Valley of the Kings

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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.

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

2. 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 Hurghada: Luxor Overnight Tour and Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. From Hurghada: Luxor Overnight Tour and Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a convenient pick-up at your hotel in Hurghada, Visit the Temple of Karnak and admire the columned halls, chapels, and sacred lake. Enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor before heading to the other bank of the Nile River in a traditional motorboat. 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. Discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the most famous queens of ancient Egypt. At the end of the day, our guide will take you to a 5 stars Nile view hotel at Luxor to relax and refresh before enjoying a free time to admire the nightlife of the amazing Luxor, at 4 am the bus will take you to see all places that you visited on land but this time from the sky with some wonderful views of Luxor on a hot air balloon ride, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading back to Hurghada

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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: Karnak, Hatchebsut, Valley of the Kings Tour

6. From Hurghada: Karnak, Hatchebsut, Valley of the Kings Tour

Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt on a fascinating full-day tour from Hurghada. Enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to visit stunning sights. Discover the relics of ancient chapels and temples at the awe-inspiring temple complex of Karnak, and the mortuary temple built by Queen Hatshepsut. Be inspired as you navigate the World-Heritage listed Valley of the Kings, home to 63 tombs of pharaohs and powerful nobles, and gaze upon the towering ancient statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Learn amazing historical stories from a professional Egyptologist, and enjoy exploring the sights in comfort.

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

7. 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. After pickup from your hotel in a private and air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll be taken to the airport to board your plane to Luxor for a day of ancient architecture and archaeology. Your first sight will be the Karnak Temple complex, on the east side of Luxor. There, you’ll see the street of the Sphinxes, the hypostyle hallway with 134 gigantic pillars, and the obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I. Then, visit the Theban Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings, a must-see for all Luxor travelers. Here, you’ll visit 3 tombs from different dynasties, as well as the Hatshepsut Temple.   Finally, visit the Memnon Colossi, which are two of the largest ancient statues in Egypt, dating back to the era of King Amenhotep III. At the end of the day, you’ll fly back to Sharm El Sheikh and your private driver will take you back to your hotel.

Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin this once-in-a-lifetime experience with an early-morning pickup from your hotel in Luxor at around 4:00 AM. Transfer by boat across the Nile River to West Bank, where you will be greeted by members of the staff with coffee, tea, and snacks. On the boat, the pilot of your balloon will brief you on safety measures and answer any questions you may have. Once the pilot goes over the pre-flight checklist, he'll also brief the ground crew. After getting the balloon set up — while always paying close attention to safety details — he will begin the hot inflation process.  Watch as the balloon begins to stand up and then begin to board with the assistance of the ground crew. The take-off is so gentle that most guests don't even realize they've left the ground. As you become one with the wind, you'll lose the sensation of motion and your perception of heights, finally feeling the tranquility of ballooning, disturbed only by the noise of balloon burners. The flight lasts up to 1 hour from take-off to landing and is also contingent on the day's weather conditions. The pilot always has the interest of the passengers and himself in mind, with safety as a #1 priority. Take in breathtaking views of Luxor and all its ancient temples and tombs. See the lives of farmers and other locals as your 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. Please keep in mind, your pilot is under the control of the Luxor Airport and must follow their directions. Before landing, you will be reminded of the proper landing position and then the pilot will look for a spot to land, usually in an empty field or desert area.

From Marsa Alam: Day Trip to Luxor by Bus

9. From Marsa Alam: Day Trip to Luxor by Bus

You will be picked up from your hotel in Marsa Alam and driven to Luxor in an air-conditioned vehicle. Here you will visit the famous Temple of Karnak, the largest religious building ever constructed. The ancient Egyptian name for the place is Ipet-isut, meaning the holiest of all places. After this, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch at a restaurant. Then you will head to the western bank of the Nile, where the colossal statue of Amenhotep III, the colossus of Memnon, awaits. Continue on to the Valley of the Kings, to see the breathtaking graves of the Pharaohs. You will visit 3 tombs and then continue on to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in El Deir El Bahary. This imposing temple, dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh, rises in a series of terraces from the desert plain, perched on sandstone cliffs. At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Marsa Alam.

From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

10. From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

Day 1: Meet your representative at 3 AM at your hotel in Cairo then set off to catch your domestic flight to Aswan. Arrive at Aswan Airport at 6 AM where you will be met by another representative and transferred to Abu Simble by private bus.  First, visit Abu Simbel Temple – a stunning Ancient Egyptian monument built by Ramses II out of a sandstone rock cliff. Marvel at the representation of the deities carved on the temple's huge façade. Nearby, also visit the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Aswan ready for an overnight stay at the Pyramisa Isis Hotel. Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, get picked up by the representative and transfer to Luxor. Start the day with a visit to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings which holds the tombs of various dynasties and the Temple of Deir El Bahari. On the return journey, stop at the Colossi of Memnon - 2 gigantic sitting statues representing Amenophis III facing the Nile. Then, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After this, head over to the East Bank to see the Luxor Temple. Stroll through the courtyard and admire the granite statues of Ramses the Great. Then, transfer by carriage or bus to Karnak Temple - a series of temples built within different reigns. Start by the Avenue of Sphinxes, then visit the Unfinished Propylon and the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns. See the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. Marvel at the Temple of Amon adorned which is adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III, and the Sacred Lake. Finally, transfer to Luxor Airport and catch your domestic flight to Cairo. When you arrive in Cairo you will be met by a representative who will transfer you back to your hotel in Cairo.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Kings

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4.5 / 5

based on 4,412 reviews

It’s a long day! But so worth it, left the hotel at 5.30 am and buckled in for a 5 hour coach journey to Luxor. Our tour guide Nana was fantastic, she was so welcoming and friendly and certainly added to the experience. Made us feel relaxed about the barrage of street side sellers. And what to avoid so you don’t have to spend unnecessarily. The only things you’ll have to pay extra for is the Nile cruise which is great fun and drinks at the restaurant. You may also need extra cash for toilet breaks.

The tour guide Nana was amazing she had a great deal of knowledge and was very efficient. It’s a long day travelling and it is really hot so take light breathable clothing and a hat/scarf for your head. All of this is absolutely worth it and I learnt a lot about Egyptian history. Take €10 for the boat trip as it isn’t included but worth it and also have change handy to use the toilets! They take any currency.

It was very amazing experience to Luxor. Everything was well organized. The sunrise air balloon ride was superb and unforgettable!! The guide Amran was a real amazing guide. He was friendly, polite, speaks fluent English! he also, helped me with the great spots for photos. 100% Recommended this tour without a doubt!!! Thanks again for the amazing time!

Ramadan & the team from Hod Hod Soliman hot air balloons made our trip unbelievebly amazing! They were so kind and kept us informed when we arrived into Luxor. In the air, Captain Omar described the sights and how hot air ballooning works. I would highly recommend booking with Ramadan @ Hod Hod Soliman!

Nana, thanks a lot for make this day unique for our memories, your way to explain, your patience, your energy, and charisma are unique, once again thank you nana ♥️