Egypt is hot and sunny for most of the year, with the winter (November to February) being generally milder although temperatures at night can get as low as 10C.
Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes and has lots of temples and monuments to visit.
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 is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.
THE CITY OF LUXOR
Luxor Temple, situated in the centre of town, was built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenophis III.
The Mummification Museum has everything you’ve ever wanted to know about mummies and the process of mummification. Reptiles and birds were also mummified.
The Luxor Museum houses many of the relics found at the Theben temples and necropolis on the west bank.
North of Luxor city are the spectacular Temples of Karnak. In ancient times, Karnak was known as Ipet-isut (The most select of places). The temple complex of Karnak was built over a time period of 1500 years and was the most important place of worship in ancient Egypt. This site measures 1500 x 800 metres, and is a magnificent complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods. It is thought that the Temples of Karnak are the largest surviving religious complex in the world. Not to be missed is the Hypostile Hall in the Great Temple of Amun.
ANCIENT THEBES (West Bank)
The Valley of the Kings
Across the Nile to the West of the city of Luxor lies the necropolis of ancient Thebes. There are three main tombs here -
The Valley of the Kings – This is where the pharaoh’s were buried and hoped to meet their Gods in the afterlife. Tutankhamun’s tomb, discovered in the 1920′s, is probably the best known to most of us. However, he was a minor king in the scheme of things and had it not been for centuries of looting, the larger more impressive tombs would have yielded riches unsurpassed to the impressive haul found in King Tut’s burial ground.
The Valley of the Queens – This is where the queens of the 18th and 19th Dynasties and their children were buried. Only four tombs are open to the public in the Valley of the Queens, the best being Queen Nefertari’s tomb.
The Colossi of Memnon – Two giant statues make up the Colossi of Memnon. Most visitors get a glimpse of them on their way to the Valley of the Kings but it is worth a stop to see them up close.