A Modern City
It is difficult to imagine a modern city more connected to ancient history than Luxor. Boasting a wealth of ancient Egyptian colour, mythology and archaeology within its own boundaries, it’s not for nothing that it’s known as the world’s greatest open air museum. Go, live in history, and you’ll see why. Luxor is truly monumental.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (Summer GMT+3 hours)|
|Flight Time:||5 hours 55|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, Winter sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 24.6°C (24-hour average)
Rainfall: 1.5mm a year
You’re standing in the city that has Thebes and Karnak within its own limits – so you won’t need to travel far for a dose of the ancient. However, travel just across the Nile to the West Bank Necropolis and the fun really starts – for here you’ll find the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.
Must eat at:
Lebanese-influenced Al-Moudira on the west bank charges a premium for a reason... it’s very good and highly sought after. Once you’ve booked, you can look forward to superb dining with an Eastern Mediterannean theme.
Must be there for:
As the temperature starts to build, May (usually) sees the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, and the corresponding festival of Moulid an-Nabi. Look out for a whole set of local celebrations including lights, parades, drummers and more. Exact dates vary with the Islamic calendar.
· Although there’s a 10 year-old bridge that enables you to cross the Nile with ease, it’s fun to experience how it used to be – and take one of the innumerable ferries.
· Travel the town in style. Hiring a caleche – a horse drawn carriage – or chartering a hot air balloon with give you a unique view of an amazing place.
British citizens travelling to certain coastal resorts for a maximum of 14 days do not require a visa in advance. As strict conditions apply, more information
Duty free shopping:
As Egypt is outside of the EU, you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Luxor through our terminals. More information.
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