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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.

Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

2. Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of the historic city of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on a guided tour from Hurghada. Visit notable sites such as the Temple of Karnak and Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon with an expert Egyptologist guide. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Hurghada. Travel to Luxor by bus and discover the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt with a visit to the most beautiful sights around the city. Then, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Karnak and admire the columned halls, the chapels, and the sacred lake of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor before boarding a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat, to cross over the Nile River to the opposite bank. Here, you will 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. Be inspired by the stunning architecture and discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female ruler of ancient Egypt.

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.

Hurghada: Luxor Full-Day Trip Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

4. Hurghada: Luxor Full-Day Trip Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a a Day-Trip excursion from Hurghada to explore the world's greatest open-air museum in a Hot Air Balloon Ride from the Sky. After pick-up from your hotel, you will have your drive to Luxor approx. 5 hours to arrive before sunrise to all balloons Take-off area. You will enjoy a refreshment breakfast (tea, coffee, cake) before your ride, then you will be accompanied to your balloon place. Enjoy the view of Hot Air balloons inflating & standing up from the ground ready for take-off. Our team members will help you to escort the basket and will brief you with safety instructions for your flight. Get ready for a peaceful moment you will never forget when you leave the ground and fly highly in the sky. Explore the impressive architectural legacy of Luxor from the sky with your balloon gliding over unique place freely with the wind. Your pilot will show you the area and turn the balloon with his control ropes to have the chance to experience every angle while flying. After showing you all the places you will approach for final landing with the help of our teams to escort you safely out of the basket. Finally, you have your driver ready to pick you up and ready for your wishes!! You have the chance to : • Visit all ancient places in West Bank and East Bank of Luxor • Enjoy an oriental breakfast or lunch in local restaurants • Explore the Nile River in a Felucca • Or drive back directly to Hurghada

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

5. 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.

From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

6. From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Explore the Nile on this 4-day cruise from Aswan. See the historic town of Luxor, marvel at the temple of Kom Ombo, and discover Philae Island. Day 1 Meet your Egyptologist guide at your Aswan hotel and begin your adventure with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Next, hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, board your 5-star cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubians and the ancient Egyptians. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you enjoy the scenery. Spend the night on your cruise ship. Day 2 Enjoy breakfast on the ship before having free time to explore Aswan. Next, sail north before stopping at Komombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Hop back on your cruise ship to continue toward Edfu. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple dedicated to the god Horus. After exploring the temple, board the cruise and spend the night sailing north. Day 3 Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterward, disembark and drive to discover the secrets of Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, where the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Day 4 After breakfast, head off to visit the biggest temple in the world, Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Finish your tour in Luxor.

Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

7. 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: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Aswan

8. Luxor: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Aswan

Day 1: Luxor Your Egyptology tour guide will pick you up at 11:00AM from any location in Luxor. From there you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After arriving you will check-in at your cabin, and following lunch you will begin sailing from Luxor. Once settled in, stand up on the sun deck watching the islands of Luxor as you pass them by. You can also observe small boats, Egyptian villages, cows, and donkeys, allowing you to take rare photos of authentic Egyptian nature. You will later pass through the Esna Lock, following which you will continue sailing to Edfu City. Day 2: Edfu Your second day will begin with a morning ride in a horse and carriage to visit the Edfu Temple. After returning back to the cruise, you will continue sailing towards Kom Ombo. At around sunset, you'll visit the Kom Ombo Temple, after which you will continue sailing through the night towards Aswan. Day 3: Aswan Following breakfast on the morning of your final day, your tour will conclude in Aswan.

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

9. 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 Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

10. From Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada on the first day and transfer in a private air-conditioned car to Luxor. Upon arrival, visit the great Karnak Temple with your professional guide, then drive over to the beautiful Luxor Temple. After your Luxor tour, check in to the cruise and get some rest. At night, discover Luxor's old market before an overnight cruise. On Day 2, be ready early in the morning for a fabulous tour of the West Bank. Get there by motorboat, then drive to the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple and take the opportunity to visit Howard Carter House, where the Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Return to the cruise and start sailing. Enjoy the views of Luxor's islands and local culture as you go, before passing Esna Lock and arriving in Edfu for the night. Early on the third day, visit Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Upon return to the boat, savor a drink on the sundeck as you cruise all the way to the town of Kom Ombo. Reach Kom Ombo around sunset and discover Kom Ombo Temple before spending the night on the boat. At around 5 AM on Day 4, it's time to visit some of the most important temples in the whole world: the Abu Simbel Temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments. Get some rest after your tour before exploring Aswan's old market at night. On the last day, head down the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to Philae Island Temple. Finally, visit the famous Aswan High Dam before being transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

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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).

Wonderful experience! The drivers where very polite, friendly and very fast! We arrived in a very timely manner to beat the crowds. We felt very safe and the drivers where always waiting for us after each stop. Our tour guide, Nama, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and so friendly. We saw so much more then we expected and it was very reassuring to have someone to handle all the tickets and knows there way around the customs of Egypt. We highly recommend this tour of the Valley of the Kings. Well worth the price and time.

We had an amazing organized day. First we had a boat just for ourselves which took us around the Nile, the guide realized we loved nature so he gave us a proper treat by letting us walk on an island on the Nile to see birds and cows grazing. Then we went to the valley of the kings and temple. We had a very good guide which was very informative, he gave us a lot of info re kings and tombs. This day was great and an amazing experience in Luxor. Highly recommended

It’s a very nice experience. The guide was very friendly and patient. If you have the opportunity, when you cross the Nilo River by boat, go to the top of it, is like “surfing”. Very nice experience. Next time I’ll follow the guide type about taking a cruiser boat of 3 days along the Nilo River, because than you can pass through all historical points with the guide of the boat.

Very nice tour with a balanced informative sightseeing program. Punctual pickup, modern minibus, driver and tour guide very friendly and courteous. The guide Assem was a walking encyclopedia with a lot of background knowledge and good German.