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

1. 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.

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Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

2. Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

Begin this wonderful dinner excursion from the lobby of your hotel at 6:30 PM. Join the 5-star deluxe Nile Cruise and set sail for a 2-hour trip from Cairo and discover the beauty of the ancient Egyptian city by night. Take in the wonderful views of Cairo illuminated by the glaring city lights as you savor a special open buffet dinner. Enjoy a belly dance show, Arabic songs and music, along with a Tanoura show while delighting in your endless meal. This amazing Arabian night experience ends with a drop-off at your hotel. Dinner is included in the tour price but beverages are not.

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Luxor: Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing

3. Luxor: Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing

The experience begins with pickup from your Luxor hotel at around 6:00 PM and transfer down to the River Nile. Hop onboard your boat for an evening on one of the most famous rivers in the world. Be escorted to your table then enjoy a delicious meal while listening to the sound of traditional Egyptian music. After dinner, watch a mesmerizing belly dance show as well as entertaining folk performances. By the end of the meal you’ll have a better understanding of Egyptian culture as well as unforgettable vacation memories.

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Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

4. 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.

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The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

5. The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

Discover the river Nile as you cruise its waters in a traditional Felucca. Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and travel to the Nile pier in downtown Cairo and spend a day sailing down the same river Cleopatra did so many centuries ago. Enjoy a relaxing daytime cruise and let your hand glide along the Nile’s surface as you bathe in the warm Egyptian sun. Choose to take the cruise later on in the day and experience a spectacular sunset over Cairo from the deck or your boat, or alternatively hop on board the Felucca after the sun has set and observe Cairo’s buzzing nightlife from the river.

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From Hurghada: Tour of Cairo with Nile Cruise and Pyramids

6. From Hurghada: Tour of Cairo with Nile Cruise and Pyramids

Discover the ancient wonders of Cairo during a 2-day whirlwind trip around the historical highlights of the city. Immerse yourself in the magic of the ancient world as you absorb the world-famous Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Take a journey back in time as you learn fascinating stories about ancient Egyptians at the Egyptian Museum. Travel in luxury as you check-in for a cruise along the Nile, and sit back and relax as you are treated to a dinner party with live entertainment. Listen as a professional Egyptologist provides you with captivating historical information, and explore Khan El Khalili, as well as Coptic and Islamic Cairo. Enjoy two buffet lunches and a breakfast during the 2-day trip, and the comfort of inclusive hotel pick-up and drop-off.

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Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

7. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street. After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day as per your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis. You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

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Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

8. Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

Get picked up from your hotel at 8 AM, then begin your excursion with a visit to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Then, proceed to the Great Sphinx which dates back to the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren. Next, continue on to visit the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art and is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Admire over 250,000 genuine artifacts, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen's collection of treasure, gold, and jewelry. Read about how these marvels were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s. After this, get transferred back to your hotel at around 4 PM to rest for a while, take a shower, and get ready for the night ahead. At 6 PM, get picked up from your hotel and head to the pier to begin your 2-hour Nile cruise. Enjoy a night on the Nile as you take in the sights of Cairo. Savor a delicious dinner on board as you watch a belly dancing and a folkloric show. Be delighted by the Chef's menu along with a selection of Egyptian favorites, all made with fresh ingredients. At the end of this memorable dining experience, get transferred back at around 10:30 PM where your tour ends.

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Aswan: Boat Trip to the Nubian Village

9. Aswan: Boat Trip to the Nubian Village

Experience the Nubian lifestyle on this boat tour to The Nubian Village on the west bank. Discover the unique architecture, cheerful colors, and peculiar culture and traditions of its people. Begin with a pickup from your hotel/hostel then, board a boat and sail down the Nile with your guide to visit one of the villages. Once you arrive, enjoy the landscape, the beautiful nature of Aswan, and the vivid colors of the Nubian houses. Learn about the Nubian culture and traditions and walk in the streets of the Nubian Village to see the Nubian houses. Visit one of the Nubian houses to take a closer look at the Nubian daily life, enjoy a traditional drink and see the crocodiles they keep as pets in a safe basin inside their houses. After this eventful day, sail back to your hotel/hostel.

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Luxor: Half Day Motor Boat Ride with Banana Island Visit

10. Luxor: Half Day Motor Boat Ride with Banana Island Visit

Your local tour leader will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Nile side of Luxor, where your boat is waiting for your journey. Sailing down the peaceful waters of the majestic Nile River, see the imposing Luxor Temple on the East Bank and the pink hills of the West Bank go by, an inspiring and incredibly relaxing experience you’ll never forget.  Experience the peace and tranquility of the Nile water that has been the lifeblood of Egypt since the times of the pharaohs. Enjoy a drink during your boat ride. The boat will sail north of Luxor to an island covered with banana plantations. The boat will sail to the Banana Island, an island covered with banana plantations. Have a relaxing time enjoying the beautiful scenery on a short exploratory tour.  Enjoy a refreshing cup of traditional Egyptian tea and some of the sweetest, most delicious bananas you have ever tasted. Continue sailing and watch the sun set slowly over the Luxor West Bank, take in the scenes around you as you sail along the Nile.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,847 reviews

The tour was great. In particular, the second day with my guide Ossama in Alexandria was great. The first day had elements that resembled a coffee trip. Unfortunately, the PLV does not fit with bus transport between Hurghada and Cairo and back.

From 5am to 10pm on the go. Bus not very comfortable. Excursions and tour guides very good - except for the extra Nile trip - superfluous but unfortunately not selectable. Lunch: below average. Still recommendable.

The guide ,the ambiance ,food and music all was just beautiful for my evening .I will recommend you it either solo or with companion.

Had a very nice day in Luxor. Both at the temple complex and at the tombs. The excursion is highly recommended!

Niwin was a wonderful guide. The atmosphere was excellent, great show and choice of food. God bless her!