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Luxor at a Glance

Luxor is one of Egypt's great wonders. Here people have lived for centuries among the grand palaces of ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Today, many of the sites are open for tourism and you can walk through the magnificent tombs and palaces. 

Luxor is one of the hottest places in the world, so it pays to come prepared no matter what time of year. Bring hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. It's often worth the money to get an air-conditioned tour or bus tour. This helps cut down on the heat, but also the hawkers, drivers and touts who will follow tourists around. 

The monuments are scattered along the east and west banks of the Nile. The West Bank is home to the necropolis and the East Bank contains the palaces and living quarters. While you stand in the heart of all this monumental construction it's astonishing to realize that this was all built by hand. 

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December - February
Low Season
March - November
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Egypt can purchase a visa easily in the airport in most cases. You must have a valid passport with one available page for stamping. For trips to the West Bank from Egypt, a security screening is required. For travelers who've had difficulty with visas in the past or who are entering the country through a remote or contested area, purchasing a visa in advance is a good idea. Contact an Egyptian Consulate for more information. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department website for guidance as well. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Summertime in Egypt can be unbearably hot. It's wise to stay cool and well hydrated if you travel from June to September. 

      Safety Concerns Egypt is a fairly safe place to travel. Keep your valuables out of sight and be on the look-out for scams and hustles. Women might be more comfortable walking with a man to avoid cat-calls and hassling, especially at night. Terrorism and street protests also pose a danger to foreign tourists. Check the U.S. State Department website for updated information on Egyptian travel alerts.

      Health Concerns Avoid raw fruits and vegetables while eating out and drink only bottled water to avoid stomach problems while you travel.