Overnight excursion to Luxor and Cairo to visit Luxor attractions and the pyramids, sphinx, National Egyptian museum by Sleeper Train from Sharm El Sheikh
Available Thu Fri
|Pick up in the early morning from your Sharm el Sheikh hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Catch your 50 minutes flight to Luxor.
Meet in Luxor airport and transfer to the West bank.
Visit to Memnon Colossi.
Queen Hatshepsut temple exploration.
The Valley of the Kings: visit 3 different tombs opened to public.
Optional visit to King Tutankhamon real or fake tomb is available.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit to huge Karnak temples.
Optional feluca ride to Banana island is available.
Visit to local bazaars
Optional visit to Luxor temple in the evening.
Optional Sound and Light show at Karnak temple.
Transfer to Luxor train station to catch sleeping train to Cairo.
Meet our guide at Giza train station.
Breakfast can be arranged upon request.
Transfer to the Pyramids of Giza.
Visit of the pyramids, Sphinx, Workers tombs and the area.
Optionally enter any of the 3 pyramids opened to public.
Papyrus fabric, perfume palace or cotton shop.
Optional Nile boat ride.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit to the National Egyptian Museum.
Transfer back to Sharm el Sheikh by a public bus.
Pick up from bus station and transfer to your hotel.
We do pick up from any hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, transfer by a/c van to Sharm el Sheikh International Airport and fly to Luxor. The flight will take just 50 minutes. Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall of Luxor airport with the sign "sharm-club.com".
Start your day with the west Thebes visit. Valley of the Kings visit includes entrance to 2 different tombs, so you can get an idea about pharaonic funerary art. Memnon colossal statues & Queen Hatshepsut Temple (Deir El Bahari temple) will be visited as well. 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 6, there is an additional ticket cost.
Deir el Bahari temple is a mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut 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 and rest for one hour.
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.
Nile feluca ride to Banana island is available as an optional activity. Let's discover a vast collection of banana plants, enjoy sailing along the Nile and observe a beautiful Upper Egyptian countryside and its islands.
During the day you will also have a great opportunity for shopping in markets of Luxor.
At the end of the day we will drive you to Luxor train station to catch you night train to Cairo.Upon arrival in Cairo our rep will meet you in Giza train station and drive you to the National Egyptian museum to join our group.
Let's start our day with The National Egyptian Museum visit. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. The present building of the museum constructed by a French architect is situated in Tahrir Square and is already more than 100 years old. We will discover the main collections of the museum such as Old kingdom, Middle kingdom, New kingdom and king Tut Anch Amun collection. We will spend around 2,5 hours in the museum.
After the museum we will take 45 minutes Nile boat ride. We will enjoy with the sailing along the Nile, warm breeze and panoramic views of the city.
Lunch will be offered in a local restaurant. Vegetarian options are also available.
Let's move to Giza Plateau after lunch to explore the area and to discover one of the seven wonders of the world: The great pyramid of Cheops! Other pyramids of the area will be visited as well: the pyramid of Chephren and the pyramid of Mycerinus. We will end our tour in Pyramids area after visiting Sphinx and its valley temple.
At the end of the day we will get a chance for shopping in the area around the Pyramids. Visit of papyrus institute, perfume palace or cotton fabric will be available.
At the end of the program we will start our way back to Sharm el Sheikh by a coach. The journey back may take up to 8 hours. Our rep will meet you in Sharm el Sheikh upon arrival and drive back to your hotel.
The trip includes flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Luxor an overnight sleeper train to Cairo and bus trip back to Sharm. The trip was excellent from start to finish. In fact throughout the whole excursion the reps and drivers really couldn't do enough to make sure that we were happy. In Luxor they arranged for us (at an extra cost but very cheap) to spend the evening before setting off on the overnight train in fantastic hotel where we could rest and get showered. The tour guide was name John and I can't praise him enough. His English was excellent (he was a former English teacher) and his passion for Egyptology was second to none. We were in a small group of 5 and were made to feel very special and John made sure that he paid attention to our needs - making sure we had plenty of shade, water, etc. Luxor was amazing and we couldn't help but be inspired by John's enthusiasm. In the evening both John and the driver returned to make sure that we got onto the train safely.
The train itself was fantastic (don't expect 5* standards as you'll be greatly disappointed but that's not why you would do the overnight train anyway). We slept like logs and the train inspector looked after us well and woke us up with breakfast and made sure that we got off the train at the correct stop.
In Cairo we were met by Sharif, another enthusiastic and very comical tour guide. Sharif again was well versed in the history of Cairo, the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The day again was fantastic and Sharif made sure that he looked after us well.
MonicaReviewed 15 December 2015