Holidays to Egypt always mean plenty of sun and sightseeing, but Luxor is the one resort that provides not only these, but all the culture and grandeur that is Egypt: the Valley of the Kings, the ancient City of Thebes, the huge Colossus of Ramesses and the Temple of Karnak - Luxor is home to all of these and more!
Luxor's ubiquitous relics are world-famous not merely for their age, but for their excellent state of preservation: you can almost see the ancients walking in and out of the sand-baked temples here. There's even more to keep you occupied on Luxor holidays, such as the bustle of local bazaars and markets, boat rides across the banks of the legendary Nile, and plenty of bars and restaurants in which to wet your whistle under the perennially blue sky.
The mystery and wonder of ancient Egypt await - Luxor International Airport is a mere six hour flight from you, and On The Beach has the best deals on Luxor holidays available right now!
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Amun-Ra seems to be working overtime in Luxor: the sun is permanently out! Temperatures here vary from astonishing summer highs of over 40° Celsius to hot winters around 20° Celsius, so it's no wonder that holidays to Luxor are the choice for millions of tourists regardless of season. A Christmas holiday in Luxor can be spent exchanging gifts around the hotel pool and slapping on the sunscreen before heading down to the Nile!
Luxor is one of the world's most fascinating places chiefly because of it's panoply of millennia-old man-made structures, and the best way to view it is on a boat ride across the world's longest river, the Nile. From here you can take tea and watch exotic fauna on the teeming waters, while sandy streets and sphinxes segue into golden desert for miles around. Donkey rides are also excellent for afternoon panoramas of the tombs at the Necropolis on the west bank, or hike up the rocky precipices to drink in the beauty of this eternal city and it's surrounding cliffs at sunset.
Luxor was brought to the world's attention by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, but this is just the tip of the sand dune - it's built on the ancient city of Thebes, the glittering capital of the New Kingdom, and onetime storehouse for the riches of Egypt. Following the slow decline of Egypt as an ancient superpower, Thebes found a niche as the world's oldest tourist resort, frequented by affluent Greeks and Romans over 2000 years ago!
Latterly, Luxor remained in centuries of slumber until the rise of Egyptology brought in that irrepressible invader, the modern tourist.
Things To Do on Luxor Holidays
Luxor is often touted as the world's greatest open air museum, and it's difficult to disagree: explore for yourself the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, with their ornate hieroglyphs, or traverse to the toppled colossus of Egyptës greatest pharaoh, Ramesses II, at the Ramesseum Temples. Talking of temples, the famed Karnak is a short walk or carriage ride away, with more well-preserved shrines, statues and obelisks than is decent!
If you are going on a family holiday to Luxor, you certainly will have plenty to keep everyone occupied. For the kids, a trip to the Mummification Museum is in order, to discover the secrets of this most vaunted art of the ancients. Then there's the palaces of Ramesses and Amenophis, and the giant statues and 3000 year-old worker's villages that also abound. Bored on Luxor holidays? Definitely not!
Luxor holidays don't just mean strolling through a land of ancient wonders - this place is a veritable City of the Living! There's the annual street festival of Abu El-Haggag held just before Ramadan in August, with it's blend of Islamic culture and classic Egyptology, horse races and boat parades!
Those who brave Luxor in summer will encounter the Shopping Festival, with bargains on exotic wares, jewellery and satins for it's month-long duration, and no matter what the season, you must see the local markets, with everything from spices to pottery being bartered for under the sun!
Nights on holidays to Luxor can be whiled away at the brilliant hotel shindigs, with bars and belly dancing in full swing to the wee hours, or you can venture down the main streets of the modern city, such as Sharia Al-Karnak, for quaint little eateries and high-class international cuisine. The quintessentially English King's Head Pub, on Khalid Walid Street, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is a must for some traditional pool, beer and football, and is fast becoming the venue of choice for itinerant Brits. For a change of scenery, why not spend the day in Aswan?
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Book now! On The Beach has all the best deals on your Luxor holidays and accommodation in a variety of hotels in Luxor. From sphinxes to sarcophagi, this antique land is Egypt - so why wait? You're only a few clicks away from the Valley of the Kings!
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