If there is one city for which the word "myth" could have been forged, it is undoubtedly for that of the gods of Egypt: Luxor. Nestled in the hollow of the Nile River Valley, the story of the former Thebes has been told a thousand and one times, from Emperor Hadrian to Napoleon's scholarly researchers, not to mention the cohort of European explorers of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Today, this "Egyptomaniac" fever attracts an ever-increasing number of travellers. It must be said that Luxor exhales a particular magnetism, supported by so many legends that a scroll would not be enough to record them. The Luxor tourist guide does not claim to synthesize this splendid and rich history, but at least to give some keys of understanding to the apprentice explorer. Walking through the heart of Luxor's temples, you can see that never in the ancient history of the country's largest city has existed. As the visitor travels through the historical sites, the permanent evocation of the gods gradually changes the vision of the one who had only come to see stones assembled in columns: the sun becomes Re, the ram grazing peacefully is Amon the Wise, the wild dog wandering in the cemeteries is Anubis, and the Nile recalls Hâpy, who manages the flow. This is the magic of Luxor. It is only here that the Egyptian pantheon takes shape, with strength, and to which the Museum of Ancient Art is a good introduction. On the other side of the river, it is the men who are celebrated in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens

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When to go to Luxor?

When to go to Luxor? In Upper Egypt, of which Luxor is a part, the high tourist season runs from October to February: winter is indeed a very pleasant season in the Nile Valley. The best time to go to Luxor is certainly from November to mid-February. In spring, a prevailing southwest wind (khamsin or "50", as it is supposed to blow for fifty days) warms the entire country. Hot and dry, it sometimes blows violently (100 to 120 km per hour) and can cause delays in air and road transport (silted roads, cleared tracks...). However, the temperature is very good and tourist numbers tend to decrease compared to winter. From June onwards, the thermometer climbs to unreasonable temperatures (up to 48°C on some days in Upper Egypt), and Luxor empties, until the end of August, when the temperature becomes tolerable again in Upper Egypt. When to go to Luxor then? The most pleasant period is between the end of September and mid-May. It is always possible in the middle of August to visit archaeological sites very early in the morning before the sun turns your decor white to the extreme. Then going on to the air-conditioned museums is a wise choice. A small restaurant in the shade and a long nap will make you feel better. Luxor can also be visited during Ramadan. Admittedly, the hours of museums and sites are shortened, but the nightlife is incomparable, with concerts organized in the streets, cafés, cultural centers, and tents of Ramadan which welcome musicians until 4am. Eid celebrations, which are family celebrations and do not give rise to any particular event, should be avoided.

How to go to Luxor? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Luxor is an eminently tourist destination with a large number of French-speaking agencies specialising in the destination, and more than in many other regions of the world, it is interesting here to opt for an all-inclusive trip. Individual travellers will pay at least twice as much on the spot between accommodation, food and travel. A stopover in Luxor can also be considered during a trip to Egypt or a cruise on the Nile

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If you do this in advance, you can find plane tickets from France, with a stopover in Cairo, from 450 €. Then, as everywhere else, anticipation will make it possible to get by at a lower cost, especially in terms of housing. Luxor being a very touristic city, it is nevertheless advisable to use the services of specialists offering all-inclusive stays that are economically very interesting. There is no need to stay in a group once you are there.

If you land in Cairo, you can reach Luxor by plane, by train (normal or sleeper), by taxi, or by boat cruise on the Nile. On the spot, you can travel by taxi or collective taxi (price to be negotiated, always!), but also by horse-drawn carriage (hauntings) or by bike. To cross the Nile, you take the ferry. The felucca (small sailing boat) is also a pleasant and picturesque means of transport on the Nile.

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When to travel?

When to go to Luxor? In Upper Egypt, of which Luxor is a part, the high tourist season runs from October to February:...
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Weather forecast

Luxor temperatures can be said to be perfect between October and May, terribly hot in June and July, hot in August an...
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Budget

The Egyptian pound (LE) prevails in Luxor. However, it is becoming necessary to bring euros to pay for certain touris...
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Formalities

A tourist visa (maximum validity of 1 month, cost 25 US$) is required in addition to the passport to enter Egypt, and...
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Health

In Luxor, the greatest health danger is certainly the sun, particularly relentless in summer. In addition to sunscree...
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How to travel by yourself?

If you do this in advance, you can find plane tickets from France, with a stopover in Cairo, from 450 €. Then, as e...
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How to get organized?

Luxor is an eminently tourist destination with a large number of French-speaking agencies specialising in the destina...
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Getting around

If you land in Cairo, you can reach Luxor by plane, by train (normal or sleeper), by taxi, or by boat cruise on the N...
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