The Best Luxor Temple Tour

A Luxor Temple Visit You Won’t Forget

A famous ancient UNESCO World Heritage site, the Luxor Temple is a pivotal highlight in any Luxor city tour and is one of the places in Egypt that is best visited after sunset. The Luxor Temple takes on an enchanting aura in the evening when it is illuminated with beautiful lights. This creates a magical ambiance and allows visitors to appreciate the temple's architecture and intricate details in a different light, giving them the perfect setting for a Luxor Temple tour.

Therefore, Inside Egypt offers our guests the chance to see the magnificent Luxor Temple at night on our Luxor Temple tour.

Enhance your evening in Luxor with our exceptional Luxor Temple tour. The pharaohs rise again from the stones and the temple blazes to life. Ethereal lights and ancient voices regale visitors with heroic tales of kings and gods during an forgettable Luxor Temple visit.

Our Luxor Temple tour in Egypt is unique. Your knowledgeable Luxor Temple guide will provide valuable insights into the history, architecture, and symbolism of the site, making your Luxor Temple visit informative and meaningful.

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A Luxor Temple visit in the evening is safe for all tourists, including seniors, and it provides an amazing experience. During our Luxor Temple tour, our tour leader (concierge) takes care of our clients and their needs, as does our Luxor Temple guide.

Illuminations of light around this UNESCO World Heritage Site expose the most important and most famous attractions of the temple, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Pylon and Obelisk of Ramses II. You won't miss anything on your tour. Experiencing the Luxor Temple in the evening, with its illuminated splendor, is undoubtedly a highlight for many visitors to Luxor. Between the unique nighttime lighting and knowledge of our Luxor Temple guide, you will be able to witness the temple's architectural magnificence in a different context appreciating the way it adds an extra layer of enchantment to an already awe-inspiring historical site.

The Luxor Temple tour is included in our 14 Days in Egypt Tour (Around Egypt in 14 Days) and  10-Day Tour of Egypt (Exploring Egypt). During the 8-Day Egypt Tour (the Golden Highlights of Egypt), it is possible to add the Luxor Temple tour as an optional trip.

See the Luxor Temple from a different view than during the day on our evening Luxor Temple tour in Egypt.

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What’s the history behind this temple?

Colossal statues of Ramses II the Great and the imposing Grand Colonnade are trademarks of the Luxor Temple. The building is admired both throughout the day and during evening walks along the promenade by the Nile. We will be able to visit it during our 10-day trip to Egypt and 8-day Egypt tour.  

The Luxor Temple was covered with sand for many centuries. It was not discovered until 1883 during drainage works. Currently, it is one of the main tourist attractions of Egypt. Its beauty is especially visible in the evening, when the appropriate illumination brings out details in the statues and reliefs that are invisible in the bright daylight.

In Egyptian, the temple was called Ipet Resyt (the southern sanctuary) and it was dedicated to the Theban triad; Amon, his wife Mut and son Khonsu, as well as the royal principle Ka, and therefore the immortal soul (one of the five components of every Egyptian). Together with the complex in Karanaku, it was the center of the annual Opet Festival, one of the most important holidays in ancient Egypt. During the solemn procession, the barge with the statue of the god Amun was carried from Karnak to Luxor.

The construction of the sanctuary was started by Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III in the 15th century BC. Successive rulers expanded the temple complex until it became the second largest, after Karnak, a cult district in Egypt.

The entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage Site leads through the monumental first pylon. It is worth taking a closer look at the reliefs depicting scenes from the military camp and the battle and triumph of Ramses II at Kadesh, as they have been preserved in a very good condition.

In front of the pylon there are intimidating granite statues of this pharaoh and one of his two obelisks. The second was given to the French by the ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, in the 19th century.

Just as Karnak is famous for its Great Hypostyle Hall, the temple in Luxor boasts a magnificent colonnade. On the orders of Amenhotep III (1388-1351/50 BC), fourteen 21-meter columns with papyrus-shaped capitals were erected over a distance of over 100 meters. The walls of this unique passage are decorated with bas-reliefs, the theme of which is the celebration of Opet.

After leaving the colonnade, you enter the second peristyle courtyard, which is surrounded by a colonnade. In 1989, 26 statues from the New Kingdom period (16th-11th century BC) were discovered there. The sculptures were probably buried by the Romans during the "cleanup" during the construction of the fort.

After passing through the hypostyle hall, in which there are 32 columns in four rows, and the sacrificial table room, you reach the most important room of the temple - the so-called Birth Room. On its walls, carvings depict the divine origin of Amenhotep III. The god Amon appears on them, to the mother of Pharaoh in the form of her husband Tuthmosis IV, and gives her the "breath" of life from which Amenhotep III is born. A similar decoration can only be found in the Hatshepsut temple, in the Portico of Divine Birth.

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Which Inside Egypt tours include a visit to the Luxor Temple?

This is included in our 14 Days in Egypt Tour (Around Egypt in 14 Days).
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Our Luxor Temple tour in Egypt is also on the itinerary of our 10-Day Tour of Egypt (Exploring Egypt).
Embark on a 10-day tour of Egypt, exploring Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan. Begin your adventure at Saqqara and Dahshur, where you'll witness the Step Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and Red Pyramid against the desert landscape. Visit the Egyptian Museum and Historic Cairo, including the Saladin Citadel and medieval mosque, to delve into the city's rich history. Immerse yourself in Egyptian culture through local cuisine and beverages. Explore Luxor's ancient wonders, such as the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple Complex, and a Luxor Temple visit. Marvel at the temples of Abu Simbel and Philae in Aswan, showcasing Egypt's architectural prowess. Cruise along the Nile River, witnessing scenic landscapes and glimpses of rural life. Experience the charm of local markets. Conclude your 10-day tour with a visit to the iconic Giza Plateau, where the Great Pyramids and Sphinx stand majestically. Capture unforgettable moments against this iconic backdrop.

During the 8-Day Egypt Tour (the Golden Highlights of Egypt), it is possible to add the Luxor Temple visit as an optional trip with a Luxor Temple guide.
The 8-day Egypt tour offers a whistle-stop tour of the country's amazing sights. It includes a Nile cruise and is designed for those who want to make the most of their trip in a week. Highlights of the tour include visiting the Egyptian Museum and the Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque. You'll also explore Upper and Lower Egypt on the Nile River cruise. The tour allows you to experience the ancient and modern history of Egypt and create lasting memories. It's an all-inclusive package that ensures you get the most out of your wonderful vacation.

What are the highlights of this visit?

A visit to the Luxor Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Luxor, Egypt offers a captivating experience filled with historical significance and architectural grandeur. Here are the key highlights and attractions that visitors can expect to see and experience during their Luxor temple tour with Inside Egypt:

Entrance and Avenue of Sphinxes
The Luxor Temple visit begins through the impressive entrance gate, beyond which lies the Avenue of Sphinxes. This avenue was once lined with hundreds of sphinx statues,
although only a few remain today. Walking along this path creates a sense of awe and anticipation.

Obelisk of Ramses II
As visitors proceed further into the temple complex on the Luxor temple tour, they will encounter the grand Pylon and Obelisk of Ramses II. This massive obelisk stands at 82 feet (25 meters) tall and is adorned with intricate hieroglyphics. It is one of the few surviving obelisks in Egypt.

Colonnade and Courtyard
The temple's vast colonnade, or hypostyle hall, is an impressive sight. The Grand Colonnade features rows of towering columns with intricately carved hieroglyphics and reliefs. The Sun Court of Amenhotep III beyond the colonnade is surrounded by massive walls and offers a serene and picturesque space for reflection.

Birth of Pharaoh Scenes
One of the unique aspects of the Luxor Temple that can be seen on the Luxor temple visit is the presence of reliefs depicting the birth scenes of pharaohs. These scenes showcase the divine origins of the pharaohs and their connection to the gods. They provide insight into the ancient Egyptian beliefs and rituals associated with kingship.

Chapel of Alexander the Great
The Luxor Temple also contains a chapel dedicated to Alexander the Great, who was revered as a pharaoh by the Egyptians. The chapel features reliefs and inscriptions depicting Alexander's interactions with Egyptian deities and his divine lineage.

Mosque of Abu Haggag
Within the temple complex, there is a functioning mosque known as the Mosque of Abu Haggag. This mosque adds a unique layer of history and religious significance to the UNESCO World Heritage site, as it was built on top of the existing ancient structures.

Nighttime Illumination
During the day, Luxor Temple is an impressive sight to behold, but it takes on a whole new level of beauty and enchantment when it is illuminated at night. The temple's evening illumination showcases the exquisite architectural details and intricate carvings, bringing the ancient structures to life. The night-time lighting highlights the colossal statues, massive columns, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, creating a captivating ambiance. The warm golden lighting enhances the temple's grandeur and allows visitors to appreciate its architectural features in a different light. The illumination is carefully designed to accentuate the unique elements of the temple while creating a serene and mystical atmosphere. It adds a touch of magic to the visitor experience, making it an unforgettable sight. The contrast between the illuminated temple and the dark sky creates a mesmerizing visual spectacle.

Overall, the Luxor Temple trip offers a remarkable journey through ancient Egyptian history and architecture. The temple's grandeur, intricate reliefs, and unique features make it a must-see destination for anyone interested in ancient civilizations. On our Luxor Temple tour you will also have the knowledge of an amazing Luxor Temple guide, to share with you the fascinating stories of the ancient Egyptians.

Is this tour part of your Nile cruise?

The Luxor Temple visit is indeed part of the Nile cruise experience offered by Inside Egypt. The Luxor Temple visit allows travelers to explore the magnificent Luxor Temple, one of the most impressive historical sites in Egypt. This tour is included in two packages offered by Inside Egypt, and can be added to other packages as an optional trip. It is included in the 14 Days in Egypt Tour (Around Egypt in 14 Days) as well as in the 10-Day Tour of Egypt (Exploring Egypt). For those opting for the 8-Day Egypt Tour (the Golden Highlights of Egypt), the Luxor Temple tour can be added as an optional trip.


During the tour, visitors are accompanied by a knowledgeable Luxor Temple guide who provides fascinating insights into the temple's history and significance. Luxor Temple itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and showcases remarkable architectural features and ancient Egyptian art. The Luxor Temple visit begins with a stroll along the Avenue of Sphinxes, a grand processional avenue that once connected Luxor Temple with the famous Karnak Temple.

As you walk through the temple's magnificent entrance, you'll be greeted by towering statues and intricate reliefs, including the Grand Colonnade. Inside the temple, you'll have the opportunity to explore various sections, such as the Sun Court of Amenhotep III, the Pylon and Obelisk of Ramses II, and the Barque Shrine of Theban Triad. These structures offer a glimpse into the rich religious and cultural traditions of ancient Egypt.
 
It's worth noting that the Luxor Temple tour also allows travelers to witness the coexistence of different religious traditions. In addition to the Pylon and Obelisk of Ramses II and the Barque Shrine of Theban Triad, the temple complex is home to the Abu Haggag Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built on top of the ruins of the Luxor Temple. This fusion of ancient and modern religious sites like the Abu Haggag Mosque adds a unique dimension to the Luxor Temple tour.

Which other monuments are there to see in Luxor?

Luxor, located in southern Egypt, is a city known for its rich history and incredible archaeological sites. In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luxor Temple, there are several other notable monuments and attractions such as the Karnak Temple with its Temple of Khonsu and Valley of the Kings that visitors can explore as part of our Luxor Temple tour. Here are some of the prominent landmarks in Luxor:

Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It served as the burial place for pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom period. Visitors can explore several tombs, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. Each tomb is adorned with intricate hieroglyphics and stunning artwork. It is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.
 
Karnak Temple
The Karnak Temple Complex is a vast open-air museum and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. It consists of several temples, chapels, pylons, and obelisks dedicated to various Egyptian gods, including the Temple of Khonsu, son of Amun and Mut. The Great Hypostyle Hall, with the Grand Colonnade towering above you, is a remarkable feature of the complex. Karnak Temple offers a captivating glimpse into the religious and architectural grandeur of ancient Egypt.

Hatshepsut Temple
The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as Deir el-Bahari, is an impressive funerary temple dedicated to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. It is renowned for its unique design, blending seamlessly with the surrounding cliffs. The temple features terraced colonnades, statues, and beautiful reliefs depicting scenes from Hatshepsut's reign.

Luxor Museum
The Luxor Museum showcases a remarkable collection of artifacts from Luxor and the surrounding areas. It houses a wide range of exhibits, including statues, jewelry, pottery, and mummies. The Luxor Museum provides valuable insights into the history and culture of ancient Egypt. 

Medinet Habu
Medinet Habu is an ancient complex located on the west bank of the Nile. It includes the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III, known for its well-preserved reliefs and vivid colors. The temple showcases scenes depicting the military victories and religious rituals of Ramesses III.

Luxor West Bank
The West Bank of Luxor is an archaeological treasure trove. Apart from the Valley of the Kings and Medinet Habu, it is home to numerous other sites worth exploring, such as the Valley of the Queens, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Ramesseum, the memorial temple of Ramesses II.
 
These are just a few of the many remarkable monuments and attractions in Luxor. Each site on our Luxor Temple tour offers a unique experience and contributes to the understanding of ancient Egypt's history and culture. Exploring these landmarks with a knowledgeable and passionate Luxor Temple guide provides an immersive journey back in time.

 

Will we be joined by a Luxor Temple guide?

When you join us on our Luxor Temple tour, you will get to visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only will you get to see the famous Avenue of Sphinxes and the Grand Colonnade up close, but you will learn all about the history of Luxor Temple from our knowledgeable Luxor Temple guide. The expertise and passion of our Luxor Temple guide will enhance your Luxor Temple visit and give you a wonderful insight and understanding of how the UNESCO World Heritage Site looked, and how it was used in ancient times.

Join us on a Luxor Temple tour and learn the stories and curiosities of the site with our amazing Luxor Temple guide.

How long does the Luxor Temple tour usually last?

A typical Luxor Temple tour usually lasts around 1 to 2 hours. This duration includes the time spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site itself and any additional activities or stops that might be included in the Luxor Temple trip. During the Luxor Temple visit, you can expect to explore the main areas of the Luxor Temple, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes, the Great Sun Court of Amenhotep III, the Hypostyle Hall, the Grand Colonnade, and the sanctuary. These areas of the Luxor Temple visit are rich in ancient Egyptian history and architecture, and your Luxor Temple guide will provide insights into their significance.

It's important to note that the duration of the Luxor Temple tour can vary depending on factors such as; the size of the group, the pace of exploration, and the level of interest in the details provided by the Luxor Temple guide.

Are there any restrictions while visiting the Temple I should be aware of?

The Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt is a popular tourist destination that holds historical and cultural significance. While visiting the temple on a Luxor temple tour, there are a few guidelines and considerations to keep in mind to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience:

Dress Code
It is advisable to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting sites in Egypt. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Loose-fitting clothing that covers most of the body is recommended when on a Luxor Temple tour.

Photography
Photography is generally allowed during the Luxor Temple visit for personal use.

Respectful Behavior
The Luxor Temple is a place of worship and historical significance. Visitors should behave respectfully and refrain from loud noises, littering, or any disruptive behavior while on the Luxor temple tour. Remember to maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere for others to enjoy their Luxor Temple visit.

Preservation
The Luxor Temple is an ancient structure, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is important to help preserve its historical integrity. Do not touch or climb on the ancient structures or artifacts, and be cautious while walking to avoid causing any damage.

Security Checks
Like many tourist sites, the Luxor Temple may have security checks in place. Cooperate with the security personnel and follow their instructions for a smooth entry and perfect luxor Temple visit.

Do I need to pay for the entrance tickets or are they included in the tour price?

The entrance tickets to the Luxor Temple are included in the tour price. When you book a Luxor Temple tour with Inside Egypt travel agency, the cost of the entrance tickets to the Luxor Temple are already covered. This means that you do not need to pay separately for the tickets upon arrival.

Inside Egypt takes care of purchasing entrance tickets in advance of the Luxor Temple tour for the comfort and convenience of its clients. By doing so, we ensure that our customers do not have to queue or wait for entry at the Luxor Temple. This saves time and allows our guests to make the most of their Luxor Temple visit by exploring the temple instead of waiting in line.

The current price for the entry ticket to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luxor Temple for foreigners (non-Egyptians) is EGP 260. For children up to 12 years old, the fee is 50% of the ticket price, which amounts to EGP 130.
By including the entrance tickets in the tour price, the Inside Egypt travel agency aims to provide a hassle-free experience for their clients, allowing them to fully enjoy their time on the Luxor Temple visit without any additional costs or inconveniences.

Can I customize my own Luxor Temple tour?

Our Luxor Temple trip allows you to visit the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site on the East bank of the Nile. You will walk along the Avenue of Sphinxes and reflect in the Sun Court of Amenhotep III. See the Grand Colonnade and the Pylon and Obelisk of Ramses II, while looking up towards the bright blue sky. Here at Inside Egypt, we are flexible towards your needs and are happy to customize your Luxor Temple tour so that you can visit additional sites and attractions. If there is something that you particularly want to see on your Luxor Temple visit, we will be happy to tailor your tour to suit your individual needs. 

If you are interested in a private tour of the Luxor Temple - contact us today.

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