Full day Luxor excursion from your hotel in Luxor or from Luxor airport. Visit Karnak temple, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Valley of the Kings, Memnon Colossi and other historical places in the city.
Available Every Day
|07:00 am||Pick up from your Luxor hotel or Luxor airport.|
|07:30 am||Visit to Memnon Colossus.|
|08:00 am||Queen Hatshepsut temple.|
|09:00 am||The Valley of the Kings: visit 3 different tombs opened to public on the day.|
|11:00 pm||Optional visit to King Tutankhamon real or fake tomb is available.|
|12:00 pm||Lunch in a local restaurant.|
|13:00 pm||Visit to huge Karnak temples.|
|16:00 pm||Optional feluca ride to Banana island is available.|
|16:45 pm||Visit to local bazaars|
|17:30 pm||Optional visit to Luxor temple|
|20:00 pm||Optional Sound and Light show at Karnak temple|
|21:00 pm||Transfer to your Luxor hotel or airport|
We will pick up you from any meeting point in Luxor by a private a/c van to start your day of discoveries.
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 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 Tutankhamen. or Ramses VI, there is an additional ticket cost.
Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple with a unique design as it is the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. Hatsheptsut 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 artifacts 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 unrivalled. 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.
At the end of the day transfer to Luxor airport or hotel .
Our guide in Luxor met us at the reception of our Luxor hotel and introduced himself as John, we went straight to the minibus so start the tour. Security and safety were paramount to John along with ensuring that we had a very good day. We went to the Collossi of Memnon, where John explained about the statues in very precise and easy to understand details. We were then taken to Hapshepsut Temple where John explained how and why it was built, also showing us the art works, carvings and the cartouche, we were allowed to look around to take our own photo's and agreed to meet back at the entrance after approx 1 hour, we had plenty of time to explore. We were then taken to lunch at a traditional egyptian restaurant in Luxor on a back street, the food was excellent. After lunch we were taken to the Karnak Temple Complex where John showed us around explaining how it was used and build, how the obelisk were used etc, once again we were allowed to explore and meet back at the entrance, at no stage did i feel unsafe. Once meting back we then went on a boat trip to Banana Island where we had fresh dates, Bananas, Oranges and Guava all grown on the island, we then left and had a leisurely cruise down the Nile back to Luxor where we walked around the Luxor temple, followed by a walk into the Market, what an eye opener seeing the fresh produce and the Egyptians buying their provisions. We were then taken back to our hotel and John Thanked us for an enjoyable day.
DarrelReviewed 15 December 2015