Luxor! Wow, still a dream come true to being able to see this place. Luxor is located on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt.
Luxor was ruled by some very important pharaohs. A lot of their tombs, statues, and temples still remind to this very day! They are still well-preserved!
We took an overnight train from Cairo to Luxor. We booked it on here. We tend to not like overnight trains, except the one we took to Chiang Mai. This train was comfy, nice warm blankets and sheets, but the rocking up, down, side to side was not fun at all! It was also very loud, the tracks and train just seemed old.
Going to Luxor, we finally came to the conclusion that we were officially burnt-out. We left SEA thinking maybe we were just tired of Asia in general, but unfortunately we knew this was it. I won’t get crazy into details, since I will write a blog about travel burnout, but going to Luxor was very emotional, we both weren’t sure what to do with our travels, so we stayed at our Airbnb for two full days without exploring, figured out our plan and our next step in our lives. After with all the honest conversations with each other and our parents, we knew what we really wanted to do. After having all of those conversations, we finally felt better about the whole situation and decided to go out exploring!
We still unfortunately didn’t see as much as we wanted to in Egypt, but it just gives us a reason to go back one day.
Where to Stay?
We found this cute place that feels like it should be located in Greece. We paid $16CAD/night for a place that has a kitchen, full bathroom, cozy bedroom, and a full rooftop patio! It was walking distance to some restaurants, grocery stores, small convenient stores, and across from the Nile river, which made it pretty easy if you needed to get across, there were boats everywhere!
What to Do?
We decided to not get a tour guide this time, so we hired a driver to take us to three different places. Sometimes it’s just nice doing things on you own, without feeling rushed.
Valley Of The Kings
Is also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings. There was a discovery in 2005, they had found a new chamber and more entrances! Valley of The Kings is known to have 63 chambers and tombs! How crazy is that!? The tombs are decorated with some Egyptian mythology, which indicated to some clues on how they had some rituals.
It honestly blows my mind that archeologists are still finding artifacts! Insane!
To get in costs around $16CAD/PP and it’s valid for 3 tombs of your choice. Photography gear is an extra fee as well, unless you just stick with you phone, then you don’t need to pay extra. There are so many tombs to choose from, so take your time exploring.
Before you enter, you will have to walk through a small market, which seems verrry long when every single person is running up to you asking if you want to purchase whatever they’re holding. It gets really annoying because all the men are so aggressive, with walking right up to your face, or following behind you.
Be careful if they hand you anything, it comes with a price tag! A gentlemen handed Jamie a booklet of the grounds, we skimmed through it and started walking away, he walked with us and mentioned it’s wasn’t free, so we hand it back to him.. It’s the fact no one is honest in Egypt, they always try to scam you somehow… It’s just not fun.
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
This place is referred to as the Valley of the Queens, this breathtaking temple is found just over the mountain from the Valley of the Kings. Today it’s known to be one of the great wonders of Ancient Egypt. This is Queen Hatshepsut Temple, built in honour of the longest living female Pharaoh.
Queen Hatshepsut had controlled Egypt during the 18th dynasty, and she controlled the country longer than any other female. She was also a very prosperous pharaoh that loved peace rather than warfare. Price was around $16CAD/pp.
Colossi of Memnon
These 2 statues of Amenhotep III date back over 3,400 years (since 1350 BC) They aren’t in the best condition, but that’s because it’s been 3,400 years of the hot desert sun beaming on it and the Nile floods. It’s also free to see! So yay!
Those are the only temples we saw, but here are other ones to see and do in Luxor!
Luxor temple is located on the East Bank of the Nile river. Temple dates way back to 1400 BC. This temple was different, it wasn’t devoted to a God, or a set of Gods, but instead it was built as a dedication to the rejuvenation of kingship! And a possibility where Kings were crowned!
Entrance fee from Google says $4CAD/pp
Temple of Karnak
Arabic Khurnak meaning (“fortified village”). This contains a mix of decayed temples, chapels, and pylons. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom.
Entrance fee from Google says $10CAD/pp
This Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu temple a very important New Kingdom. The structure is located in the West Bank of Luxor. This was a holy ground and it was believed to be where the Ogdoad, the 4 first pairs of primeval gods were buried.
Entrance fee from Google says $6CAD/pp
Luxor Temple Museum
The Luxor Museum started in 1975. Some of the items on display are grave goods from the tomb of the 18th century. Dynasty Pharaoh and a collection of 26 New Kingdom statues that were found buried in the Luxor statue cache in the nearby Luxor Temple in 1989. The royal mummies of two pharaohs – Ahmose I and Ramesses I.
If you like taking your time at these things, I suggest going on your own, so you can go at your own pace!
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Enjoy views from a balloon ride. I could only imagine what you’d see.
Relax and cruise along the Nile River!
Egypt has very amazing foods, so I suggest trying everything. The flavours are delish!!
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