Luxor & Around

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Luxor & Around

Time to explore Luxor with Kemet Travel . Luxor  was the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of Egypt  during the new kingdom, Luxor was regarded in the Ancient  Egyptian texts as  (Ta ipet )  meaning the shrine and also as wast  (city of the scepter). It was also  referred to as niwt means city , it was also niwt rst means southern city ,it was known as the city of the 100 gates .The Greeks called it Thebai and Roman after that Thebae . 
Luxor is divided by the Nile into two areas commonly called the East Bank and West Bank which were considered in Ancient Egyptian times as symbolizing respectively Life and Death. 

The importance of the city started as early the 11th dynasty , it had risen as the major political ,religious and military capital of Ancient Egypt from the time of the 18th dynasty through to 20th dynasty. 
   Luxor has often been called the world‘s greatest open air museum, as ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city, immediately opposite , across the Nile ,lie the monuments temples and tombs of the west bank necropolis is covering about 10 square kilometers  which includes the valley of the kings and valley of the queens .
 The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area  are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that know of.
Luxor is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt , it has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times during the late dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods. 
Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes .The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet, the festival was to reconcile the ruler with the divine office.
During the 18th Dynasty the festival lasted 11 days ,but had grown to 27 days  by the reign of RamessesIII in 20TH Dynasty .
The  procession of images of the current royal family began at the temple of Karnak  and ended at the temple of Luxor . By the late 18th dynasty the journey was being made by a barge, on the Nile, each god or goddess  was  carried in a separate barge that was towed by smaller boats.
Large crowds consisting

 of soldiers , dancers, musicians and high ranking officials accompanied the barge by walking along the banks of the river.
The  king and his priests entered the back chambers, the king and his ka(soul) were merged , the king being transformed into a divine being.
The  festival included

 the assortment of over 11.000 loaves of bread, 85 cakes and 385 jars of beer.
The valley of the kings situated  on the ancient site of Thebes, on Luxor‘s west bank , it is the ancient burial ground of many of Egypt‘s new kingdom rulers .
The valley is surrounded by high cliffs, dominated by a natural pyramids shaped  peak,  the kings found it will protect their funerary objects which were important for the next life.Tutmosis I was the first king to choose this local for his burial, his successors followed his lead, having their tombs dug in this valley this cemetery contains 62 tombs .

The valley of the queens is located at the foot of the south side of the sacred western mountain, has encompassed the tombs of the great royal wives of the Ramesside period. The valley was used as royal buiral ground for queens, princes and princesses in 18th until 20th Dynasties. There are nearly 95 tombs, many are simple pits, some are unscripted, others have interesting wall paintings such as the tomb of Nerfertari, the tomb of prince Amen-Hirkhopshef and Khaemwaset.

The Tombs of the Nobles comprise a number of distinct areas on the West Bank.These areas mostly lie in five different regions.Farther most north is an area know as El-Tarif, just south of El-Tarif is Dra Abu-El-Naga, which is a hillside with about 80 numbered tombs, just south of El-Assasif is ElKhokha, a hill with 5 old kingdom tombs and 53 numbered tombs from the 18th and 19th dynasty. Directly west of El-Khokha is Sheikh Abd el- Qurna, it has 146 tombs, most of which are from the 18th dynasty. Just north of Abd el-Qurna is El-Deir El-Bahari.

Queen Hatshepsut`s mortuary temple located in Luxor at Deir el Bahari .When the pharaoh died, his heir Thutmoses III was too young to take the throne.The queen then ruled Egypt in his place until he was ready. The temple was built upward in 3 stages against the towering mountain cliffs, it was dedicated to God Amun with parts also dedicated to the Goddess Hathor and God Anubis.

 

Luxor excursion

  Royal Thebes, Egyptian treasure-house of countless wealth, who boasts her hundred gates, through each of which, with horse and car, two hundred warriors march.The Golden Age of Thebes " ancient Waset " came under the New Kingdom Era ( 1500-100 BC ), When king Ahmos, the founder of the New Kingdom, moved the capital to Waset. Waset witnessed the most glorious five hundred years

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Basic Hotels

Eatabe Luxor Hotel

Price per person from $ 20.00

It is in the center of Luxor and it is ideally located between Luxor Temple and Museum, surrounded by garden and overlooks the Nile.

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Iberotel Luxor

Price per person from $ 28.00

This squat high-rise at the southern tip of the Corniche has n indoor atrium, great Nile views and a heated floating pool. You can savour Egyptian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine over the Nile. 

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El-Nakhil Hotel

Price per person from $ 20.00

It is suited in a palm grove at the edge of Al-Gezira. The hotel has 17 spotless, well-finished domed rooms, all with private bathrooms and air con. In addition family rooms, baby cots, and tree rooms for disable guests.

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Al-Moudira

Price per person from $ 112.00

It is luxury hotel, a Moorish fantasy of soaring vaults, pointed arches and enormous domes, surrounded by lush green and birdsongs. Each room is different in shape, size and color, each with its own hand-painted trompe and with Egyptian antiques. 

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Luxury Hotels

Nile Dahabiya Boats

Price per person from $ 160.00

Sailing on such boat ,knows as Dahabiya is a popular way to travel and relax .every Dahabiya journey takes you not only to the well-known highlight  on the banks of the Nile river ,but also to lesser know sites only visited by the favored few. 

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Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

Price per person from $ 70.00

Astunning example of Victorian architecture, Sofitel Winter Palace hotel has a history of hosting royalty and celebrities throughout the years.  It has grand staircase, high ceiling and a lounge area that are appointed with antique furniture and beautiful flowers arrangements. 

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Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

Price per person from $ 75.00

Great time to enjoy the tranquil environment and attentive service at Hilton Luxor Resort. A great luxury stay hotel in Luxor

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five stars hotels

Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island

Price per person from $ 30.00

It is a luxurious resort situated in the private island, surrounded by 165 acres of landscaped garden. It over look the overlooks the Nile and feature 3 outdoor swimming pools. All rooms offer private terrace overlooking the lush garden, Air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/ coffee making facilities.

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Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor Hotel

Price per person from $ 70.00

Sofitel Pavillon Winter Luxor Hotel

This 5***** hotel is a modern retreat surrounded by the luxurious tropical gardens of the Winter Royal Palace.

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