Luxor has often been called the worlds greatest open air museum, as indeed it
is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area
are unparalleled anywhere else in the world
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Maritim Jolie Ville is a luxurious resort situated on a private island.
Surrounded by 165 acres of landscaped gardens, it overlooks the Nile and
features 3 outdoor swimming pools.
Maritim Jolie Ville is a luxurious resort
situated on a private island. Surrounded by 165
acres of landscaped gardens, it overlooks the
Nile and features 3 outdoor swimming pools.
Each room offers a private terrace
overlooking the lush gardens. All benefit from
air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee
Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island boasts an
infinity-edge swimming pool with Nile views and
a water canon. Guests can also enjoy various
leisure facilities including 4 tennis courts and
Over 10 different restaurants, bars and
lounges are available at Jolie Ville. French à
la carte cuisine can be enjoyed at La Fleur
Restaurant, while the atmospheric Fellah Tent
offers traditional belly dancing, water pipes
and Turkish coffee.
Luxor International Airport is 14 km from the
Situated on the banks of the Nile, this resort offers air-conditioned
rooms with views of the river, tropical garden, or outdoor pools. It is
located in the centre of Luxor and 1 km from Luxor Temple.
Situated on the banks of the Nile, this
resort offers air-conditioned rooms with views
of the river, tropical garden, or outdoor pools.
It is located in the centre of Luxor and 1 km
from Luxor Temple.
A satellite/cable TV and a minibar are in
Pyramisa’s spacious rooms. Each comes with a
seating area, and an en suite bathroom with
bathtub and shower.
International buffet meals, including
breakfast, are served daily at Lotus Restaurant.
Isis Hotel has a barbecue terrace, and a Chinese
and an Italian themed restaurant. In the
evening, there is live entertainment in the bar.
Various beauty treatments are available at
the salon. Guests can also work out at the gym
or play a game of squash.
Pyramisa Isis Hotel & Suites Luxor is 10 km
from Luxor Airport, and the staff can arrange a
Hotel Rooms: 450, Hotel Chain: Pyramisa Hotels &
On the banks of the River Nile, this luxury resort has 2 outdoor pools,
and tennis courts. It features spacious bedrooms with balconies and
views of the river and the countryside.
On the banks of the River Nile, this luxury
resort has 2 outdoor pools, and tennis courts.
It features spacious bedrooms with balconies and
views of the river and the countryside.
Rooms at the Luxor Resort are air conditioned
and have elegant furnishings. Each room is
equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. The
balconies offer panoramic views of the Nile and
the surrounding countryside.
The Sheraton has 3 restaurants and 2 pool
bars. At the Karnak, guests can enjoy
Mediterranean cuisine. The Agra specializes in
Indian dishes. Guests can also dine in the
privacy of their room.
The Sheraton has a games room with billiards
and table tennis. There is also a tour desk that
can provide information on local attractions.
The centre of Luxor is located less than 3 km
from the hotel and there is a free shuttle
service to downtown. Luxor International Airport
is a 20-minute drive.
A heated pool floating on the Nile is one of the most unique features of
this 4-star hotel. Overlooking the Theben Hills, Iberotel Luxor also
offers a restaurant boat and rooms with private balconies.
A heated pool floating on the Nile is one of
the most unique features of this 4-star hotel.
Overlooking the Theben Hills, Iberotel Luxor
also offers a restaurant boat and rooms with
The generous breakfast includes cereals,
yoghurt, omelettes, grilled vegetables and fresh
Danish pastries. Guests can savour Egyptian,
Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, while enjoying
views of the Nile.
The spacious rooms at Iberotel Luxor come
with satellite TV and minibars. Each is air
conditioned and has a safety deposit box.
Centrally located in Luxor, the hotel is
positioned directly on the Nile and just 10
minutes' walk from the Luxor Temple. Luxor
Airport is 20 minutes' drive away.
Hotel Rooms: 185, Hotel Chain: Iberotel Hotels &
Featuring a rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views of Luxor, this
hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a balcony. Cleopatra is
located 4 km from Hatshepsut Temple on west bank of the Nile.
Featuring a rooftop restaurant offering
panoramic views of Luxor, this hotel features
air-conditioned rooms with a balcony. Cleopatra
is located 4 km from Hatshepsut Temple on west
bank of the Nile.
Free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV are in each
brightly coloured room. The en suite bathroom
comes with toiletries and a bathrobe.
A continental breakfast is served at
Cleopatra’s restaurant. Guests can relax on
oversized cushioned lounge chairs and enjoy
views of the Valley of the Queens and the
Tombs of Nobles.
Free public parking is available at Cleopatra
The New Grand Hotel Luxor is located in the heart of the city and
features a restaurant and free internet access. It offers simply
decorated rooms and services such as bicycle rental and a tour desk.
The New Grand Hotel Luxor is located in the
heart of the city and features a restaurant and
free internet access. It offers simply decorated
rooms and services such as bicycle rental and a
Each room at the New Grand Luxor has a
ceiling fan and most of them have air
conditioning. The different units come with
private bathrooms or offer shared facilities.
Some rooms have a cable TV.
A continental breakfast is served every
morning at the hotel. The restaurant offers
buffet meals mixing Arabic international dishes.
The hotel is located just a 5-minute walk
from the Luxor Temple and the railway station.
Al Souq Street is 10 minutes’ walk away. Luxor
Airport is a 15-minute drive away and the hotel
can arrange a shuttle service.
Featuring an outdoor pool with a bar, this 3-star hotel offers
air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has panoramic views of the
Nile River, Luxor city, and Luxor Temple.
Featuring an outdoor pool with a bar, this
3-star hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with
free Wi-Fi. It has panoramic views of the Nile
River, Luxor city, and Luxor Temple.
Each room at Nile Valley Hotel includes a
wall-mounted satellite TV and a private bathroom
with toiletries. Most rooms include a balcony.
All are decorated with soft, neutral tones,
colourful duvets, and tiled floors.
A freshly prepared continental breakfast is
served daily. Buffet dishes and á la carte
specialities are served at Nile Valley’s
restaurants. Room service and packed lunches are
Transfers by motorboat to Luxor city or
Karnak are available on request. The 24-hour
staff can arrange tours to ancient Thebes and
the city of Luxor, just 500 metres away. A
laundry service, including ironing, is also
The Teacher Hotel and Club is located near Luxor’s Souq and offers a
roof top terrace with views over the Temple of Luxor. It also has a bar,
a restaurant, and includes free Wi-Fi and free parking.
The Teacher Hotel and Club is located near
Luxor’s Souq and offers a roof top terrace with
views over the Temple of Luxor. It also has a
bar, a restaurant, and includes free Wi-Fi and
Each air-conditioned room at Teacher Hotel
and Club is simply decorated and has a balcony.
All of them have private bathrooms. Most of them
have a satellite TV and a telephone.
A complimentary continental breakfast is
served every morning at the hotel. Guests can
also enjoy typical Arab specialities at the
on-site restaurant. The bar offers drinks and
light snacks in a relaxed atmosphere and it has
entertainment and music in the evenings.
The Teacher is located just a 5-minute walk
from the bus station and the railway station.
The Temple is also a short walk away. Luxor
Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor offers 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and warm
hospitality in the heart of Luxor city. It overlooks the River Nile and
is just 100 metres away from the Luxor Temple.
Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor offers 3
restaurants, 2 bars, and warm hospitality in the
heart of Luxor city. It overlooks the River Nile
and is just 100 metres away from the Luxor
Rooms and suites are comfortably furnished
and include private, furnished balconies with
views of the garden.
Pavillon offers a large outdoor swimming pool
surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants.
Guests enjoy a wide variety of services that
include babysitting, airport shuttle, bicycle or
car rental service.
Pavillon Winter's restaurant serve a variety
of cuisine as well as weekly theme nights and
live folklore music. The attentive staff helps
create a friendly and inviting atmosphere for
guests and can offer tips on what to see and do
Nearby attractions include the Karnak Temple,
Luxor Museum, International Convention Centre,
and the Mummification Museum.
This air-conditioned hotel is in the Theban Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This air-conditioned hotel is in the Theban
Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is
located a 1 km walk from the Colossi of Memnon
statues, and the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep
New Memnon Hotel features a rooftop coffee
bar and restaurant, which serves traditional
dishes. A continental breakfast is available
daily, which can be taken either in the room or
in the breakfast courtyard.
The brightly decorated rooms at New Memnon
include a refrigerator and a TV. It has a
private bathroom with a shower. Free Wi-Fi is
available in all rooms.
The 24-hour front desk can arrange tours for
guests, as well as bike hire. Transfers to Luxor
International Airport and a laundry service are
New Memnon Hotel is around 10 minutes’ drive
to Hatshepsut Temple. It is also less than 20
minutes from Luxor Temple by boat.
Hotel El Mesala offers a panoramic view across the Nile, opposite the
great obelisk of the Luxor Temple. It features a swimming pool with a
deck and sun loungers.
Hotel El Mesala offers a panoramic view
across the Nile, opposite the great obelisk of
the Luxor Temple. It features a swimming pool
with a deck and sun loungers. It also has a
rooftop restaurant and a large garden.
Being near the main ferry and providing you
with motor boat moorings, El Mesala can help to
set up trips to the heart of the Nile Region
such as Abydos, Dendera, Aswann, or even the Red
Sea or Cairo. You can round off the day at the
bar or relax in the sunny sitting areas of the
Free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a balcony are
available in all air-conditioned rooms. Most of
them provide you with views of the Nile River.
Continental breakfast is available in the
morning. The restaurant offers a variety of
dishes, both traditional Egyptian meals as well
as European ones.
At night, Winter Palace and Luxor Temple are
floodlit, allowing to take scenery pictures.
Just 350 metres from Luxor Temple and Museum, this modern hotel offers a
friendly atmosphere and great-value accommodation with breakfast
included, close to the centre of Luxor.
Just 350 metres from Luxor Temple and Museum, this modern hotel
offers a friendly atmosphere and great-value accommodation with
breakfast included, close to the centre of Luxor.
Gaddis Hotel offers a peaceful setting in Luxor, with easy access to
the main sites. Each of the rooms is comfortably furnished and has air
conditioning and a private balcony.
The hotel has a small outdoor pool, ideal for a refreshing afternoon dip. There is a 24-hour front desk for your convenience.
The Nile is within a short walk away. Karnak Temple is 3 km from
Gaddis Hotel and the Luxor International Airport is only 15 km away.
This Steigenburger hotel is situated in the heart of Luxor and provides
modern accommodation with stunning views of the Nile. It offers massage
treatments, an outdoor pool and evening entertainment.
More This Steigenburger hotel is situated in the heart of Luxor and
provides modern accommodation with stunning views of the Nile. It offers
massage treatments, an outdoor pool and evening entertainment.
The spacious rooms are air conditioned and feature satellite TV. Some have a balcony and all are filled with natural light.
Nile Palace Luxor Hotel is conveniently located within a short walk
of Luxor's large shopping district. Luxor Temple is 1 km away.
Nile Palace Luxor offers a wide choice of restaurants, serving
Lebanese and international cuisine. Live music entertainment is provided
in the evenings.
Guests can make use of the fitness centre and sauna. The hotel also
offers a 24-hour front desk and staff can help organise local tours.
Hotel Rooms: 304,
Hotel Chain: Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts.
This 4-star hotel is surrounded by garden and overlooks the Blue Nile.
It is in the centre of Luxor and is ideally located between Luxor Temple
El Luxor Hotel’s provides rooms that are
comfortably furnished, include LCD TVs and offer views of the hotel’s
garden or the Nile.
The property surrounds an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar and sun deck.
Guests can enjoy rich breakfast, lunch, and dinner either indoors in a light-filled restaurant or outdoors by the pool.
Quiet, convenient West Bank When savvy
tourists visit Luxor, they dont stay in the bustling city itself,
but in the quiet, garden community of El Gazeera. Most tourists
attractions are located on the West Bank of the Nile, so you save
yourself a daily boat ride or lengthy drive across the bridge. (Only
the Karnak and Luxor Temples and the Luxor Museum are on the East
Bank all of the tombs, Deir el Bahari, and several temples are
located on the West Bank.) Though quiet, this area has everything
you need: small grocery stores, coffee shops and internet cafes,
camel and donkey rides, taxis to take you anywhere in the region,
and a nice mixture of international tourists and locals with ready
Luxor has often been called the worlds greatest open air museum, as indeed it
is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area
are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that know of. Actually, what
most people think of as Luxor is really three different areas, consisting of the
City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of
Luxor and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset, which is on the west
side of the Nile across from Luxor.
Right - The west bank
across the Nile from Luxor.
To say that the Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would
be an understatement. It has been a tourist destination since the
beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of
the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists, and has been doing so ever
since. Today Luxor is well equipped to accommodate tourists with many
hotels and in general a tourist industry ready and willing to serve the people
from many countries that descend on this area of the Nile Valley every year.
Within Luxor, there are only three main streets consisting of Sharia al-Mahatta,
Sharia al-Karnak and the Corniched, next to the Nile. The street in front
of the train station is Sharia al-Mahatta and runs away from the Nile where it
meets the gardens of Luxor Temple. Sharia al-Karnak, or Maabad al-Karnak
which means Karnak Temple Street runs along the Nile from Luxor Temple to Karnak
Temple. However, Sharia al-Karnak is known as Sharia al-Markaz where
it meets Sharia al-Mahatta street, and to the south around the temple it is
known as Sharia al-Lokanda. Along this street one will find the colorful
signs of restaurants and cafes, as well as bazaars where the usual variety of
Egyptian souvenirs can be found. Of interest is the alabaster, which is
plentiful along the west bank and miled not far from here. Also look for
the clay pots used by the locals for cooking, which are more unusual.
Luxor at the Nile
Luxor today is a city of some 150,000 people and is governed by special
statues that allow it more autonomy then other political areas of Egypt.
One thing you might notice is that various government and other buildings
confirm to an 'ancient' building code. Particularly, the National bank of
Egypt (located near the winter palace), the spa south of the police station, and
the railway station are all designed to appear as pharaonic constructs.
All of this occurred after the Egyptianization of the modern town resulting
mostly from the mania that resulted from Howard Carter's discovery of the Tomb
of Tutankhamun. As one might think, the city has all the amenities tourists
might expect, including a variety of hotels, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
In Luxor proper on the East Bank, one of the first stops must be the
of Luxor built by Amenophis III. Head south on Sharia al-Karnak to reach
the temple, which was connected to the Karnak Temple via a long stone
processional street called a dromos. The dromos (Picture at right) was built by Nectanebo I,
and originally was lined on either side by sphinxes. In front of the Luxor
temple, the dromos is well preserved, and on the way to the entrance one passes
by a Roman chapel of burnt brick dedicated to the god Serapis, which was built
during the rule of Hadrian. There is a path that leads to the Nile side of
the Temple where one enters the complex.
One of the Luxor Bazaars
After leaving Luxor, head back to Sharia al-Karnak and go north towards
Karnak. Down the road, near the police station which is near the tomb
is the oldest mosque in Luxor, the El-Mekashkesh Mosque. It contains the
remains of a 10th century Islamic saint who rumor has it was a monk prior to
converting to Islam. The mosque is a popular pilgrimage destination.
Here also is the Franciscan Church and its schools, one for boys and the other
girls. Beyond this lies a great Coptic basilica.
At the Police station, head towards the Nile Corniche. Here, opposite
the Mina Palace Hotel you will find the Mummification Museum, which has most
anything you would ever want to know about mummifications. From here, head
north towards Karnak.
About halfway to Karnak, you will discover the Luxor Museum.
(The image at left is a Block Statue of Iamu Negh from the Luxor Museum). It should
certainly be visited if you plan a well rounded and educated experience.
While this is a small museum, most of the relics are from the surrounding area
and provide considerable insight to the monuments you will visit.
From the Museum, head back to Sharia al-Karnak and continue north towards
Karnak. After crossing a small bridge one will begin to see the excavated
dromos off the road and running through a small village. A little further on you
will pass the ruins of the Temple of Mut where another dromos leads to the
gateway of the tenth pylon. The road finally arrives at the domed tombs of
two saints, Sidi Ahmed and Sidi Ali, where a road leads past the Department of
Antiquities leads to the main Temple of Karnak entrance. This road is built
along a canal that once connected the Nile to the Temple. There was a dock
in ancient times, but now all that is left is the quay and the raised
dais. Just past that is a red brick Roman dock and past that two
paved ramps led to the river bank. They are bordered by stone parapets,
and were built during the rule of Taharqa. Past these is the Chapel of
Achoris, which received the sacred boat of Amun when it was used in ceremonies.
To arrive at the entrance one follows the dromos with its crio-sphinxes.
They have the head of a Ram and the body of a lion and are symbolic of the God
Amun. Arriving at the temple, there is a statue of Ramesses II with his
son between his feet.
To the right is a structure that has red steps, a red front colonnade and red
brick walls. Inside there are pedestals. inscribed with the names of Roman
emperors, that once held their statues. This was a Roman chapel
dedicated to imperial worship. After leaving the Temple complex on the left is
the Franco-Egyptian Center which has managed the temple complex since
1967. Down on the shore of the Nile is the Centre National dl la Recherche
Scientifque, or CNRS, which houses the French and the Chicago House, a project
of the University of Chicago is near by.
After this, you will wish to take a boat trip over to the West bank.
This trip had a special meaning to the Egyptians, for they were more crossing
the way to the West and life, then to a necropolis. The Valley of the
Kings is as good as any to try first, with tombs from the 18th and 19th
Dynasties. Outside the Valley of the Kings, the road leads past Antef, named for
the 11th Dynasty prices who were buried here. Some tombs can still be seen
as one heads towards the Temple of Seti I. Most of what is left of Seti's
Temple is the view. The court is entered by the ruined gate of a
pylon The court has what is left of a palace on the south side. The road
continues south passing Dra-Abu el-Naga necropolis.
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