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Things to do in Luxor, Egypt

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From Hurghada: Luxor Valley of the Kings Full-Day Trip

1. From Hurghada: Luxor Valley of the Kings Full-Day Trip

Take a day excursion from Hurghada to see some of Egypt's finest historic sites in the Luxor Valley. Benefit from complimentary pickup and drop-off and the services of an Egyptologist guide as you explore some of the most important landmarks of Ancient Egypt. After pickup from your hotel, drive to Luxor to visit the most famous monuments in Egypt, including the Temple of Karnak. Relax over lunch at a local restaurant, then board a typical Felucca boat to cross the Nile to the City of the Dead (optional). See the impressive Colossi of Memnon, the last remnants of the Temple of Amenophis III. Be enthralled by the architecture of the Valley of the Kings, and visit the temple of Hatshepsut, one of the female rulers of Ancient Egypt.

From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

2. From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 : A representative will come at the chosen pick-up time to pick you up by car to go to the Nile cruise ship by a private A/C van. Get settled into your comfortable room. Relax on the ship and have a buffet lunch then at about 2:00 pm Your professional Egyptologist Guide meet you for your visit to the Karnak temple. Then take a felucca ride on the Nile. Enjoy refreshing breezes with a ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Along the way Enjoy an incredible outing with friends or family away from the stress of the big city and see a spectacular view of Luxor from the water. Next, you will move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, After finishing your tour, our guide will transfer you back to the ship at about 6:30 pm. At night you will enjoy dinner on board with an Egyptian Folkloric Show party/ Day 2: In the early morning get ready to have a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloon. Watch an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above . After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to th ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Horus (with a small group of . Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy a buffet lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: In the early morning, head with a group to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. Meet your guide at the temple and discover the twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, built into the mountainside under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After the visit, you will return to your Nile cruise ship to take your luggage to drop you off at your Aswan hotel. For an additional fee, you can finish your trip at the Aswan airport or the train station.

Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

3. Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of the historic city of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on a guided tour from Hurghada. Visit notable sites such as the Temple of Karnak and Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon with an expert Egyptologist guide. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Hurghada. Travel to Luxor by bus and discover the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt with a visit to the most beautiful sights around the city. Then, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Karnak and admire the columned halls, the chapels, and the sacred lake of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor before boarding a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat, to cross over the Nile River to the opposite bank. Here, you will explore the City of the Dead and the Colossi of Memnon. Admire the only remains of the Temple of Amenhotep III and visit the Valley of the Kings. Be inspired by the stunning architecture and discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female ruler of ancient Egypt.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

4. From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile river on this cruise from Aswan to Luxor with a return transfer to Aswan. Take an overnight cruise aboard a 5-star ship on a river that is renowned for its historic importance, legendary status, and its natural elegance. Day 1: Head to the Abu Simbel temple, generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Ramesses II and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.  After your guided temple tour, set sail to the Kom Ombo temple, unique due to its dedication to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek and the falcon-headed god, Horus the Elder. Return to the ship for dinner as it continues to sail down the Nile. Day 2:  After breakfast, continue to Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, in a horse-drawn carriage. After visiting the temple, you’ll have some time to admire the river views from the sun deck before preparing for your departure to finish the trip in Luxor.

Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

5. Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your stay in Luxor would not quite be the same without a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloons. After convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your Luxor hotel or cruise ship, cross the River Nile to the West Bank – where your hot air balloon awaits. After a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot, you will climb into the balloon's basket and get ready for lift off.  Then it’s time for takeoff. Away from the daytime crowds, you will drift peacefully over the west Bank of Luxor and sights such as the monuments of Thebes. As the early morning sun rises over the East Bank, the city and the surrounding mountains will be illuminated in stunning golden hues. Your expert guide will also regale you with insights on history as you take in landmarks such as Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and Karnak, among other important structures. After landing, you will be transported back to your hotel, enriched with the beauty of Egypt from the most enchanting perspective.

Luxor: Full or Half-Day East and West Bank Tours

6. Luxor: Full or Half-Day East and West Bank Tours

Meet your Egyptologist tour guide and start your journey in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Choose between a tour of both the East and West banks, or visit only one side of the Nile according to your preferences. On the West bank, discover the Valley of Kings where you will visit the remarkable tombs and last resting place of the Kings Ramsses III, Ramsses VI, and Mrenptah. If you've booked an entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun (available as an add-on), you'll then see the most iconic Egyptian tomb known world-wide. Then, proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to a female ruler who reigned over Egypt for 20 years, bringing the country wealth and peace. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the East bank, witness the Complex of Karnak, which might be the largest temple in the world. You have one more stop before you leave the place: the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple which you will have time to explore.

From Hurghada: Luxor Private Guided Tour

7. From Hurghada: Luxor Private Guided Tour

Take a private day trip from Hurghada to visit the ancient sites of Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's temple, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Karnak Temple. Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada and take an air-conditioned car ride to Luxor. Cross the Nile and start exploring Luxor with your private guide. Start your tour in the Valley of the Kings. Immerse yourself in the history of this ancient place as you visit three different tombs. Afterward, see more of the area's historic sites. Enjoy guided visits to the Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, and Karnak Temple. Sit back and relax at the end of your tour as you're transferred back to your hotel in Hurghada.

Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Valley of the Kings

8. Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Valley of the Kings

Enjoy a 50-minute hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, the world’s most important archaeological site, lit up by the changing colors of the sunrise. Watch as the balloon begins to stand up and board with the assistance of the ground crew.  After a gentle takeoff, you’ll become one with the wind and lose the sensation of motion. Get lost in the tranquility of ballooning, disturbed only by the noise of the burners. Take in breathtaking views of Luxor and all its ancient temples and tombs. See the lives of farmers and other locals as you glide over fields where people irrigate their land, gather crops, and care for their animals.  To ensure all passengers have an equal opportunity to see and snap some amazing photos, the pilot will be sure to rotate the balloon during the flight. Finally, your guide will teach you the proper landing position and land expertly in an empty field or desert.

Hurghada: Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour With Meals

9. Hurghada: Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour With Meals

Our delegate will pick up you from your hotel in Hurghada at about 11:00 pm. After pick-up from your hotel, drive to Luxor and start your journey in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a cafe to try some local tea. You’ll then enjoy a hot air balloon ride for 45: 60 minutes to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs. Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. Then, you will visit the Valley of the Workers (Deir el-Medina). This is the place where the workmen of the royal tombs used to live. Here you will see the Temple of Deir el-Medina, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor. This is the only temple in all of Egypt where you can admire the carvings of the Final Judgement. At every site, you will get information from your Egyptologist tour guide and you will get free time to explore the ancient monuments by yourself. Next, See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a felucca ride. Enjoy a refreshing cup of traditional Egyptian tea (for free). You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, It's the Karnak Temple. dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next, move on to Luxor temple. Built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom, the beautiful temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, you’ll then be transferred to your hotel again in Hurghada.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

10. From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

Experience Luxor in all of its splendor on this full-day guided trip from Sharm El Sheikh. Enjoy the convenience of private van transportation and a round trip flight. Savor local flavors with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  After pickup from your hotel in a private and air-conditioned vehicle, transfer to the airport to board your plane to Luxor. Once you arrive, head to the Karnak Temple complex. See the street of the Sphinxes, the hypostyle hallway with 134 gigantic pillars, and the obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I. Continue to the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile to see where the pharaohs were laid to rest.  Stroll through the Valley of the Kings where you can visit tombs from 3 different dynasties. Admire a masterpiece of ancient architecture at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Finally, visit the Memnon Colossi, which are two of the largest ancient statues in Egypt, which date back to the era of King Amenhotep III. At the end of the day, fly back to Sharm El Sheikh and your private driver will take you back to your hotel.

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Beautiful experience, impeccable organization. I booked this activity with some fear, worried that the organization and/or the conditions of the balloons were not good enough. Instead, an experience not to be missed, I would say a MUST in Luxor. There were about 800 people (I swear), they come to pick you up at the hotel at 4.30 mini cruise with coffee/tea to cross the Nile, super impeccable organization with the transfers moving simultaneously to the place of departure, within 2 hours see the Valley of the Kings from above, hot air balloons flying over it simultaneously (at least 30). Super modern balloons, equipped with tablets with a special program to coordinate and communicate between the pilots and the driver who acts as a guide while driving the balloon. In short, an experience not to be missed, one of the most beautiful to do in Luxor. The only flaw, the children who attack the tourists for the tip upon landing (the organizers recommend ignoring it).

Wonderful experience! The drivers where very polite, friendly and very fast! We arrived in a very timely manner to beat the crowds. We felt very safe and the drivers where always waiting for us after each stop. Our tour guide, Nama, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and so friendly. We saw so much more then we expected and it was very reassuring to have someone to handle all the tickets and knows there way around the customs of Egypt. We highly recommend this tour of the Valley of the Kings. Well worth the price and time.

We had an amazing organized day. First we had a boat just for ourselves which took us around the Nile, the guide realized we loved nature so he gave us a proper treat by letting us walk on an island on the Nile to see birds and cows grazing. Then we went to the valley of the kings and temple. We had a very good guide which was very informative, he gave us a lot of info re kings and tombs. This day was great and an amazing experience in Luxor. Highly recommended

It’s a very nice experience. The guide was very friendly and patient. If you have the opportunity, when you cross the Nilo River by boat, go to the top of it, is like “surfing”. Very nice experience. Next time I’ll follow the guide type about taking a cruiser boat of 3 days along the Nilo River, because than you can pass through all historical points with the guide of the boat.

Very nice tour with a balanced informative sightseeing program. Punctual pickup, modern minibus, driver and tour guide very friendly and courteous. The guide Assem was a walking encyclopedia with a lot of background knowledge and good German.