Exploring the region: things to see and do around Luxor

Luxor is in fact the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. The river Nile cleaves it neatly in two – on the East Bank stands the modern city, as well as the temple complex of Karnak, while on the West Bank you will find the ancient necropolis. Luxor is often referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum, and here you can marvel at works of art and architecture that will leave a profound and unforgettable impression. Don’t miss the Valley of the Kings, where you can view the tombs of Ramses the Great and Tutankhamen.
Luxor viewed from above A flight in a hot-air balloon is one of the best ways to admire Luxor and appreciate just how vast these ancient sites really are. Visit the West Bank and enjoy a captivating flight above
some of the most popular archaeological wonders in the world: the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, along with other exceptional historical monuments. A hot-air balloon flight will give you a clear idea of the sprawling scope of the temple complexes that form Karnak and Luxor. Savour the moment: then take time out
to enjoy the delicious mid-air refreshments offered by the crew!


Aswan is Egypt’s most southerly city, and stands on the original frontier between the famous kingdom of the Ancient Egyptians and the mysterious nations south of Egypt, with their roots deep in the heart of Africa. Its people have preserved their Nubian culture and traditions, and you can discover for yourself the characteristic charm that pervades the thoroughfares of the bustling souks and the alleyways of the colourful villages. Inaugurated in 1997, the Nubian Museum exhibits statues and other antiquities dating from the pharaonic era, rescued from the floodwaters that now form the great dam.

Aswan and the Nile

From its position on the right bank of the Nile, Aswan exudes a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, and is best appreciated from the river – ideally from the deck of a traditional Felucca.These ancient vessels with their elegant white sails are very much part of the scenery around Aswan. And in the absence of a bridge, they are also indispensable: without them, you would be unable to visit the islands or cross over to the left bank. Boat trips are best taken in the afternoon, when the light is at its best, the river breezes rock you gently, and the noise and hurly-burly of city life are submerged beneath the peaceful tranquillity of the rippling water. Experience true happiness in its purest state! 


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