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Luxor, the hub of Ancient Egyptian monuments and a busy town, has developed to cater to the thousands of tourists who pass through.

On the east bank of the river, the town itself is modern and lacking in charm, but it has grown up around the two temples of Luxor and Karnak.

Karnak temple

Karnak is the largest temple anywhere in the world, and its scale is typified by the enormous hypostyle hall, a forest of some 134 huge columns that dwarf visitors.

The West Bank

Hatshepsut Temple, West Bank, LuxorOn the West Bank at Luxor is the Theban necropolis, where the people of ancient Thebes buried their dead.

There are a number of funerary temples, which are impressive, but it is the tombs that have brought people here — firstly to rob them, and now to appreciate their elaborate decorations, rich portrayals of the afterlife still vivid and colourful after thousands of years.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Luxor

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Luxor, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Luxor

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    Places near Luxor

    Accommodation choices for Luxor

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Luxor. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hilton Luxor, Luxor

      Hilton Luxor

      First Class

      Situated directly on the edge of the Nile, the views at the Hilton Luxor are quite breath taking. If you’re looking for contemporary style and comfort in Luxor then this is the best choice in the city.

    • Al Moudira

      Al Moudira

      First Class

      Located in peaceful isolation on the West Bank, all of the Al Moudira's rooms are large and individually decorated, with wonderful high ceilings, traditional designs and antique furniture.

    • Old Winter Palace, Luxor

      Old Winter Palace


      The Old Winter Palace is one of the most famous hotels in Egypt. Its central location means that it is perfectly placed to explore the temples of Luxor and Karnak.

    Ideas for experiencing Luxor

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Luxor, and which use the best local guides.

    • Explore the East Bank
      Avenue of sphinxes, Luxor Temple

      Explore the East Bank

      Explore the East Bank

      The modern town of Luxor has grown up around the two temples of Luxor and Karnak. The name Luxor is a corruption of the Arabic word "El Qsour", meaning castles or palaces, a reference to these two magnificent temples.

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    • Explore the West Bank
      Madinat Habu

      Explore the West Bank

      Explore the West Bank

      The West Bank at Luxor is known as the Theban Necropolis. This full day excursion will typically include the Tombs of the Theban rulers and the Temple of Hatchepsut.

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