Most beautiful sights in Luxor
Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world and one of the most magical places we have ever visited during our travels. This city is full of attractions, stunning locations, and ancient history. Luxor and the Karnak temple are among the most visited places in Egypt, attracting many tourists every year.
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1. Luxor Temple
We arrived in Luxor by night train from Giza. Luxor and Karnak have been famous since ancient and are now one of Egypt’s most attractive attractions. The Luxor Temple is located on the east side of the Nile in Luxor, in ancient Thebes.
Previously from the temple of Luxor, an avenue lined with ram-headed sphinxes led to the Karnak Temple. One of the obelisks in front of the temple entrance was taken to Paris, you can see it in Place de la Concorde. The other is more than 25 meters high and still stands in Luxor.
The entrance fee to Luxor Temple is 160 EGP.
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2. Karnak Temple
The Karnak temple was built by more than 30 pharaohs over 2000 years. It is the second-largest religious complex in the world after Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The most impressive part of the temple is the Hypostyle Hall, these huge columns overlooking the sky and the perfect place to watch a magnificent sunrise. It is worth scheduling a visit to both temples in the early morning hours.
Karnak Temple entrance fee is 200 EGP.
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The distance between Luxor and Karnak temples you can easily travel by horse-drawn carriage or taxi.
How can I get to the other side?
Most of Luxor’s attractions are located in the necropolis of Thebes, on the banks of the Nile, opposite the modern city of Luxor. From the Luxor harbor, many private boats depart for the other side. The price between 50-100 EGP.
Use the local ferry to get to the other side, which is only 10 EGP, and the ticket is valid in both directions.
The ferry runs often, so if you’re not at the harbor, wait 10 minutes for the next one, and you’ll be on your way to the other side of the river. Upon arrival, find a driver who will take you to the sights. The Egyptians are very direct and friendly, so you may find yourself a taxi driver already while traveling.
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3. Colossi of Memnon
The Memnon colossus has a history dating back to 3400 years. The Colossi of Memnon have been moved to another site to protect them from possible damage.
The Medinet Habu Temple is just a 20-minute walk from the Colossi of Memnon, and you can see excavations along the way.
Access to the area is free and is only 3 km from the harbor, so it’s worth checking out.
4. Medinet Habu Temple
The temple was built by pharaoh Ramses III and dedicated to the god Amon. The Medinet Habu Temple complex has several smaller chapels and churches built in different eras. Medinet Habu is located in a large area, so it is worth spending several hours if you want to see the stunning hieroglyphics and stories on the walls.
The ticket office is far from the entrance of the temple. You can find the location here.
Medinet Habu Temple entrance fee is 100 EGP.
5. Ramesseum Temple
We arrived at the Ramessum temple around noon, so it was already starting to get unbearably hot, but luckily we found shade walking between the columns. There were only a few tourists at the site, so we think we arrived at the perfect time. It took more than 20 years to build the temple of Pharaoh Ramses II.
The entrance fee for the Ramesseum Temple is 80 EGP.
Spend at least 2 days in Luxor enough time to explore the sights.
6. Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, with more than 60 tombs, not all of which are open to the public.
The ticket costs 240 EGP, which includes 3 optional tombs that are visitable. It is worth planning which ones you will visit. Small trains depart from the ticket booth to the entrance, which costs 4 EGP but can be reached on foot of 10 minutes.
You can buy a photo ticket that allows you to take photos in the tombs, which costs 300 EGP, but you can take photos with your phone for free.
Here is a list of open tombs, three of which you can access at any time:
KV1 – Ramesses VII
KV2 – Ramesses IV
KV6 – Ramesses IX
KV8 – Merenptah
KV11 – Ramesses III
KV14 – Tausert-Setnakht
KV15 – Seti II
KV47 – Siptah
Also, there are three other tombs that you can view by purchasing an extra ticket:
KV9 – Ramesses V & VI – 100 EGP
KV17 – Seti I – 1000 EGP
KV62 – Tutankhamun – 300 EGP
7. The Temple of Hatshepsut
Visit Deir el-Bahari to discover the temple of the famous Hatshepsut. The queen was most often depicted on the statues as a man with a false beard. Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt. Ruled for more than 20 years, and is considered one of the country’s most successful pharaohs.
The entrance fee to The Temple of Hatshepsut is 140 EGP.