Imagine a very large and natural outdoor museum, and Luxor will more than measure up to the vision. Built on the 4,000-year old site of ancient Thebes, once ruled by great pharaohs such as Ramses II, this fascinating city stands on the east bank of the Nile and quite literally, resonates with history. As well as incredible backdrops against its busy centre, the flat plains around it offer endless treasures. Yet for all these ancient relics,Luxor remains a lively modern city, pulsing with colorful life, bazaars and 4 and 5 star hotels which provide visitors with placid retreats from their action-packed itineraries.
Your first must-see here is the incredible Temple of Luxor in the heart of the modern town. Gaze wide-eyed at the incredibleObelisks built by Ramses II and wonder at an unimaginably long-gone world, and then finish up with a tour of the Mummified Museum .Luxor's two other highpoints lie outside the city. Head north to gaze at theTemple of Karnak , a jaw-dropping series of vast shrines and pillars. Across the Nile the legendaryValley of the Kings , with its 62 hill-carved tombs, including those of Tutankhamun and Ramses II, awaits your presence. Descend into the eerie hieroglyphic-inscribed burial chambers and you'll feel totally humbled. When you can lift your jaw off the floor - don't forget the haunting Valleys of the Nobles and Queens also on the West Bank - head back to your hotel or cruise ship to cool off in the pool or at the bar, the latter providing the nightlife of choice for most visitors here. You'll need time to recharge your batteries for the next day’s time traveling, after all.