momo tawab is a tour guide in Saudi Arabia, Egypt
As one of the richest archaeological destinations in all of Egypt, it’s perhaps not surprising that Luxor, the world’s greatest open air museum” has shouldered its way to the forefront of national tourism. Today’s modern city has grown up around the myriad of ancient sites that were once the industrial, militaristic and political powerhouse of the old Egyptian kingdoms, with most people coming in search of these 4,000-year-old relics.
The bulk of points of interest are clustered on the west bank of the Nile, the site where the ancient city, and once dynastic capital of Thebes once stood. Don’t miss the Temple of Luxor, a sprawling site of worship and the Karnak Temple, both offering one of the most authentic insights into the land’s grand past. Explore the Valley of the Kings as well as the Valley of the Queens, against the backdrop of a Luxor tour guide expounding on the history and trivia behind these fascinating tombs.
Away from the temples and historic sites, the East Bank lures with with luxurious hotels, traditional bazaars and lovely views of the Nile; guests can wallow in the shadow of ancient obelisks while sipping strong Egyptian coffee, or exploring the delicious regional cuisine.
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