Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt. Photo by Omar Shawki.
Various stunning temple complexes and monuments on both sides of the River Nile, including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatsepshut, Luxor Temple and loads more make this area one of the top wonders of the world.
Train or fly to Luxor from Cairo, car travel through middle Egypt is not permitted . Stay at least three nights at Luxor, but preferably not on a boat! They’re noisy, smelly and pollute the Nile – unless boat management have arranged power hook-ups with local authorities.
The west bank of Luxor is less developed and thus closer to real Egypt. There is a bridge across the Nile now and smaller hotels in the west might suit independent travellers. And after hot and sticky high culture Red Sea beaches, snorkelling and sensational diving are pretty close.
Best: January- April, October, November. Avoid: July, August (extreme heat).