Luxor Day Tour
Tour duration: 1 day
Tour operates: daily
Luxor Temple stands in the center of the town of Luxor on the East Bank. It was built mainly by Amenophis III in the 18th Dynasty to demonstrate the power of this New Kingdom pharaoh. The Luxor Temple was dedicated to Amun, the God of Thebes, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu (the Moon God). One of the two obelisks which originally stood in front of the Temple is now in the Place de la Concorde in Paris; a gift from the Egyptians, in 1836. The scale of Karnak surpasses every other pharaonic temple, with over 100 acres devoted to the gods (enough land to accommodate ten large European cathedrals). For 13 centuries successive pharaohs added their share to make this the most magnificent temple complex in the country and in the entire ancient world. Karnak Temple is a complex of temples, obelisks, pylons, courts, colonnades, halls, reliefs and sanctuaries. The most famous part is the Hypostyle Hall which contains 134 columns. Karnak was the center of worship of the Sun God Amun.Itinerary
You'll be picked up from your hotel in Cairo and transfered to the aiport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival meet and assist at Luxor Airport. We begin our Egypt day tour driving a short distance to the bridge connecting the West Bank where we proceed to the Valley of the Kings. Enter the tombs of The Great Pharoahs with exquisite colors on the walls still visible from thousands of years ago. Our morning is spent learning about the various tombs and how difficult it must have been to construct these hidden secrets. We'll stop to see the Colossi of Memnon, twin statues, faceless and mute, who sang at dawn, according to legend. Proceed to visit the tombs of the great Pharaohs, whose lives will take form again on the walls of their sepulchers. We visit the Valley of the Queens, sitting deep in a narrow gorge. So well preserved are these paintings that it is difficult to believe they were completed thousands of years ago. We'll spend time at the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari considered by many to be the finest building of antiquity in Egypt and certainly among the most impressive in the world. The temple is set in a great amphitheater and its three terraces echo the rock formations in the cliff behind. Hatshepsut was the first Egyptian woman to rule as Pharaoh and her reign spanned nearly 20 years. Walk through a sphinx-lined avenue, the temple is entered via monumental ramps that lead to three broad terraces flanked with porticos and rows of Doric columns. Fascinating carved reliefs adorn the second terrace depicting a maritime expedition to the land of Punt (Sudan) and the exotic gifts, such as ivory, ebony, wild cats and incense trees that the Queen of Punt sends back to Egypt. Transfer to Luxor airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo you'll be transfers to your hotel in Cairo.
- Pick up from Cairo Hotels is approximately between 6:00am-7:00am
- We recommend comfortable walking shoes.
- As per any travel destination-never leave your valuable belongings unattended in tour vehicles or during your tour.
- Good sun protection.
Per person from Cairo (2 passenger minimum).
Prices advertised are land package prices and are per person in U.S. dollars and inclusive of taxes.Included
1. Meet & assistance at your hotel for pick-up.
2. Round trip domestic Egypt air fare Cairo Luxor Cairo.
3. Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach bus/van.
4. Lunch during tour.
5. Professional government certified English speaking Tour Guide.
6. Entrance fees as per Luxor Tour itinerary.
7. One day sightseeing as per program.
8. No added fees for credit card payment.
- Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's "greatest open-air museum." From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor to the dazzling Nile.
- The Valley of the Kings is where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the 18th through 20th Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor).
- The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.
- The Valley of the Queens, also known as Biban el-Harim, Biban el-Sultanat, and Wadi el-Melikat, is where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning "the place of the Children of the Pharaoh," because along with the Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties (1550-1070 BCE) many princes and princesses were also buried with various members of the nobility.
- The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most beautiful of all of the temples of Ancient Egypt. It is located at Deir el-Bahri, at the head of the valley beneath the peak of the mountain (and natural pyramid). Hatshepsut´s temple was named "Djeser-djeseru" ("holy of holies"). It sits directly against the rock which forms a natural amphitheatre around it so that the temple itself seems to grow from the living rock.
- An avenue of human headed sphinxes of over one and a half miles once connected the temples of Karnak and Luxor.
Not included services in our tour rates:
1. Tips to guide/driver and hotel/restaurant staff.
2. Personal extras or meals not mentioned above.