From Luxor: Full-Day Trip to the East & West Banks

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What You'll Do
  • Tour the East and West Banks of Luxor with an expert Egyptologist guide
  • Admire the towering Colossi of Memnon
  • Marvel at the Temple of Karnak, the oldest religious structure in the world
  • Explore the lavish tombs of the three pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit the amazing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Did you know that Luxor is also known as the largest open-air museum in the world ? Considered a depository for the world's third most valuable monuments and antiquities, Luxor is one of the planet’s most important sites.
What to Expect
After your hotel breakfast in Luxor, you'll be picked up by an Egyptologist guide to start your full-day tour.

West Bank:  Your guide will take you straight to the West Bank of Luxor which was known in ancient times as the City of the Dead. it’s an archaeological paradise with its rich string of Pharaonic temples and considered a gateway to Valley of the Kings. You will enjoy the real Upper (southern) Egypt by discovering the death and rebirth from an ancient Egyptian mythology window and the eye and protection of Anubis.

Valley of the Kings: You’ll be accompanied to the Valley of the Kings consisting of two valleys, the East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs and temples were constructed) and the West Valley. The Valley of the Kings contains almost 65 tombs and chambers as it was suppose to be a burial site for the major royal kings of the new Egyptian dynasty. Your visit includes entry into three tombs, however if you wish to see either the tomb of Tutankhamun or Ramses 6, there is an additional ticket cost.

Temple of Hatshepsut: Then, visit Hatshepsut Temple (meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies). Queen Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt and the daughter of King Thutmose I. She established the first world trade network and her temple is considered one of the most important temples from the ancient times.

The Colossi of Memnon: Before lunch, you’ll visit the Colossi of Memnon consisting of two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), the statues have stood in the Theban necropolis across the River Nile as guardians to the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple. The statues are made from blocks of quartzite stone. There is also a strange phenomenon at this site known as the "Vocal Memnon," mysterious vocalizations and sounds from the broken colossus are allegedly heard in the mornings. After sending a team to investigate the phenomena, one theory suggests that the sun somehow effects the pressure of the huge statues and therefore, the statues emit a very strange sound. This has long been an argument among archaeologists but no one knows for sure what’s going on.

Lunch: Your guide will escort the group to a 4 star restaurant to have lunch and get some rest for what’s ahead.

Temple of Karnak: This complex was originally dedicated to King Amun Ra, his wife Mut and son Khons. Afterwards, around 30 additional kings added their own touches to the complex which took a long time to be fully completed. The site is huge  covering almost a mile by two miles in area with more than 20 temples. What makes the Karnak Temple Complex special is that it includes several of the finest examples of ancient Egyptian design and architecture such as the Hypostyle Hall, one of the world’s great architectural achievements of all time and the Temple of Amun, a spectacular forest of giant papyrus-shaped columns.

Shopping: At the end of the day, you will spend almost an hour shopping for Egyptian antiques and if you’re not into shopping, you can take some pictures around the place, have free time, wait in the coach or pretty much do anything you desire.

Return to Luxor: You'll be transferred back to your hotel in Luxor.

What's Included
  • Return hotel transfer in air-conditioned van
  • Egyptologist guide
  • Mineral water
What's Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Entrance fees
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