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The West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples Tour

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Key facts

Where: Luxor , Egypt Duration: 10 hours

Highlights

  • A must-visit for history lovers
  • See the funerary monument of the only woman ruler of Egypt
  • Luxor Temple is a famous temple complex in Egypt
  • Visit one of the most fascinating areas of Ancient Egypt
  • This is a comprehensive tour which includes entrance to many of the attractions
  • Lunch is included on the West Bank
  • Meet some of the people who maintain the site, many of whom are descendants of those who built the Temples
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transport are included

Overview

Explore the tombs, temples and pyramids of ancient Egypt on this comprehensive day trip to the West and East Banks of the River Nile.

The Valley of the Kings is the last resting place of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Close by is the Valley of the Queens, where the Pharaohs’ wives were buried in ancient times. These tombs were maintained by mortuary priests who performed the daily rituals.

While in the West Bank area you will also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman in Pharaonic history known to have ruled Egypt.

Returning to the Luxor area you will see the Karnak Temples, the largest temple complex ever constructed which were built and extended over 13 centuries by many generations of ancient builders. The last stop of the day will be the Luxor temple.

Itinerary

In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Luxor. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the following archaeological sites:

Valley of the Kings or Wadi el-Muluk: It is a valley in Egypt where tombs were built for the Pharaoh and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile and consists of two valleys, East and West, with the majority of the royal tombs situated in the East Valley.

Queens Valley: It is a place where wives of the pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was also known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning ‘the place of the children of the Pharaoh’. The valley is located near the Valley of the Kings. Here, along with the queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties, many princes and princesses were also buried with members of the nobility.

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut: Also known as ‘Dier El Bahari’, it was established by Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman who ruled Egypt in the Pharaonic history. As you approach it from the distance, it is as of you are looking at a modern building that has been carved out of a mountain. Dier El-Bahari was commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut as a funerary monument to honour her father, Tutmose I and herself.

Karnak Temples: It is the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls. The temple begins with the avenue of Rams, then the first and second pylon, then the hypostyle hall with 134 columns. At the end of the tour, you will reach the sacred lake which lies outside the main hall where a big statue of a scarab dates back to king Amenhotep III which was used for purification.

Luxor Temple: It was constructed for the worship of god Amon Ra whose marriage anniversary to his wife (Mut) was celebrated once a year. The construction of the temple dates from Amenhotep II and Ramesses II. The entrance of the temple is a huge pylon constructed by Ramesses II. It has two huge statues representing the king seated. You will be served lunch on this tour.

After exploring the temple complex, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Luxor.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0600h (06:00am)
Duration: 10 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in Luxor (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Tour returns to the original departure point

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned coach
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
  • Lunch

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

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Additional info

  • In most temples in Egypt, an additional fee for photo and video cameras is requested.
  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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