You have come this far looking for a quick guide to organize your trip if you want to take the PIA online flights to Egypt, specifically to Luxor, and in the following paragraphs, we will put you in a movie, where you will learn what you need. Quiet all that list of things to see in Luxor and tips you will find a little below. But we think it is necessary to move there with words to a specific. And exciting moment in the history of this incredible place. Let’s Get into it.
Where is Luxor in Egypt?
Luxor is in the middle of Egypt, on the east bank of the Nile River. And was built on Thebes’ ruins, the great Egyptian capital of the New Kingdom. You might be think that: “What does it matter to me which shore it is on?” Basically, the shore issue is important, understand what to see, how to see and when you book cheap flights to Egypt.
The West Bank and the East Bank!
The West Bank is the bank of death, the place where the sun hides. It is the cemetery, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptians. If you look at a map of Egypt, all the tombs are located west of the Nile. Including the Valley of the Kings and the Queens and Giza’s pyramids.
The East Bank is the shore of life, where the sun and a new day appear. Here are the temples in which the Egyptians worshiped their gods, such as the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple.
How to get to Luxor from Cairo?
Most of the people take their flights to Egypt and land in Cairo. That’s why it’s important to learn how to reach Luxor from Cairo.
- First, you can easily find a cheap flight from Cairo to reach Luxor. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you can opt for the following.
- If the plane doesn’t particularly motivate you, you can take a night train with a bed and save yourself a night’s accommodation. Many daily trains connect Cairo with Luxor, but the problem is that being a foreigner, they don’t sell them to you. They will give you a thousand excuses at the Cairo station claiming that they are not tourist tickets. If you want to make the day trip, book the trip through the Egyptian National Railways website.
- It will be your great discovery of the trip. You can get around most of Egypt with the Go Bus Company. The buses are quite “modern,” and the prices are good.
The Valley of the Kings is a dry, rocky, and barren place. A place that has little to do with the grandeur with which your imagination decorates it and its pompous name. When you get there, the feeling of being lost in the middle of a dry forest does not include a tree to shelter you and 350 degrees in the shade. The wonders of the Valley of the Kings are not outside but inside.
The tombs are numbered with the initials KV (Kings Valley) and a number according to the order of discovery, from 1 to 62.
The last pharaonic tomb was discovered in the valley in 1922, the tomb of Tutankhamun. Not all of them remain open, and with the ticket, you can visit 3 of them. Be careful; these three do not include the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), nor that of Ramses VI (KV 9), nor the jewel in the crown: KV17 or the tomb of Seti I.
The Karnak temple is located on the eastern shore, that of the living (this looks like a chapter from Game of Thrones). And for many tourists, it is one of the most beautiful temples in the world. In the time of the great pharaohs. Karnak was linked to the temple of Luxor by a 3 km avenue flanked by sphinxes. Much of that avenue was destroyed by the layout of the new city but luckily for you. They are rebuilding it, and in a very short time, both temples will be united as before. Most of the tours visit Karnak in the morning and Luxor at night.
If you only have one day for everything, yes or yes you are going to eat the crowds (which is not crazy because of the little tourism and that’s why it’s best to visit this place whenever you take cheap flights to Egypt) since you cannot play with the times. If you will be in Luxor for more days, visit the Valley of the Kings and Karnak in the afternoons and the Luxor Temple in the early hours and at night to see it illuminated. So, you can enjoy them with fewer people.
This temple is the other great jewel of the east bank, and as I mentioned a little above, it was connected to Karnak by an avenue flanked by sphinxes. It is located next to the Nile and in the heart of the city. It deserves a visit both during the day (if it is first thing in the morning much better) and at night since at dawn they illuminate it, and it is beautiful. We advise you to stand in front of the pylons at the entrance and observe Ramses II’s colossal sculptures and the obelisks.