Luxor Travel Guide

  • Luxor, Egypt
    Luxor, Egypt
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Luxor Highlights

  • Pro
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     Bursting with amazing ancient monuments 

  • Con
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     Constant hassle 

  • In a nutshell
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     The worlds greatest open air museum 

Luxor Things to Do

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  • Karnak Temple

    You get to the Karnak Temple and it's dark. There are hundreds of people waiting for the Sound and Light show to start. The sound was terrible, it was full of static and hard to hear as most of the tourists were chatting during the sound portion. The Light part of the show, well the only thing I can figure is that the lights were highlighting...

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  • Valley of the Kings

    This is the pharaoh's were buried in hopes they would return to their Gods in the afterlife. King Tutankhamen tomb was found here in the 1920's almost untouched. We had gone early in the morning because otherwise going in the afternoon is very hot, the shade is only bearable! Our ticket included entrance into the Valley of the Kings and then you...

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  • Temple of Hatshepsut

    Located beneath massive cliffs near the west bank of the Nile, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as Deir el Bahri, is dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. Hatshepsut, meaning 'foremost of Noble Ladies' was the fifth Pharoh in the 19th Dynasty. Ticket price = 30LE

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Luxor Hotels

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Luxor Restaurants

  • Ronald McDonald Here?

    Well I was surprised to see McDonalds in Egypt but I really shouldn't have been. When you walk into McDonalds in Luxor Egypt it's just like walking into any other McDonalds in North America. I ordered a Quarter Pounder Meal like I usually do only to realize --- their beef tastes quite different from Alberta beef. So I know not to order that meal...

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  • Interesting spot for coffee

    Unusual coffee shop on television street in luxor, cobbled sort of entrance watch you don't slip as it`s usually hosed down, Inside is an open air courtyard with several different seated areas, there is a tree in the middle of the courtyard, also there are resident doves wandering around.I didn`t eat here so can`t advise about the culinary delights...

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  • Good food, good vibe, nice atmosphere.

    The El Sahabi Lane Restaurant is located infront of the Nefertiti Hotel along the 30-meter or so street or lane named after the restaurant (or the resto's name was derived from the street name?). Opposite the Luxor Temple and beside the Franciscan Church.And since I was staying at the Nefertiti Hotel, I tried dining one late afternoon, I ordered...

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Luxor Nightlife

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  • Friendly wind down

    Firstly it was the lovely British welcome you are given by Jules and Axel, I went in with my Egyptian boyfriend and I look Egyptian too but they were interested and friendly enough to find out I am actually Mancunian. I asked if they could change the music cd and they did to a seventie`s cd which made a good memory for me. JJ`s had atmosphere and a...

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  • The bad influence bar

    JJ's Bar & Restaurant is English owned and is situated in New Karnak Village, Luxor. It is the only true live music venue in Luxor. With quest musicians from Egypt, Europe, and the world, the nights are always different. If you like live then this is the place to go. What is excellent is the snug bar upstairs in the restaurant, here you can sit and...

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  • Typical Brit Bar

    Whenever you go abroad, there is a Brit bar.Luxor is no different.One of the only places I found that had any sort of nightlife. Includes a very unusual 'Bob Marley Corner'They also do a range of English meal options, not too bad actually.Internet, range of beers, pool table, music, food.Home from home.

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Luxor Transportation

  • Ferry

    The public ferry on the east bank (central luxor) is located between the Winter Palace Hotel and the Mummification Museum and right at the back of the Luxor Temple. So if you're in Luxor Temple, just walk around its back. Now, when you arrive at the corniche and about to go down the stairs to the ferry landing, there are a lot of people there who...

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  • Carriages

    Caleches or hantour is a horse and carriage in Luxor. The drivers don't seem to take care of the horses very well. They are so skinny and you rarely see the horses in shade or drinking water. If you feel you really want to take a carriage ride, try to choose a healthy horse. You have to bargain the price of the ride, make sure you specify that...

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  • Trains

    Though the train is very good, almost runs on time, but the food and service part is worst for a tourist train like this and the fare. The attendant will listen to our request but always ask for a tip in USD or in Egyptian Pound as he knows that the passengers are in First Class. What they can do is like in Indian Rajdhani Express, they can attach...

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Luxor Shopping

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  • The Souk

    Shopping for souvenirs, gifts, scarves, clothing, ceramics, leatehr stuff, spices, vegetables, fruits --- anything, the Souk of Luxor offers not only items, but the most exciting atmosphere of an araabian market. Almost anything... Just haggle...bargain hard....

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  • Egyptian Cotton

    Our guide also took us to this shop for shopping of Egyptian cotton. The shop is full of various aparel made of Egyptian cotton and are of very good quality. We too bought a few but I found that the prices in India are much cheaper than this shop. Cotton aparel made of Egyptian cotton.

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  • Alabaster Factory

    The use of alabaster in Egypt dates well back into the Pharaonic period of Egyptian history, and this is very evident when one visits the temples, tombs and museums in Egypt. New pieces of alabaster from ancient Egypt seem to turn up constantly. The ancient pharaohs used this wonderful material for many purposes, including household items, ritual...

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Luxor Local Customs

  • Shisha

    What is so fascinating in narghila which could be seen all over northern Africa, wherever more then one man is be sitting? Actually, narghila is a sort of water pipe above which is burning charcoal. One inhale it and the smoke passes through the water cooling it. The cooled smoke pick up the flavours of the shisha and thats it. There are shisha...

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  • Resting place on the road

    This is the only resting place on the road in between Hurghada and Luxor, where we stopped for a 15 minutes break. Time to eat a sendwiches prepared in the hotel and take some cold drink. The place was beseted by locals, offering to take a pictures with their camels or donkies who carried small goat on their back. Some of them were agressive in...

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  • The village of Quarna

    Quarna is small village nearby Hatshepsut complex and obviously a must see site for all tourist guides. My guide was much more enthusiastic telling story about Quarna then the one about Hatshepsut, probably having more $tronger rea$on$. Anyway, arent all guides alike?The village is pretty small and doesnt look much prosperious, in fact many small...

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Luxor Warnings and Dangers

  • Harrassment

    A good hotel in Luxor is a must as it is will be your safe haven away from the 'hassle' tourists often get on the streets and in the town. From the moment you arrive in Luxor EVERYONE wants to be your friend and they'll follow you down the road with their well rehearsed sales pitches - trying to get you to ride in their carriage, eat dinner at...

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  • Theft and scams

    Be careful how you handle horse carriage rides in and around Luxor. Sometimes the driver may stop at a gift shop to get you to buy souvenirs along the way. (This scam has been planned and well thought out!). Sometimes the driver will stop and pick-up the "Real Owner" of the horse and carriage. The "Real Owner" will then bump-up the price of your...

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  • The Climate

    We hadn't anticipated just how hot the sun woulld get in Luxor and although we took two full bottles of factor 50 sun block we soon ran out. I went to a local chemist and bought some Nivea factor 60 and it was quite expensive. We all applied it and then we all burned for the first time on the holiday. I'm not suggesting for a minute that it wasn't...

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Luxor Tourist Traps

  • scams

    In our way back from the Valley of Kings, we stopped in a stone factory with some appealing statues in its front, where we bought a wonderful head in lapis-lazuli (not cheap). As a reward, the owner offered my kids two neckless of small beads, also in lapis-lazuli - he said and... it seemed. They had it on when diving in the pool, back to the...

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  • ~ Baksheesh ~

    You hear this word all the time. BAKSHEESH is tip in arabic. Every where you go there is someone asking you for baksheesh. So if you let a local take your picture, let them get in the picture with you, take a picture with them ~Baksheesh~ If they put your suitcase on the belt going through airport security, let you go through the fast lane - Take a...

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  • Toilet Paper & One Pound Notes

    When you use the public washrooms there is a woman standing/sitting at the door waiting for you to give her 1LE to get into the washroom and then she will hand you 1, yes you read that correctly ONE sheet of toilet paper.This is not limited to the washrooms around the tourist sites. Sometimes when you are in a restaurant washroom - there is no...

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Luxor What to Pack

  • Hygiene on Your Hols

    One case & a rucksack should be enough Ideal clothing we took was linen shirts & Shorts cool for hot days & Cotton Tshirts. We also packed long linen trousers for evening out to restaurants as keeping covered up in a Muslim country shows respect to the Locals. We also took a pair of flip flops for the evenings & for wandering around luxors amazing...

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  • As much photo and video as possible!

    Don't forget to put 1 or 2 Gb memory card in your camera. Don't forget as many video cassettes as you may put in your bag. Don't forget to put money on your mobile telephone. Don't forget bathing suits and slips. Buy a bottle of "Sachara" beer.Don't forget money and you will buy additional memory, videocassettes, bathing suits, slips, beer and make...

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  • Hot stuff in Luxor!!

    I'd carry a rucksack to have plenty of bottled water - there was two of us and i took 6 and it was gone by 3 pm that day. Take plenty of bottled water. Also carry medical supplies, extra clothing, you have to take your passport, money etc. I'd recommend that you take some form of alcohol gel (anti-bacteria hand wash) and wash your hands requently,...

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Luxor Off The Beaten Path

  • The Mummification Museum

    I must have gone to the other mummifcation museum, 1 human - 1 baboon - 1 cat - 1 bird - 1 crocodile. Some tools and mummification materials, all poorly described in my opinion. about 100 items in total, which can all be seen and read in 20 mins. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

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  • Dendara Temple

    Dandara Temple is an hour outside Luxor in a place called Qena. We are headed out under the watchful eye of the convoy.This was actually one of my favorite Temples. That may partially be because there were less people. So few tourists have the time in their scheduled tour groups that they miss this little gem.Some of the features in the complex...

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  • Abydos & Dendera

    If You stay in Luxor Do a day trip to Abydos & Dendera as they are two of the most important sites of Ancient Egypt. There are 3 ways to get there By boat, Taxi or coach(minibus). By boat is the most relaxing & is how the Dead Pharaohs made their final trip to Abydos but is double the price than Taxi. Boat £37 Pp Taxi £35-£40 return & waiting time....

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Luxor Sports & Outdoors

  • Ride on Hot Air Baloon.

    I really missed this wonderful sports activity as we went on a conducted tour and we had to go out at 6.30AM. For USD$160, you have great 2 hours ride on a hot air baloon on the banks of The Nile river.This is flown from the numerous cruise ships parked there in the Nile river. In case, you are intersted and have time please do take this activity,...

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  • Swim

    If you choose to stay in one of the many budget backpacker hostels, don't worry. For about £1, you can use the pool at any one of the riverside hotels.You even get a towel thrown in.Well worth it to escape the heat of Luxor

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  • Swimming-pool

    On the top fourth deck there was a pool, plank beds and little tables with armchairs for rest under an awning and on the open-air place. The sizes of the pool allowed swimming simultaneously up to ten people. However it was an unusual occurrence. As a rule, the pool was free from bathing people, or there were one or two persons. Water in pool was...

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Luxor Favorites

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  • The Nile River

    This is one of my «from the bus» pictures. It was shot during my first encounter with the grand and divine Nile river on my way from Hurghada to Luxor. I grew up on two beautiful rivers, Sava and Danube, but the Nile is something else. It is the longest river in the world, with water colors that can’t be described. It is so wide… The legend says...

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  • Karnak

    No doubts about, the whole complex of Karnak is amazing achievement of an extraordinary civilisation which excisted three of four thousands year ago. I always wonder what will left after us who live nowadays, could one modern skycraper survive after three of four Hundred years, I doubt it. If not by natural cause it will be demolished or dismanteld...

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  • Luxor Temple

    Luxor temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was, during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.Construction work on the...

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    Dec 11, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    We were in Luxor last month with a local company Red Sea Reisen. It was a lovely trip! The guide had an excellent knowledge about the history of the places as well as about the customs and traditions in Egypt. He explained us everything in detail and answered all our questions. From all the sights we visited, I think our highlight was the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (we remember it from the Asterix and Obelix movie :D). The temperatures in November were moderate and we couldn't complain about the heat. We booked an optional trip to Banana Island as well, it was quite interesting. Luxor has a lot to offer and it's worth at least two days to visit all the sights and to have more time for observing them. We're thinking to make a 2-day private trip to Luxor next year :)

 
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