Situated in Upper Egypt, Luxor remains to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Often referred to as the ‘world’s greatest open air museum,’ the city is home to remarkable historical landmarks and some of the finest architecture of all time. Luxor occupies both the west and east banks of the River Nile and covers an overall area of approximately 416km². More than 500,000 people now inhabit the archaic city that was once the capital of Ancient Upper Egypt. Thebes was the name given to the town by the Greeks during the New Kingdom era before it was titled Luxor (Arabic: Al-Uqṣur), meaning ‘The Palaces.’
Luxor is approximately 500km south of Egypt’s modern capital city, Cairo. With its own International airport, Luxor is a hot spot for tourists and history enthusiasts from all over the world. Without a doubt, it remains one of the most enchanting destinations and allows its visitors to travel more than 3500 years back in time. Grasp the priceless opportunity to retrace the steps of the famous Pharaohs, Kings, Queens, Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt.
There is no shortage of fascinating historical landmarks to visit when in Luxor. Starting on the east bank, bear witness to the exquisite architecture of the largest religious building to ever have been built, Karnak Temple. Observe the prominent Avenue of Sphinx’s as you make your way to Luxor temple, dedicated to the Theban Triad, Gods Amun and Khonsu and the Goddess Mut. Heading across the Nile to Luxor’s west bank, seek out the resting place of some of the greatest Pharaohs in history at the eminent Valley of the Kings. Valley of the Queens, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi Of Memnon are also spectacles that reside on the west bank.
If strolling amongst the great sites isn’t quite enough, why not take off into the skies by hot air balloon for an astonishing, bird’s eye view like no other. Similarly, if you wish to study the temples of the enticing city of Aswan, you can hop aboard the Nile Cruise from Luxor and enjoy the peace and tranquility as you sail along the River Nile.