Home to some of the world’s best archaeological sites, Luxor is a must-see destination for families craving culture and history. This lively Egyptian city mixes sacred tombs with modern markets and tempting local food, creating a truly unforgettable holiday for you and the kids.
You can’t visit this city without making a pilgrimage to the breath-taking Valley of the Kings, which holds the tombs of 63 Ancient Egyptian royals, and also the Temple of Hatshepsut, who was a powerful female pharaoh and was said to be the first female ruler in the world. Another important place to add to your agenda is the tomb of Tutankhamun, which was only discovered just over 100 years ago by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon.
There are several museums that make it easy to have fun in Luxor, whatever the weather. The Mummification Museum is one of the city’s best-loved attractions and it’s where you can discover how mummies were preserved and the rituals that went with the special processes, such as the use of canopic jars. In addition, Luxor Museum is often considered to be more impressive than its Cairo counterpart, thanks to incredible artifacts that will amaze visitors of all ages, so make sure you head there too.
For an extra special Luxor holiday, head to the stunning River Nile where you can join a Felucca boat trip and travel along the river in the style of the ancient Egyptians. These traditional single-decked boats have no engine and travel at a slow pace so passengers can enjoy the scenery along the way. You could also arrange to cross to the West Bank on the Felucca boat where donkeys await to take you to the Valley of the Kings; it is an excursion that is considered by many as a highlight of their trip. Other exciting trips include hot air balloon rides and camel safaris into the nearby Theban Hills and the Nile Valley, which older children and teenagers will love to photograph or capture on video.
You should also pay a visit to the traditional souks of the city, which offer a unique and colorful shopping experience for the whole family. The El Souk Street Market is one of the oldest and well known in the country, offering goods from a wide range of sellers who have run their family businesses here for generations. Browse trinkets, artwork, fabric and jeweler as well as snacks and drinks as you soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the market. Older children will enjoy bartering for souvenirs and haggling with the friendly traders. After your souk experience, it’s time to discover the many authentic restaurants in Luxor where you can sample the fresh flavors and spices of the region. Get ready to dine on local specialties with dishes such as the tasty Torly casserole and freshwater or seawater Samak (a type of grilled fish). You can finish your meal with mint tea, sugar cane juice or perhaps some Omm Ali, which are slices of filo pastry filled with cinnamon, raisins, sugar and coconut. If the children aren’t feeling very adventurous then don’t worry: there are plenty of international restaurants and cafes to keep them happy with more familiar food.
Take the kids to Luxor on your next family holiday and you will be left with many wonderful memories and experiences that will be hard to beat. The city has so much to give those of all ages, from the historical sites and museums to the culture and flavors of the region. You will soon discover this great destination has plenty up its sleeve for your family trip to Egypt.