Luxor Excursion with Balloon Ride

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Pick up 05:00 AM
Duration 2 Days
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Day 1
  1. 05:00 - Pick up in the early morning from your Sharm el Sheikh hotel.
  2. 05:15 - Transfer to the airport.
  3. 06:00 - Catch your 50 minutes flight to Luxor.
  4. 07:30 - Meet in Luxor airport and transfer to the West bank.
  5. 08:00 - Visit to Memnon Colossus.
  6. 08:30 - Queen Hatshepsut temple exploration.
  7. 10:00 - The Valley of the Kings: visit 3 different tombs opened to public.
  8. 11:00 - Optional visit to King Tutankhamon real or fake tomb.
  9. 13:00 - Lunch in a local restaurant.
  10. 14:00 - Visit to huge Karnak temples.
  11. 16:00 - Optional feluca ride to Banana island is available.
  12. 16:45 - Visit to local bazaars
  13. 17:30 - Optional visit to Luxor temple in the evening.
  14. 20:00 - Optional Sound and Light show at Karnak temple.
Day 2
  1. 05:00 - In the early morning experience Hot-Air balloon ride.
  2. 07:30 - Back to the hotel to get breakfast.
  3. 08:00 - Transfer to the West bank of Nile to discover Medinet Habu Temple.
  4. 09:30 - Visit to Ramesseum.
  5. 11:00 - Visit to Valley of Nobles and some of its tombs opend to public.
  6. 15:00 - Transfer to Luxor airport to catch your flight to Sharm el Sheikh.
  7. 17:00 - Flight to Sharm el Sheikh will take 50 minutes.
  8. 18:00 - Transfer to your hotel.

Full Description

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.

Day 1. Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh

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 & assist in Luxor airport

Meet in Luxor airport by our professional English speaking tour guide and transfer by air-conditioned van to the west bank of Thebes.

West Bank visit

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.

Valley of the Kings visit

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 visit

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).

The Colossi of Memnon visit

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.

Lunch time

Have lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor.

Visit of Karnak temples

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.

Shopping time in Luxor

During the day you will also have a great opportunity for shopping in markets of Luxor.

Overnight in a hotel

The night you will spend in Steigenberger Nile Palace 5*hotel on BB basis, dbl accommodation. In the evening you can do extra activities such as Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple or Luxor Temple.

Day 2. Hot air balloon ride

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.

Visit of Medinet Habu (Mortuary temple of Ramses III)

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.

Visit Ramesseum

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.

Valley of Nobles visit

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.

Back to Sharm el Sheikh

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.

  • Pick up and drop off from and to your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh.
  • Transfers by a/c car in Sharm el Sheikh and Luxor.
  • Return tickets Sharm/Luxor/Sharm.
  • Hot-air balloon ride.
  • Entrance fees to Valley of the Kings including 3 tombs
  • Memnon colossi, Hatshepsut temple, Medinet Habu, Deir Al Madina
  • Valley of Nobles and Karnak temples entrance fees.
  • Professional English speaking Egyptologist tour guide for 2 days.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant for 2 days.
  • One night in 5* hotel in Luxor on BB basis, dbl accommodation
  • Drinks in the restaurant during lunch time.
  • Any extras not mentioned in the program.

What to take with you
  • Passport with full visa of Egypt.

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Stuard , 15 Dec 2015
Luxor for two days by air is an amazing trip. We were with a personal guide called Ahmed who was outstanding-made Ancient Egypt really come alive. We added the additional hot air balloon flight onto the second day and it was an amazing experience and we felt it was excellent value. We stayed in a fantastic hotel and really cannot fault the service we recieved in Luxor.

Published: 09 May 2024 Last update: 09 May 2024