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Dendera is a locality in Egypt just outside the town of Qena (62 km north of Luxor) and the site of a remarkably well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor - the sole practicable reason for visiting the town (hence the title of this article, Dendera rather than Qena...) Most travellers now arrive in Dendera on a day-trip out of Luxor.

Get in

Dendera is situated some 4 km south-west of Qena township on the opposite bank of the Nile.

Service taxis can be hired in Luxor for the round trip - expect to pay about £140-160 - and to travel in a police convoy (which can mean some delays....)

A number of Luxor hotels, such as the Novotel, organise day excursions to Dendera by coach or Nile cruiser (lunch usually included).


The Temple of Hathor. Open daily 0700-1800. Entry £12.