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Holidays to Luxor

Luxor holidays offer a wonderful opportunity to discover Egypt. Originally the site of the city of Thebes, Luxor takes its present day name from the Arabic, Al-Ocsour, which means a place of palaces and it certainly lives up to this name.

Holidays in Luxor are a great choice for the history buff or culture vulture, with a range of cerebral pursuits on offer. The city’s east and west banks are home to some of the most important archaeological sites ever discovered and offer a real insight into the era of the ancients.

Popular with tourists from across the globe, Luxor offers a unique opportunity for visitors to really immerse themselves in the environment of the ancient civilisation, while also catering to more modern tastes. This meaning that visitors enjoying holidays in Luxor can mix and match outings and activities to create a holiday that is perfectly suited to their own preferences.

The city’s west bank offers a range of spectacular sites, including the Colossi of Memnon, two arresting sandstone statues of Amenhotep III, marking the gateway to the Valley of the Kings.

The Valley of the Kings, itself, is the final resting place for 62 ancient Egyptian pharaohs. The sprawling necropolis is cut into the sandstone cliffs and stands as a monument, not only to those passed, but also to the engineering ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians.

Holidays in Luxor also present a chance to visit the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Nobles, both on the west bank, which between them contain around 125 tombs, which originally housed royalty and nobles. The west bank is also home to a series of temples, including the Temple of Ramesseum, built by Ramses II to the Egyptian God Ra.

On the other side of the river, the east bank has some exciting Egyptian attractions for visitors taking holidays to Luxor. You can pay a visit to the world’s largest temple, at Karnak or the Luxor Temple, which is widely acknowledged as the most beautiful building of its kind.

This area is also home to some of the country’s most interesting museums, notably the Museum of Luxor, where relics are preserved as close as possible to their point of discovery, and the fascinating Museum of Mummification.

If you are looking for 21st century activities in the area, you might be interested in taking a quad bike or camel tour, stargazing over the stunning Egyptian desert or even a time honoured cruise along the majestic Nile. Shoppers will no doubt be eager to visit to the city’s souk, where they can haggle with local traders for interesting and enticing souvenirs of their stay.

Luxor has a range of restaurants, serving everything from traditional local fare to international cuisine, so diners are sure to find something to suit their taste.

 
 
 
 
 

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