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How to Spend 1 Day in Luxor

How to Spend 1 Day in Luxor

Only got one day in Luxor? With advance planning, it’s possible to cover its highlights in a single day. From tours of the must-see ancient temples and tombs to shopping at the city’s bazaars and sailing on the River Nile, here are our suggestions for getting the most out of your 24 hours.

Morning: Hot-Air Balloon and the East Bank

Luxor’s sights are spread between the River Nile’s West and East banks. Begin on the West Bank, with a dawn hot-air-balloon flight over its mountains, pharaonic sites, and River Nile as the sun rises. Then, head off on a seamless full-day tour of both areas with lunch in between, or two half-day tours that cover each in turn. If you’ve opted for the latter, kick things off on the East Bank, the site of Luxor itself. Here, roam the pillared halls of Karnak—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and then delve into the smaller Luxor Temple, both with a guide to shed light on their history and carvings. 

Afternoon: The West Bank and Markets

This afternoon, switch your sights back to the West Bank, this time seeing it from the ground. Explore some of the Valley of the Kings’ mountain-carved pharaonic tombs—perhaps choosing to pay extra to visit Tutankhamun’s chamber if it’s open to visitors. Then, travel along the Nile to the spectacular Temple of Hatshepsut, built for Egypt’s first female ruler, and the two broken Colossi of Memnon statues of Amenhotep III, each etched with Roman-era graffiti. Maybe finish your afternoon on a shopping tour of Luxor’s markets, with a guide to help you find and haggle for mementoes such as alabaster ornaments, papyrus, gold, and jewelry.

Evening: Sunset Cruise and Light Show

Round off your day off with more classic Luxor experiences. Soak in the beauty of the Nile at sunset with a private cruise on a traditional felucca sailing boat, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride that takes in Luxor’s Nile Corniche, boulevards, markets, and local quarters. If an evening show is more your style, opt for the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple. Wander the halls and columns as they come alive with multicolored illuminations, laser beams, video projections, and the ‘voices’ of the pharaohs. Many ticket packages include hotel pickup and drop-off, so you won’t have to worry about transport.

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Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple

Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple

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Take a Valley of the Kings tour and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut on this 4-hour private trip from Luxor, with your very own Egyptologist guide. Head for the West Bank and discover the hieroglyph-coated chambers of the Valley of the Kings, the mountain-cut tombs of 62 of ancient Egypt’s rulers, as you learn about the pharaohs once buried here. Then, visit the stunning Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and stop to see the towering Colossi of Memnon as your guide reveals captivating facts about these age-old monuments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD80.85
Price varies by group size
From
USD80.85
Price varies by group size
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Luxor Karnak Sound and Light Show

Luxor Karnak Sound and Light Show

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Touring Luxor’s Karnak Temple by day is one thing: exploring it while floodlit at night quite another. Attend an evening Sound and Light show and explore the complex as multi-colored lights and laser projections illuminate the pillars, statues, and chambers, and pharaoh’s voices tell the temple’s story. Finish by watching a panoramic light show cast on the walls. A romantic occasion for couples, and ideal for families keen to bring history alive for the kids.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD45.00
Price varies by group size
From
USD45.00
Price varies by group size

2 Hours Felucca Ride on the Nile River from Luxor Enjoy Sunset

2 Hours Felucca Ride on the Nile River from Luxor Enjoy Sunset

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Arranging your own sunset ‘felucca’ sailboat ride on the River Nile in Luxor involves haggling with boat owners and organizing transport to and from the riverside. Prebook with Viator to avoid the hassle, and enjoy the added benefit of an on-board guide to identify and commentate on the sights. Then, simply sit back and soak up the scenery and calm of the Nile undistracted by transport and payment worries.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD35.71
From
USD35.71
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Full Day Tour East and West Bank of Luxor

Full Day Tour East and West Bank of Luxor

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Follow in the footsteps of pharaohs and check off Luxor’s star attractions in just one day on this convenient door-to-door tour with Egyptologist guide. Start by exploring three tombs in the Valley of the Kings, progress to the vast Temple of Hatshepsut, then admire the Colossi of Memnon. Enjoy a restaurant lunch before you cross to the East Bank to visit the Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD108.30
From
USD108.30
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Luxor East Bank Private Tour Karnak Luxor temples

Luxor East Bank Private Tour Karnak Luxor temples

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Luxor’s East Bank is home to two of Egypt’s most impressive ancient wonders and this private half-day tour takes in both. Explore the ancient ruins of the Karnak Temple complex and the magnificent Luxor Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, accompanied by an Egyptologist guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD66.00
Price varies by group size
From
USD66.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Souvenir Shopping in Luxor

Souvenir Shopping in Luxor

With so many fakes in the markets and hustlers on the street, investing in a personal shopper when souvenir hunting makes economic as well as practical sense. On this door-to-door Luxor shopping tour, your private guide takes you straight to the source so you can watch artisans crafting your purchases. Visit a perfumery, a carpet store, an alabaster factory, a papyrus workshop, a spice store, and a jeweler.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD10.26
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USD10.26


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