People have been visiting the magnificent monuments of Luxor for thousands of years. Built on the site of the ancient city of Thebes, Luxor is an eccentric combination of provincial town and staggering ancient splendor. The concentration of monuments is extraordinary, towering incongruously above the buzz of everyday life.
The sheer size and number of its wonderfully preserved monuments have made Luxor Egypt's greatest attraction after the pyramids. Small wonder that the area is often described as the world's largest open-air museum. Feluccas, old barges and luxury hotel ships cruise to and from Cairo and Aswan.