Luxor – Ancient city of Thebes – Egypt
Adult £140 / Child £135
Tour Every Wednesday
Egyptian Visa Needed
Luxor is well known as the world’s greatest open air museum. The number & preservation of monuments in Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Luxor is a major attraction for tourist’s in Egypt & you’ll really step back in time here to explore Ancient Egyptian history. West bank, its known as the ‘City of the Dead’ & it’s funerary complex of the ancient Egyptians. Visit the valley of the Kings – the ancient cemetery of the pharaohs of the new kingdom, hidden in the Theban hills. Hatshepsut temple – this is a mortuary temple with a unique design as it’s the only temple built in Egypt with terrace design, straight into the cliff face. Karnak temple built on a leviathan scale, to house the gods, it comprises of 3 separate temple enclosures, the grandest being the Precinct of Amun – dedicated to the supreme god of the New kingdom – a structure large enough to accommodate 10 great cathedrals. Karnak’s magnitude & complex city are due to 1300 years of aggrandizement.
Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, transfer to Sharm el Sheikh Airport, and fly to Luxor. The flight will take around 50 minutes. Meet in Luxor airport by our professional English speaking tour guide and transfer by air-conditioned bus to the west bank of Thebes.
West Bank – Valley of the Kings
The West Bank of Luxor is known as the ‘City of the Dead’. The valley of the kings is an ancient cemetery of the Pharaohs of the New kingdom and its hidden in the mountains on the west bank of Luxor, between the two limestone hills of Qurna. All of the tombs were robbed in antiquity, except for the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamun which was found completely intact in 1922 by Howard Carter. The Valley of the Kings holds some 63 registered tombs & recently 2 more have been found. Your visit includes entry into 3 tombs, however if you wish to see either the tomb of Tutankhamun or Ramses 6, there is an additional cost.
Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple with a unique design as it’s the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. Hatshepsut was a famous female pharaoh who wore a false beard and all the trappings of the male pharaoh’s in order to calsim the throne for herself. There are chapels dedicated to Hathor the goddess of motherhood, joy, love, peace, happiness and music, and chapels dedicated to Anubis, the god of mummification and death also Amun-Ra the king of the gods. On the temple walls are reliefs showing the first commercial trading expedition to Somalia – ancient land of Punt.
The Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are the only remaining standing statues fronting the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and show the pharaoh sitting on his throne. The temple itself was destroyed in an earthquake and much of the ruins were used in other building works by other pharaohs. However, in recent years, new excavations have revealed many statues and other artifacts buried underground, including many statues of the goddess Sekhmet. After, lunch in local restaurant.
Karnak Temple it’s the largest ancient temple complex in Egypt measuring 62 acres. It was in use continuously for 1700 years The main temple area was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the patron god of Luxor and it has the largest Hypostyle Hall in the world which is unrivaled. Within the complex is the small chapel dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet and the chapel of the Divine Adoratrice which is often known as the Osiris chapel. Karmak Temple complex is one of the major sights of Ancient Egypt. During the day you will also habe an opportunity for shopping in Luxor. At the end of the day transfer to Luxor airport and from there fly back to Sharm, then drive to your hotel. It’s necessary to have a passport with Egyptian Visa, Suitable clothing & footwear, water, snacks & money.
The programme includes
Pick up & drop off from & to your hotel in Sharm, Transfers by Bus in Luxor. Entrance fees of Valley of the Kings(3 royal tombs), Queen Hatshepsut temple, Memnon colossal statues & Karnak temple. Professional English speaking Egyptology tour guide. Return flights Sharm/Luxor/Sharm, lunch in a local restaurant.
The programme excludes
Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun or Ramses 6. Drinks in the restaurant, tipping and any extras not mentioned in the program.