Quick Guide to Hassle-Free Weekend in Luxor
Luxor is a touristy city; thus as tourists flock in there, so do individuals seeking to eke out a living. This mix of activities means Luxor may sometimes project a hassling picture to visit, but you can edit that out of your holiday by joining a tour group or using a tour operator to explore the ancient city. A simple itinerary by any average tour planner should be enough to wow you—good enough, you can even have a customized tour.
You can begin the tour with a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor while the tour company picks you up when you arrive at Luxor and transfer you to the hotel. In fact, before the Nile cruise, it’s possible to see a bit of Aswan if you so wish.
It is almost impossible not to have a tour of both Karnak and Luxor temple in any tour itinerary for Luxor as these are about the city’s main attractions. Some of the main highlights of these sites are the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memmon.
After exploring the Karnak and Luxor temples (which actually can take all day), return to the hotel to refresh. Okay, I forgot to mention that you can refresh yourself as you tour these monuments with a glass of sugarcane juice. It is very popular around here, but you should take it with care because it tastes excessively sweet.
Food is one thing you shouldn’t take for granted on any trip. While the hotels usually make great meals, the consciousness of the fact that they make food for international guests often rob them of the freedom to make local delicacies the way people make them on a daily basis at home so, if you are adventurous like me, try local meals outside the hotel.
For non-vegetarians, feel free to throw open your options, devour everything from pigeon to beef, you can bet that the meals made therefrom can be nothing short of delicious. For vegetarians whose options seem limited, you may want to try the delectable babaganoush (a paste of aubergines mashed with tahini), kushari (a mixture of noodles, lentils, and rice topped with fried onions and a spicy tomato sauce), falafel (balls of deep-fried mashed chickpeas and spices), and tahini (sesame-seed paste mixed with garlic, spices, and lemon, served with pita bread).
The Luxor Museum with its admirable and impressive collection of antiquities may also be of interest to you. But then, you shouldn’t forget to spend some time in the hotel too, if just so you’ll experience the facilities there and their definition of hospitality—besides, you just might have to make recommendation on hotels to someone next time.
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