Safaga is a town on the coast of the Red Sea , 53 km ( 33 mi ) south of Hurghada. The port town was founded in 282 BC, originally called Philotera by the Greek pharaoh Ptolemy Philadelphus, who named it in honor of his deceased sister. It was a marine port for a regular cruise shuttle service line. It is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centers. It has numerous phosphate mines and regarded as the phosphates export center. It was the host of the 1993 Red Sea World Windsurfing Championship.
Day 01: Karnak & Luxor Temples.
Our representative will pick you up from Safaga Port by the cruise exit door. After that you will be transferred by a modern air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor, approximately 3 hours far from Safaga. Then we head to the city of Luxor, in ancient times it was called Thebes. It was once the capital of the New Kingdom 1550-1060 BC. It is the world’s richest archeological site.
On The East Bank of Luxor , enjoy a visit to the impressive & monumental Temples of Karnak. It 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. Karnak Temples were the largest place of worship ever built and the greatest example of worship in history. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greek-Roman Kingdom.
Then continue 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). Both were famed throughout the ancient world and have attracted tourists since Greek & Roman times.
Enjoy the spectacular Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temples (optional tour) & overnight in Luxor.
Day 02: The West Bank of Luxor:
After the Breakfast meal at your hotel, we head to the 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.
Afterwards, we explore the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC. It is a breath taking sight. Then, we proceed to the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 m 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.
After that return to your hotel for a quick check-out and lunch before making the return journey to Safaga and the ship.
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