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Nile Valley: Luxor

Introducing Nile Valley: Luxor

Luxor is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world can compare to the grandeur of ancient Thebes.

The setting is still breathtakingly beautiful, the Nile flowing between the modern town and the west-bank necropolis, backed by the enigmatic Theban escarpment. Scattered across the landscape is an embarrassment of riches, from the temples of Karnak and Luxor on its east bank to the many tombs and temples on the west bank.

Thebes’ wealth and power, already legendary in antiquity, began to lure Western travellers from the end of the 18th century. Today’s traveller risks being surrounded by coachloads of tourists herded through the main sights, but with a little planning it is possible to avoid the crowds and get the most from the magic of the Theban landscape and its unparalleled archaeological heritage.