Have you ever been in Luxor? It is an indescribably fascinating city. A charming city where the present and the past go hand in hand. Situated in Upper Egypt, Luxor inhabits both the east and west banks of the river Nile. Once the capital city of Egypt, Luxor was previously known as Thebes in the New Kingdom era. The city now homes a population of over 500,000. Famously known as the “world’s largest open-air museum,” studying Luxor provides you with the opportunity to voyage back in time.
The city of Luxor, which the Greeks called “Thebes” and the ancient Egyptians “Waset”, was once the capital of Upper Egypt. Luxor flourished after the fall of the Old Kingdom and became a powerhouse of wealth and culture in Egypt’s Golden Age. While it is often overshadowed by Cairo in terms of popularity, Luxor offers a completely different, yet immersive experience that will keep you moving and longing to see more of this beautiful land.
The summer season traditionally falls between April and October, which is dry, likely to be relatively hot and also peak travel time for tourists from all corners of the globe. The winter season runs between November and March, which is dry and moderately warm, however in the evening the temperatures drop across the desert allowing it to become much cooler at night. July is the hottest month in Luxor with an average temperature ranging between 41-45°C and the coldest month is January with a low of 23°C.
Luxor counts as the largest open-air museum in the world with well-preserved tombs, monuments, and temples. However, the biggest attraction, is the tomb of the world’s famous pharaoh King Tutankhamun! The ancient city sits on the river banks of the Nile and is undoubtedly one of the most important and beautiful archaeological sites in Egypt. Karnak and Luxor Temples, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple & much more. Discover Egypt in a completely different way and get a lifetime experience you’ll certainly not forget.
Luxor has it all – mystery, history, architecture, and even some of the most famous pharaohs and mummies in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a trip to Luxor during your stay at the Red Sea! Discover the best things to do in Luxor, Egypt.
Delve into the remarkable Valley of the Kings. Its foundations, famously known as the resting place for some of the greatest Pharaohs in worlds history. The Valley of the Kings is nestled into the cliffs on the west bank of the River Nile in Luxor, for a period of nearly 500 years dating from the 16th to 11th century BC, the isolated Valley of the Kings, also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings is host to 64 tombs, including the tomb of the famous King Tutankhamun. The rock-cut tombs had been excavated for the greatest pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The tombs are hidden within a wadi meaning valley that is formed over millennia by a rainfall and water runoff. The first known pharaoh for certain to have built a tomb within the valley was Hatshepsut, although many Egyptologists believe that Thutmose I was the first to locate his tomb here.
Joining our full day tour to discover Karnak and Luxor Temple grants you access to walk amongst their towering pillars and study the captivating inscriptions. Importantly, Karnak temple remains to be the largest religious building ever to have been built. Connected by the Avenue of Sphinxes, the two temples constructed during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. Built over the course of 2000 years, Karnak began its assemble during the Middle Kingdom (2000-1700 BC). In fact, completion continued through to the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BC). The edifice pays excellent homage to the Gods and Goddess, who contributed to its completion. Without a doubt, you will revel in the architectural and artistic beauty of Karnak and Luxor temples, statues and obelisks. Those dedicated to the Theban Triad, Gods Amun and Khonsu and the Goddess Mut. Run your fingertips along the old sandstone and admire the prominent, captivating engravings and hieroglyphics. Accordingly, Luxor temple stands to be one of the oldest historical landmarks in the world to remain operational. Now located in the heart of new Luxor, the temple displays an 80ft obelisk at its grand entrance. Actually, originating as a pair of obelisks, one can now be found in Place De La Concorde in Paris.
Paying homage to one history’s most controversial and celebrated woman stands the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as the Djeser-Djeseru, is a mortuary temple considered one of the “incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt which is located in Upper Egypt. Built-in the eighteenth dynasty for the queen, the temple also Honours Amun – God of the sun. Renowned for her reign, Hatshepsut was equipped with the same responsibility and authority as a man. The temple consists of a sanctuary, chapel and hypostyle supported by pylons. In her seventh year of ruling Ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut crowned herself as Pharaoh of Egypt. The eyes first capture the dramatic rugged limestone cliffs that rise nearly 300m above the desert plain, only to realise that at the foot of all this immense beauty lies a monument even more extraordinary awe-inspiring Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut is one of the only female pharaohs to reign Ancient Egypt, certainly, a visit to Hatshepsut temple is a pivotal part of your visit whilst in Luxor. The almost-modern-looking temple mirage beautifully with the cliffs from which it is partly cut.
Colossi of Memnon are two statues of the great Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty for more than 39 years. Standing at 18 meters tall, the two captivating statues each measuring 60 feet tall are standing grand at the roadside. They famously received their name due to a phenomenon produced by one of the statues after an earthquake Amenhotep III’s order the construction of the Colossi of Memnon which was completed by 1350 BC. They were built to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple and was meant to protect the Pharaoh’s temple from evil.