Luxor is by
far the richest area of ancient Egyptian history. It is the modern day
city on the ancient site of Thebes, the capital of the New Kingdom. Here,
on the East Bank of the Nile, you will find the city of Luxor. The most
notable sites are the glorious Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak,
The Temple of Luxor is lit at night and is an unforgettable sight. In the
evening at the Temple of Karnak there is a Sound & Light show - and it is
quite the experience to walk through its columned halls in near darkness
and hear the almost haunting sounds of its past.
On the West Bank of the Nile is the famed Valley of the Kings where the
tombs of many pharaohs were discovered including King Tut’s. However,
there are many other historically significant and magnificent sites on the
West Bank. These include the Valley of the Queens, the Colossi of Memnon,
and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – the only woman pharaoh.
Until Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition in the late 18th century, Luxor was
an unknown little village in the province of Qena. Later however, the
expedition revealed the importance of the sites in and around Luxor. Since
then, the number of tourists visiting the sites has increased enormously.
Although there are daily flights and trains to Luxor most visitors prefer
to visit Luxor as part of a cruise down the Nile. Seeing the sites of
Upper Egypt while cruising down the Nile has often been described as a
journey of a lifetime.