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Luxor Holidays

Luxor Holiday Guides

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CurrencyEGP: Egyptian Pound LanguageArabic Flight DurationFrom 5 hours 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

Luxor, sitting in the Nile Valley in the heart of Egypt, is a mesmerising city that makes an ideal base for exploring Ancient Egyptian history. With a name that means ‘Palaces’, Luxor’s east and west Banks boast temples, tombs and monuments, while the Nile offers itself up to be cruised upon. The city itself is buzzing with activity, ensuring that Luxor fuses both old and new with magical results.

Luxor Holiday Guides

Luxor Holiday Guides

Great Places to Visit

Luxor is considered to be the world’s greatest open-air museum, but there’s plenty to do for non-history buffs too!

Take the Best History Lesson of your Life

Luxor’s ancient attractions are its main draw, and seeing it all will take a while. From the majestic Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple Complex, on the city’s east Bank, to the iconic Valley of the Kings on the west, there’s plenty to whisk you back in time, so make sure you come with a camera, and some comfortable shoes!

Stroll, Shop and Sail Along the Sharia al-Corniche

This riverside walkway runs from Luxor to Karnak, and is a beautiful setting for a stroll, scattered with shops for you to browse as you go. Enjoy a glass of local shai as you watch the Nile trickle by, or set sail along the river on a traditional felucca, which will allow you to see the panoramic beauty of Luxor Temple.

Shop for a Bargain in the Souk

Shop like the locals do and head for Luxor’s souk, where you’ll find a colourful wonderland of bargains, ranging from aromatic spices to silky fabrics. If you’re hoping to walk away with a great deal, be sure to practise your best haggling techniques; you can often get half off the asking price if you know how!

Taste the Flavours of North Africa

Whether it’s rolled falafel, or kebabs (the right way, not the greasy way that is only palatable if you’ve had a few too many!), North African cuisine is mouth-wateringly good. The restaurants on the East Bank, such as Sofra on Mohamed Farid Street, are exceptional, and offer authentic fare at reasonable prices.

Getting Around

Bicycles are popular – particularly on the more rural West Bank – and rental places are readily available. Motorcycles can also be hired, with 150cc ones widely used by tourists exploring the West Bank. Minibuses are very cheap, while taxis are also used, but aren’t metered. Caleches, or horse-drawn carriages, are popular on the East Bank, and river crossings via felucca and ferry are also possible.

By Bus

Minibuses are the cheapest way of getting around, and the local way to travel. Simply look at the minibus as it approaches and it will stop for you! Routes are fixed, and can be found on the side of the bus.

By Car

It is possible to hire a car, but it’s not recommended – even for holidaymakers who think they have the skills to drive here. Rental prices can be high, and the standards of safe driving can sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

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Passports and Visas

To travel to Luxor, you will need a visa that can be bought for $25USD from the airport. Passports need to be valid, with at least 6 months remaining on them. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Comprehensive travel insurance is vital if you want to have peace of mind while away. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/health

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