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1. Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple
Top Attraction 4.5 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 23
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The Karnak temple complex is a UNESCO site and one of the largest religious sites in the world. It is known for its breathtaking architecture, massive columns, and intricate hieroglyphics that tell stories of ancient gods and pharaohs, especially, the Great Hypostyle Hall. Sunrises from this temple look extremely beautiful. It looks phenomenal after sunset when it is lit.

2. Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 23
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The Luxor Temple is an ancient Egyptian temple complex located to the east of the Nile. It is famous for its arcades, statues, elaborate columns, images, and statues of Amenhotep III and Ramses II. It is considered one of the two primary temples on the East Bank. It is best visited after sunset when the lights are turned on, making Luxor temple seem even more magical.

3. Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings
Top Attraction 4.4 /5

7 km
from city center
3 out of 23
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Highlights: Tomb of Tutankhamun, Tomb of Ramses VI, Tomb (Read More)of Ramses III

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Valley of the Kings is nestled along the west bank of the Nile. It contains 63 exquisite royal tombs belonging to Pharaohs, queens, high priests, and many others. Out of these 12 are open to the public. Tomb of Tutankhamun. Seti I and Ramses VI tickets should be purchased separately.

4. Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 23
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Luxor Museum is an archaeological museum located on the Nile Corniche road, near the famous Luxor Temple. Spanning two levels, it displays archaeological marvels discovered in Luxor, consisting of the unique and well-preserved statues of gods and goddesses from the Luxor temple and artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

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5. Memnon Colossi

 Memnon Colossi
Top Attraction 3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
5 out of 23
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Memnon Colossi are two large statues known to guard the temple of Amenhotep III in the past and are a must-visit. These colossal figures stand tall amidst the vast desert landscape, on the west bank of Luxor, on the way to Madinet Habu from the Valley of Workers. Each statue is about 60 m tall, weighs around 720 tons, and has been made using quartz sandstone.

6. Medinet Habu

Medinet Habu
Hidden Gem 4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
6 out of 23
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Medinet Habu is an archaeological site located near the foot of the Theban Hills on the West Bank of the Nile. It contains several historical monuments but is famous for the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. It is the second-largest surviving temple in Egypt. It has very well preserved art and architecture and is intricately carved with real stories depicting the reign of Rameses III.

7. Temple of Hatshepsut

Temple of Hatshepsut
4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
7 out of 23
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The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut is a significant archaeological site, located on the West Bank near the Valley of Kings. Its stunning remains nestle amidst dramatic limestone cliffs. This ancient monument was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt and is regarded as an architectural marvel.

8. Ramesseum

Ramesseum
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 23
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The Ramesseum is a mortuary temple dedicated to Ramses II. It is located in the Luxor necropolis on the West Bank of the Nile. It took 20 years for the temple to be completed, and the magnificence of that shows in the remnants of the statues of Ramses II. The most prominent of these is the fallen colossal statue of Ramses II which once stood over 19 m high.

9. Take a Nile Cruise

Take a Nile Cruise

1 km
from city center
9 out of 23
Things To Do in Luxor

A Nile cruise is one of the most popular ways to explore all the major historical sites in Egypt. This cruise offers a 3-4 day all-inclusive stay to explore the major attractions of the route. These tours can be booked directly from the Nile cruise providers or online. They might also offer some extra experiences like hot balloon rides over Luxor or Felucca rides.

10. Valley of Queens

Valley of Queens

7 km
from city center
10 out of 23
Things To Do in Luxor

Highlights: Tomb of Nefertari

The Valley of the Queens, situated on the west bank of Luxor city, is a significant archaeological site in Egypt. Serving as the official burial grounds for the wives and children of the royal family. Located just a few kilometers south of the famous Valley of the Kings, is mainly popular for tomb of Nefertari.

11. Valley of Workers

Valley of Workers

6 km
from city center
11 out of 23
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The Valley of the Workers is a historic village located near Valley of Queens in Luxor. It served as the home for skilled artisans and craftsmen who played a crucial role in constructing and adorning the royal tombs found in the nearby Valleys of the Kings and Queens. There were about 70 houses excavated here, that are now open for viewing.

12. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
4.1 /5

12 out of 23
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Hot air balloon rides in Luxor are an absolute must-do for any tourist visiting Egypt. Offering an unparalleled experience, these flights provide breathtaking views to cherish forever. Taking place early in the morning these rides offer a unique panoramic view of Luxor's ancient monuments and temples from up high. The best time to do these rides is during sunrise or sunset.

13. Mummification Museum

Mummification Museum
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
13 out of 23
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Situated north of Luxor Temple on the Nile Corniche, the Mummification Museum explains the entire process of mummification, through its artifacts and illustrations. It offers insight into the meticulous process used by ancient Egyptians to preserve human and animal bodies. it exhibits mummies of both humans and animals.

14. Felucca Ride to Banana Island

Felucca Ride to Banana Island

14 out of 23
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A Felucca is a small traditional boat propelled by oars and/or lateen sails widely used on the Nile. These felucca ride experiences mainly run to the Banana Island from the east bank of Luxor, infront of Luxor Temple. Banana Island is a small island on the West Bank of the Nile with a banana plantation and other small farms. It takes about 3 to 4 hours.

15. Tombs of the Nobles

Tombs of the Nobles
4.0 /5

6 km
from city center
15 out of 23
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Located opposite the Ramesseum, these tombs are lesser-known compared to the nearby Valley of the Kings but hold immense historical significance. Over 400 tombs belonging to nobles have been discovered here. It is a collection of ancient burial sites for the elite members of Egyptian society during the Middle and New Kingdoms.

16. Tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Tutankhamun
4.3 /5

7 km
from city center
16 out of 23
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The Tomb of Tutankhamun is the burial place of Tutankhamun, a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. It is located in the Valley of Kings on the Western Bank of the Nile. It contains a stone sarcophagus which has three coffins nested inside each other. The final coffin is made of pure gold and within it lies the mummy of Pharoah Tut which has been preserved for 3000 years.

17. Tomb of Nefertari

Tomb of Nefertari
Temporarily Closed 4.1 /5

7 km
from city center
17 out of 23
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The Tomb of Queen Nefertari is located in the Egyptian Valley of Queens in Luxor. Nefertari was the most cherished companion to Rameses II and has one of the most extensive surviving tombs, especially for a Queen. The walls of the tomb are filled with vivid images from mythology and Nefertari, depicting her life, personality and journey to heaven.

18. Tomb of Ramses VI

Tomb of Ramses VI

7 km
from city center
18 out of 23
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The Tomb of Ramses VI is one of the most spectacular tombs lcoated in the Valley of Kings. It was initially built by Ramses V but was enlarged by his uncle, Ramses VI whose burial it was eventually used for. The ceilings are all painted a deep blue and decorated with astronomical motifs to represent the night sky but the most striking visual remains the ceiling of the burial room.

19. Tomb of Ramses III

Tomb of Ramses III

7 km
from city center
19 out of 23
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The Tomb of Ramses III is located in the Valley of Kings on the Western Bank of the Nile. It is one of the longest tombs in the Valley at 125 metres. It is exceptionally well preserved, and the detailed engravings on the tomb's walls are still very vivid. However, what sets this tomb apart is the evidence of foreign trade that was buried with Ramses III.

20. Day Trip to Hathor Temple

Day Trip to Hathor Temple

51 km
from city center
20 out of 23
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The Hathor Temple, located within the Dendera Temple Complex in Qena, about 65 km away from Luxor. Dedicated to the Egyptian sky goddess Hathor, this temple is renowned for its stunning reliefs, vibrant colors, and unique features. One of the highlights is the underground crypt, where the famed relief known as the Dendera Light Bulb can be found.

21. Day Trip to Abydos

Day Trip to Abydos

91 km
from city center
21 out of 23
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Abydos is an ancient sacred city in Egypt, located in the governorate of Sohag. It has been inhabited since the Predynastic period and is famous for its historical significance as the center of worship for the Isis and Osiris cult. It is known for its magnificent reliefs of Temple of Seti I and the Abydos Kings List, a valuable historical document.

22. Temple of Seti I

Temple of Seti I

0 km
from city center
22 out of 23
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The Temple of Seti I is a memorial temple of the Nineteenth Dynasty Pharaoh Seti I. It is located near the town of Qurna, a few kilometres from the Nile. The reliefs carved on the walls of this temple are the finest surviving images from the Old Kingdom. It also includes a royal palace and a chapel for Ramses I. Climb the roof for a breathtaking view of Luxor.

23. Abou al-Haggag Mosque

Abou al-Haggag Mosque
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
23 out of 23
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The Abu Haggag Mosque is located on the East bank of the Nile. The mosque is built over the ancient structure of the Luxor temple. It remains active as a place of worship, making it the oldest building in the world used for reasons other than archaeology or tourism.

FAQs on Luxor

What are the top hotels in Luxor?

There are 241 Hotels in Luxor which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Luxor are Kareem Hotel Luxor, Habu Dome Villla, Fayrouz Apartmernts, Amon Apartments, Hagag Appartement et ses terrasses, Horus Apartments Luxor. You can see all the hotels in Luxor here

How can I commute within Luxor?

Getting around Luxor is a real breeze. Several people walk around the city on foot. However, many more rent bicycles and/or motorbikes. You can rent bikes from shops. However, check with your hotel before doing so, as they may rent bikes themselves. Motorbikes can be rented out at LE 50 or so per hour. However, if you have good bargaining skills, you can hire one for an even lower cost. There are also taxis in Luxor. However, note that they arenêt metered and a firm price has to be set beforehand. You can also hop into one of the many minibuses. Boats can be taken to travel from the West Bank to the East Bank and vice versa. Alternately, you could even opt for a caleche, which is a horse-drawn carriage, to take you around, for about LE 20 or less, an hour.
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