Flights to Luxor Located on the banks of the River Nile, the city of Luxor is situated in southern (known as Upper) Egypt. Luxor is one of the world’s most renowned tourist destinations, famous for its ancient archaeology that includes places like the Valley of the Kings.
Flights to Luxor International Airport (airport code: LXR) are available with several airlines, including 1 and 2 stop routes from South Africa. With South African Airways or Egyptair, you will have 1 connection in Cairo, and Ethiopian Airlines offers a flight to Luxor with stops in Addis Ababa as well as Cairo. Most flights are between 11 and 16 hours long, including layovers. The airport is about 6km outside of the city and serves nearly 2 million people each year.
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The Tourist Attractions of Luxor:
The world’s greatest open air museum is often the term used to describe Luxor, and even if you have no interest in ancient history this is one place you cannot help to be wowed by! It may not be home to the Pyramids of Egypt, but Luxor does contain numerous spectacular ancient sites.
The ancient city of Thebes stood here thousands of years ago and when the more modern city of Luxor was constructed they essentially built it around the remains of Thebes. This makes visiting Thebes and its landmarks very easy as you don’t have far to go! The Necropolis, which is one of the most famous features of Thebes, is actually just a little way out of Luxor centre and across the River Nile. This extensive site could use several days visit to really appreciate it, and wandering around you will see many temples and tombs.
The Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is on the same side of the Nile as the necropolis, on the western side and opposite Luxor. This site is world famous and also extensive it was were many of the pharaohs were buried, including one of their most famous, Tutankhamun. You can also explore the Valley of the Queens.
Back in the city, the Luxor Museum is an excellent place to see ancient artefacts from the region. It’s not a huge museum but it has many quality pieces and exhibits, including items that were found in a hidden part of Luxor Temple.
Luxor Temple is on the city side (the east bank) of the River Nile and includes some well preserved sections of an ancient complex. There are some newer pieces of architecture mingled in, such as a mosque, which was built before the historical significance of places like Luxor Temple was fully appreciated. Still, this is a major sight of the city.
Karnak Temple Complex
You’ve probably seen Karnak featured in numerous movies it’s the complex with all the really tall columns in it, and it’s been used in movies such as The Spy Who Loved Me, and Death on the Nile. The part with the columns is just one section of this complex the whole of which is definitely worth visiting.
When Should You Visit?:
Rainfall isn’t an issue in Luxor but the heat is! It’s best to avoid the months from May to September as daytime highs are just too hot, reaching into the 40’s C. Any other time of the year you can enjoy a visit to Luxor, and for the coolest weather come in January when it’s still a very pleasant average high of 23C.