The throbbing centre of the country’s tourism industry is best tackled via an organised tour. This way you can keep your sightseeing relatively hassle-free, whether you’re exploring the tombs on the west bank or the myriad temples of the east.

Accommodation in Luxor

This strangely-named hotel has welcomed the cream of society to Aswan throughout its decades-long history. Recently refurbished by Sofitel, it retains the feel of a 19th-century Victorian mansion, with pink granite buildings looking out over Elephantine Island. The spa and ifinty pool are especially noteworthy.

Take a cruise down the world’s most iconic river in consummate luxury on this sophisticated 49-cabin boat. It’s a huge affair for having so few guests, and amenities include a jogging track, nightly stage show and disco. Of course, you’ll hopefully be too mesmerised by the sights to have free time.

Arguably the best property in Luxor, this property luxuriates in its West Nile riverside location. The hotel grounds seem to go on and on, and the traditional style buildings sprawl out through the wonderful grounds. It is set tastefully back from the touristic hub of Luxor downtown, but it’s well worth the time to escape […]

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