Across the river is the West Bank, spotted with tombs and magnificent mortuary temples, where the Valley of the Kings yields a taste of the profound and vital journey to the next life. Nearby, the intimate and little-visited Tombs of the Nobles reveal in glorious technicolour how everyday life was lived over 3000 years ago. Even for the most avid of Egyptologists, it’s wise to be selective about what you choose to visit and intersperse tomb and temple hopping with a bit of repose. A sunset felucca ride or sailing to nearby Banana Island, a meander through the colourful souk in the centre of town, or just an exploration of the West Bank villages are vital ingredients for a good experience in this tourist town. Luxor also serves as a convenient base for day trips to the temples of Dendara and Abydos to the north, and the temples of Esna and Edfu, to the south.