Luxor is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes...
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November saw the launch of a new easyJet flight route, from London Gatwick to Luxor. This Egyptian city has long been a favourite for charter holidays, but is now more easily accessible - and affordable - if you prefer to book flights and accommodation yourself.
The city’s governor would like you to know that Luxor is the world’s greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. There is simply nothing in the world that comes close to the grandeur of ancient Thebes.
Cairo’s central Ramses station, a huge, heady Victorian-era terminus, is thronging at seven o’clock on a Wednesday evening as the night train to Luxor pulls into Platform Three. We gather our luggage and our four small children, and make our way to the compact compartment fitted with two seats and a washbasin that will be our bedroom, dining car and playroom for the next ten-or-so hours as our train pushes south through the night towards Luxor.
The overnight rail link from Egypt’s capital city to its southern cultural treasure-troves of Luxor and Aswan was long famed for its exemplary Orient Express-style service. Though in recent decades the final traces of the grand old days of mahogany dining cars and dinner-jacketed waiters serving up turtle soup have vanished, the line still makes for an adventure worthy of any Grand Tour, particularly with your own diminutive passengers in tow. Be sure to purchase your tickets for your ‘deluxe two-berth sleeper’ several days in advance of travel (drop in to the office at the station itself, pay in local currency and make clear that you’ll be sharing the berth with your offspring), a bargain at £34 (UK) one-way, inclusive of dinner and breakfast. Children aged four to nine, meanwhile, travel for half-price and the under-threes ride for free.
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