Some Egyptian retail therapy
Roughly 100,000 residents occupy Luxor, and with tourists on package holidays to Egypt descending every year, you’ll find there’s always a vibrant atmosphere in the town, especially when it comes to high season.
The bazaars in Luxor are a must-see, forming a patchwork of long streets and market stalls selling fine fabrics and fragrant spices. Try your hand at bargaining with the locals and secure your very own authentic Egyptian handicrafts.
Caravanserai is also a top-notch shopping realm, found within a real Egyptian palace. Terracotta pots and beautiful glassware line shelf after shelf in this cavern of fragile crafts. Meanwhile, the Fair Trade Centre in Luxor offers a genuine Fairtrade shopping centre where locals can sell their produce. This will satisfy your urge to shop until you drop as well as your conscience.
A life of luxury
Many travellers choose to book their Egypt holidays All Inclusive, and in Luxor you can enjoy the sweeter side of life at the Old Winter Palace. This colonial 5* hotel comes with just under 100 luxurious rooms.
This is just the beginning of the high-roller culture in Luxor though, as you can always follow this up with a sunset trip on the felucca boat or a hot-air balloon ride high above the ancient Egyptian temples and Valley of the Kings.
Alternatively, take to the world’s longest river on an exclusive cruise from Luxor to Dendera, where you’ll pass traditional settlements and ancient monuments, all visible from your luxury cruise ship. Tickets start at just £53, while children pay only £27 for the privilege.
A camel safari
Take a ride atop your very own trusty steed. No, not a horse – a camel, as Luxor has its own camel riding safari, so visitors can explore the bank of the Nile in style. It’ll also give you a new angle on the everyday lives of the locals, all for a small fee of £12 for adults and £6 for kids.
Evenings in Luxor
Luxor is not a nightlife hotspot, as most people flock to the town for its history and incredible culture. However, if fancy a night out there are a handful of options.
Bowling alleys are a big one, and culture shows in the hotels are popular, with St Joseph and The Nile Hotel both offering weekly entertainment for tourists to drop in on. This is a great way to meet people and swap holiday stories with fellow travellers, while the locals are just as likely to welcome your tales and offer their own.
Be sure to get involved in Luxor’s cosy community, and you’ll find that the warmth of this place isn’t only down to its grand desert sun.