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“Second only to Abu Simbel Son et Lumiere”

Luxor Sound and Light Show
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$38.00*
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Karnak Sound and Light Show with Private Transport
Ranked #21 of 84 things to do in Luxor
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Owner description: The Karnak Sound and Light Show highlights the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. The show narrates the achievements of some great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. As visitors walk through the complex, the pharaohs arise to tell the story of their interesting lives, as haunting music mysteriously flows through this ancient city. Ancient and poetic voices tell the visitors about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of the pharaohs and the god Amun. It is an enchanting and supernatural experience to listen to sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated during the well-presented show.
London, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Second only to Abu Simbel Son et Lumiere”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This night tour was decidedly spooky at times. In the shadowy Hypostyle hall, wild dogs howled around us as the commentary started. The finale over the dark sacred pool was spiritually mesmerising too. Even these great and good things could not quite match the incredible lights at Abu Simbel.

Visited November 2012
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“I would rather stick my head in a bucket of slime”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

So bad it was funny!!!
Bad recording of hammy actors with melodramatic plummy voices reading a pretentious script written by an idiot, accompanied by the banging of gongs and a soundtrack from BEN HUR.
It could have been beautiful, wandering among the pillars of the temple at night, beneath the stars, but they kept beaming disney-style images of pharoahs onto the walls with coloured lights, which slightly ruined the atmosphere!!
NO sensible information given, such as how many slaves worked on the outer wall or how many years it took to complete, just drivvle about the waters of the Nile running from the sandals of the gods...
My favourite line was 'the boats of the invaders trampled over the flagstones of history!' (???? - boots maybe???)
The only reason I didn't resent 100 egyptian pounds worth of boredom is that the temple itself is sooooo worthy of our support.
Do yourselves a favour and go ANY TIME the Sound and Light isn't on!!

Visited February 2013
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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“So terrible I can't bring myself to review it”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Except to say, don't go!!!
Karnak is fab, but the show is just a joke.
Terrible sound system, stupid script, just a total waste of time.

Visited February 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“An atmospheric sound and light show at Karnak temple”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Karnak temple is fantastic to visit day or night so we did both! The sound and light show was very atmospheric, long enough to be interesting and worth attending but not so long that you get cold or bored! Beautifully lit temple and not that many people there for the English showing which was great too, a friendly temple dog did accompany us walking through the temple with us as the show progressed. Don't forget to take your camera for this wonderful event. This event is not to be confused with just walking around Luxor temple at night- which has no sound and light show at all!

Visited February 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“don't miss this”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Great fun, for kids too, good show, first a walk through thr temple then seated besides the Sacred lake

Visited February 2013
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