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Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. 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.

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.

Hurghada: Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour With Meals

3. Hurghada: Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour With Meals

Our delegate will pick up you from your hotel in Hurghada at about 11:00 pm. After pick-up from your hotel, drive to Luxor 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. Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a cafe to try some local tea. You’ll then enjoy a hot air balloon ride for 45: 60 minutes to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs. Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. Then, you will visit the Valley of the Workers (Deir el-Medina). This is the place where the workmen of the royal tombs used to live. Here you will see the Temple of Deir el-Medina, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor. This is the only temple in all of Egypt where you can admire the carvings of the Final Judgement. At every site, you will get information from your Egyptologist tour guide and you will get free time to explore the ancient monuments by yourself. Next, See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a felucca ride. Enjoy a refreshing cup of traditional Egyptian tea (for free). You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, It's the Karnak Temple. dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next, move on to Luxor temple. Built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom, the beautiful temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, you’ll then be transferred to your hotel again in Hurghada.

Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

4. 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

5. 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.

Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

6. Aswan: Luxor Day Trip with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Felucca

Prepare for an epic day trip from Aswan to Luxor's most iconic sites including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon. Take to the sky on a sunrise hot air balloon ride and cruise the Nile on a felucca ride - all this in one incredible day. After pick-up from your Aswan hotel, travel the 3 hours to Luxor in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, your private Egyptologist guide greets you at a café where you can try the local tea. Rise above it all on a hot air balloon ride over the west bank of Luxor as the sun rises. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you quietly drift over the archaeological sites below. With your feet back on the ground, head to the Valley of the Kings to explore 3 important tombs. Decorated throughout with walls full of hieroglyphs, feel fully immersed in the world of Ancient Egypt as you learn about their beliefs in the afterlife. Staying on the west bank, your next stop is the infamous Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, featuring statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. She was the only female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Visit the Valley of the Workers at Deir el-Medina, where workers on the royal tombs would live. Here you can see the Temple of Deir el-Medina, which was dedicated to the goddess Hathor. This is the only temple in Egypt where you can see carvings of the Final Judgement. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, there is time to enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile River before crossing to the east bank. Head to Karnak Temple, the largest temple in Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun and his family. Walk along the avenue of sphinxes to enter the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple where you are greeted by towering columns and decorated walls. Started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II, Luxor Temple is your next stop. Though smaller than Karnak Temple, the impressive site is no less intriguing. With massive statues of Ramses II flanking the entrance, the imposing temple speaks to the pharaoh's great power. At the end of your day trip in Luxor, return to your Aswan hotel or you can choose to stay in Luxor if you are traveling onwards from there.

From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

7. From Aswan: All Inclusive 2-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise

After pickup from your hotel in Aswan, you’ll head to the port with your expert guide to begin your trip down the Nile. Departing in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out from your luxurious quarters, or to hang out by the pool, catching a glimpse of the Nile’s lush flora and diverse fauna with lunch. Around sunset, you’ll arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo, dating back to 180 BCE. Amble through the stately columns, learning of the complex religious significance that the building holds, paying tribute to 2 gods simultaneously. Afterwards, you’ll hop back on board for dinner, arriving in Edfu for the night where the boat will dock. After breakfast, you’ll head out to the Temple of Edfu, a shrine to the god Horus, and one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Hop on a horse and carriage ride around the grounds before heading back onto the cruise for some time to relax. Arriving in Luxor that evening, you’ll gaze at the city’s lights from the water as you settle in for dinner. After breakfast the next morning, the cruise will end in the bustling and historic city of Luxor.

Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

8. Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

• Day one: Begin the experience with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cairo and a transfer to the airport for your 6:00 AM flight to Luxor. After landing, simply look out for a sign with your name and meet your expert tour guide. Start the tour right away with a visit to the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank, where you will discover the tombs of various dynasties including the The Temple of Deir El Bahari. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic sitting statues facing the Nile and representing Amenophis III. Explore also the famous Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and then have lunch at a local restaurant (beverages not included). After lunch, continue to the East Bank and see the courtyard and granite statues of Ramses the Great at the Luxor Temple. Marvel at the series of temples built over different reigns that make up Karnak. Beginning with the Avenue of Sphinxes, explore the Unfinished Propylon and the Hypo-style hall with its 134 giant columns. Admire the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, the Temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III, and the Sacred Lake. Finally, transfer to your hotel in Luxor for an overnight stay at Ibrotel Luxor Hotel. • Day two: Get picked up from your hotel by a licensed tour guide in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and head to the West Bank of the Nile. Visit Medinat Habu, an archaeological site situated near the foot of the Theban Hills opposite the modern city of Luxor, Egypt. Although other structures are located within the area, the location is today associated almost exclusively with the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. The temple, some 492 feet, is of orthodox design and resembles closely the mortuary temple of Ramesses II (the Ramesseum). You will also have the chance to visit some other temples inside Habu Temple such as the Temple of Amun, which dates to the 18th Dynasty and was built by Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. Continue your day tour to Deir el Medina, known as The Valley of the Worker. Later transfer to Luxor airport for your return flight to Cairo and hotel drop-off following landing.

Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Rides

9. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Rides

Start your day by waking up early in the morning, crossing The Nile River in the dark then having short drive to arrive the 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 memory 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 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.

Valley of Kings: Private Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

10. Valley of Kings: Private Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hire the smallest balloon available for a truly memorable exclusive flight for between 2 and 20 people, ideal for proposals, special anniversaries and special occasions. This is a completely private option for you and your group wanting to float above the unique valleys of the kings. Be greeted on the West Bank by members of staff with coffee, tea, and snacks. Once the pilot goes over the pre-flight checklist, they'll brief 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, lose the sensation of motion and your perception of heights, finally feeling the tranquillity of ballooning.  Take in breathtaking views of Luxor, its ancient temples and tombs, and 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 91 reviews

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).

A great experience from A to Z. Driver Bomba picked us up at the hotel on time. He is very friendly and got us safely to Luxor. When we got there, we had to wait a little longer for the small buses, which then took us to the balloon field. Just the sight of all the balloons on the ground and in the air was very nice and then came the balloon ride. Indescribably great. After the balloon ride we were brought back with another bus. The driver Bomba was waiting and a short time later our tour Gide Saadi, with whom we spent the rest of the day, arrived. He showed us many things, his German is excellent and his knowledge enormous. After this eventful day, Bomba brought us back safely to Safaga. We can highly recommend the tour. Everything great - 5 stars

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.