You don’t have to go very far from the southern Egyptian city of Luxor to experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt – here are a few of the incredible attractions that you can visit in and around the city…
Explore the Temple Complex of Karnak
Let’s start with the site from which Karma Karnak takes its name. Close to the city of Luxor, our port of embarkation, this enormous temple complex features architectural contributions from a series of Egyptian Pharaohs over the course of 2,000 years and is considered the largest religious building ever constructed. From ram-headed sphinxes to enormous columns etched with hieroglyphs all within easy reach of Luxor’s city centre this is an accessible deep dive into one of the world’s great civilizations.
Discover the wonders of Luxor Museum
This is the perfect place for those wanting to gain a deeper understanding of Ancient Egyptian civilization – here you’ll find gathered some of the greatest treasures of those dynasties, recovered by archeologists. The museum houses around one third of the world’s Egyptian artefacts and is eclipsed only by the museum in Cairo.
Experience the Temple of Hatshepsut
Considered a masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Temple of Hatshepsut seems to present a remarkably contemporary-looking facade, with its elegant stepped ramp walkway and three elevated galleries held up by sleek columns. It’s a pleasing place for a gentle stroll – and for keen gamers, some may recognise the temple’s layout as it was the inspiration for the first-person shooter Serious Sam 3!
Wander the Tombs of the Valley of the Kings
Experience the final resting places of extravagant rulers who died thousands of years ago. Embedded in sedimentary rock and limestone are more than 60 tombs constructed for the kings of Ancient Egypt – many of them still in incredibly good repair. Some of the most impressive include the tombs of Rameses V & VI and the tomb of Seti. The reliefs and hieroglyphs are jaw-dropping.
Marvel at the Colossi of Memnon
Towering 60 feet above the fertile valley floor, these magnificent Pharaonic statues have stood sentinel in their current location since 1350BCE – testament to the remarkable skills of Egypt’s master builders – the seated posture and anatomy of the statues are still clearly visible after more than 3,000 years.