Luxor, Aswan & Red Sea

Anciently Impressive

Luxor

The ancient city of Thebes, now known as Luxor, is home to the two incredible temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak. Directly across the river lies the Valley of the Kings, where the famous tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922. Take a stroll down Sharia al-Karnak and Sharia Souq for the best mix of colourful cafes and restaurants, along with lively bazaars and market stalls pedalling all manner of traditional wares and souvenirs.

Aswan

Many believe that the Nile is at its most beautiful in Aswan. The river curves through desert and granite rocks and around lush green islands. Soak up the history and delight in the surrounds on a Nile River cruise or head to the southern end of Lake Nasser to see the impressive Abu Simbel temples. For a true local experience, enjoy the aromatic spice displays at the Aswan Spice Market.

Red Sea

When you have seen enough temples to last a pharaoh’s lifetime, head to the glittering Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh to soak up some sunshine. Thanks to its dramatic landscape, year-round warm climate and long stretches of natural beaches, this resort will calm and captivate you.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Take a Traditional Nile Cruise at Sunset in a Felucca: A traditional boat and one of Egypt’s enduring sights.
  2. See the Magnificent temples of Abu Simbel on an Air Tour from Aswan: Tour the Temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari.
  3. Dive into the Red Sea: Teeming with colourful marine life, the crystal waters of the Red Sea are landscaped with coral and dramatic drop-offs and make for some fantastic diving and snorkelling.

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