Welcome to Luxor
Once ancient Upper Egypt’s capital of Thebes, Luxor’s archaeological heavyweights put it right behind Cairo for visitors keen to peel back the millennia. Hemming the Nile 400 miles (644 kilometers) south of Egypt’s capital, its commercialized trappings don’t detract from the emotional force of its antiquities. Highlights are the hieroglyphic-painted tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the 1,300-year-old Karnak, and Luxor Temple. Other things to do include riding horse-drawn carriages by the river and strolling the Avenue of Sphinxes, the now-restored sphinx-lined road linking Karnak and Luxor Temple.