7. Hurghada: Day Tour to Luxor with Temples & Dinner
The tour begins early in the morning, with a pick-up from your hotel in Hurghada. From there, you will embark on a scenic drive through the Eastern Desert, passing through several small towns and villages along the way. After around 5 hours of driving, you will arrive in Luxor, where your first stop will be the Karnak temple. The Karnak temple is one of the largest and most impressive temple complexes in the world. It was built over a period of around 2,000 years and features a vast array of temples, chapels, statues, and obelisks. You will have the chance to explore the various parts of the temple, including the Great Hypostyle Hall, which features 134 massive columns, and the Sacred Lake, which was used for religious ceremonies and purification rituals. and significance.
Next, you will head to the west bank of the Nile River, where you will visit the Hatshepsut temple. This temple is dedicated to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and is considered one of the most unique and impressive temples in Egypt. The temple features a series of terraces, colonnades, and ramps, and is built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Nile River. You will have the chance to explore the various parts of the temple, including the main sanctuary, which features a series of beautiful reliefs and carvings.
After visiting the Hatshepsut temple, you will make a stop at the Colossi of Memnon. These are two massive stone statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, which stand at around 18 meters tall. The statues are all that remain of a once-great temple that was destroyed by earthquakes and floods over the centuries.
Finally, to end your day in Luxor, you will have the opportunity to take a felucca ride on the Nile River to a local restaurant for dinner. A felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailing boat that is commonly used for transportation along the Nile River. The ride is a peaceful and relaxing way to take in the beautiful scenery along the river while enjoying a delicious meal at a local restaurant.