Situated on the beautiful east bank of the Nile River, Luxor is fast becoming one of the classic holiday destinations in Egypt. If you’re planning to go on a Nile cruise holiday, be sure to stop off at Luxor; it’s abundant with wonderful tourist spots and rare treasures. Here are a few:
Known in Egyptian as ipet resyt – “the southern sanctuary” – this temple is an impressive amalgamation of the styles of Amenhotep III, Ramesses II and Tutankhamun. If you’re keen on historical architecture or just generally being in the presence of an awe-inspiring build, then the Luxor Temple is a must-visit while on your Nile holiday.
Valley of the Kings
There really is nothing better than the Valley of the Kings. Standing on the west bank of the Nile, this valley was THE burial place of many major Egyptian royal figures and nobles for nearly 500 hundred years. A world heritage site since 1979, you can visit many of the now-open tombs of the pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun, to get just a glimpse of this opulent and awesome part of history.
From the Arabic word Khurnak, meaning “fortified village”, the Karnak Temple Complex is comprised of an impressive array of over 200 decayed chapels, pylons and temples, as well as the Karnak Open Air Museum. One of the most famed ruins here is the colossal Amen-Ra Temple. After the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Karnak is thought to be the second-most-popular tourist destination.
Valley of the Queens
Every King needed his Queen, and every tourist needs to visit the Valley of the Queens as well as the Valley of the Kings. It was known in ancient times as “Ta-Set-Neferu”, translating to “the place of beauty”, and a beautiful place it truly is. Comprised of over 30 wondrous principal tombs, you can visit many of them. The Valley of the Queens is the perfect place to admire Egyptian history in all its glory.
Of course, these are just four of the many amazing places to visit in Luxor, Egypt. If you fancy making this one of your stops on a Nile cruise holiday this year, get in contact with us here at Classic Holidays, where we can offer you tailor-made itineraries to suit every wish.