Luxor is Egypt's premier tourist destination due to it's wealth of ancient tombs, ruins, temples, and museums. Located right along the Nile River, it's also a popular place for both river boat rides and spectacular views of the Egyptian Sahara desert.
Boat trips ranging from a few hours to a few days are available along the Nile River for very cheap, and are a great way to take in the iconic sandy landscape of Egypt.
Walk between these two valleys, which for 500 years served as the place for rock cut tombs of ancient Pharoahs and their wives.
This complex holds many temples, chapels, and other buildings on the West Bank, including Hypostyle Hall, Ramesses the Third's Temple, and the Amun-ra Temple.
Take a short boat trip to this modern banana tree plantation, where you can sample the fruit and get a bite of traditional Egyptian food at the on-site restaurant.
This museum features many ancient pieces of artwork as well as historical artifacts and well-preserved mummies.
Avoid the big tourist season and visit Luxor in early spring or fall for moderate temperatures, small crowds, and cheaper hotel rates.
Luxor International Airport (LXR) is located 3.7 miles outside of Luxor city center. A trip from the airport to the city center costs around E£50.
Trains between Ramses Station in Cairo and Luxor are an inexpensive way to travel between main Egyptian cities. One-way tickets cost roughly E£100-150.
From Sinai, route 75M connects Sharm El Sheikh across the Suez Canal to Luxor and other mainland Egyptian cities.
Buses from Sinai terminate at the Luxor Temple, with a standard fare costing E£140 and taking 6.5 hours.
The opulent Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor Hotel sports classic Victorian architecture and is located on the East Bank.
East Bank - this area features the Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, as well as many tourist hotels and restaurants.
West Bank - this side of the city has the bulk of ancient ruins, including the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.
Waset - this ancient city, once called "Thebes", has been referenced many times in historical literature and is around 15 minutes drive outside of Luxor center.
Minibuses are the cheapest and most common way to travel around the city, with most terminating at the train station. Fare is E£0.50 and can be paid directly to the driver on entering the bus.
There are many taxis in Luxor. Taxi prices start at E£5 and cost around E£10-20 for a trip around Luxor.
Rental cars and motorcycles can be picked up from the train or airport locations. Prices start at between E£50-200 a day.
There are two main markets in Luxor for shopping, located side by side at the Market Hall near Luxor Temple. Here you can haggle over prices of textiles, local handicrafts, and other tourist souvenirs.
Most of the grocery shopping in Luxor is done at small farmers markets or "souks." A dozen eggs costs E£17.50.
Africa Restaurant on the West Bank serves traditional Egyptian food in set menus that include several appetizers, a main dish, and dessert. Menus cost E£80 per person.