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How to Spend 3 Days in Luxor

How to Spend 3 Days in Luxor

Ancient temples, painted tombs, colorful bazaars, and desert adventures: Luxor lays out a long lineup of attractions. From admiring the major sights to enjoying cultural experiences, culinary delights, and sports pursuits on top, here’s how to get the most from a 3-day stay.

Day 1: See the Sights

Spend today checking off Luxor’s archaeological highlights, starting with an exhilarating sunrise hot air balloon ride over the West Bank’s mountains and temples. After this aerial overview, set off on a full-day tour of Luxor’s highlights, including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon in the West Bank and Karnak and Luxor Temple in Luxor itself. A private tour with an Egyptologist guide is invaluable in ensuring you get the most out of your visit. As the day ends, relax with a sunset felucca (boat) cruise on the River Nile or dinner at a local family home for memorable insight into local life and cuisine.

Day 2: From Abu Simbel to Abydos

Spend your second day exploring outside Luxor. Leave before dawn for a whistle-stop day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, or consider an overland 2-day tour to Aswan and Abu Simbel, with visits to Edfu and Kom Ombo en route. Alternatively, go for a full-day tour of Aswan, traveling by road and train to see the city’s Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, and gargantuan High Dam. The archaeological sites of Dendera and Abydos, two of Egypt’s best-preserved temples, make another popular day trip. Dendera serves up extraordinary astronomical ceiling reliefs, while Abydos is home to a series of richly detailed wall paintings.

Day 3: Delve Deeper or Kick Back

On your last day, discover any attractions you’ve missed, and, if you wish, kick back with desert sports or other activities. Choose a tour of the Luxor Museum to admire artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb and other pharaonic exhibits, or take a guided shopping tour to scout out quality souvenirs such as carpets, perfumes, and gold at Luxor’s lively bazaars. For an active day out, head to Hurghada to join a snorkeling cruise to Utopia Island on the Red Sea, or hop onto an ATV to race across Luxor’s desert plains and hills. Perhaps end your stay on a high note with a Sound and Light Show at Karnak. Book a ticket-and-transport package and view the temple on a walk-through experience of lights, music, and special effects.

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Full Day Tour to East and West Banks of Luxor

Full Day Tour to East and West Banks of Luxor

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See the highlights of Luxor on this full-day tour of to the East and West Banks of the Nile. Explore the city's magnificent temples, tombs, and monuments in the company of an Egyptologist guide. Includes visits to the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and Karnak Temple.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.00
Price varies by group size
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US$100.00
Price varies by group size
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Luxor Private Full-Day Tour: Discover the East and West Banks of the Nile

Luxor Private Full-Day Tour: Discover the East and West Banks of the Nile

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The ancient marvels of Luxor occupy both sides of the Nile River and this private full-day tour explores both the East and West Bank in one day. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private Egyptologist guide as you visit the UNESCO-listed temples of Karnak and Luxor, and see attractions including the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$90.00
Price varies by group size
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US$90.00
Price varies by group size
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Luxor Nile River Private Felucca Ride at Sunset

Luxor Nile River Private Felucca Ride at Sunset

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Advance-booking a 'felucca' sailboat ride in Luxor will save you the hassle and time of organizing it on the ground. With this trip, ride a private white-sailed felucca on the River Nile as the sun sets behind the West Bank hills. Soak in the views, learn about the sights from a guide, and visit Banana Island to savor fresh bananas and Egyptian tea. Ideal for families and couples, with hotel transfers included for ease.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.00
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US$15.00

Karnak Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

Karnak Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

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Watch sound and light bring the Karnak Temple to life at a 2-hour show with private transport from Luxor. Learn the vivid history of ancient Thebes and hear tales of powerful pharaohs. Walk through the temple complex as the kings tell their own stories, then sit alongside Karnak’s sacred lake and see the stones, pillars and statues light up.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.40
Price varies by group size
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US$50.40
Price varies by group size
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Private 2-Day Overland Aswan and Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor with Overnight Accommodation

Private 2-Day Overland Aswan and Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor with Overnight Accommodation

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Spare yourself the hassles of self-drive and leave logistics to the experts on this 2-day private trip to Aswan and Abu Simbel. Traveling with a private Egyptologist, cover an impressive amount of ground: the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo, Philae Temple in Aswan, and the majestic Abu Simbel Temples. Tour includes a night at a 4-star hotel in Aswan, a breakfast box, and two lunches.
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  • 2 days
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US$300.00
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US$300.00

Aswan, Edfu, and Kom Ombo Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road and Rail

Aswan, Edfu, and Kom Ombo Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road and Rail

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If you’re keen to visit Aswan from Luxor, it makes sense to see as much as possible along your route. This private full-day tour covers more sights than most similar trips: with visits to Edfu and Kom Ombo on the outward journey, and the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple in Aswan. Plus, the journey is part of the discovery, with road and then train travel back. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 13 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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US$99.00

Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos

Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos

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This private tour combines the best of Dendara and Abydos and showcases another side of Egypt. Explore the Temple of Hathor and venture into the home of “the Cult of Osiris” to see the site where ancient Egyptians made a sacred pilgrimage in historic times.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$116.55
Price varies by group size
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US$116.55
Price varies by group size
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Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Utopia Island from Luxor

Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Utopia Island from Luxor

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Discover Egypt’s hidden natural splendor during this relaxing cruise along the Red Sea in a glass-bottomed boat, topped off with a snorkeling excursion. Strap on a mask and dive into the stunning turquoise waters for a close-up peek at corals and colorful fish, with scenic stops pre-selected by your private guide. Munch on a savory lunch onboard the boat and enjoy free time on Utopia Island to hit the beach.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.00
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US$120.00
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Private Tour: Luxor Museum from Luxor

Private Tour: Luxor Museum from Luxor

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Tour the Luxor Museum with a certified Egyptologist guide on this 2-hour tour in Luxor. Admire the objects that were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, such as the golden cow's head of goddess Hathor and Tutankhamun's horse carriage and weapons. See the stunning double statue of Sobek, the crocodile god, and king Amenhotep III, as well as several mummies. Learn about the history and archaeology of the area through your guide's informative commentary. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Luxor are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
Price varies by group size
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US$50.00
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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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US$10.26
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US$10.26

Private overnight Tour from Luxor to Abu Simbel

Private overnight Tour from Luxor to Abu Simbel

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Behold Abu Simbel, one of Egypt’s greatest ancient temples, and explore Aswan’s sights, on this 2-day guided tour from Luxor. Marvel at the two, UNESCO-listed Abu Simbel wonders — the Temples of Ramses II and Nefertari — relocated to the banks of Lake Nasser in the 1960s. Ogle the colossal Ramses statues and echoing interiors as your Egyptologist guide brings their history to life, and see beautiful Philae Temple and Aswan’s Old and High Dams. This fascinating tour includes round-trip transport and breakfast.
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  • 2 days
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US$256.00
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US$256.00
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