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Visa availability

by jmcoru

If I fly from Istanbul to Luxor (stopping for a plane change in Cairo) can I obtain the Egypt visa in Luxor? Is that any easier than doing it in Cairo? How far from Luxor airport to general tourist area? How much would taxi cost?

Re: Visa availability

by Robmj

Visa is issued on arrival for most countries, its easy. I'm not clear on your flight, but would imagine you land in Cairo and thats end of international leg, in which case your can get your visa there domestic flight to Luxor, if not, again visa issued there, you will have no problem. Enjoy Luxor, its a fantastic place, west bank and east bank, plenty to see & do including valley of kings, queens, Luxor temple, Karnak temple plus a trip out on the nile.

Re: Visa availability

by al2401

Regarding your visa - on leaving your flight in Cairo you pass through immigration before transferring to the flight to Luxor. Before going through you can pay your visa - $15US (it was that amount in May 2009) and the booths are well signposted. You can use Egyptian pounds, Euro and Sterling.

Re: Visa availability

by ourluxor

To answer the other part of your question:-
Luxor IS the tourist area, it's only a large village really. The town is about a 15/20 minute taxi ride from the airport and should cost in the region of 50/60LE.
Hope this helps.

Re: Visa availability

by Prettyhighflyer

Hey, I've just returned from a similar trip. Cairo Int Airport has been modernised!! you can check your luggage thru when you check in at Ataturk airport thru to your destination in Egypt which is great!! the airport has now extended it's arrivals and the domestic terminal is located within easy reach (without now leaving the terminal!!) of the international arrivals, I guess about 25 min walk, or maybe less. You can obtain the visa from the bank in the Domestic terminal, there are many there, it's simple and quick, for British citizen is £10, (although my home is Istanbul!). I've not travelled to Luxor, yet, I'm planning on doing this maybe in May but not flying, via the ferry at Aqaba (Jordan). Egyptian domestic flights are quick and efficient. I flew with EGYPTAIR from Ataturk to Sharm and would recommend them for their punctuality, efficiency and service. Enjoy!! if you need any more help let me know. -::))

Travel Tips for Luxor

The Great Belzoni

by atufft

At the entrance to a tombs in Valley of the Kings and elsewhere in Luxor, posted signs report who was first to discover the tomb. Tourists making note of this will soon realize that the giant leader in such tomb discovery was the Great Giovanni Belzoni. Fascinated by this controversial tomb robber turned archeologist, I found and read the copywrite 2003 biography by Stanley Mayes, the cover of which is shown in the photo. Belzoni was at first a circus strongman, a giant who could carry many people on his shoulders, who had dreams of becoming an engineer. He had an interest in hydrolics, which at the time was primarily devoted to the methods of extracting water for irrigation purposes. When the Pasha, Muhammad Ali, invited him to Cairo, he waited for several years hoping to sell the Pasha on his invention. Meanwhile, he and his wife Sara (whose own biography as a woman adventurer would be worth reading) traveled south as far as Aswan. At that time, Napoleon's troops had only recently left, and although interest in the Egyptian ruins was surging, little was known about them. Belzoni was a careful observer and chronicled his discoveries, but perhaps more importantly he was a resourceful engineer capable of organizing whatever rag tag group of Arab workers he could assemble to remove huge quanitites of sand from the entrances of buried treasures, such as Abu Simbel. In conjunction with interested British diplomats in Cairo, Belzoni found a way to finance the effort to extract and deliver to England much of the loot now part of the British Museum's antiquity department. Having worked in house construction, I am all too familiar with the challenges of moving heavy objects without the aide of machine, and yet Belzoni was able to figure out how to carefully move obelisks and other stone artwork weighing many tons, and then sail them down the Nile during the flood season. Bear in mind that Belzoni did this in the early 19th century, before the advent of machinery made such lifting easy, but even today, the use of cranes to move these treasures is no easy task. Many of the images produced by Hollywood in movie sequels such as Indian Jones or Mummies become much more plausible after reading Mayes biography.Belzoni had a considerable knack for recognizing soil so disturbed as to suggest an entrance to a buried tomb. Competitors frequently became frustrated by Belzoni's secretive ability to organize laboar and continue work despite their efforts to foil him. Once Arab workmen cleared a small opening, with a torch light he would squeeze his huge frame into cramped quarters where he would find himself surrounded by spiders and decayed mummies. For a long time, he and Sara lived in a tomb in Luxor to beat the horrid summer heat, since this was before even the electric fan. Unfortunately, Belzoni's methods are imprecise by standards of modern archeology, and so in a true sense he was merely a tomb robber finding riches to sell to European museums. Indeed, since Belzoni worked prior to the discovery of the Rosetta stone, he did not understand just how ancient the temples and tombs really were, and many of his theories about their creation were flat out wrong. Yet, Belzoni easily recognized the engineering genius and artistic talent that lay before his eyes, and he died an adventurer not a rich man. Prior to Belzoni's efforts, Egypt's ruins were forgotten or dismissed as unimportant pagan creations, and so Belzoni deserves credit for bringing to the attention of the world most of the great antiquities tourists find today in Luxor.

The higher the better - The Cruise Ship

by Rachelynn

Most people will be taking the cruise ship from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa.

If you are those who simple love to sit in front of the windows and admire the Nile River beautiful scenery, you should request for a cabin that's at least 2nd or 3rd floor or 4th floor, if your cruise ship are super deluxe type.

I stayed at a 3rd floor cabin and i love it! Some of my tour mates were staying at the first floor and they feedback that the water level is at their window. Could be fun if you like it. =P

Of course if you are those that simple loves to cuddle up and take a nap in your cabin most of the time, then it really doesn't matter which floor.

Enjoy your river cruise.

Deciphering the hieroglyphics

by NoodleT

There are lots of books available that explain how to read hieroglyphics. It's worth getting one of these and taking it to all the temples and tombs. It's fun trying to work out what all the hieroglyphics mean.

Girl Education in Egypt.

by goutammitra

It is presumed in outside world that in Islamic countries, girl child are not given modern education. But Egypt has gone far away in terms of education to the girl child. In many of the cities we noticed girls are going to school and collages. We also spoke to a few working girls who spoke good English and are fully aware of wht is hapening in the world.

Pagans Defaced

by ATXtraveler

In the tip just before this, I mentioned the decapitations, which seem to have occured on the statues that had the best characteristics left. Alot of the statues that remain are defaced, which led me to believe this happened when those statues were found by the Christians who defaced most of the heiroglyphs as well.

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