Luxor Holidays – Ancient tombs, bustling bazaars and rooftop restaurants overlooking the Nile
One of the top tourist destinations in Egypt, Luxor certainly packs a punch for its relatively small size. The city is built on the banks of the Nile, around the 4000-year old ancient site of Thebes – the old capital of Egypt and epicentre of the Middle and New Kingdoms. Often referred to as the world’s largest open air museum, you’ll find a staggering wealth of ancient temples, tombs and monuments here. Juxtaposed against this long-gone history is the bustling chaos that is modern Luxor life; shambolic bazaars, exotic souks, and shisha smoke filled air set against a stunning river scene backdrop. For a taste of the real Egypt that purpose built resorts like Sharm el Sheikh can’t provide, Luxor is for you.
For the sake of ease, Luxor can be roughly divided into 2 districts – the East Bank and the West Bank. The East Bank is where you’ll find most of the hotels, restaurants and the train station, as well as museums, The Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak. The West Bank is where the major ruins and tombs are found, including the Valley of Kinds, the Valley of Queens and the Western Valley ruins. You’ll also find a smattering of hotels here.
Travel to the Old Bazaar for a glass of Kalkadi and a smoke of the shisha pipe, and head to a roof-top restaurant on the West Bank for stunning views of the Nile at sunset. All in all, and ideal choice for those looking to experience ancient history first hand and an authentic Egyptian experience.