Running along the Corniche path in Luxor, with the Nile River on one side and views to the Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple on the other, makes for a unique and memorable run. A palm-lined waterfront path runs along the river for 3.8 km from the Luxor Temple to the Karnak Temple. There are views of the Nile, as you pass entrance to the Luxor Temple, and then run by the Mummification Museum and Luxor Museum, to the Karnak Temple entrance. It’s 7.6 km out and back. Near sunset, there’s a cacophony of birds along the Corniche.
Pro Tip: The Luxor Temple is beautifully lit at night. It’s quieter, and could be quite magical for a run!
Alternative Return: Sphinx Allee. The Temple complexes are massive. If you’ve paid admission, you might be able to run around the outskirts of the Temple Grounds, and then along Sphinx Allee, which connects the Karnak & Luxor temples. This ancient road made of massive stones and lined with sphinxes is wide and runnable – but note the tough surface. There’s also Al Oksor Rd. paralleling Sphinx Allee, east of the Temple of Ramesses II, that has a decent sidewalk. It’s a good alternative to view the Temples if you haven’t paid admission, or after hours. You can use this to make a loop — Corniche one-way, and then return via this road. See the route map!