Things to do in Luxor are countless offering every traveler the chance to enjoy the journey of a lifetime. The main goal of this article is to offer every traveler all the information and details about the most enjoyable things to do in Luxor. This article was written by a very experienced team of tour operators, tour guides, and travel consultants who know all the best activities to do in Luxor.
Within the city of a hundred gates lies a haven of great constructions that challenge time and achieve immortality. Luxor became a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979 and is famous for being one of the most visited places in Egypt, all because the sight of the glory is found across every inch of this heavenly city where the greatest example of ancient Egyptian architecture is found all over across the two banks of the Nile River where exploring heaven is possible and the most incredible memories are created to last an eternity.
There are many activities to do in Luxor for enjoying a perfect vacation and in this article, you will explore the top things to do in Luxor so continue reading.
On the East Bank of the Nile are two fallen stars from the heavens that showcase the mythological and religious aspects of ancient Egypt which are the great Karnak temple the greatest open-air museum in the world, the ancient center of the religious life of ancient Egypt during Egypt new kingdom (1550-1070 BC) and the captivating Luxor temple which is known to be the worship house of the Theban triad which consists of the Sun deity Amon, his wife the deity of Motherhood Mut and The Moon deity Khonsu. Visiting the Luxor East Bank attraction will complete the true meaning of your vacation in Egypt.
Probably the most famous and important monument in Egypt is the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun which was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings in a perfect condition as it is the most preserved tomb in the history of Egypt.
It contained his mummy and about 5398 artifacts such as Tut’s one of a kind golden face mask, the inner coffin of three sarcophagi composed of 450 pounds of pure solid gold, a fallen meteorite dagger, golden chariot, archery bow, and various amazing items within the Egyptian Museum in Cairo but were transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum now. Exploring the tomb is one of the top things to do in Luxor that can't be missed.
Day tour in Luxor West Bank attraction is not enough to enjoy the amazing wonders of this city where on the west bank of the Nile are most of the most visited and explored archeological monuments in history the heavenly valley of the kings, located in the essence of a mountain containing more than 63 tombs, out of these sixty tombs are 20 royal tombs dating to the New Kingdom (1550-1050 BC) like Tutankhamun, the entire Ramsess dynasty, Amenhotep I, Seti I and more.
The entrance gate of Luxor is guarded by the Colossi of Memnon which was built by Amenhotep III. Luxor holds the Valley of the Nobles that has 500 tombs of individuals from governors to tax collectors to the nobility who worked for the Pharaohs, plus the house of beauty the Valley of the Queens that has tombs of many queens of the new kingdom such as Nefertari the wife of Ramses II.
The city also holds the phenomenally beautiful temple of Queen Hatshepsut that came to be in 1479 BC which represents an example of the perfect classical architecture during these times.
A Nile river cruise in Egypt has become a form of tradition due to its practicality as you will be onboard a floating hotel enjoying the finest means of entertainment and service while enjoying the sight of the greatest archaeological monuments ever built in history. Everyone onboard the cruise will witness the sun reflecting on the surface of the Nile showcase the truest image of genuine beauty.
One of the most incredible activities to do in Egypt is exploring the great temples in the great mythical city of Aswan such as the one of a kind double temple of Komombo on the bank of the Nile built between 180-47 BC in the Greco Roman period to be the house of the crocodile deity Sobek and the great temple of Edfu.
"House of the Falcon Deity Horus" is one of the most preserved temples in Egypt built in the Ptolemaic age between the years of 237 BC & 57 BC on the spot believed to be where the battle where the sky deity Horus defeated his evil uncle Set the desert deity.
On the west bank of the Nile in Luxor lies a hidden wonder is known as the Funerary temple of Pharaoh Ramses II a.k.a the great (1279-1213 BC) which can be explored to the fullest.
The entire temple was built in the honor of the creator deity Amun and to be the resting place of Ramses the Great. The temple has a 57 ft (17m) colossal seated statue of Ramses II and right on the walls of the Ramesseum are epic decorations depicting the great battle of Kadesh.
Imagine fly across a piece of ancient history between reality & fiction and witnessing t
he most enchanting vision of artistic expression & brilliant architecture. A hot air Ballon over Luxor gives you the chance to hear the eco of the ancient tales of one of the oldest civilizations & the stories of the greatest names of ancient Egyptian history.
As you ride a horse carriage in Luxor will you cross the fabric of time & space and witness history passing in front of your eyes as you move, showcasing the divine beauty and the glorious scenery that elevate your mind and spirit to now height where you will feel the warmth of the city surrounding you with grace, wonder and allure?.
In the heart of the city of wonder on the East bank of the Nile between Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, across the bank of the Nile is the house of wonder, Magic & Beauty “The Majestic Luxor Temple” built-in 1975 to hold priceless Artifacts from the Egypt Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom like ancient Pottery, stone, and wooden statues, and Jewelry.
These treasures belonged to some of the most famous Pharaohs like Tutmosis III, Akhenaton, and Tutankhamon plus mythical artifacts like the Crocodile deity “Sobek” brought from the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan, the deity of Beauty “Hathor” black Granite Statue of and more, which makes any exploration tour truly memorable as it gives Egyptian museum vibes with every step of the way.
The Karnak temples Complex also known as Ipet-Isu which means the most selected of Places or Nesut-Towi "Throne of the two lands" is a true living miracle that began its path in the middle kingdom (2040-1782 BC) in the reign of Senusret I in the 16th century BC in the 11th dynasty to raise as the precinct of Amun-Ra and the official religious center of the new capital of Thebes and the center of worship for over 2000 years until the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BC).
It is the biggest religious compound in the world and the second most visited attraction in Egypt after the great pyramids of Giza due to its incredible history and marvelous beauty.
The majestic valley of the kings holds the bodies and treasures of royals from 16th to the 11th century BC as the valley was a royal tomb to the 18, 19, and 20th dynasties of Pharaohs and powerful privileged Nobles who transformed the history of ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom (1570-1070 BC).
It contains about 63 cut-rock tombs containing the remains of pharaohs like Ramses (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, X), Amenhotep I, Hatshepsut, and the famous boy-king Tutankhamun. It became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 to ensure and confirm its beauty, importance, and captivating art.
The Luxor Temple is the world’s largest and most magical Outdoor Museum which was known as "Ipet Reset" which means “The Southern Sanctuary” that was built from the Gebel el-Silsila area in 1400 BCE during Egypt's new Kingdom in the reign of Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) of the 18th dynasty and completed by Tutankhamun (1336-1327 BC).
It is the second-largest temple after the Karnak temples complex. It was dedicated to the God Amun of the Theban Triad with his wife Mut & his son Khonsu and the temple was the annual location for the Opet Festival a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
The legendary Hatshepsut Temple Djeser-Djeseru (Holy of Holies) was built for the Eighteenth Dynasty “Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut“. Queen Hatshepsut gave the order to construct this magnificent temple in 1479 B.C.
She built the temple to tell the story of her life, whose construction took about fifteen years about 17 miles northwest of Luxor on the west bank of the river in western Thebesthe history of Hatshepsut and the creator god Amun. the history of Hatshepsut and the creator god Amun. Senenmut.
A private Felucca ride is a magical journey across Pharaonic treasures of the West and East Bank legendary city of Luxor where the entire beauty of Luxor. Every traveler will witness the full beauty of the endless history and culture of the immortal city of Luxor while enjoying the most incredible means of comfort and relaxation.
Medinet Habu Temple is one of Egypt's most beautifully hidden secrets and decorated temples in Luxor on the west bank that was built by Pharaoh Ramses III and dedicated to the god Amon. It is one of the ancient Egyptian temples offering every traveler the chance to explore some of the most enchanting examples of ancient art and important information.
The valley of the Nobles is home to a number of heavenly wonders about 415 rock-cut tombs of nobles from ancient Egyptian times that were discovered along the west bank of the Nile in the city of Luxor on an area known as Sheik Abd El-Korea.
The tombs belong to many governors, administrators, generals, and other important officials from the new kingdom (1570-1070 BC) which date roughly from the 6th dynasty right up to the Ptolemaic era. The valley of the nobles holds the Tomb of Sennofer, Tomb of Rekhmire, Tomb of Khonsu, Tomb of Benia, Tomb of Menna, and Tomb of Nakht is home to some of Egypt's most vivid and lively tomb paintings.
A magical place worthy of exploring is the Valley of the Queens which is known as Ta-Set-Neferu " House of Beauty", it was home to the Pharaoh's wives of the new kingdom (1570-1050 BC) which contain a great deal of art and history.
The valley dates back to the new kingdom from the 18th till the 20th dynasty. One of the first tombs to be built inside the Valley of the Queens is the tomb of Princess Ahmose, the daughter of Seqenenre Tao and Queen Sitdjehuti. The valley of the Queens has 91 tombs plus 19 tombs in the subsidiary valleys. In 1979, the valley became part of the UNESCO heritage site.
Abydos temple is one of the holiest and oldest archaeological sites in the history of ancient Egypt located 11 km (6.8mi) west of the Nile, 2.5 hours north of Luxor. It was a royal cemetery dating to the old kingdom that held the bodies of the 1st (2925-2775 BCE) and 2nd (2775-2650 BCE) dynasties, served as a pilgrimage center for the worship of the god of the underworld “Osiris” and a supposed gateway to the Underworld according to Egyptian mythology.
The temple holds the tomb of Narmer "Menes" the founder of the first Dynast, the incredible Temple of Seti I, the marvelous Osireion, and the infamous Hieroglyphics.
Dendera Temple is located on the west bank of the Nile opposite the city of Qena, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) southeast of Dendera city filled with one of Egypt’s most important religious temples. The complex covers 40,000 sqm and contained the remains of many shrines and temples dating all the way back to the old Kingdom (2575-2150 BC).
The complex is the home of the Temple of Hathor home of the goddess of love, music, & fertility which is one of the most preserved temples in Egypt filled with other temples & sanctuaries showcasing the magical history, art, and culture of the old kingdom. One of the main attractions of the temple is the mystical Dendera Zodiac signs that showcase 12 constellations found at the Osiris chapel at the Hathor temple.
Esna was one of the most prestigious cities in Ancient Egyptian civilization especially during the Roman and Ptolemaic as the Temple of Esna, also known as the Temple of Khnum which is dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum the god of pottery and creation.
The Temple of Esna construction started during King Tuthmosis III reign during the 18th Dynasty but the temple completed construction during the Ptolemaic period and the Roman period between 40 to 250 A.D. The temple is known to be extremely beautiful and truly enchanting offering every traveler the chance to witness some incredible pieces of art.
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