Luxor, Egypt has a rich history and the sort of unbelievable and unparalleled sights children are sure to love. With a history dating back to over 3,000 years BC, your family will find this journey off the beaten path well worth your while. Kids will be dazzled by the history, art and culture on ancient Egypt, and form lasting memories of this once in a lifetime experience.
Address: Luxor 81111, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 22617304
Hours: Summer 6 AM – 6 PM, Winter 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Admission: 65 EGP regular, 35 EGP student (approx $9 an $5 as of the date of this publication)
Known by the ancient Egyptians as “Ipet-isut” (most sacred of places) the massive temple complex at Karnak is not to be missed. Taking over 1,500 years to complete, the complex was the combined effort of over 30 pharaohs and represents an amazing undertaking. Though much has faded to time, what remains is still wholly impressive. The main feature is the Temple of Amun with two smaller temples dedicated to his wife Mut and son Khonsu. Start your day here to avoid overwhelming temperatures in this outdoor complex and dress appropriately. The sheer number of people involved in its construction, combined with its religious significance result in an unprecedented diversity and complexity of art. Though you can find a tour, a solid guidebook will suffice (try this one) to help you identify the structures as you move along the area at your own pace. Wear comfortable shoes as the facility covers about 2 square kilometers.
Address: Kornish Al Nile, Luxor, Egypt
Phone: +20 95 2370569
Hours: Winter, Daily from 9 AM – 9 PM. Summer, Daily from 9 AM – 4PM, 5 – 10PM
Getting There: 5 minute cab ride from Karnak via Kornish Al Nile. Ask for “met-haf al-luxor.”
Admission: Adults EGP 70, Students EGP 35 (approx $10 and $5 as of the time of this publication)
The Luxor Museum is among the best in Egypt an unlike any other in the world. It contains exotic and exciting artifacts including a re-assembled wall from the Temple of Aten and artifacts from below the Luxor Temple as well as the Tomb of King Tut. This well organized modern facility (it IS air conditioned, making it a great midday stop) is an impressive and easy way to get a large swath of Egyptian history and culture in one place. This building is filled with unique items that you won’t see elsewhere, nor easily forget.
Address: Between the Karnak and Luxor temples, Luxor, Egypt
Getting There: 3 minute cab ride back towards Karnak or a 20 minute walk.
With the midday sun and hot temperatures passed, head back toward Karnak for a real treat. Spanning the road between the Temple of Karnak and the Luxor Temple lies the Avenue of the Sphinxes. Featuring impressive examples of Ancient Egyptian sphinx statues, this outdoor display is still being excavated and restored. The better examples are said to be toward the Luxor end of the avenue (so closer to where you’ll be starting). Let the sun come down on your stroll as the statues feature impressive lighting at night. Stop for a meal along the road and take in some of the area’s most impressive sights as you dine under the protectors of the Pharaohs.