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Introduction

Luxor Temple glows

Luxor Temple glows

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Sited of the banks of the Nile roughly 650 kilometres (400 miles) south of Cairo, Luxor is one of Egypt's most popular tourist destinations and the base for several important archaelogical sites - the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Luxor. Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital, was located on the West bank of the river Nile. That is where most of the ruins and tombs are. Because of this, Luxor is often referred to as the "world's greatest open air museum". Across the Nile on the East bank is the Luxor town. Most shops, restaurants and accommodations are located on this side of Luxor.

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Sights and Activities

East Bank

  • Luxor Temple
  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Museum
  • Mummification Museum

West Bank

  • Valley of the Kings
  • Valley of the Queens
  • Medinet Habu (memorial temple of Ramesses III)
  • The Ramesseum (memorial temple of Ramesses II)
  • Deir al-Madinah (workers' village)
  • Tombs of the Nobles
  • Deir el-Bahri (Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, etc.)
  • Malkata (palace of Amenophis III)
  • Colossi of Memnon (memorial temple of Amenophis III).
luxor - west bank

luxor - west bank

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Weather

Luxor is a very dry and sunny place with no rain whatsoever, making it one of the driest places on earth. Temperatures between November and February are pleasantly warm, between 22 °C and 27 °C, while average daytime temperatures in summer are above 40 °C, but temperatures close to 50 °C have been measured here! Winter nights are relatively cool, but rarely really cold, like desert areas more to the (north)west.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max22.9 °C25.2 °C29.3 °C35 °C38.9 °C41.1 °C40.9 °C40.6 °C38.8 °C35.3 °C29.4 °C24.4 °C
Avg Min5.7 °C7.1 °C11 °C16 °C20.4 °C22.8 °C23.9 °C23.5 °C21.6 °C17.8 °C12 °C7.5 °C
Rainfall0.1 mm0.1 mm0.3 mm0.1 mm0.3 mm0 mm0 mm0.01 mm0.3 mm1.2 mm0.2 mm0.04 mm
Rain Days0.10.070.10.010.2000.010.030.30.070.05

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Getting There

By Plane

Luxor is served by Luxor International Airport (LXR), located 6 kilometres east of the city. The only budget carrier currently operating direct to Luxor from Europe is Air Berlin, from several German cities. Jazeera Airways operate direct flights from Kuwait and Lebanon. Many national carriers offer direct flights. Egyptair flies direct to Luxor from Cairo nine times a day, with flights taking approximately an hour. They have more flights to Barcelona, Brussels, London, Madrid, Milan, Osaka, Rome and Paris, as well as a few more domestic cities like Aswan and Sharm el-Sheikh.

By Train

Direct trains from Cairo are frequent, convenient and reasonably priced. Most tourists take the comfortable Express trains. The rail line continues direct to Aswan. Check the Egyptian National Railways website for more information about prices and schedules.

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Getting Around

Balloons at sunrise

Balloons at sunrise

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By Public Transport

Horse carriages, called "caleches," are widely available and sold hard - be prepared to haggle for a reasonable fare.

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Sleep

Budget

Rezeiky camping offers comfortable, cheap, air conditioned rooms and extremely cheap camping, with free use of a pool.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Al Salam CampRamlah Village West BankHostel90
Arabesek HotelMohmed Farid street EgyptHotel65
Bob Marley HouseBadr Street off Television StreetGuesthouse79
Boomerang HotelMohamed Farid Street LuxorHotel89
Cleopatra Hotel LuxorLuxor West Bank Gezart Al BoiratHotel90
Emilio HotelYoussef Hassan Street LuxorHotel-
Everest HotelTelevision Street LU70 7XOHotel-
Gaddis Luxor HotelKhaled Ibn El Waleed StreetHOTEL82
Golden Palace HotelTelevision Street Luxor EgyptHotel78
Happy Land HotelEl Kamar St (end to Nile River St) El Madina el monorah StHotel81
Hotel Fontana LuxorRadwan St. from Maas Iben GabelHotel83
Isis Club HouseQurna GabawyGuesthouse-
Little Garden HotelRadwan Street from Television StreetHotel81
Lotus HotelKhaled Ebn El Waleed St., Luxor-EgyptHotel84
Mara HouseSalah Al Din Al AyoubiHotel90
Morris HotelElHoria Street from Khaled Ebn El walid StreetHotel73
Nefertiti HotelAL-Sahabi st. from Karnak temple st.Hotel88
New Everest HotelTrain Station st.Hotel83
New Mostafa HotelTelevision StHotel-
New Radwan HotelAbdel Moneim Adisi Street Train Station SQHotel65
Nile Valley Hotel & RestaurantEl Bairat El Gezirahotel83
Nubian Oasis Hostel LuxorMohamed Farid StreetHostel66
Oasis Hotel LuxorMohamad Ferid stHotel81
Philippe Luxor HotelLabib Habeesh Street, LuxorHotel87
Princess Hotel LuxorAhmed Orabi streetHotel95
Queens Valley HotelYoussef Hassan Street,infront of Egypt Duty Free SHOTEL82
Rezeiky Camp LuxorKarnak Temple st. 5 minutes walking distance to the center of LuxorCampsite-
Royal House HotelAl Mahed El Deni St. From Khaled Ben Walid St.Hotel86
St. Joseph HotelKhaled Ebn El Waled St.Hotel81
Tutotel HotelSalah El Dein St., Luxor , Egypt,Hotel-
Venus Hotel LuxorYousef Hassan StreetHotel-
West Bank HotelAssuan Street El BeiratHotel-
Windsor HotelNefertiti Street Luxor-EgyptHotel-
Marsam Shiek Ali HotelQurna, West BankHotel90
Home Sweet Home EgyptEl Jorf, West BankApartment-
Hotel SheherazadeGezira El Bairat West Bank LuxorHOTEL-
Ramsess Hotel LuxorWest Bank Bairat El GeziraHOTEL-
Sunset HotelAli Ebn Abi Taleb Street from Khaled Ebn, El walidHotel-
New Grand HotelMohmad Fereed stHOTEL77
El Salam HotelTrain Station StHOTEL-
Amer HouseAbdel Moneim Adisi StreetHOTEL-
Gaddis HotelKhalid Ibn El Walid,Hotel-
El Mesala HotelRamla West BankHOTEL84
Villa al DiwanAl Bahr street, lagalta village, west bank, luxorGUESTHOUSE-
Kareem HotelGezirat. El - Bairat. West Bank, Luxor, Egypt.Hotel-
Teacher Hotel & ClubMohamed Farid StreetHOTEL-
Peace Hotel LuxorMohamed Farid StreetHotel-
Karnak HotelCorniche el Nile st, Karnak Across from Hilton ResortHOTEL84
Seven Heaven HotelMohamed Fared stHOTEL-
Flobater Hotel LuxorSharia Khalid ibn el-WalidHOTEL-
Shahaina - Nileview authentic mudbrick farmFondok Al Nile HiltonGUESTHOUSE-
Sofitel Karnak LuxorEl Zinia Gebly StreetHotel-
St Joseph HotelKhaled Ibn El Waled StHotel-
El Luxor HotelCorrnish El Nile StreetHotel-
Nubian HouseLuxor West Bank, El Quorna, ElGabawyGUESTHOUSE-

Upscale

The Winter Palace (now owned by Sofitel) is the traditional upscale choice, a suitably opulent colonial-style building overlooking the Nile River.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Egypt Post is the national postal service in Egypt. Services are generally reliable, affordable though pretty slow, even if you send post domestically. International letters and postcards take days, if not weeks if send to the US or Australia. They do have express mail services though, but these are relatively expensive. Opening hours of post officies are mostly from 8:30am to 2:00pm or 3:00pm daily except Friday, when all of them are closed. The central ones might keep longer hours, generally until 8:00pm. You can buy stamps here, or at certain newspaper kiosks. In touristic areas, these are available at many shops as well. For parcels, it's much better to use international courier services such as DHL, TNT or UPS.

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Quick Facts

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Population
approx. 430.000
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 25.70326
  • Longitude: 32.64264

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