2½ hoursStart time
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.)
Tour returns to the original departure point
As you explore the Karnak Temple, you’ll come across a huge hall with 134 intricately carved columns and relics of ancient Egyptian dynasties. At the centre of the complex is a sacred lake, where you’ll see a big statue of a scarab (a beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians) that dates back to the reign of King Amenhotep III.
The construction of the temple of Luxor began during the reign of Amenhotep II; it was expanded by King Ramses II. At the entrance is a huge tower built by King Ramses II.
In the afternoon, 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 Karnak Temples situated about 3 kilometres north of Luxor.
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.
Further on, proceed to the 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.
After exploring the temple complex, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Luxor.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
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.
Excellent local guide, who knew the site very well. Private bus and guide. Much better quality and value than other tour companies we had trips with in Cairo....Rachel E Phillips, United Kingdom, 07/Feb/2009
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