Egypt Holidays : Luxor

Luxor and Egypt holidays have been synonymous since the beginning of tourism! Ancient Greek visitors such as Homer named it the “City of a Hundred Gates” while Napoleon’s troops are said to have gazed on its ruins and broken into spontaneous applause. Luxor has often been called the world’s greatest open air museum because the number of well preserved ancient monuments throughout the city and its surroundings is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Luxor itself is really three different areas built on the ruins of the ancient city of Thebes. The City of Luxor is on the east side of the Nile with Karnak just to the north and Thebes on the west bank of the Nile across from Luxor. “Must see” monuments for any holiday in Egypt are the Temple of Luxor built by Amenophis III and the Temple of Karnak. Luxor is also within easy reach of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Many public buildings in Luxor, like the National Bank of Egypt and the railway station, are designed to appear as “pharaonic” as possible - a consequence of the “Egypt mania” which swept Europe and the West in the 1920’s as a result of Howard Carter’s discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Luxor today is a city of 150,000 people and boasts many facilities and amenities for a range of international visitors looking for luxury holidays to Egypt as well as an insight into past glories. Most visitors come between October and February when the climate is cooler than you might imagine with chilly nights and early mornings. Around the end of March the temperature steadily increases making April - May the most pleasant times to visit although from the end of May until late October daytime temperatures can be very hot indeed.