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Luxor: 5 Day Itinerary

On the Nile River in Egypt lies Luxor, sometimes referred to as the biggest outdoor museum in the world. Reknowned for its unmatched archeological legacy, this ancient city was originally the pharaonic capital of Thebes. Highlights are the magnificent Temple of Karnak, the mysterious Luxor Temple, and the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank, where the pharaohs' tombs—among them Tutankhamun's—invite investigation into Egypt's mysterious and rich history. Additionally on our luxury five-day itinerary are stops in Luxor, Abu Simbel, and Aswan.

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Luxe Luxor Absolute Musts

Karnak Temple - ancient Egypt's largest religious complex, rich in history and grandeur.

Abu Simbel  - iconic Egyptian temples, monumental statues of Ramses II, marvels of ancient engineering and art.

Hot Air Balloon - breathtaking sunrise views of ancient temples and the Nile.

Luxe Luxor Itinerary & Map 

Navigate your way through Luxor with our recommended itinerary and map. View Google Maps with color-coded areas in interactive mode and access our scheduled list of spots.

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Daily Plan Summary

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

Stay

Day 1

Explore

Karnak

Visit

Luxor Temple

Explore

Avenue of Sphinxes

Visit

Luxor Museum

Visit

Sound & Light

avenue of sphinxes

Day 2

Visit

KV9 Ramses V & VI

Explore

KV62 - Tomb of Tutankhamun

Visit

Tomb of Seti I (KV17)

Visit

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Explore

QV66 Tomb of Nefertari

Explore

Temple d'Amon (Médinet Habou)

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Visit 

Colossi of Memnon

Explore

Ramesseum

Day 3

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Visit

Dendera Temple of the Birth of Isis

Stay

Day 4

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Visit

Edfu Temple

Visit

Kom Ombo Temple

Explore

Philae Temple

Mövenpick Aswan

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Day 5

Transit

Aswan International Airport

Visit

Abu Simbel Temples

Transit 

Abu Simbel Airport

Luxor and The Nile

Choosing a more individualized trip planned with a local travel agent rather the traditional Nile cruise, Luxe valued flexibility and independence. Because the ships are grouped together, luxury cruises frequently have set timetables and packed events, even though they provide a distinct perspective of the area. Luxe's customized approach combines driving and flying to enable a more personal and unhurried tour of the attractions, together with five-star lodgings that are better than those found on the most "lavish" cruise ships.

This itinerary encompasses the best of Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, including significant stops along the way. We organized our private vehicle, driver, and guide via travel specialist Mo Swefy, owner of Cairo Trips. He gave us great advice and arranged everything to our satisfaction in Luxor and, later, separately in Cairo. Our guide in Luxor was Dr. Ahmad Tumerik, a Master of Egyptology with more than thirty years of private guiding expertise. Every local praised him for being the best guide in Luxor, and his perceptive and entertaining style made our trip both educational and fun. Contact Mo to talk about your particular requirements and costs.

Luxor Day 1: Valley of the Queens

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Tomb of the Queen Nefertari

The Hilton Luxor is distinguished by its luxurious rooms, which provide visitors tranquil views of the Nile, a top-notch spa with revitalising treatments, and a variety of dining options with fine international and regional cuisines.

Egyptian queens and royal offspring were buried in the Valley of the Queens long ago. Among its finest features is the tomb of Queen Nefertari, one of the most exquisitely adorned tombs in all of Egypt, known for its brilliant wall murals and elaborate artwork that eloquently portray the queen's trip to the afterlife. Other well-known tombs are those of Queen Titi and the princes Khaemwaset and Amonherkhepeshef. The tombs here provide a closer look into the lives and beliefs of the queens and royal family members than those in the Valley of the Kings, albeit they are fewer in number. For those interested in Egyptology and ancient history, Nefertari's tomb is a must-see since of its exquisite workmanship and preservation, which offer priceless insights into ancient Egyptian art.

Nestled alongside the peaceful Nile River, the Hilton Spa is a sanctuary of rest and renewal. The extensive selection of treatments at this multi-award winning spa combines contemporary wellness methods with age-old Egyptian practices. Savour a range of body wraps, cleanses, massages and facials that are all intended to calm and revitalize the body and mind. Modern amenities of the spa include a thermal garden, an infinity pool, and lounge areas with breath-taking views of the Nile.

Rich tapestry of tastes, Luxor's dining scene features a fusion of foreign and traditional Egyptian food. From informal neighborhood restaurants serving real Egyptian fare like falafel and koshari to posh restaurants inside five-star hotels providing fine dining with views of the Nile, there are many different kinds of restaurants. Popular places frequently have rooftop terraces where patrons can eat while taking in expansive views of the magnificent river and Luxor's historic structures.

Under the night sky, the wonderful Karnak Sound & Light Show brings the ancient city of Thebes and its gods to life. This captivating performance tells the story of Luxor, the importance of the temple, and the stories of the pharaohs who constructed it while illuminating the complex of the Karnak Temple. Guided tours of the temple grounds reveal the architectural wonders and hieroglyphics that line the walls, which are dramatically lit.

Luxor Day 2: Valley of the Kings

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Tomb of Ramesses VI

Famously, Pharaohs and other aristocrats of the New Kingdom are buried in the Valley of the Kings. Rich historical relevance and amazing preservation of its tombs—many of which are decorated with vibrant paintings and hieroglyphs that depict the life and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians—are hallmarks of this archeological site.

 

Luxe Highlights:

 

  • Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62): Even though Tutankhamun's tomb was stolen long ago, it is still one of the most well-known, mostly because Howard Carter found the pharaoh's almost complete burial chamber in 1922. The famous gold mask among the riches discovered there has enthralled people worldwide.
     

  • Tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9): Some of the most elaborate and exquisitely maintained ceiling astronomical paintings that show a variety of gods and celestial symbols.

  • Tomb of Seti I (KV17): Renowned for its length, intricacy of design, and caliber of the artwork, however conservation measures may limit access..

  • Tomb of Horemheb (KV57): Shows how an artistic style changed and how new religious beliefs were accepted at a time of transition..

  • Tomb of Merenptah (KV8): The 19th Dynasty's architectural and ornamental developments of royal tombs are revealed by the tomb of Merenptah..

A trip through time, seeing the Valley of the Kings provides an insight into the thoughts and way of life of the kings of ancient Egypt. To avoid the heat and throng and to have a more personal tour of this amazing historical place, early morning visits are usually the best.

Luxor Day 3: Dendera

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Temple of Hathor, Dendera Temple Complex

A morning hot air balloon trip provides an amazing vantage point from which to see the historic city come to life before traveling to Dendera. The expansive Karnak and Luxor Temples, the meandering Nile River, the magnificent Valley of the Kings, and the lone Colossi of Memnon standing watch are all visible as you hover silently overhead. Early dawn light reveals t