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1. Explore the Karnak Temple

Explore the Karnak Temple
4.5 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

The Karnak temple complex, in Luxor, is an archaeological site that was built primarily between the 12th and 20th centuries. At its pinnacle, it was the largest and most significant religious complex in medieval Egypt. With four Pylons, The Great Hypostyle Hall and the Triumphal Inscription of Sheshonq I, The Temple of Ramses II and the Great Court, it will easily take 3-4 hours for tourists to fully explore the complex.

2. Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings
4.4 /5

7 km
from city center
2 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Valley of the Kings is nestled in the heart of Theban Necropolis along the west bank of the Nile. The Valley of the Kings, also known as the Place of Truth, contains 63 exquisite royal tombs from the New Kingdom, all very distinct from one another. Visitors get guided tours of the tombs open for tourists and can also engage in watching a documentary on Carter's discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

3. Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 18
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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 was constructed in 1400 BCE and 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.

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
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Hot Air Balloon ride is one of the most popular things to do in Luxor. It offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and its exquisite monuments. The best time is during sunrise or sunset.

5. Mummification Museum

Mummification Museum
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

Mummification Museum in Downtown Luxor presents illustrations of the entire process of mummification. The objects used for mummification, mummies of both humans and animals, and information on what kind of items used to be buried earlier along with the dead.

6. Temple of Hatshepsut

Temple of Hatshepsut
4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
6 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

The mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, is a significant archaeological site, located across the city of Luxor. It was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt and is regarded as an architectural marvel. Inside this temple complex, tourists can see the lower court, the central court, the chapel of Anubis and experience the punt expedition routes that were an important aspect of 18th century Egypt. Hatshepsut, after whom the temple has been dedicated, was the fifth ruler of Egypt's eighteenth dynasty. She was Egypt's second female pharaoh who has been identified.

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7. Medinet Habu

Medinet Habu
4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
7 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

8. Felucca Ride to Banana Island

Felucca Ride to Banana Island

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things to do in Luxor

A Felucca is a small traditional boat propelled by oars and/or lateen sails widely used on the Nile. Banana island is a small island on the West Bank of the Nile with a banana plantation and other small farms. You can book a Felucca ride to the island that takes about 3 to 4 hours.

9. Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
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Luxor Museum is an archaeological museum located on the Nile Corniche road. 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 artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

10. Memnon Colossi

 Memnon Colossi
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5 km
from city center
10 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

The two large statues known as the Memnon Colossi that used to guard the temple of Amenhotep III are a must visit, merely for their sheer size and their ancient history or roots.

11. Ramesseum

Ramesseum
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1 km
from city center
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The Ramesseum is a mortuary temple dedicated to Ramses II. It is located in the Theban 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.

12. Tombs of the Nobles

Tombs of the Nobles
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6 km
from city center
12 out of 18
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Located opposite the Ramesseum in Luxor are more than 400 tombs belonging to nobles from the 6th dynasty to the Greco-Roman period. What sets these graves apart is that while the royalty had guides to heaven engraved on their tomb walls, the nobles often preferred detailed representations of their daily lives. As a result, they offer valuable insight into life at the time.

13. Temple of Seti I

Temple of Seti I

0 km
from city center
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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.

14. Tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Tutankhamun
4.3 /5

7 km
from city center
14 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

15. Tomb of Nefertari

Tomb of Nefertari
4.1 /5

7 km
from city center
15 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

16. Tomb of Ramses VI

Tomb of Ramses VI

7 km
from city center
16 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

17. Tomb of Ramses III

Tomb of Ramses III

7 km
from city center
17 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

18. Abou al-Haggag Mosque

Abou al-Haggag Mosque
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
18 out of 18
things to do in Luxor

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.

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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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