Luxor's East & West Bank Highlights Tour
Enjoy the top attractions of Luxor in a full day tour, starting from the west bank side of the Nile river where the ancient Egyptian pharaohs were considering it as the place of eternal life, you will visit the Valley of the kings where the most famous ancient Egyptian kings exist, then to the most beautiful funeral temple of the most famous queen female ruler in the ancient history (the queen Hatshepsut temple), before leaving the west side of luxor pass by the two huge guard of the kings valley (Colossi of Memnun) .After lunch, Time to see the biggest temple in the world ( Karnak Complex ) which considered the biggest temple in the world.Itinerary
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Valley of the Kings, Luxor City, Luxor 85511 Egypt
Enjoy a full day tour to discover the Ancient capital of Egypt : Luxor, formerly called Thebes. All the temples and ancient monuments scattered on both banks of the Nile river make this city a real open-air museum. Temple of Hatcheptsut, Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak temple... these are so many wonders that will not fail to impress you.
Your egyptologist guide will wait for you at Luxor in order to reach the West bank of Luxor : the first step of your day.
Discover first the valley of the Kings, a symbol of pharaohs' glory. This valley was chosen by the pharaohs to be their royal necropolis after the Pyramids of the lower Egypt were stripped of their treasure. The site contains 63 tombs excavated in the rock of the mountain, the most famous one is that of the young king Tutankhamun.
Adventure yourself inside a royal tomb and examine the colored scenes on the walls, these give you insights on the beliefs and funerary rites of Ancient Egyptian. Here you understand that to get prepared for death is the first goal of a pharaoh, therefore, the tomb was for each king the great achievement of his life. The royal tombs are until now a great witness of the prestige and greatness of the pharaohs.
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, Kings Valley Rd Deir el-Bahari, Luxor 23512 Egypt
Continue your excursion with the Memorial Temple of Hatchepsut. Arriving to the site, the impressive cliff will not miss to captivate your eyes. But it’s at the foot of this masterpiece of nature that remains the real wonder : Hatshepsut temple. The external architecture match perfectly with the refined cliff, the building seems to have been sculpted into the rock. Once inside the temple, you are able to examine on the walls, scenes that tell the story of the female pharaohs that has made Egypt strong and wealthy under her reign. You can notice that many figures have their face damaged, these are representations of Hatshepsut that Tutmosis III wanted to get rid of. Indeed after her death Tutmosis III became king and finally took revenge on his stepmother that had stolen the power from him. Actually, he did everything to erase the name of Hatshepsut from history : he ruined the face of some of her statues, destroyed her cartouches or removed them.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Colossi of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor Egypt
Last site in the West bank : the colossi of Memnon. Massive, proudly standing, and the gaze fixed toward the Nile, the two colossi of Memnon were the guardians of Amenhotep’s memorial temple. This complex was the vastest and the most sumptuous in Egypt, here Amenhotep was venerated as a god. After an earthquake of 27 BC, the remaining part of one of the colossi was believed to sing at the time of sunrise. But this sound disappeared after the renovations. The several earthquakes and floods took away this prodigious temple. Today the area is a vast archaeological research site, still guarded by the two great colossi.
Have lunch in a nice local restaurant.
Duration: 15 minutesStop At:
Temple of Karnak, Karnak, Luxor Egypt
Continue your day with the visit of the two glorious temples of the East bank of the ancient Thebes. Get into Karnak temple : the vastest Ancient temple dedicated to the Theban triad Amun, Mut and their son Khonsu. Karnak temple was connected to Luxor temple by an alley of sphinx which was used during the Opet Festival : the statues of the Theban triad were carried in procession from Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple so that Amun-Ra (the solar shape of god Amun) meets Amun-Min (the shape of Amun in Luxor Temple). The ancient complex is composed of three precincts, only the one of Amun-Ra is accessible to the public. Make your way through the papyrus field of the hypo style hall. The 134 columns shaped like papyrus will not miss to impress you. The walls will captivate you with their colored engravings and hieroglyphs. At the back of Amun-Ra precinct : a charming sacred lake of natural spring water that was used by the priests to purify themselves before entering the temple. The whole complex was built and developed during more than 2000 years. Hence, about thirty Pharaohs have contributed to the construction of the building, making it unique by its size, its degree of elaboration and the diversity of styles.
After finishing this amazing day, You will be escorted back to your hotel
Duration: 2 hours
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
Duração: 8 Hours
Ponto de partida:
Traveler pickup is offered
Cancelamentos e reembolsos:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.