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Exploring Luxor’s West Bank

By Viator, January 2018

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With the mighty Nile flowing through its center, Luxor is often described as a city of two halves—the modern East Bank and the picturesque West Bank, an archaeological paradise. Here are some famous sites not to miss while exploring Luxor’s historic side.

Valley of the Kings
Considered among the most significant archaeological destinations on earth, the Valley of the Kings was the burial place for many of Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaohs—the most famous of which is the tomb of Tutankhamun, aka King Tut. The remaining tombs are divided into three sections; those of Ramses VI and Ay rank among the most beautiful, thanks to their intricate detail.

Temple of Ramses III
One of the most underrated historical sites in Luxor is the Temple of Ramses III, situated at the base of the Theban mountains. It’s best to visit this quiet complex—a palace and town surrounded by a defensive wall—in the late afternoon.

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
This impressive mortuary temple, built by Queen Hatshepsut, seems to blend in with the limestone cliffs from which it was cut. The meticulously restored complex happens to sit on one of the hottest places on the planet, so most visitors come in the cooler morning hours.

Valley of the Artisans
It took a small army of builders and artisans to construct the magnificent monuments in the Valley of the Kings, and those workers lived in a village today known as the Valley of the Artisans. You can still make out the streets and outlines of old buildings, and a visit offers fascinating insight into the daily lives of average ancient Egyptians.

Colossi of Memnon
Standing nearly 60 feet (18 meters) above the desert plain, the two faceless statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III are often the first monuments you’ll see when visiting Luxor’s West Bank. Each of the two Colossi was cut from a single block of stone.

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Luxor Day Tour from Hurghada, El Gouna, or Makadi, Hurghada, null
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Luxor Day Tour from Hurghada, El Gouna, or Makadi

Explore the wonders of Luxor on a full-day tour from Hurghada. See some of Egypt’s most spectacular sites along the Nile River at the city formerly known as ...  Read more

Location: Hurghada, Egypt
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, Luxor, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple

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Tour the most famous sites on Luxor's West Bank in the company of an expert private guide. You'll step back into Egypt's ancient history at the Valley of the ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.36
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River, Luxor, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River

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For unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples, take a hot-air balloon flight over the Nile River's west bank. Away from the crowds in the peaceful glow of ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: Varies

From USD $199.50
Full Day Tour to Best Monuments of Luxor's West Bank, Luxor, Balloon Rides
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Full Day Tour to Best Monuments of Luxor's West Bank

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Full private day tour to see the best monuments of the ancient West Bank in Luxor. These monuments include Valley of the Kings (Necropolis of Thebes), Temple ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.50
Private Tour to Luxor's West Bank Monuments from Luxor, Luxor, Day Trips
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Private Tour to Luxor's West Bank Monuments from Luxor

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Enjoy this 5-hour guided sightseeing private tour in the West Bank from your Luxor hotel. You will be transported by an air-conditioned vehicle to the most ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.50
Private Guided Day Tour From Luxor To The East and West Bank, Luxor, Custom Private Tours
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Private Guided Day Tour From Luxor To The East and West Bank

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Private full day tour to see the highlights of the ancient West Bank and East Bank monuments in Luxor. These highlights include Valley of the Kings (Necropolis ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Luxor Guided 2-day Tour Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temples with Optional Accommodation, Luxor, ... 
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Luxor Guided 2-day Tour Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temples with Optional Accommodation

Private, 2-day guided-tour to see the highlights of the ancient West Bank and East Bank monuments in Luxor, including one night accommodation. These highlights ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Horseback Camel or Donkey Ride Along the West Bank, Luxor, Overnight Tours
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Horseback Camel or Donkey Ride Along the West Bank

Enjoy a leisurely and pleasant ride through the green farms and fields of Luxor's West Bank. Choose the riding companion of your choice: horse, camel or ...  Read more

Location: Luxor City, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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