"Luxor - A highlight of Egypt" Luxor by K.Knight

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Anne and traveled to Egypt and Jordan with Anne’s twin sister, Sue, and our brother-in-law, Danny.

We stayed at the King Hotel in Cairo and joined a 19 day guided tour with Geckos Adventures. We decided upon the “Footsteps of Alexander” tour as it took in all of the main sites. These included:
• Cairo
• The Pyramids
• Sphinx
• Luxor
• 3 day Nile Riverboat Cruise
• Donkey Trek
• Valley of the Kings
• Edfu Temple
• Komombo Temple
• Aswan
• Abu Simbel
• Alexandria
• Alexandria Museum
• Roman Catacombs
• Mt Sinai
• Aqaba
• Wadi Rum
• Petra
• Shobak Castle
• Dana Village
• Amman
• Jerash

For those of you that are interested, here is the link:

http://www.geckosadventures.com/Middle-East/Trip/Overview.html?tripid=3418

Luxor is best known as the access points for the:
• Valley of the Kings
• Valley of the Queens
• Tombs of the Nobles
• The Temple of Hatshepsut
• The Colossi of Memnon
• The Luxor Museum
• The Luxor Temple and
• The Karnak Temple.

Be warned, if you wish to take in the spectacle that is Luxor, you will need at least 5 days!

The Spectacular Karnak Temple

The Karnak Temple is one of the most fascinating and immense places that I have seen in all of Lower Egypt. Reported to be the largest Temple in all of Egypt, it is hard to imagine that this temples once spanned the lives of every Pharaoh from the 11th dynasty to the 19th dynasty. Every Pharaoh added to its size and no expense was spared!

At an entry cost of 65 Egyptian Pounds, this is one of the best value for money attractions in Egypt.

The Colossi of Memnon

On your way back to Luxor, from the Valley of the Kings, I would suggest a stop at the Colossi of Memnon.

Approx 1500 years B.C these two huge statues were built either side of the entrance to the mortuary of Amenhotep III. Although nothing else remains of the mortuary, you gain an insight into just how big this place used to be. The statues are made of sandstone, stand approx. 18 meters high and are said to weigh 1,300 tons!

After an earthquake in 27 B.C one of the statues cracked and when the wind blew at sunrise the statue would sing. As a result, this was a pilgrimage “tourist attractions” for the early Greeks and Romans.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Packed with so many highlights it is amazing!
  • Cons:The heat. It was 47 deg celsius when I was there.
  • In a nutshell:A magical and fantastic city!
  • Last visit to Luxor: Jul 2009
  • Intro Written Oct 27, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    YOu certainly got some wonderful pictures of the sites and reliefs on the walls. The comments are equally well done.

  • Jul 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Hi, nice photos of the souk. You are right about the other stupid places they take you to. But we looked all around the Luxor temple area and could not find the souk. This was in Oct 2009. Did you really see it that month? Corinna corinna.harmon@abc.com

  • robertkay's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    I'm going next month - thanks for all the helpful suggestions and ideas!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    An excellent page on Luxor, full of adventure??? Lucky Ann didn't get hurt, and that you didn't have to spend the night in Jail! I would have freaked out!

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Great tips for Luxor I'm busy planning my trip very helpful thanks :-)

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