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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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$42.00 per adult
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Great destination - but never again on a big tour bus
We spent 2 hrs on pick-up (picket up at 3.45) to arrive in Luxor at 10:30 - did not have enough time to see what we came to enjoy. All rushed, had 10 minutes in the Valley of the Kings.. but 30 minutes at a shop of the guides choosing. Back at hotel at 23:00. Would never visit Luxor this way again. Definitely worth the extra 50 US$ 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

star-5
Great tour guide
Tema_H, Jun 2022
Half Day East Bank Tour to Luxor and Karnak Temples
Shereen made our tour not only interesting but fun. She is very knowledgeable about Egyptian history and also a very nice person. We would definitely request her for future tours.
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Karnak and Luxor temple tour
Amanda_C, Apr 2022
Karnak And Luxor Temples Private Tour
Highly recommend tour! Walid was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and accommodating! Karnak temple was a dream and we loved learning about the history of Luxor temple! We would highly recommend this tour and ask for Walid if he is available! He was awesome!
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Karnak temple
TMEnamul_H, Jun 2022
Half Day East Bank Tour to Luxor and Karnak Temples
It’s an amazing place and tour with family. I will suggest my friends to make it if they have time for refreshments…
star-5
Wonderful Guide and Tour Experience
Danni_L, May 2022
Top Half Day Tour To East Bank Visit Karnak And Luxor Temples
This tour was awesome!! It was a good length of time for both Karnak and Luxor temples and this tour is the most reasonably priced amongst all the East Bank tours. Our entire group of 7 enjoyed our experience and we really appreciated the wonderful explanations provided by our tour guide Kero. Kero is a knowledgeable and professional guide and I’d highly recommend him and his company for booking your tour to the East Bank!
star-5
Awesome time!
Oliver_G, May 2022
Karnak And Luxor Temples Private Tour
Our guide was AMAZING! He definitely went above and beyond to accommodate us and explain in further details the sites wearer seeing. I would definitely recommend.
star-5
We were lucky to have a guide so knowledgeable
Joseph_R, May 2022
Karnak And Luxor Temples Private Tour
Walid was excellent and very knowledgeable. We loves the history and it shows . We would highly recommend him
star-5
Awesome Tour guide, awesome tour. Highly recommend!
Anitha_D, May 2022
Top Half Day Tour To East Bank Visit Karnak And Luxor Temples
Ahmed our tour guide was awesome. He gave us a great experience and also was very kind and helpful with our 2 year old boy who was sick during the tour. We felt totally safe and comfortable. The tour itself was awesome as well. Luxor is a great place and this tour very nicely gave us a glimpse.
star-5
Could not be better
Klinta_L, Mar 2022
Karnak and Luxor Temples (East of Luxor) Tour
We had a great time on the East bank of the Nile. Go Luxor Tours made our day unforgettable… Our tour guide Mike is simply outstanding, both, with his knowledge about the historical sights and his amazing foto skills. We learned a lot about ancient Egypt and ended our day with breathtaking fotos for our travel album. A lot if fun and great energy! Highly recommend ☀️😊
star-5
Great tour guide!
Samra_K, Mar 2022
2-Day Tour: Karnak & Luxor Temples Valley of the Kings Hatshepsut Temple &Memnon
We had a great two days touring the East and West Bank of Luxor. Hany was a great tour guide, who arrived on time both days, was quite informative about all the places we visited, and went above and beyond to ensure we were having a good time.
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Mike_A, Feb 2022
Luxor Full Day Tour: Valley of Kings & Queens - Hatchepsut Temple ,Karnak&Luxor
Tour guide was awesome! He showed up to the hotel on time, and he was very knowledgeable. I let him know about our departing flight, and he dropped us off at the Luxor airport.
star-5
Awesome!!
Leona_G, Nov 2021
Private Karnak Temple Tour by Felucca from Luxor
The Felucca ride to Karnak temple was really fantastic!!! The guide was friendly and informative! Great day with Great guide!
star-5
Great tour!
PRISCILA_C, Sep 2021
2-Day Tour: Karnak & Luxor Temples Valley of the Kings Hatshepsut Temple &Memnon
It was great to split the sightseeing in Luxor in two days, having more time to understand all the history of this special place and also leaving free time to spend at our hotel pool. The agency staff was very attentive, the cars were good and clean and our guide Roshid had a great understanding of the places and ancient Egypt, making our visits even more interesting.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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