Karnak Temple
Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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

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: Valley of Kings, Hatchepsut Temple ,Karnak & Luxor-DayTour
Luxor: Valley of Kings, Hatchepsut Temple ,Karnak & Luxor-DayTour
$95.00 per adult
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Visiting these magnificent ancient sites was a treat, and our tour guide, Barry from Reflections Travel, made it even more special. He provided a lot of historical knowledge and additional information about Egyptian culture. To get the most from your visit, we recommend getting enough sun protection and finding ways to stay cool when walking through the sites, as it does get very hot mid-day. Overall, it was a memorable experience.
Sush_S, Apr 2024

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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