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Visiting Luxor & Surrounds

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Luxor stands on the site of the ancient Thebes and its many temples and tombs have given the city its unofficial title as the world's biggest open-air museum. Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, on the west bank of the Nile close to Luxor, are often included in tailor-made Egypt travel itineraries and plenty of time should be allowed for both.

Across the river from Luxor are the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, the resting place of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and their consorts. It's possible to enter some of the tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun. Taking a dawn hot air balloon flight over the west bank provides a different perspective, with beautiful early morning light falling on the temples and villages. It's an unforgettable way to take in Luxor and its surrounds.


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Offering superb value for money, this classic Nile cruise explores the ancient Egyptian sites that line the river between Luxor and Aswan, with guided sightseeing and all meals included.

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The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV makes for an elegant, luxurious base for exploring the regal wonders of Egypt’s Nile river.

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Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile, was the burial site of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. It was from here that they began their journey to the next life, or so they believed.


Karnak temple lies on the eastern bank of the Nile, a few kilometres from Luxor. It's the largest pharaohnic monument in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza, a vast and well-preserved complex built over a period of a thousand years. Among the contributing pharaohs were Thutmosis I, Seti I, Hatshepsut …


Luxor marks the end point for Nile cruises from Aswan and so travellers often arrive in the city by ship. And what could be a better way to reach Luxor than drifting gently down the great waterway on a felucca.

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