Luxor is the place to be for a diverse and interesting holiday abroad...
The city is a bright and bustling place to go shopping and exploring, with everything from exotic foods to local products on offer. The city's range of restaurants and eateries is vast and varied, ranging from street stalls to exclusive restaurants.
The Nile is a focus point in Luxor, with many trade and tourist activities taking place on it. You can take a felucca boat ride on the river and view the city from the Nile or, for a trip that's a little different, try a hot-air balloon ride over the tombs and city.
If you're seeking culture, visit the huge sites that feature histories stretching back more than 4,000 years. Straight from the history books, the Temple of Luxor and the Avenue of the Sphinxes are well worth a visit to explore the Egyptians' ancient culture first hand.
Visit during August for the Festival of Moulid of Abu el-Haggag. Usually held two weeks before the start of Ramadan, it's a street festival that lasts for two days in the middle of the month. However, hotels must be booked in advance during this period with so many national and international visitors flocking to the city.
You will find a range of tourist-driven hotels in the city which are perfect for the urban explorer...
Many of the Luxor hotels have Nile views, allowing you to wake up to the sights and sounds of the longest river in the world.
In Luxor, most hotels are well-known brands such as Novotel, Mercure, Maritim, Steinberger, Hilton, Iberotel, Jaz, Movenpick, Sofitel, Sonesta and Sheraton. Tourists looking for luxury and comfort are in luck, with the majority of the hotels in the three- to five-star bracket.
Tourists will find the hotels in the city are usually sold as room-and-breakfast, with options for half and full board. If you are seeking local cuisine, try the array of local restaurants available within walking distance of most hotels.
The vast majority of hotels in Luxor have pools and sunbathing areas perfect for relaxing after a day's sightseeing. Many also offer trips to the wealth of nearby historic sites. If you fancy a day exploring the city you can take in the many colourful markets and bazaars within easy reach of your hotel. There are also a number of locally run and managed boutique-style hotels and simple basic hostels for travellers on a more modest budget.
Unravel the mysteries of ancient Egypt at Luxor's top attractions...
Like an open-air museum, Luxor unveils its collection via a series of interesting sites, where stories of the past can be brought to life by even the most limited imaginations.
Top five attractions
Also known as the Karnak Temple Complex, this fascinating place was first established more than 5,000 years ago, though not all of the buildings are that old. Some are only 2,300 years old! This astonishing complex will capture your attention for hours. It's just outside Luxor and not to be missed.
Located on the banks of the Nile, this small but well-presented museum divulges many secrets of the past. The resident mummies always draw crowds.
Another must-see site during your holiday in Luxor; this temple contains some remarkably well-preserved pieces, including the Ramesses II colossus and the red granite obelisk.
Valley of the Kings
Ancient tombs of the noble dead dot the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor. Naturally, many are incredibly decadent and have to be seen to be believed.
Take a trip on the waters of the Nile aboard a traditional sailing boat. Feluccas are easy to spot thanks to their fin-like sails and visitors enjoy the serene experience on board as they drift past this ancient seat of power and wealth.
Luxor puts on a fine array of annual events...
The city isn't known for its calendar of events, but there's enough to interest visitors throughout the year.
The International Egyptian Marathon; January/February: Runners, in-line skaters and wheelchair users take part in this annual race, which takes place alongside a host of family activities.
Pharaonic Wedding Festival; twice yearly, once in late spring/early summer and once in late autumn/early winter: You might not have imagined yourself as a wedding guest during your holiday but that's exactly what you can be as around 40 couples get hitched in the style of the ancient pharaohs; the costumes and make up are unsurprisingly elaborate.
Winter Solstice; December: A special event is held at Luxor Temple in the early hours to welcome the sun on the shortest day of the year. You should try and catch sunrise at the temple whenever you visit though; the site is open from around 6am and it's spectacular to watch the sun share its light with the monuments.