Luxor two days excursion with possibility of hot-air balloon ride over the city to observe its ancient temples like Deir el Bahari Queen Hatshepsut temple, Medinat Habu, Karnak and Luxor temples from up.
Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, transfer to Sharm el Sheikh airport, fly to Luxor. The flight will take around 50 minutes.
Meet in Luxor airport by our professional English speaking tour guide and transfer by air-conditioned van to the west bank of Thebes.
The West Bank of Luxor is known as the city of dead. It is the funerary complex of the ancient Egyptians. Here you have the opportunity to let go off anything that has died and no longer serves you using the power of the god Anubis, jackal headed god of the underworld. Explore the cycles of birth, death and rebirth which are rooted in Ancient Egyptian mythology.
The Valley of the Kings is the ancient cemetery of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom and is hidden in the mountains on the West Bank of Luxor, between the two limestone hills of Gurna. It was named by Francois Champollion as Valley of the Kings. All of the tombs were robbed in antiquity, except for the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun which was found completely intact in 1922 by Howard Carter. The Valley of the Kings holds 63 registered tombs and recently 2 more tombs have been found. Your visit includes entry into 3 tombs, however if you wish to see either the tomb of Tutankhamun or Ramses VI, there is an additional ticket cost.
Hatshepsut temple is a mortuary temple with a unique design as it is the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. Hatshepsut was a famous female pharaoh who wore a false beard and all the trappings of the male pharaohs in order to claim the throne for herself. There are chapels dedicated to Hathor the goddess of motherhood, joy, love, peace, happiness and music, and chapels dedicated to Anubis, the god of mummification and death, and Amun-Ra the king of the gods. On the temple walls are reliefs showing the first commercial trading expedition to Somalia (ancient land of Punt).
Colossi of Memnon are the only remaining standing statues fronting the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and show the pharaoh sitting on his throne. The temple itself was destroyed in an earthquake and much of the ruins were used in other building works by other pharaohs. However, in recent years, new excavations have revealed many statues and other artefacts buried underground, including many statues of the goddess Sekhmet.
Have lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor.
Karnak temple is the largest ancient temple complex in Egypt measuring 62 acres. It was in use continuously for 1700 years. The main temple area was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the patron god of Luxor and it has the largest Hypostyle Hall (columned hall) in the world which is unrivaled. Within the complex is the small chapel dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet and the chapel of the Divine Adoratrice which is often known as the Osiris chapel. Karnak Temple complex is one of the major sights of Ancient Egypt and within its bounds the sacred energies of Ancient Egypt can still be felt.
During the day you will also have a great opportunity for shopping in markets of Luxor.
Our wonderful day will start with early wake up at 4.30 am. At 5.00 am pick up from the hotel and sail to west bank of Luxor by boat. You will have an amazing ride of hot air balloon over Luxor, you will watch spectacular sunrise as you have never seen before, you will also enjoy with the tranquility and peace while you have a unique viewpoint which can be only provided by hot air balloon to see all sightseeing of Luxor. After the ride you will get a certificate and T-Shirt of Hot Air Balloon Ride. All the tour will take around 2 hours, Hot-Air balloon ride itself takes 45 minutes.
After hot air balloon ride, we will visit the Mortuary temple of Ramses III also known as Medinet Habu, which is considered the second hugest complex after Karnak in size and preservation. The spot of Medinet Habu was sacred long before his time and is still regarded by locals as having magical powers.
Next stop at a relatively small temple built by Ramses the 2nd known as The Ramesseum. Recent excavations there revealed many interesting facts and buildings of the era.
Our last stop will be at The Valley of the Nobles. It is quite different from the Valley of the Kings. The tombs here are decorated with murals of everyday life and are not so much dedicated to the religious books and images. We will visit the tomb of Ramosa who was vizier and governor of Thebes at the time of Akhenaton and the Amarna period.
At the end of our tour we will transfer you to Luxor Airport and from there you will fly back to Sharm El Sheikh. Our rep will meet you at Sharm el Sheikh airport upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.See more