Egypt is a land of many faces, from the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to the bustle of Cairo and the laidback history of Luxor – and the latter is certainly worth your time. Tourism is slow at the moment, but in Luxor it is easy to forget the headlines as you explore sites both ancient and modern. There is so much to see, it is best to start early and plan well.
Day 1 – The West Bank Tombs
Head across the Nile to the West Bank, where the majority of the ancient sites are situated. Start early – there is little shade here – and begin at The Valley of the Kings. The entry fee covers entrance to 3 tombs of your choosing, although if you go with a guide they will often choose the best. The tombs of Seti and Ramesses IX are worth a visit if you’re unsure. If you want to skip a tour, do some research in advance; knowing what certain motifs mean makes the experience more worthwhile.
Pay an extra 10egp and head into the tiny tomb of Tutankhamun and see the man himself. Photos aren’t allowed in the tombs, but if you carry a large tip and enter alone there is nothing the guardians won’t let you do.
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