When you visit Luxor you will see why it is one of Egypt's great tourist attractions commonly known as the world's largest open air museum. Just a 5 and ½ hour flight from the U.K Luxor is the Gateway to Upper Egypt with its majestic temples, ancient monuments, fascinating sights and colourful bazaars bustling with activity.
Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, with Karnak just to the North.
There are many exciting excursions to take advantage of while staying in Luxor.
A visit to the Valley of the Kings on the west bank will take you to the 62 known tombs buried here; these belong to the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom including Ramses the Great and Tutankamun.
Also on the west bank is the Valley of the Queens containing about 70 tombs, mainly belonging to the Queens, Princesses and Nobles, finally while visiting the west bank explore the unique Temple at Deir El Bahari with its beautiful Murals on the inner walls. The temple was built for Queen Hatshepsut to commemorate her achievements and serve as a funerary temple for her, as well as sanctuary for the God Amon Ra.
On the east bank of the Nile you will find the Karnak Temple. This is an amazing structure that was erected by a long succession of Kings, a superb example of ancient Egyptian architecture. It is one of the oldest surviving temples in the world containing a group of temples, such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso and The Temple of the God Osiris. A 20 meter high, mud brick enclosure wall surrounds all of these buildings. An evening visit to Karnak Temple for the sound and light show – an extravagant performance retelling the history of Luxor and the Pharaohs is not to be missed.
The huge statue of Ramses ll greets you as it stands guard over the sacred Luxor Temple on the east bank, you can view the courtyard of Ramses ll and various side chapels depicting scenes from battles and religious ceremonies.
You can take an exhilarating Balloon flight at the break of dawn to experience one of the most unique perspectives while drifting over the amazing sites.
Why not extend your holiday and incorporate a Nile Cruise or even take advantage of the short flight to the vibrant city of Cairo and visit the imposing pyramids and awe inspiring Sphinx.