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Luxor holidays

Who is Luxor suitable for?
Destination Luxor is a quite stunning city, a place that traces its illustrious heritage back through 4000 years of rich history. Along with the southern temple of Abu Simbel and the Pyramids at Giza, the west bank of the Nile in Luxor is one of the most important sites in Pharaonic Egypt. Here you'll find the valley of the kings - a vast necropolis including - amongst many other marvels - the tomb of Tutankhamen . Also on the West Bank is the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon - subject of the famous poem by Shelley.

Within the town of Luxor itself, you'll find the vast temple of Luxor with its monumental statue to Ramesses II and the Temple of Karnak. There are good opportunities for onward travel in Luxor. The beautiful temple of Dendera is an hour's drive to the north and can be combined with a visit to the temple of Seti in Abydos. Many visitors combine a trip to Luxor with a cruise on the Nile to Aswan, a simply unforgettable experience. Luxor boasts some fantastic accommodation, from international luxury hotels to charming, historic boutique establishments and offers plenty of opportunity for dining on Egyptian's delicious indigenous cuisine.
For Singles

When: When you decide to visit Luxor is entirely dependant on how much heat you can stand! Visit in March and May and you'll enjoy a lovely dry climate hovering around 25ºC. Brave it in June and you'll experience daytime temperatures regularly reaching 40ºC. You will have the place to yourself though!

Where: Luxor is a great destination for single travellers. There are many tour companies operating in Luxor that offer group tours of the Valley of the Kings and its also possible to join felucca cruises on the Nile.

Why: Because Luxor is a fascinating place to visit whether you're by yourself or with a big group of friends. There's so much to see and do here that there's never a dull moment!

For Groups

When: If you're feeling up to it, you might like to visit Luxor in the middle of the Summer when the soaring temperatures scare off all but the hardiest visitors. However a day out in the dessert can be exhaustingly hot at this time of year and you might find the spring a bit more manageable.

Where: The stunning sites of the Luxor West Bank are not to be missed and nor are the temples in town. There isn't much in the way of nightlife in Luxor which is a fairly conservative town though there is no shortage of restaurants which will serve alcoholic drinks with meals.

Why: Because Luxor is an utterly bewitching place and one not to be missed. It is also known as the 'hassle capital of Egypt' and you might appreciate the support of a friend or two when haggling over a souvenir in the market or trying to negotiate a taxi fare!

For Couples

When: For the ideal experience of Luxor, head out in the cooler spring months. Alternatively, book your trip for the autumn when the weather is just as pleasant and the tourist attractions are slightly less crowded. If you can avoid going during a European school holiday, you're all the more likely to beat the crowds!

Where: There are many romantic experiences to be had in Luxor. Go for a sunset felucca cruise on the Nile or a hot air balloon ride. You could go on a camel ride through the Valley of the Kings or even join a cruise to Aswan. There are lots of excellent restaurants in Luxor and some really beautiful hotels to add that extra bit of luxury to your holiday.

Why: Because Luxor's stunning riverside setting is a truly majestic sight. The palm fringed banks of the Nile and the enigmatic sands of the desert stretching out into the distance make this an alluring place. An impression which is only amplified by the monumental palaces and mysterious temples dotted around the town.

For Families

When: Young children will really struggle with the heat in the heart of summer, especially if you're planning on taking the coach tour out the Valley of the Kings - where you'll walk around for a good few hours in scorching dessert heat! You could go in the Easter holidays though it's also very pleasant around Christmas time and a good destination for some winter sun.

Where: Take the kids out to the Valley of the Kings to see the Temple of Tutankhamen. The legend of Howard Carter is a staple of all children's education! The temples of the East Bank are also a fascinating sight for children to see.

Why: Because the legends of the Pharaohs and their extraordinary tombs are known to every school kid in the country. The Museum of Luxor offers the opportunity of seeing numerous sarcophagi and statues of Egyptian Gods.

Weather Luxor has a very dry and hot dessert climate. At night, the temperature can rocket down and you'll be glad of a jumper if you're out after dark! The ideal temperatures are in the spring months, between March and May when they are generally in the mid twenties. In the summer, daytime temperatures can get very high indeed. Although, this is a dry heat and so not necessarily oppressive, Luxor is one of the hottest cities in the country and regularly experiences temperatures in the high forties. In 1991, a temperature of 50ºc was recorded! Luxor is lovely during the winter months and is a great destination for a vitamin D top up! The chances of rainfall whilst you're there are very slim.
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What to expectVisitors to Luxor should expect an insight into the stunning 4000 year history of the Pharaonic city of Thebes. They can expect a richly educational experience with the opportunity of learning about aspects of the religious life, death rituals and cultural practices of the ancient Egyptians. There are too many temples, tombs and monuments to possibly see in one visit and there are excellent opportunities for making onward trips to the city of Aswan or to the Sinai beach resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh. Expect delicious cuisine and hospitable locals, but do be prepared for a certain amount of hassle and for having to barter hard for anything you might want to buy from the market place.
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