Located on the eastern bank of the famous River Nile, Luxor is a fascinating example of Egypt's rich ancient history. Get ready for a serious blast from the past as the Karnak Temple rises high above the landscape, and the famous Valley of the Kings is close by too.
Egypt is famous for its ancient history, and on Luxor holidays this heritage is unavoidable. Among the many relics are the monumental Karnak Temple, which is made up of row after tow of temples and statues, crafted by the hands of millennia past. They include the tall figures of Pinedjem I and two huge statues of Ramesses II.
In terms of popularity with tourists, Karnak is second to the great Giza Pyramids, which is recognised as Egypt's most-visited ancient site. In terms of its size, Cambodia's Angkor Wat is the only other place which is regarded by experts as a larger ancient religious site.
Across the Nile you'll find the Valley of the Kings, a vast necropolis where Pharaohs like Tutankhamun started a journey that would give them a million years of life, health and strength. This area has been a popular spot for tourists for millennia, especially in Roman times.
You won't just find ancient Egyptian relics in Luxor, you'll also find a huge amount of colonial history for visitors to discover, including the New Corniche in the centre. Plus, a series of magnificent mosques sit scattered around the centre of Luxor, making for incredible photo opportunities as you soak in the culture.