Royal tombs, towering religious monuments, even an indigenous village. It’s no wonder Luxor finds itself on most travellers’ Egypt itinerary. It’s a short flight from Hurghada Airport. If you’re just here for your hardcore history (and we salute you), you can travel from Cairo directly to Luxor in an hour by plane. You can travel by train too, but this will take most of the day – unless you travel on a Sleeper Train. Luxor is bustling with so much ancient Egyptian architecture, it’s nicknamed the ‘open-air museum’. You’ll probably want to spend a day exploring the East Bank (of the Nile) and a day exploring the West Bank. On the East Bank, you’ll find the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple, which are connected together by the Avenue of the Sphinxes. There’s also the Luxor Museum. The West Bank of Luxor is home to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens AND the Colossi of Memnon (right?) Don’t worry though, they’re well within driving distance of one another. Pressed for time (and got too much integrity to just call in sick for work and rebook your flights?) You can absorb the whole of Luxor on a hot air balloon ride.