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The Nile Valley and Luxor Travel Guide

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Plan Your 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.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Valley of the Kings Follow the storyline of the pharaoh's journey into the afterlife in the images from the Book of the Dead on the walls of a royal tomb.
  2. The Temple of Karnak Stroll among the columns in the "petrified forest" of the hypostyle hall, which was built as a garden for the gods.
  3. Deir el-Bahri Step back and absorb the panorama of the multitiered facade at the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  4. A Trip on the Nile Make the Nile your home for a few days, either on the deck of a traditional wind-powered felucca or in the more comfortable cabin of a luxury river cruiser.
  5. The Temple of Edfu Admire the architectural perfection of the temple dedicated to Horus; it's the finest surviving Ptolemaic-era building in Egypt.

When To Go

When to Go

Traditionally, high season begins at the end of September, peaks around Christmas, and lasts until the end of April. The heat kicks in as early as Ma...

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