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Luxor, Egypt Outdoor sports

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

1. 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: Hot Air Balloon Ride

2. Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your stay in Luxor would not quite be the same without a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloons. After convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your Luxor hotel or cruise ship, cross the River Nile to the West Bank – where your hot air balloon awaits. After a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot, you will climb into the balloon's basket and get ready for lift off.  Then it’s time for takeoff. Away from the daytime crowds, you will drift peacefully over the west Bank of Luxor and sights such as the monuments of Thebes. As the early morning sun rises over the East Bank, the city and the surrounding mountains will be illuminated in stunning golden hues. Your expert guide will also regale you with insights on history as you take in landmarks such as Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and Karnak, among other important structures. After landing, you will be transported back to your hotel, enriched with the beauty of Egypt from the most enchanting perspective.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

3. From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

Experience Luxor in all of its splendor on this full-day guided trip from Sharm El Sheikh. Enjoy the convenience of private van transportation and a round trip flight. Savor local flavors with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  After pickup from your hotel in a private and air-conditioned vehicle, transfer to the airport to board your plane to Luxor. Once you arrive, head to the Karnak Temple complex. See the street of the Sphinxes, the hypostyle hallway with 134 gigantic pillars, and the obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I. Continue to the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile to see where the pharaohs were laid to rest.  Stroll through the Valley of the Kings where you can visit tombs from 3 different dynasties. Admire a masterpiece of ancient architecture at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Finally, visit the Memnon Colossi, which are two of the largest ancient statues in Egypt, which date back to the era of King Amenhotep III. At the end of the day, fly back to Sharm El Sheikh and your private driver will take you back to your hotel.

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

4. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

Uncover the wonders of the Nile on this 4-day trip from Cairo which includes meals. Fly to Aswan and explore the Philae Temple with an Egyptology guide. Take in the sights as you sail to Edfu and Luxor. Explore the Valley of the Kings and discover the area from above on an optional hot-air-balloon flight. Day 1: Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cairo and relax as your driver navigates traffic for you. Be dropped-off at the Cairo Airport and take a short flights to Aswan. Meet your Egyptology guide outside the arrival hall's exit door. Visit the High Dam and the majestic Philae Temple which was built on the honor of Goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island. Transfer to the Nile River and board the cruise ship. Float along the Nile, relax, and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner onboard. Sleep in a cozy cabin.  Day 2:  Wake up to a hearty breakfast as you glide over the Nile around Kom Ombo. Take in views of the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Have the chance to visit the Abu Simble Temple.  Savor lunch onboard and continue Edfu. Tuck in to a mouth-watering dinner and admire the sunset onboard. Rest up in your cabin for the night.  Day 3: Soak up the morning air with a cup of coffee and breakfast before visiting the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Edfu. Hop aboard the boat and have your lunch and dinner on board while taking in the stunning landscapes on the way to Luxor. Day 4:  Experience the splendor of Luxor with an optional early morning hot-air balloon ride. Be transferred to the take off site and discover the Valley of the Kings from above. Eat breakfast onboard the boat before heading out to visit the Valley of the King for 2 hours.  Transfer to the Hatshebsuite Temple to uncover the first woman who ruled Egypt. Stop at the Colossi of Memnon to admire two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Travel to the Karnak Temples for nearly 2 hours.  Finally transfer to the Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo. Meet your driver at the airport and ride back to your accommodation in Cairo. 

From Sharm El Sheikh: Luxor Guided Day Trip by Plane

5. From Sharm El Sheikh: Luxor Guided Day Trip by Plane

Maximize your time in Luxor on a day trip which includes hotel transfers, lunch, and return flights from Sharm El Sheikh. See the legendary Karnak Temple, explore tombs in the Valley of the Kings, see the immense Colossi of Memnon and see stunning architecture at Hatshepsut Temple. After pickup from your Sharm El Sheikh hotel, board a plane for the short flight to Luxor where your Egyptologist tour guide will be waiting to meet you. Your guide will show you the best sites of Luxor and reveal its fascinating history as the former capital of Egypt. Begin your Luxor day tour on the West Bank of the Nile River, where you can see the two giant statues of Amenhotep III (also known as the Colossi of Memnon). Continue to the Valley of the Kings to explore the decorated tombs of ancient pharaohs and other royalty. Head to the spectacular Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El-Bahary, built in honor of the only female pharaoh and queen, Queen Hatshepsut. Emerging from the desert in a succession of terraces and melds, its location amongst towering limestone cliffs is breathtaking. Cross over the Nile River to the East Bank for lunch at a local Luxor restaurant, before visiting the magnificent Karnak temple. This temple complex is the largest in Egypt and houses spectacular columns, pillars, hieroglyphs, and its famous avenue of sphinxes. At the end of the day return to Luxor airport for your flight back to Sharm El Sheikh. Your driver will meet you and take you back to your hotel.

From Cairo: Private All-Inclusive Tour of Luxor by Plane

6. From Cairo: Private All-Inclusive Tour of Luxor by Plane

Explore the many treasures of the ancient world on this all-inclusive day tour to Luxor from Cairo, traveling by plane and bus. After being collected from your hotel in Cairo, take an air-conditioned vehicle to the airport, ready to fly to Luxor. Your expert guide will meet you at the airport and your tour will begin. Make an excursion to the Necropolis of Thebes on the Western Bank. Crossing the Nile, visit the Valley of the Kings, and see the grand tombs of some of the most powerful nobles and pharos of Ancient Egypt. On the return journey, stop off at the Colossi of Memnon, 2 gigantic statues representing Amenophis III facing the Nile. You will also have the chance to visit the famous Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Explore the Luxor Temple and marvel at the granite statues of Ramses the Great in the courtyard. Proceed by carriage or bus to Karnak–a series of temples spanning from different reigns and eras. Walk through the Avenue of Sphinxes, visit the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic columns, see the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, and witness the temple of Amon, adorned with exquisite lotus and papyrus designs. After a whirlwind exploration into the treasures of the ancient world, transfer back to the airport for your return flight to Cairo, and to your hotel.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

7. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

Discover ancient Egypt on a 7-cruise down the Nile from Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, explore Edfu Temple, and marvel at the Temple of Isis. Day 1: LuxorAfter getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Spend the night on your ship, cruising down the Nile. Day 2: LuxorRise 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. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom OmboArrive 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: AswanCruise 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 if you want to discover the city and its ancient market by yourself. Day 5: Abu SimbelArrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this historic temple complex. Day 6: AswanBegin the sailing journey back to Luxor. As you sail, take stunning photos of the Nubian islands and villages that you pass. Day 7: CruisingSpend the day relaxing on the ship as you sail down the Nile. Sleep overnight on the boat. Day 8: LuxorAfter 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: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin this once-in-a-lifetime experience with an early-morning pickup from your hotel in Luxor at around 4:00 AM. Transfer by boat across the Nile River to West Bank, where you will be greeted by members of the staff with coffee, tea, and snacks. Be briefed the boat by the pilot on safety measures for your hot air balloon flight have your questions answered. Once the pilot goes over the pre-flight checklist, he'll also brief the ground crew. After getting the balloon set up, the inflation process begins. Watch as the balloon begins to stand up and then begin to board with the assistance of the ground crew. The take-off is so gentle that most guests don't even realize they've left the ground. As you become one with the wind, you'll lose the sensation of motion. Feel tranquility of ballooning, disturbed only by the noise of balloon burners. The flight lasts up to 1 hour from take-off to landing. Take in breathtaking views of Luxor and all its ancient temples and tombs. See the lives of farmers and other locals as your glide over fields, where people irrigate their land, gather crops, and care for their animals. Snap some amazing photos, as the pilot rotates the balloon during the flight for 360 degree views. Soar over Ramesseun and the Valley of the Kings and Queen. Before landing, you be reminded of the proper landing position and then the pilot will look for a spot to land, usually in an empty field or desert area.

Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon with Optional West Bank Visit

9. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon with Optional West Bank Visit

Travel via air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel to the West Bank of Luxor where your trip begins. After listening to the safety instructions, hop into the hot air balloon’s basket and get ready for lift off. Rise up into the sky and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Luxor at sunrise. See the city from an entirely different perspective. If you have selected the option for just the hot air balloon and transfer, once your ride is finished, you will be dropped back off in Luxor. If you selected the option with the semi-private West Bank visit, you'll begin your lovely half-day tour in Luxor, covering Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Listen to the history behind some of the hotspots from your Egyptologist tour guide after floating back down to earth. Visit the Valley of the Kings, home to some of Egypt’s most enchanting pharaonic temples and royal tombs. Behold the spectacular tombs of Kings Ramesses III, Ramesses VI, and Merneptah. Here you will also have the option to explore the tomb of King Tutankhamun.  Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only known Egyptian female ruler who reigned for 20 years. Next, make your way to the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III and marvel at the gates Colossi of Memnon. Finally, enjoy a delicious lunch from a local restaurant before being transferred back to your accommodation. Extra attraction tickets are necessary and are not included in the price; you can add them from the add-on list at booking.

Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

10. Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Start your day by waking up early in the morning, crossing The Nile River in the dark then having short drive to arrive the Hot Air Balloon take-off area where you get surprised with the view of all balloons standing up from the ground ready for take-off!! After boarding the balloon with the help of our ground crew, you will be briefed through our experienced pilots who will get you to the unforgettable balloon ride of your life. Enjoy the smooth take-off with no noise except the flame of the burner lighting the sky before the sunrise. Get lost with the wind flying over ancient places discovering the West Bank of Luxor and enjoying the green in yellow as desert comes to life. Get your cameras ready for the changing colors of the sky as you experience all stages of sunrise until you see the sun as a complete circle. With our professional pilots turning the Hot Air Balloon around itself with their control ropes to give everyone of our lovely passengers an equal chance to take his special snaps and photos. Finally, you approach for landing where you are flying at a height of 20 m maximum from the ground, while watching our ground crew team back again following you carefully until you have your Egyptian final landing touching the ground. Then they safely escort you out of the basket and start packing our balloon.

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Beautiful experience, impeccable organization. I booked this activity with some fear, worried that the organization and/or the conditions of the balloons were not good enough. Instead, an experience not to be missed, I would say a MUST in Luxor. There were about 800 people (I swear), they come to pick you up at the hotel at 4.30 mini cruise with coffee/tea to cross the Nile, super impeccable organization with the transfers moving simultaneously to the place of departure, within 2 hours see the Valley of the Kings from above, hot air balloons flying over it simultaneously (at least 30). Super modern balloons, equipped with tablets with a special program to coordinate and communicate between the pilots and the driver who acts as a guide while driving the balloon. In short, an experience not to be missed, one of the most beautiful to do in Luxor. The only flaw, the children who attack the tourists for the tip upon landing (the organizers recommend ignoring it).

We spent 4 wonderful days, both on the boat and when we made the visits accompanied by a guide who spoke French "Mehdi" at the top in his explanations and with a lot of humor. The Nile cruise is smooth and pleasant. The Emilio boat was a little run down but very well organized, with lovely staff and a very good buffet. Thanks to Arwa with whom we regularly communicated by Wathsapp for the organization of all these accompanied outings who was very responsive and very professional

Great experience! Transfer was on time, we got to the boat that transferred us to the west side and from there with a bus again again until balloon field. Take off point is near to Hatshepsut temple. Amazing sunrise and very friendly pilot. Totally can recommend it!

excellent. absolutely no complaints. everything worked as promised like clockwork and overall it is a once in a lifetime experience. The entire crew, right from ground staff to pilot were highly professional

Beautiful day, great driver and an excellent guide!! This was the best day of our trip to Egypt.