Ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital city, at the heart of the ancient monumental remains, is a welcoming and comfortable place to enjoy « the world’s greatest open-air museum ».
Reasons to appreciate Luxor
In the early morning, fly over Luxor in a hot-air balloon, or explore the stony maze at Karnak, Egypt’s biggest temple complex… visit the great necropolis of Thebes, the ancient domain of the god Osiris… drink tea at the Winter Palace, where Howard Carter announced his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb… admire the Colossi of Memnon, guardians of the Valley of Kings… visit the Mummification Museum to learn about the ancient Egyptians’ secret funeral rites… drink a Karkade, or hibiscus punch, in the surrounding countryside and explore both banks of the mysterious River Nile.
Known as « the mother of the world », (Oum al-dounia), the biggest metropolis in Africa is a hive and hub of unbelievable energy, both modern and ancestral.
Drink mint tea in the famous mirrored café, El-Fishaoui, in the Khan-El-Khalili souk district… discover the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World (the Great Pyramid) that is still intact… lose yourself in the ancient city streets, visiting mosques and madrasahs… listen to the calls of the muezzin and the cries of street vendors… taste delicious ful medames in the Agouza quarter, travelling in time through the ancient Bab-El-Foutouh fortified gate… wander among the streets and alleys in the Islamic quarter and the colourful crowds at the Imbaba camel market… take a stroll along the Nile promenade, or gaze over the « mother of the world » from the Mokattam hills… rediscover the Islamic art museum, recently modernised by Adrien Gardère…