As one of the most populous cities in Egypt, Luxor holds an incredibly important place in a country virtually overflowing with history. It grew from the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, which was established in approximately 3200 BC.
Modern Luxor often doesn’t get the love it deserves from travelers in opposition to other major cities like Cairo, Alexandria and Giza. But anyone traveling to Egypt would be well advised to not sleep on this amazing place, and plan to spend some real time there.
Get seriously archaeological
This isn’t a bold statement to say the least, but Luxor is in the center of history. There are hundreds of books and documentaries about the various incredible archaeological sites that are around this city, and even within its borders.
The Temple of Karnak. The Valley of the Kings. The Colossi of Memnon. The Temple of Deir al-Bahri. This is just a sampling of all of the incredible pieces of history at your disposal. See as many of them as you possibly can. You won’t be disappointed.
The Luxor Museum
Standing on the West Bank of the famous Nile River is the Luxor Museum. Opening its doors in 1975, this has become a key place in the region to explore and interpret the meanings behind all of the major sites that surround the city.
Some visitors have complained that there are less artifacts at this museum than comparable ones in Cairo. This was reputedly intentional. The focus is on quality artifacts housed in incredible displays, and that intent is apparent in the execution.
Head to Banana Island
If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience after taking in so much history in the region around Luxor, then it’s time to plan a trip to Banana Island. The first step is enjoying a relaxing felucca ride on the Nile River, which is a great way to spend time all on its own.
Then, it’s time to wander around the banana plantations of the Banana Island area. Spending the day like this is an marvelous incredible way to check out wildlife in the region, too. And finish the trip off with a meal at an outstanding restaurant.
Every major center in Egypt has its own markets, and Luxor is no exception. The Luxor Market is filled with wide range of goods, locally sourced and otherwise. This is a prime spot to hunt down a truly special memento of your trip to Luxor.
What’s interesting about this specific market is the vibe is relatively chill compared to similar ones. Some tourists who have been to comparable markets in Cairo have said the Luxor Market was a much more enjoyable experience. True or not, this market is still worth checking out.
Going to Egypt means encountering mummies, though fortunately not in the way Brendan Fraser is used to. That is a whole different travel package. But the topic of mummies is going to come up frequently and you will inevitably have questions.
That’s where the Mummification Museum comes in. It is entirely devoted to the ancient art of Egyptian mummification, and explaining it to visitors from around the world. Don’t worry as the tour isn’t interactive and they aren’t looking for demonstration volunteers.