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What to do while you are in Luxor if you love history

One of the best things about enjoying a Nile cruise is that you get to visit a lot of different places in Egypt. You get to see a lot of what the country has to offer and take in the delights of each region, whilst also enjoying the beauty of this world-famous river. Many of our Nile River cruises involve a stay in Luxor, which is arguably the best place in Egypt for history lovers. The entire city has been likened, by some, to an open-air museum, here are some of the highlights of what you could see during your stay.

Valley of the Kings

The Egyptians have been burying their royals on the west bank of Luxor since around 2100BC and now you can go and see their tombs. There are a total of 63 tombs, although a limited number are open to the public at any one time. An entry ticket gets you access to three different tombs, although you will have to pay extra if you wish to visit the resting places of Tutankhamen, Ay, or Ramses VI. There is a great little visitor centre and the tuf-tuf, a train which ferries you between tombs is extremely fun. This is a must do if you are in Luxor.

Luxor Museum

It stands to reason that a city steeped in history would have an amazing museum, and Luxor Museum really steps up to the plate when it comes to the wonders that it has on display. There are a range of artefacts for you to see, dating as far back as the Old Kingdom right up the Mamluk period, with many of the artefacts originating directly from temples in the old city of Thebes.


Karnak is a place of worship designed to please the ancient Egyptian gods and the pharoahs of the time. At two sq km, the site is huge and there is just so much to take in, with different sanctuaries, obelisks, and statues everywhere. At the heart of the temple is the Temple of Amun-Ra, one of the largest buildings dedicated to religion in the world. This truly is a breath-taking site that will just leave you feeling in awe of what the Egyptians achieved.

Alley of the Sphinxes by Michael Ravodin licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

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