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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.

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

2. 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

3. 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: Luxor Overnight Tour and Hot Air Balloon Ride

4. 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.

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

5. 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 Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

6. From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

• Day 1: Aswan Discover Egyptian culture by sailing the Nile on a 5-star cruise. Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up on time to start the tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Drive over to where you'll hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, check in to your cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubian and the Egyptian. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you cruise along the beautiful waters. Stop at Komombo to visit the temple and then enjoy an overnight stay aboard the boat.  • Day 2: Edfu - Esna - Luxor Enjoy breakfast on the ship and then sail over toward Edfu for a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple. Head back to the boat and sail to Esna, passing through Esna Lock. Glide toward Luxor where the cruise will dock overnight.  • Day 3: Luxor Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterwards, continue on a drive to discover the secrets of the Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, in which the famous English man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Take some time to relax on the boat before heading off to visit the biggest temple in the world: Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise.  • Day 4: Luxor - Departure After breakfast, end service in Luxor.

From Cairo: Luxor & Hot Air Balloon Private Trip by Plane

7. From Cairo: Luxor & Hot Air Balloon Private Trip by Plane

Our delegate will Pick-up you from your hotel in Cairo or Giza at about 4:00 P.M by air-conditioned car to head to Cairo International Airport to take the one-hour flight to Luxor. (Flight Tickets included) Upon your arrival, our delegate will be waiting for you outside the airport to start your trip heading to a hotel to relax until the delegate of the hot air balloon comes at about 4:00 to 4:30 A.M. The hotel staff will prepare a breakfast box to take with you in the hot air balloon After the pick-up for the hot air balloon, Enjoy an unforgettable 45-80 minute hot air balloon flight. Enjoy your time with a fly over 1500 feet in the sky with the best pilots and the highest levels of safety. You will watch the historical sites from the sky (Once in the lifetime experience) After landing, head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit The Valley of the Kings, also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari. Next, move to Medinet Habu, where the burial temple of Ramses III can be found, one of the city's most important religious monuments. Its entrance is 63 meters wide and 22 meters tall and bears a representation of the Pharoah himself punishing some prisoners. Then move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Next, Sail on the Nile River in a traditional felucca sailing boat to discover the beauty of Luxor. Relax with a drink as you soak up the scenery. Enjoy 30: 45 Minutes of unforgettable unique sailing to the Karnak temple. Having arrived, you will walk a short distance to Karnak Temple. Listen to your professional Egyptologist guide and admire the Complex of Karnak, which is considered to be one of the largest temples in the world. .After finish, enjoy 30: 45 minutes of scenic sailing to Luxor temple and enjoy the unforgettable sunset. you already watched the sunrise from the hot air balloon and now it's time to enjoy the unforgettable sunset on the water Then, you will move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. After finishing, you will be transferred to Luxor International Airport to take the one-hour flight to Cairo (Flight Tickets included) Upon your arrival, our delegate will be waiting for you outside Cairo Airport After meeting, you will be transferred to your hotel again in Cairo or Giza

From Cairo: Luxor Guided Tour with Overnight 1st Class Bus

8. From Cairo: Luxor Guided Tour with Overnight 1st Class Bus

Day 1: Start your adventure with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza. After a short meet and greet with your driver, climb into your booked mode of transport (depending on option selected). Day 2: When you arrive in Luxor, start your tour by meeting your friendly and professional licensed tour guide. Hop into your private air-conditioned vehicle and explore some of the most important historical monuments in Egypt. Get out at the West Bank and discover the valley of kings on the west bank of Luxor. Discover the remarkable tombs and see the last resting place of the kings Ramssess III, Ramssess VI, Mrenptah & Tut-Ankh-Amon (tombs are open and closed based on the restoration schedule, however the best 3 open tombs will be included & Tut's will be included based on your option selection). Continue on to see the Queen Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only female ruler who ruled Egypt for 20-years with wealth and peace. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Travel to the East Bank to admire the Complex of Karnak which is considered to be one of the largest temples in the world. Make a final stop before you leave this magical place at the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

9. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

Day 1: Luxor After getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see sights such as the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Later, head back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading out to explore the city of Luxor and its old market. Day 2: Luxor Rise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture whilst on-board. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo Arrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: Aswan Today, cruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time to discover the city and its ancient market. Day 5: Abu Simbel Arrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this temple complex, one of the most important in the world. Day 6: Aswan Today, begin the journey back to Luxor, visiting Nubian islands and villages that you will pass whilst cruising. Day 7: Cruising Spend the day at your leisure onboard the boat, cruising back to Luxor. Day 8: Luxor After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

10. Luxor: 4-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

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Fantastic day. Nana was a great guide - so positive and knowledgable and full of useful tips. Plus she found shade to talk to us in and handed us cold water at frequent intervals which helped with the 46 degree heat in the middle of the day! Karnak temple was incredible. Valley of the kings was amazing and we paid extra for Tutankhamen tomb where his actual mummified body is (but not the treasures as they are in museums). That was worth it - definitely! The paintings on the walls are so clear. We also did the Nile crossing on a boat which was well worth it - a lovely breeze and a beautiful river. There was lots more. A long long day but well worth it!

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Mohammed was very knowledgeable and took great care of our group. The drivers did a great job as well, they drove very safe. The team made sure that there were enough snacks and drinks on the minibus as well. The trip is quite exhausting, but with such a good team you will definitely enjoy all of it.

I had an excellent experience.. I was picked up from the hotel dot in time and dropped at the airport and upon landing the guide with the driver was waiting and took me for a fabulous ride of history & archeology.. Gud cud definitely have been provided at a better place however the overall experience was simply superb

Great trip. Nana the tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Expensive but worth every penny. Had a slight issue with cancelled flight but was rescheduled for a later day. Communication was great from start to finish.

Absolutely worth seeing trip !! It was very exhausting, but it was totally worth it! The care was great!