Today, you will explore the major highlights of the ancient city of Thebes (Luxor), which include the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Hatsheput, and the Colossi of Memnon on the West bank, and the temples of Karnak and Luxor, on the East bank.
The Valley of the Kings:
It is one of the great highlights of Egypt, where the kings of the New Kingdom were buried. This place was the burial place of the Egyptian pharaohs for about 500 years. The first Pharaoh was buried there, was Thutmose I, while the last one was Ramses XI.
64 tombs are discovered till now at the valley of the kings, while one pharaoh is still missing, Pharaoh Ramses VIII. You are allowed to explore three tombs, Tutankhamun’s tomb is not one of them. This tomb has a private entry fee.
The most visited tombs are: Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses IX, Merenptah, Tawesrt, Siptah, Ramses VII, and Thutmose III.
The temple of Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahary is unique among the Egyptian temples. It is built in three terraces to commemorate coronation of Hatshepsut.
Hatshepsut’s famous expedition to the land of Punt (Somalia) is depicted in the second terrace.
She ruled Egypt around (1478) BC for 20-25 years, and died naturally by diabetes.
The temple is now called Al Deir El Bahary, which means in English (the northern monastery) because the temple was used by the Christians for a while.
It is really amazing temple, you will like and enjoy it.
The Colossi of Memnon:
They are now called Memnon, after the name of Agamemnon, when the statues were making sounds created when the wind blew through the cracks of the statues at dawn.
It is a photo stop.
The Karnak temple:
The karnak complex is the largest religious complex ever built in the universe till now.
The “Karnak” is the Arabic for “the fort” or “the protected area” but the complex was known as ” pr _ Imn” or” the house of Amon” for the ancient Egyptians, after that the name was changed by the Greeks to “ipt _ swt” or “the northern thrones”.
The complex was dedicated to the god Imn ” the hidden “, who was just a little, unknown local deity. When Luxor became the capital of Egypt, the god’s importance was increased. He then became like a national god. He was the creator, the sustainer and the lord of the gods. His consort was the goddess Mut. The couple adopted the god “Khonsu” the moon god.
This temple was dedicated to the consort of Amon, the goddess Mut, so it was the place of the harem of Amon.
The two temples Karnak and luxor are linked by the sphinx avenue.
- Hotel pick up and drop off.
- Entrance fees.
- Licensed tour guide.
- Lunch at local restaurant.
- Tips for guide and driver.
- Tutankhamun tomb.
- Drinks and meals.
from $50 per person.