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Known as the largest open-air museum in the world, Luxor is the epitome of Egyptian culture, history and truly astonishing archaeological spectacles. Fly to Luxor with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a region full of magnificent temples, enigmatic carvings and ancient royal tombs. Flights to Luxor are becoming more and more popular with travellers who want to discover ancient Egypt first hand, rather than on the countless Discovery Channel programmes. It’s time to visit one of the most exotic locations in the world!
Where do we begin? A trip to Luxor is a journey into a wealth of ancient attractions, must-see monuments and soaring statues. There are possibly more attractions crammed into a small area in and around Luxor than almost any other destination. The best thing to do is to make a list – and then take a second trip to Luxor later on to catch up on all the sights you missed the first time around.
Your itinerary should include the temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak, the Medinet Habu, the Ramesseum Temple, the Tombs of the Nobles and the Valley of the Kings, home to 63 royal tombs, including of course, King Tutankhamun.
Escape the desert heat and head to the air-conditioned coolness of the Luxor Museum, where you’ll discover countless artefacts discovered in the Valley of the Kings and the temples that surround it. If you have time, cross over the Nile to the ancient city of Thebes for a glimpse into everyday ancient Egyptian life.
Most leisure activities on a trip to Luxor will be focused around exploring the wealth of historical sites. Tours are plentiful, and you can chose from camel and horse-rides through to walking guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and the temple complexes. A felucca (a traditional Nile boat) ride just before sunset lets you see the temple complexes from a completely different vantage point, or for something truly dramatic, choose a hot air balloon ride and see Luxor from the air.
Travel to Luxor and you’ll discover a rich culinary mix with influences from the Middle East and Africa, as well as more international cuisine. Luxor is well known for its vegetarian food, often accompanied with dairy products such as yoghurt or gibna bayda cheese. A popular delicacy is pigeon stuffed with rice, accompanied by molokhiyya, which is a leafy green vegetable similar to spinach. It’s best to stick to restaurants for your meals rather than street vendors.
Most people travel to Luxor for the sites, rather than the shopping, but if you do feel like some retail therapy then there are some great independent stores to check out. Caravanserai at Kom Lolah on the west bank is the place to go for authentic Egyptian crafts, while the Fair Trade Centre on Sharia Maabad al-Karnak is a not-for-profit outlet that specialises in Fair Trade products from across Egypt. For some hustle and bustle (and some serious haggling), head for the weekly Souq at-Talaat opposite the temple of Seti I in Taref.
Flights to Luxor arrive at Luxor International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Luxor please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C
International dialing code: +20