Tour Description:You will fly to the ancient city of Thebes. Luxor has one third of the monuments of Egypt and one sixth of the world's monuments. In this tour you will visit the majestic highlights of Luxor such as: The Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and colossi of Memnon in the west side of the Nile. After lunch you will visit the largest temple of the world (Karnak), and then you will finish by the great temple of Luxor, then fly back to Cairo.
The Valley of the kings:The Valley of the Kings is one of the most important highlights of the development of the construction of the tomb in Egypt. It was called by the Ancient Egyptians (Ta-Maat) or the place of the justice and truth. It was dedicated as the burial place of the Egyptian Pharaohs for 500 years. There are 63 tombs in the Valley of the Kings discovered till now. The government still looking for more tombs. The first king was buried there was Tuthmosis I and the last one was Ramses XI. Here in the valley, you will find out how the workers with their primary tools cut and painted the magnificent tombs for their lords. Almost of the tombs still have some amazing colors and paintings in very good conditions. You will just visit 3 tombs of the opened tombs; your guide will recommend you best 3 tombs for you to visit. The most visited tombs are: Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses IX, Tuthmosis III, Ta Wesert, Si Pitah, and Tutankhamon.
Hatshepsut Temple: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. Hatshepsut is the daughter of Thutmosis I, the sister-wife of Thutmosis II , and the mother- in- law of Thutmosis III. She ruled Egypt around (1478) BC for 20-24 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:You will finish or start your tour by a photo stop at Colossi of Memnon, two impressive statues (18 meters) high, left from a huge temple built by Amenhotep III. They are now called Memon ,after the name of Aga Memnon,when the statues were making sounds created when the wind blew through the cracks of the statues at dawn. It is a photo stop. Notes:
- (3 tombs) included in the valley of the kings.
- No photography is allowed in the valley of the kings.
- Tutankhamen's tomb is not included, it has a private ticket (100L.E) per person.
- Photography is allowed at Hatshepsut temple.
Karnak Temples: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 or 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. The complex was begun in 2000 BC, and expanded the through 1700 years, and is considered not completed. You will approach the complex by the dock which leads you to the avenue, which takes you to the unfinished pylon "gate" of the temple. In the 1st open court is the chapel of the Nubian king tahraka. To the right of the open court, is the small temple of Rameses3. The great hypostyle hall is awesome place with its 134 columns. The obelisks of Tuthmosis and Hatshepsut stand like two needles among the structures of the complex. The sacred lake is amazing, was used for the purification of the priests. The complex is very impressive. Don't miss it.
The Luxor temple:This temple is situated in the downtown of Luxor. It bears the name of the city al-Luxor or "the palaces". It is very small to karnak but is completed. 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. The 1st pylon was built by Ramses 2, and is decorated with his famous battle of Kadesh against the Hittites. This pylon is fronted by 6 statues of Ramses and obelisks. Just 3 statues and one obelisk still there. The mosque of Abu el Hagag is situated in the 1st open court of the temple. A colonnade with its 14 columns which was built by Amenhotep 3, takes you to the 2nd open court. Some Coptic ( Christian ) scenes are found in what is so-called "the church". In the rear part of the temple is the shrine of alexander the great and the birth room of Amenhotep 3. It is a great temple commemorates to all the periods of the Egyptian history.
- Flight tickets
- Tour guide.
- Entrance fees.
- All transfers.
- Tips for guides and drivers.
- Personal expenses.
Prices per person:
- Child under 12 is 10% discount of the price.
- All prices in US Dollar, but Egyptian Pound, English Pound & Euros are accepted.