The Nile Valley and Luxor Travel Guide


Plan Your The Nile Valley and Luxor Vacation

The ultimate proof of Herodotus's claim that "Egypt is a gift of the Nile" is visible on a flight from Cairo to Upper Egypt. From the air the Nile is a thin blue line, fringed with green, wending its way through a limitless horizon of sand. You realize that this is the Sahara, and that here, on the edge of the world's harshest desert, Africa's greatest city and Egypt's 80 million souls rely on one river's undiminished bounty.


The Nile Valley and Luxor Hotels

Remember that rates are less expensive in summer—late April to the end of September—though Luxor has less dramatic... read more


The Nile Valley and Luxor Restaurants

Luxor is a busy tourist destination and has a wide range of restaurants; outside of Luxor, your choices are more limited,... read more


The Nile Valley and Luxor Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    The Valley of the Kings: Follow the storyline of the pharaoh's journey into the afterlife in the images from the Book of the... Read more

  • The Amarna Era

    Akhenaton turned ancient Egypt upside down. When he came to the throne around 1353 BC, he took the name Amenhotep IV, but in the fifth... Read more

  • How to Make a Mummy

    Mummification is indelibly linked with ancient Egypt, and mummies continue to fascinate us. However, the earliest mummies were likely... Read more

  • Kent Weeks and Tomb KV5

    Recent archaeological work on the West Bank has concentrated on attempts by Dr. Kent Weeks to create a comprehensive database of tombs,... Read more

  • Seti I

    Son of Ramses I, founder of the 19th Dynasty, Seti's main role during his rule (c. 1290 BC-1279 BC or c. 1294 BC-1279 BC) was to build up... Read more

  • The Scarab

    One of the least expensive souvenirs you can bring back from your trip is a small scarab beetle carved from stone. The scarab, or dung... Read more


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