Things to do in Luxor

See the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes in Luxor

Luxor, located in Southern Egypt, is known as the largest open-air museum in the world. This is because it is the location of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes where the ruins, tombs, and structures still remain today. You can also visit the Valley of the Kings and several other historical and fascinating sites where hieroglyphics in the underground tombs still contain their original brightly colored paintings.


Things to do in Luxor

While in Luxor, most visitors spend the majority of their time touring the ancient ruins. You will need several days to see everything and be able to enjoy all the things to do in Luxor, so be sure to plan for plenty of day trips.


Couture and history

The unique and rich history that is preserved in the temples and tombs of Luxor make the city an unforgettable holiday location. The larger-than-life temples and statues of Luxor and Karnak can be toured and explored alone or with a tour guide.



There are several markets and vendors throughout Luxor, so you can also buy Egyptian scarves, handicrafts, and other unique souvenirs.


Local treats

Make sure to try the local delicacies which tend to be flavorful and full of fresh vegetable and meats.


Boat trips on the River Nile

You can also take a felucca, or small boat, ride up the Nile and visit nearby cities to see even more of Egypt’s ancient history.


When to go to Luxor

Summer in Luxor is incredibly hot, while the rest of the year is mildly warm. The ideal time to visit is during the cooler months, although the city is a wonderful place throughout the year. Make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during the tours, which generally take place outdoors unless you are touring the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Luxor Facts

Population506 588
CurrencyEgyptian Pound
AirportLuxor Intl, Egypt (LXR)

Luxor average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Luxor - Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

To the east of the Nile and 800km away from the Mediterranean Sea stands Thebes, the city of the Sun God Amon. Having been the capital of Egypt during its greatest splendour, ancient Thebes and its necropolis are among the World Heritage sites according to UNESCO. Thebes contains some of the greatest sites of ancient Egypt, including the two great temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Each single temple or tomb could take you several hours to enjoy to its fullest, and a requirement to do so is to have previously investigated the sites or otherwise have a guide. The architecture itself is breath-taking, but it is at the history behind it where the real beauty lies.

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Egyptian Marathon

In the month of January, every year since 1993, runners from all over the world have challenged the Egyptian desert. For most people running the marathon is a feat they will tell their grandchildren about, a feat they can be really proud of. But there is also a 100k Pharonic Race, an insane challenge for the athletes who feel like a marathon is for casual runners. No matter if you are an elite athlete or not, the Egyptian Marathon will have a distance for you since there is everything from 100k to 1k runs, and also inline skating and wheelchair racing. The course will take you to ancient temples and monuments, including the Temple Hatschepsut, Temple Ramses III, the Valley of the Queens, Kolosses of Memnon and the Luxor Temple. If you want to feel like an Egyptian explorer, this one is for you!

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