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Travel Guide to Luxor

  • Egypt
  • Cairo
  • 465.4 km²
  • January -4°C (24°F); July 21.7°C (71°F)
  • 2 pm Cairo time = noon Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Egyptian Pound
  • Arabic
  • 29.211 million
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General Information About Cairo

The capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". It is located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river's delta in northern Egypt and has been settled for more than 6000 years, serving as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations. Cairo is known locally as "Misr", the Arabic name for Egypt, because of its centrality in Egyptian life
Because of the city's warm climate and numerous historical and cultural attractions, tourism plays an important role in its economy. Cairo receives goods shipped on the Nile at the river port, located at the northern end of the city. From Cairo, products are sent by road, railroad, and waterway to the Mediterranean ports of Alexandria and Port Said. The city is connected by train service to other major cities. Traffic congestion is a growing problem in Cairo, but it is the only city in the Middle East and Africa that has a subway.

Sports Played in Cairo

Egypt's main sport is football. People in Egypt gather around to watch various Egyptian clubs and the Egyptian national football team play almost on a daily basis. The most commonly known Egyptian clubs are El Ahly and El Zamalek of Cairo. For the Egyptian Premier League the main competition is split between these two teams making majority of Egyptians rooting for either team, calling themselves Ahlaweyeen or Zamalkaweyeen in the Egyptian own dialect of Arabic, leaving the minority rooting for the rest of the teams in the league. These two teams create the greatest football rivalry in Africa.

About Football in Cairo

Cairo Culture and History

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Culture

Cairo is a center of legitimate Arabic theater, although performances are subject to government censorship. Both ballet and modern dance are exceptionally popular in Cairo, whose ballet company (the Cairo Ballet) was founded in 1960 with help from the Soviet Union, which sent its own dance teachers to help train the members of the company. However with the expulsion of Soviet advisers from Egypt in 1972, the Russian presence at the ballet ended. The quality of the troupe is subsequently said to have declined, and in 1991 it was bolstered by the addition of dancers from Russia and Italy. Cairo is the film capital of the Arabic world, although its film industry has declined since its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, thanks to strict censorship and economic factors. However, Cairo's residents are avid filmgoers and flock to both Egyptian and foreign movies. The Cairo Puppet Theater performs at the Ezbekiyya Gardens north of Ataba from October through May.

History

The first settlement in the region of present-day Cairo was al-Fustat, founded in A. D. 641 as a military encampment by the Arabic commander 'Amr ibn al-'As. Under the dynasties that ruled Egypt over the following centuries, the town grew into a major port city. In A. D. 969 Jawhar, the leader of an Islamic sect called the Fatimids, founded a new city near al-Fustat, initially naming it al-Mansuriyah (its name was later changed to al-Qahirah, or Cairo). When the Fatimids became the rulers of Egypt, founding a dynasty that lasted for two centuries, Cairo became their capital. When Saladin, a Sunni Muslim, defeated the Crusaders and founded the Ayyubid dynasty in the twelfth century, he retained Cairo as his capital, and it became the center of a vast empire. (Al-Fustat, however, was burned down as part of the "scorched earth" strategy that defeated the Crusaders.) In the thirteenth century, the Ayyubids were eclipsed by Turkish military conquerors known as the Mamluks, who ruled Egypt from A. D. 1260 to 1516. During the first hundred years of Mamluk rule, Cairo experienced its most illustrious period. Al-Azhar University, which had been founded in the tenth century, became the foremost center of learning in the Islamic world, and Cairo played a key role in the east-west spice trade. Most of its greatest buildings were constructed during this period.
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Landscape

The medieval landscape of the city of Cairo indicates the elemental forces that shaped the development of the city. The natural movement, formations, and the rhythm of the Nile have dictated the human relationship to the landscape. The scale of these natural and human forces has meant that it is not a static landscape, but a constant subject to subtle changes. Parts of the landscape of Cairo have been totally transformed, and this transformation can sometimes be detected in an archeological record. Over the past twenty years, the growth of planned and informal settlement in Old Cairo has rendered the ancient landscape unrecognizable. Many elements of the ancient landscape have been obscured and sometimes destroyed. Some evidences show how distinct the modern topography of Old Cairo is from the ancient landscapes that lies beneath it.

Cairo Nightlife

The exceptionally charming capital of Egypt, Cairo is a city you’ll never forget, whether you’re here on a spontaneous weekend getaway or a long-planned holiday. From busy mosques to forgotten monuments, world-famous operas to experimental new performances, wild dance clubs to lazy hookah lounges, Cairo has it all. Read on for our guide to the vivid nightlife of this 24-hour travel destination.

Popular Bars in Cairo

Sequoia

53 Abo El Feda Street, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 350 014

Riverside

16 Montazah St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 121 280 1290

Johnny’s Pub

Le Pacha 1901, Saray El Gezirah St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 356 730

Pub 28

28 Shagarat el Dor St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 359 200

Famous Restaurants  in Cairo

Koshary Abou Tarek

16 Marouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt +20 100 105 9950

Kazaz

Bab Al Louq, Abdin, Cairo, Egypt +2 02 23960034

Maharaja Restaurant

1115 Corniche El Nil, DO, Cairo, Egypt +20 2 25777444

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The Mövenpick MS Royal Lily sends you on a trip connecting both land and water. Enjoy luxurious on-board travel while exploring the mysteries of 7,000 years of Egyptian civilisation. The Nile is one of the world’s most famous and beautiful rivers. Experience a fascinating way to travel and relax at the same time. This flagship cruiser comprises 56 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 4 magnificent Royal Suites. These come equipped with a Jacuzzi and spacious facilities, ensuring you travel in style. Cruises leave from either Luxor or Aswan.

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The Mövenpick MS Royal Lotus offers a great chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the banks of the Nile. See the temples and tombs of the ancient world as you cruise by in a relaxed setting. This flagship cruiser comprises 60 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 2 magnificent Royal Suites. Embarking from Luxor or Aswan, we make your holiday one to remember. Cruises leave from either Aswan or Luxor.

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MS Amarco Nile Cruise 5 Star provides 5 and 4 day Nile cruises tour from Luxor to Aswan or Aswan to Luxor. A vessel giving you lasting memorable Nile Cruise experiences, it was awarded " Best Boat on the Nile" receiving a Golden Crystal Award for two consecutive years. MS Amarco Nile Cruise has 45 standard cabins approximately 21m, 2 Presidential Suites 27.20m, 2 Royal Suites 52.20m and 4 wheelchair accessible Nile cruise cabins 26m.

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Farah means Happiness and Joy in Arabic; and this is simply what we aspire: make our Guest happy and satisfied to have chosen us for their trip along the Nile. Farah Nile cruise offers 60 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites, where you can actually taste the fine flavor of our hospitality. In every detail from the handmade Egyptian cotton sheets to the natural dark wood furniture. All designed to tickle your senses and enhance your comfort.

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MS Nile Goddess offers an elegant 5-star deluxe Nile cruise. With 49 Deluxe Cabins, 4 Senator Suites, and 4 Presidential Suites with private terraces, you are sure to find the accommodation that you need.

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combines comfort and beauty in a most inspiring way, promising a remarkable, rewarding cruise experience of legendary hospitality. The "Sonesta Dahabiya" will take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era in 7 nights cruise experience between Luxor and Aswan. A unique experience down the Nile by traditional small sailing vessel that was commonly used during those elegant days of the monarchy (1920s -40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travelers loved to cruise the Nile in style.

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Whatever you choose, there’s no better way to experience the sights and scenery of Egypt There are 49 standard cabins with sliding glass doors opening to private balconies and 4 Presidential Suites with private lounges.

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The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities. All accommodations feature: Plasma screen TV, equipped with the latest technology and featuring a live sailing channel Double-glass panoramic french windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile Internet access Direct-dial telephone Individual climate control Electronic door locks Mini-bar Safe Hair dryer Bathrooms equipped with spa unit; including steam bath, Jacuzzi and water massage

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Featuring 73 large double cabins, 2 singles and 2 luxury Suites, the Jaz Minerva offers a choice of five deck levels (cabins on four decks): Lower Deck with 9 double cabins Deck 1 with 20 double cabins Deck 2 with 28 double cabins and 2 large double-size Suites Deck 3 with 18 double cabins Sun deck

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Discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture on a leisurely four or six night luxury cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, on board The Oberoi Philae. twenty two spacious luxury cabins and suites feature magnificent bathrooms and are refreshed with uninterrupted River Nile views. All offer complimentary high speed Internet for up to four devices.

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sails across the Nile from Luxor to Aswan in 7 nights. It offers a spa, outdoor pool and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access is available on board.The boat includes a guided tour to various temples and museums in Luxor and Aswan. There is a free airport shuttle.

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2 Day Short Break in Luxor 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Spend a wonderful 2 day in Luxor to enjoy your holiday and fantastic excursions to the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, Luxor and Karnak Temples and more!
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3-Day Luxor City Break 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Are you looking for Luxor Breaks? Enjoy an amazing Trip to Luxor Egypt for the whole family members, 3 day weekend holidays to visit the main historical sights in Luxor including Valley of the Kings, Karnak temple, Luxor Temple, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon and more!
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Hot air Balloon Trip in Luxor 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Fly in a hot air balloon for a truly unforgettable experience like no other. Enjoy breath-taking views, landmarks and the wonder of Luxor ” Theban Necropolis ” from a new and unique perspective as you take to the skies in one of our iconic red Virgin hot air balloons. No other experience offers this unique combination of exhilaration and serenity, as you go up, up and away to drift gently across the Luxor’s stunning landscapes at anything up to 5,000 feet .
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'Uncover the amazing history and vivid stories behind the biggest ancient burial site in existence " The Valley of the kings " visit the legendary tomb of king Tutankhamun , Ramasses.
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Luxor Airport Transfer 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Relax on your landing or takeoff with our private airport transfer service. we provide our clients with comfort, safety and great quality services whether traveling for business or for pleasure. All our vehicles are modern and our drivers are proficient and very much prepared to give best driving experience .
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Luxor Day Tour from Safaga Port 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Luxor, Egypt’s ‘open-air museum’ in one day. Visit Karnak Temple on the East bank of the Nile and see the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple on the West bank. These ruins are not to be missed!
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Wonder at Karnak vast vestibules . explore the well-preserved temple complex dedicated to the ancient son God Amon Ra’ , his wife, Mut, and their son Khonso. also visit Luxor Temple and see the massive Statues of Egypt’s famous Pharaoh Ramses II, the greatest builder of ancient Egypt and the king of Exodus .
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Luxor to Abu Simbel Short Break 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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antastic 4 Day Luxor Package : Enjoy Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel tour Visiting the main attractions and historical sights like Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temples, Abu Simbel Temples, High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, Temple of Philae and More!
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Nile Cruise Tour from Luxor to Aswan 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Enjoy this 5-day deluxe Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan to discover the main historical sights in Upper Egypt. visit the main historical sights in Luxor and Aswan like Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, Temple of Philae and More!
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Red Sea Submarine from Safaga Port 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Enjoy a unique underwater adventure in a submarine. During two hours underwater, you will see all kinds of marine life on the Red Sea’s beautiful coral reefs and descend to depths of up to 22 meters.
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Enjoy a unique adventure .Leave your ship in Safaga Port and spend the day enjoying the beautiful sea-life and coral reefs of the Red Sea near Hurghada. During the tour , you will see all kinds of marine life on the Red Sea’s beautiful coral reefs
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Trip to Abu Simbel & Aswan from Luxor 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Tour OverviewItinerary and DescriptionPrices and Payment Policiesimportant Info Trip to Abu Simbel & Aswan from Luxor Drive from Luxor to