. it covers an area of 66000m2.

 

Valley of the Queens

It is located close to the Valley of the Kings and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The valley belongs to queens, princesses and nobles that lived during the 18th, to the 20th dynasty and has about 80 tombs. Queen Nefertari's tomb is the most popular of the tombs here. The tomb of Titi has in it a famous queen of the 20th dynasty. Drawings show she was a young lady at the time of her reign.

 

The Tombs of the Nobles

The Tombs of the Nobles are a collective term applied to tombs of workers, foremen, priests, soldiers, officials, viziers, princes etc. usually located in the area of a major ancient site in Egypt. 

 

 

Hotels in Luxor

 

Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa

You Can Find This Hotel On The East Bank Of The River Nile In The Village Of Karnak.  You can enjoy the honor of choosing yourself a room that overlooks the river, garden or city. Visit hilton.com for more details.

 

Sofitel winter palace Luxor

It’s a five-star hotel, which has a mix of designs from ancient Egypt and colonial architecture.  Visit accor.com for more details.


 

Maritim JolieVille Kings Island Luxor

It is located in the private Kings Island and comprises of three swimming pools, bungalows and the main building. For more details visit maritim.com