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Welcome to Luxor

Once ancient Upper Egypt’s capital of Thebes, Luxor’s archaeological heavyweights put it right behind Cairo for visitors keen to peel back the millennia. Hemming the Nile 400 miles (644 kilometers) south of Egypt’s capital, its commercialized trappings don’t detract from the emotional force of its antiquities. Highlights are the hieroglyphic-painted tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the 1,300-year-old Karnak, and Luxor Temple. Other things to do include riding horse-drawn carriages by the river and strolling the Avenue of Sphinxes, the now-restored sphinx-lined road linking Karnak and Luxor Temple.

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Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

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Valley of the Kings is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, containing dozens of tombs filled with art and hieroglyphics. See King Tutankhamun’s tomb—the most famous sight in the valley—then tour the temples of the sons of Ramses II and of Amenhotep III and others to marvel at the centuries’ old art and artifacts.More
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Nile River

Nile River

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Measuring a mighty 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It’s also the lifeblood of Egypt, flowing through the heart of the Sahara desert, and passing through cities, including Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria.More
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Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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Ancient architecture goes monumental at this landmark in Luxor, which houses magnificent statues, columns, and the largest place of worship ever constructed—just a stone’s throw from downtown traffic. Construction of Karnak Temple spanned more than 1,000 years, and it shows in the diverse art and architecture of this Egyptian site.More
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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

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An ancient sanctuary surrounded by honking taxis, touts, and strolling families, Luxor Temple’s grandeur has endured more than 3,000 years on the East Bank of the Nile. Linked to Karnak Temple via the Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Temple boasts soaring colonnades, elaborate columns, statues, and images of Amenhotep III and Ramses II.More
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Colossi of Memnon

Colossi of Memnon

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Two giant statues of the New Kingdom pharaoh Amenhotep III, the Colossi of Memnon, tower 59 feet (18 meters high, making the perfect introduction to the grandeurs of Luxor’s West Bank. Each weighs around 1,100 tons (1,000 tonnes and they once guarded the entrance to a funerary temple archaeologists are still excavating today.More
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Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari)

Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari)

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Fiery limestone cliffs are a dramatic backdrop for the Temple of Hatshepsut, a monument to the female pharaoh who was once king of ancient Egypt. The temple’s smooth colonnade has been reconstructed, and the smooth façade alternates glowing columns with deep shadows. Venture inside to find relief carvings, hieroglyphics, and sanctuaries.More
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Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

Temple of Horus (at Edfu)

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Vast and beautifully preserved, complete with its original roof, the Temple of Horus (Edfu Temple still dominates the little Nile-side town of Edfu. Completed by Cleopatra’s father in the first century BC, it’s dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus and is one of Egypt’s largest ancient temples.More
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Tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Tutankhamun

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Vivid wall paintings keep watch over the Tomb of Tutankhamun, where King Tutankhamun’s linen-wrapped mummy is preserved in a glass case. While most of Tut’s treasures are on display at the National Museum in Cairo, visit the tomb to see where the young king’s body lay for thousands of years.More
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Avenue of Sphinxes

Avenue of Sphinxes

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An imposing, sphinx-lined road once linked Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a 1.7-mile (2.7-kilometer route that was used for religious ceremonies. Some 1,350 sphinx statues flanked the avenue in ancient times, and recent excavations have opened portions of the Avenue of Sphinxes abutting Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. More
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Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum

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From royal mummies to King Tut’s sandals, the Luxor Museum’s magnificent collection contains some of Thebes’ most impressive treasures. This is where to find many artifacts excavated from the Valley of the Kings and other Luxor sites, but the exhibits extend from the ancient world all the way to the Islamic Mamluk period.More
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Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens

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Despite the name, the rugged Valley of the Queens doesn’t just house the tombs of ancient pharaohs’ wives: Their children and some high officials are buried here too. Four of the 70-odd graves are open: the tombs of Nefertari, Titi, Khaemwaset, and Amenherkhepshef. There is an extra charge to visit Nefertari’s tomb.More
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Medinet Habu (Temple of Ramses III)

Medinet Habu (Temple of Ramses III)

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Rameses III built his magnificent mortuary temple on Luxor’s West Bank with intricate relief carvings and shrines. Medinet Habu has wonderfully preserved art, and is among Luxor’s most important ancient sites. Images of hunting trips, prisoner executions, and battles with the Sea People are a larger-than-life window into his royal legacy.More
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Dendera (Dandarah)

Dendera (Dandarah)

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Vivid paintings illuminate the Dendera temple complex, whose centerpiece is the magnificent Hathor Temple. Younger than the most ancient Luxor sites by thousands of years, Dendera spans eras and artistic styles. Enter Hathor Temple to find soaring columns, carved faces, an underground crypt, and shrines to a long list of gods.More
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Tomb of Ramses III

Tomb of Ramses III

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Located on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings is the final resting place of the last of Egypt’s warrior pharaohs. At 125 meters long, the Tomb of Ramses III is one of the longest in the Valley of the Kings. It has been well preserved, with its colorful sunken reliefs of traditional ritual texts still clearly evident.All 63 of the royal tombs here are different, and what’s unique about the Tomb of Ramses III are the foreign tributes located within its side chambers, including detailed pottery imported from the Aegean and depictions of royal armoury and boats. In the last of these side rooms there’s a bas-relief of two blind musicians that gives the tomb its alternative name: ‘Tomb of the Harpists’.In the chamber beyond is an aborted tunnel; after realising they were building into the neighboring tomb, ancient builders apparently shifted the axis to the west, constructing a corridor leading to a hall featuring grand pillars and walls decorated with scenes from the Book of Gates.More
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Valley of the Nobles (Tombs of the Nobles)

Valley of the Nobles (Tombs of the Nobles)

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Hundreds of tombs burrow through the Valley of the Nobles, the final resting place for many of Luxor’s elite. Wall paintings in the Valley of the Nobles depict scenes drawn from daily life in ancient Egypt, with images of everything from artisans to animals, and exploring here can feel more intimate than the famous Valley of the Kings.More

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Full Day Tour to East and West Banks of Luxor

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Full Day Tour to East and West Banks of Luxor

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Luxor Private Full-Day Tour: Discover the East and West Banks of the Nile

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