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Set on the River Nile’s eastern bank, Luxor is a city where the influence of the pharaohs who ruled three millennia ago still looms large. They left behind monuments so impressive and mysterious they are still worthy of awe. These days, it is thriving and modern city, which spreads out from the Nile, and 100,000 residents call the place that is packed with colonial buildings, splendid hotels, and lively bazaars home.
Luxor’s ancient remnants are right up there with Giza’s Pyramids. In the city’s heart is Luxor Temple, a huge complex with two seated statues of Ramesses II at the entrance. North is the Temple of Karnak, a collection of sphinx-lined streets and massive temples. Just across the Nile is the famed Valley of the Kings, the burial ground of royalty.
There is more to Luxor than just its ancient history. Meander and experience the aroma of spice-scented souks during your Luxor holidays, sail into the sunset on a felucca boat, go hot-air ballooning and see desert plains below you, or sip cocktails in the opulent surroundings of the old Winter Palace.
Temperature: The temperature in summer in Luxor ranges from a scorching 41 degrees Celsius in August to a winter low of 23 degrees Celsius in January.
Best time for Luxor holidays: November through to March offers the most comfortable temperatures.
Egypt is a truly year-round destination - although the months of summer can be extremely hot, especially in Egypt’s south where Luxor is situated.
See the incredible Karnak Temple and try and work out how the ancient Egyptians managed to build this spectacular structure. The famed Valley of the Kings is the final resting place of more than 60 Egyptian pharaohs and you can even see a few of them, the most famous being Tutankhamun.
About an hour north of Luxor is Dendera, the home of the Temple of Hathor. This is a well-preserved temple that includes a wall relief depicting Cleopatra and her son, Caesarion, who was fathered by Julius Caesar. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can get to Dendera on Egypt’s quant rail network on your holidays to Luxor. Get off the train at Qena and take a taxi.
The Temple of Karnak will most probably be the highlight of your Luxor visit. The sheer scale of the architecture cannot fail to impress. Lines and lines of sphinxes lead you to the entrance of the temple and form a worthy introduction to this incredible sight.
The beauty of the Luxor Temple lies in where it is located – right in the centre of the city and it is a wonder to behold.
The Valley of the Kings is justifiably famous and forms the most impressive cemetery in the world. A valley filled with some 60 lavish and intricate tombs for the heads of Egyptian dynasties and a definite must see of Luxor holidays.
For the women is the Valley of the Queens, it is a smaller and less elaborate version of the valley of their husbands.
Take a hot-air balloon ride and experience about 45 minutes of flight as the sun comes up over the Nile. It is something you won’t forget for a long time after your holidays to Luxor. On your way you will see the 20 metre tall Colossi of Memnon.
The Temple of Hatshepsut is a vast complex built into the mountainside. This three-terraced temple is a wonder to behold.