The city of Luxor is situated in southern Egypt covering an area of 417 square kms ( 161 sq mi ). It is characterized as the world’s greatest open-air museum. In ancient Egypt was called waset which means city of the sceptre. It was once the capital of the New Kingdom 1550-1060 BC.
After pick-up from the hotel in Luxor .we will cross to the the West Bank of the Nile to visit the legendary Valley of the kings, which was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. 63 tombs have been found there and numbered on the maps in the order of their discovery (entrance ticket to three tombs), while the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun is optional with extra ticket.
Then, we visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri 1507 BC. It is a breath taking sight. Afterwards, we visit an alabaster workshop (optional). Then, we proceed to the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 meter high & originally guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple 1390 BC.
N.B., But if you did visit the Valley of the kings and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut before, you can replace them with the Mortuary Temple of Ramses the 3rd at Medinet Habu, which is second only to Karnak Temples in size and detail with reliefs that reach 27 m showing an oversized Ramses scattering enemies from his chariot. As well as Egypt’s sole relief of a naval battle against the sea peoples. Then, we go to the remarkable Valley of the Nobles, That is made up of more than 400 tombs mainly from the New Kingdom, providing an invaluable insight into daily life in the New Kingdom (entrance ticket to two tombs) .
Instead of the Valley of the Nobles, we can explore the beauty of the Valley of the Workers at the village of Deir al-Medina, where the craftsmen, servants and laborers who worked on the royal tombs lived in that village. Its tombs provide a rare insight into the lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt.
Continue driving to the East Bank of Luxor to explore the amazing Temples of Karnak & Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile. Both are considered the greatest open-air museums and probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Both were famed Throughout the ancient world and have attracted tourists since Greek and Roman times.
The complex of Karnak Temples was built over a 1300-year period, the temple of Amun (the state God), that lies at the heart of the complex covers more than 60 acres. Then, we head to the nearby Temple of Luxor. It was constructed approximately 1400BC. It was a primary cult temple, dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the pharaohs were crowned in reality or conceptually. In the Hieroglyphic language, it is known as ipet resyt (the southern sanctuary). Then, you will be driven to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo, where you will be met and assisted at the Airport by our representative and taken to your hotel.
Later you will be driven back to your hotel in Luxor.
Entrance Fees to the mentioned ancient places
Lunch meal during the day tour
Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary.
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