Explore the magnificent highlights of Luxor (ancient Thebes) as; the Valley of the Kings, the temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, the Karnak temple, and Luxor temple. Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo, to drive you to Cairo airport for a one-hour flight to Luxor. Your guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival terminal with a signboard of your name to commence your trip to,
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 justice and truth.
It is a long, narrow defile in the west bank of Luxor, which was part of ancient Thebes. It was the burial site of almost all the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (1550-1080 BC).
The plan of the tombs varies considerably but consists essentially of a descending corridor interrupted by deep shafts to baffle robbers and by pillared chambers or vestibules. At the farther end of the corridor is a burial chamber with a stone sarcophagus in which the royal mummy was laid and store chambers around which furniture and equipment were stacked for the king’s use in the underworld.
In many cases, the walls were covered with sculptured and painted scenes depicting the dead king in the presence of deities, especially the gods of the underworld, and with illustrated magical texts similar to those found in funerary papyri, designed to help him on his journey through the Netherworld.
You will just visit three tombs of the opened ones; your guide will recommend you the best three tombs to visit.
The temple of Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahary is unique among the Egyptian temples. It is built in three terraces to commemorate the coronation of Hatshepsut.
Hatshepsut’s famous expedition to the land of Punt (Somalia) is depicted on 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 from 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 in the west bank 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 Memnon, after the name of Agamemnon. When the statues were hit by an earthquake in 27 B.C., they used to make whistles when the windblown into the cracks. These whistles were heard by Greek travelers who thoughts the whistles to be the voices of the mother of Agamemnon cries him.
It is a photo stop.
The Karnak complex is the largest religious complex ever built in the universe till now.
The “Karnak” is 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 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 Tahraqa. To the right of the open court, is the small temple of Rameses III.
The great hypostyle hall is an 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 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 that commemorates all the periods of Egyptian history.
Price is per person, min (2 people).
- Flight tickets
- Hotel pick up and drop off.
- Tour guide.
- Entrance fees.
- All transfers.
- Tips for guide and driver.
- What is mentioned as excluded items.
- Children from 1-5 years get a 60% discount.
- Children between 6-11 years get 50% off.
- 25% of the price per person to be added on the high seasons.
- All prices in US Dollar, but Egyptian Pound, English Pound & Euros are accepted.