Quick Guide to Luxor

Luxor sits right by the ancient capital of Egypt, Thebes, so as you can imagine there's plenty of history around. Most people visit Luxor for a holiday on the Nile, as it's the starting point for the popular and numerous week-long Nile cruises. But don't overlook the attraction in Luxor itself, with plenty to recommend a trip or extending your stay. Split by the river into the East Bank and the West Bank, sights include the Luxor Temple, the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. If your holiday in Luxor isn't about heading off up the Nile, be sure to take a felucca trip, best done at sunset - you can't avoid this river completely!

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How to get to Luxor

Luxor in Egypt is a popular destination for travellers wishing to explore southern Egypt and the Nile Valley. Luxor was called Thebes in ancient times and there are some superb ancient temples to explore. However, even ardent sightseers need a break at night, so there is all that modern life has to offer on the east bank. Cheap holidays in Luxor are possible because it's such a high volume tourist destination for low-cost airlines, resulting in a good supply of cheap Luxor flights. Average flight time from the UK is five hours to Luxor International Airport, which is only six km from the city. If you are planning to explore, cheap Luxor car hire is worth considering.

What to do in Luxor

Holidays to Luxor should include visits to Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, both on the east bank. Take a passenger ferry across the Nile; those with tour guides are best for the uninitiated. Balloon flights are also popular for great views of the city and the Nile and there are a vast collection of antiquities and artefacts worth seeing at the Luxor Museum.

Where to stay in Luxor

Luxor holidays are usually centred on the east bank. Hotels range from luxurious to basic, with a good supply of mid range hotels, which will usually include a pool and perhaps even views of the Nile. The Egyptians are extremely welcoming and you should find that most hotels, regardless of their rating, will work hard to make your stay as pleasant as possible.