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Karnak Temple
Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

Open daily. Summer: 6am - 6pm, Winter: 6:30am - 5:30pm
Karnak, Luxor, Luxor Governorate

The Basics

Often called the largest religious complex on earth, Karnak Temple is one of Luxor’s essential ancient sites. Since Karnak is on the same side of the Nile River as Luxor Temple—another key landmark in Luxor—many tours combine both destinations into a single trip. Within Karnak Temple, visit key areas such as the enormous Hypostyle Hall, the Sacred Lake, the Temple of Khonsu, and Ramesses III Chapel. Each area is rich with art and symbolism, so it’s worth exploring with a guide to understand the significance of what you’re seeing.

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Luxor Full day "Valley Of Kings" & Hatshpcout & Karnak Temple - From Hurghada
Luxor Full day "Valley Of Kings" & Hatshpcout & Karnak Temple - From Hurghada
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$80.00 per adult
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Great destination - but never again on a big tour bus
We spent 2 hrs on pick-up (picket up at 3.45) to arrive in Luxor at 10:30 - did not have enough time to see what we came to enjoy. All rushed, had 10 minutes in the Valley of the Kings.. but 30 minutes at a shop of the guides choosing. Back at hotel at 23:00. Would never visit Luxor this way again. Definitely worth the extra 50 US$ to do a private tour - or even the 100$ to go by plane. The guide was not up to standard. We were lucky to have been to Cairo before with an excellent guide
Asta T, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Luxor

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Luxor Excursion
Anastasia_P, Jul 2021
Full-Day Luxor Tour: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple
It is a fantastical experience that is great and chalk full of historical information. Thank you very much! It is worth every penny. I would highly recommend this excursion.
star-5
Great and educational tour
Hamza_K, Jun 2021
Enjoy Tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples from Luxor.hot deal
This tour is worth taking. Our tour guide:Mona was extremely educated tour guide i have ever met. We are not really historical group of friends but trust me when i say we fell in love woth these temples. All credit goes to her. She explained each and everything in calm manner and answer each questions we had. She was extremely organized and gave us time for pictures. Long story short, do this tour and ask for her. Ypu will not regret it a bit
star-5
Great experience exploring Luxor!
Hayk_H, May 2021
Karnak And Luxor Temples Private Tour
Had a great experience with Rania and the driver Samir. Rania is very knowledgeable and has a great personality - we visited the temples of Karnak and Luxor and she provided fascinated details on everything we saw. In addition to the historical context, we talked a lot about the modern day Luxor, Egyptian food, and a lot of other ingesting topics. Punctual, knowledgeable and pleasant - I highly recommend!
star-4
BOY bring a wet towel to stay cool...
Julie A, Sep 2018
Private Tour in Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor, and Karnak Temple
BOY bring a wet towel to stay cool, Valley of the Kings we go in 3 tombs which you pick, I could have skipped Queen Hatshepstu Temple but Luxor and Karnak Temples are the best. Our guides were young and seem to just want to get done. I could have stayed at Karnak but gosh it makes a long day with such amazing temples.
star-5
This is an impressive site. It's...
Felipe B, May 2016
Private Tour to Visit Valley of the Kings and Karnak
This is an impressive site. It's arguably my favorite site in Luxor El Karnak Temple was awesome too - this temple is right by this beautiful mountain and it is loaded with ancient history. The drawings on the walls are still vivid and in some spots the colors are still vibrant. Our tour guide Ramadan spelling? was very knowledgeable and guided us through step by step, definitely recommend and would hire his guiding services again!
star-4
Brilliant Temples
Gabrielle_E, Oct 2020
Half Day East Bank Tour to Luxor and Karnak Temples
We learned so much about these two great temples and the writing system. Definitely too places to visit in Luxor! We wish our tour guide and driver wore face masks at least when we were inside.
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Luxor
Gio_L, Feb 2020
Luxor East and West Bank Valley of the kings, Hatshepsut ,Luxor & Karnak Temples
Very knowledgeable guide, top notch experience, totally recommend Hany.. helped me with everything on every stop we made
star-5
Exciting Must-See Archaeological Site in Egypt with a Friendly Knowledgeable Guide
roberteA6674PS, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples
You cannot go to Egypt and not see Karnak and Luxor Temples. Hotel pickup went smoothly. I'm not sure it's always the case, but we had a private guide all to ourselves.
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Already sent one review, everything...
John G, Dec 2017
Luxor - Karnak Sound and Light At Night
Already sent one review, everything was fine took us from hotel and escorted us to the gate and was waiting at the gate when when we left.show was very good, sound a bit muffled when passing through the pillars
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We really enjoyed this light and...
kedwards01, Jan 2018
Luxor - Karnak Sound and Light At Night
We really enjoyed this light and sound show as it was very detailed and interactive in explaining the temple and life in Egypt during the era of its functioning. When we decided to book this we had no idea that it would take us exploring the temple at night. It was very detailed and a great experience for our visit.
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An excellent way to spend half the...
agora1104, Sep 2017
Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples
An excellent way to spend half the day touring these two temples. Karnak is an incredible complex, taking 2000 years to build, with many great stories inside on how things worked there. Luxor temple was also very interesting, even though there are a some very interesting architectural mistakes worth seeing. Must see places in Luxor, very well worth the visit!
star-5
This tour was reasonably priced and...
Andersontuma, Apr 2017
Private Tour in Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor, and Karnak Temple
This tour was reasonably priced and allowed me and my travel partner to see the most famous Luxor landmarks in one day. The tour was well organized and they allowed for personalization and hotel pick up. I strongly recommend this tour if you have only one day in Luxor.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must-visit for history buffs and travelers interested in ancient Egyptian architecture.

  • Much of the site is in full sun, so bring a wide-brimmed hat and other sun protection.

  • Karnak Temple is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, though some paths and surfaces are bumpy.

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How to Get There

The entrance to Karnak Temple is located on Mabad Al Karnak on the East Bank of the Nile River in downtown Luxor. If you’re visiting on a tour, transportation typically will be included. There are also taxis available on site—just be sure to negotiate a price before setting out.

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When to Get There

Visiting in the afternoon can mean powerful sun and heat, so morning trips are ideal for the most comfortable conditions. If you’re planning to visit Karnak Temple during the day and for the after-dark Luxor Sound and Light Show, you’ll need two separate tickets; the temple closes between regular hours and the evening show.

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The Luxor Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple

Colored lights and voice-overs add extra drama to Karnak Temple, which hosts the popular Luxor Sound and Light Show. The after-dark show is split into two parts. First, visitors walk through the soaring columns of Hypostyle Hall, which are even more spectacular with mood lighting. From there, the show continues to Sacred Lake, where seating is provided for a 30-minute light show with storytelling; this portion is especially popular for travelers with children.

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