Discover the Ancient Egyptian Wonders of Luxor

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Known as the world's greatest open air museum, Luxor is a magical place to visit.
Based in Upper Egypt, the city is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes and is home to some of the best sites in the country.
From the temples and museums to shopping in the traditional souks or cruising down the River Nile, there are also many unique experiences to be had.
An excellent base to start your trip from, Luxor is also well positioned to continue exploring Upper Egypt.
However, before you head off, it is definitely worth spending some time discovering the area.
In fact, split into three distinct parts - the city of Luxor, the town of Karnak and Thebes - the Luxor region offers people an ideal location to not just stumble upon ancient ruins, but to also get a feel for river life along the Nile.
Within the city of Luxor itself, there are is a plethora of activities to do and sights to see.
From the eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes, to the bazaars offering up traditional souvenirs, the centre is a vibrant, colourful hub, constantly bustling with people.
Although the main streets of Sharia al-Mahatta, Sharia al-Karnak and the Corniched are definitely worth a visit, for a slice of typical Egyptian life, try experiencing one of Luxor's souks.
Whilst the Mummification Museum and Luxor Museum are interesting destinations, the Kamak Temple Complex is truly breathtaking.
Housing Egypt's largest temple, it is a fascinating location, offering a unique glimpse into the history of Ancient Egypt.
The Royal necropolis, situated on the west bank of the Nile is another great living example of Egyptian history.
The tomb of Tutankhamen can be found here, in the Valley of the Kings, whilst Queen Neferati's tomb is located in the Valley of the Queens.
Many of the ruins of Thebes, or Waset as it is known in Ancient Egyptian, are on the opposite side of the river, across from the main centre of Luxor.
To indulge in your adventurous side, why not take a ride in a hot air balloon across them? Not only can you take in the sights from a new perspective, but it will certainly be a memorable experience.
Equally, cruising down the River Nile in a hired felucca is a great way to see the area.
And, whilst you kick back and relax, you can soak up the amazing sights of the city, as well as the surrounding monuments and relics.
With so much to offer, no trip to North Africa would be complete without spending some time in Luxor.
So, if you're tickled with thoughts of Egypt holidays, make sure you head there.
You'll be amazed by what you find!
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