You will be picked up from your hotel in Cairo by air-conditioned van to drive to Cairo airport for you short flight to Luxor Egypt, where you will be accompanied by your Egyptologist guide to visit Karnak Temple, a site often referred to as the greatest and the biggest outdoor museum in the world. Cross over the Rive Nile to the West Bank and drive through lush farmland and sugar cane plantations to edge of the desert where you will find the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Cut directly into the mountains, the tombs were filled with treasures beyond comprehension and covered in beautiful painted hieroglyphics depicting the life of the king they housed such as tomb of King Tutmosis I, tomb of Tutmosis III, tom ok king Tutankhamon, King Ramses VI, King Mrenptah and Amonhotep II. Your guide will bring the stories to life as you explore the tombs at the famous Valley of Kings before continuing to the impressive mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Architecturally stunning, this temple would not look out of place with modern buildings and contains beautiful murals on its inner walls. On your return to Luxor’s East Bank, there is a photo opportunity at the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic statues that stand proudly, yet virtually alone at the entrance to what was Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. After lunch is served in a local restaurant in Luxor, continue to the hugely impressive Temple of Karnak. An amazing feat of ancient Egyptian engineering, the complex comprises three temples and took several generations to complete. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the Temple of Amun-Ra, the largest surviving column-supported temple in the World although the hypostyle hall containing 134 free standing columns is also world renowned and the backdrop for several Hollywood films. Free time in Luxor for shopping, then you will be transferred back to Luxor airport for the flight to Cairo with direct transfer to you hotel in Cairo for overnight stay.
Tour Price Includes:
- Meet and greet services by our travel REP at your hotel in Cairo
- Return flight tickets Cairo - Luxor - Cairo
- All sightseeing tours
as per itinerary in Luxor
- All admission fees to the sights as per itinerary in Luxor
- 1 Mineral water and soft drink during the tour
- Professional English speaking Egyptologist tour guide
- Lunch during the tour at local restaurant in Luxor
What to See in Luxor
THE TEMPLE OF KARNAK
The greatest of Pharaonic temple complexes boasts the Avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes and an imposing Hypostyle - a massive colonnade.
THE TEMPLE OF LUXOR
This temple is connected to Karnak temple via the Avenue of human headed Sphinxes, almost 3 kilometers in length. This temple enjoyed the privilege of many celebrations, the most important being the festival of opet, which grew over the years to last 27 days.
This elegant modern museum boasts a fabulous collection of artifacts from Thebes including pottery, jewellery, furniture and other artifacts from the ancient city.
SOUND & LIGHT SHOW
Ancient Karnak comes to life in a spectacular Sound & Light Show at night.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
The vast necropolis located on the west bank of the Nile River has yielded 62 royal tombs, including the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Temple TEMPLE OF QUEEN HATSHEPSUT
The exquisite, mortuary temple of the only woman Pharaoh is set on the foot of a limestone mountain.
COLOSSI OF MEMNON
The 64-foot twin statues of Amenhotep III are all that remain of a once-great temple.