Friday, June 07, 2013

City breaks with a cultural edge - Telegraph

City breaks with a cultural edge - Telegraph: Luxor

Luxor well deserves its sobriquet as the world’s largest open-air museum. There is so much here that you could easily spend weeks on end discovering the tombs, monuments and temples.

The mausoleums of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens are surprisingly different in scale and design, from simple rock-cut chambers to intricate complexes of halls.

A trip to Hatshepsut’s Temple, a complex that looks uncannily modern, is a must. On returning from Egypt, the first question you’ll face is whether or not you saw Tutankhamun – so you should. Looking upon the mummified boy-king in his tomb really is to gaze upon the face of antiquity.

On the east bank where most of the modern city is, see Karnak Temple – on such a scale that you’ll feel you’re in the land of giants – and the Luxor Temple.

Overlooking the Nile, luxurious Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa has just benefited from a multi-million-pound refurbishment. Its facilities include seven bars and restaurants, a well-appointed spa and three riverside swimming pools.

Luxor has from 5* hotels to boutique hotels to self catering apartments with a pool like mine

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