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From Hurghada: Private 2-Day Tour to Luxor with 5-Star Hotel

1. From Hurghada: Private 2-Day Tour to Luxor with 5-Star Hotel

Discover all the famous ruins in Luxor on this private 2-day tour from Hurghada and nearby areas. Stay overnight in a 5-star hotel, and upgrade your experience to include a hot air balloon ride and/or a sound and light show, if you wish. After pickup from your hotel, board an air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor. Once there, make your first stop at the Temple of Karnak, a massive complex of ruined temples that's the largest cult site ever built. Explore the ruins, a pilgrimage site for almost 2,000 years, with your guide. Then, visit Luxor Temple before savoring lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor. Once you've eaten, decide whether to either board a felucca (a typical Egyptian sailboat) and cruise the Nile to the City of the Dead, or simply hop back in your vehicle to get there. Afterward, get some free time to relax at your hotel. In the late evening, you can choose to attend the spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, wander around Luxor and its market, or choose to continue relaxing at the hotel. Early on the second morning, you have the option to embark on a very special trip into the air with the top-rated hot air balloon company in Luxor. Spend 45 minutes floating above Luxor and admire its beauty under the gentle light of sunrise. After breakfast in the hotel (whether you choose the hot air balloon ride or not), you'll visit the Valley of the Kings, where the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen still reside along with the original grave goods. Next, head to the Colossi of Memnon, and marvel at an impressive example of devotion to the gods and, at the same time, the advanced architecture of ancient Egypt. Enjoy all the time you want to explore this site with your personal guide. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Although only beautiful ruins remain of this temple today, its splendor once honored the sole female ruler of Egypt. Finally, return to your hotel in Hurghada.

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Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

2. Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 At 5.00 PM you will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Cairo train station, where you will board an overnight train to Luxor.  Day 2 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 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. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch.  You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat.  Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus.  You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time.  Day 4 In the early morning you’ll head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to check out and take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan station to travel back to Cairo by train.

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From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

3. From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

Day 1: Meet your representative at 3 AM at your hotel in Cairo then set off to catch your domestic flight to Aswan. Arrive at Aswan Airport at 6 AM where you will be met by another representative and transferred to Abu Simble by private bus.  First, visit Abu Simbel Temple – a stunning Ancient Egyptian monument built by Ramses II out of a sandstone rock cliff. Marvel at the representation of the deities carved on the temple's huge façade. Nearby, also visit the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Aswan ready for an overnight stay at the Pyramisa Isis Hotel. Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, get picked up by the representative and transfer to Luxor. Start the day with a visit to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings which holds the tombs of various dynasties and the Temple of Deir El Bahari. On the return journey, stop at the Colossi of Memnon - 2 gigantic sitting statues representing Amenophis III facing the Nile. Then, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After this, head over to the East Bank to see the Luxor Temple. Stroll through the courtyard and admire the granite statues of Ramses the Great. Then, transfer by carriage or bus to Karnak Temple - a series of temples built within different reigns. Start by the Avenue of Sphinxes, then visit the Unfinished Propylon and the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns. See the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. Marvel at the Temple of Amon adorned which is adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III, and the Sacred Lake. Finally, transfer to Luxor Airport and catch your domestic flight to Cairo. When you arrive in Cairo you will be met by a representative who will transfer you back to your hotel in Cairo.

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From Sharm: Cairo and Luxor 2-Day, 1-Night Tour by Plane

4. From Sharm: Cairo and Luxor 2-Day, 1-Night Tour by Plane

Begin your tour with a flight from Sharm to Cairo. Visit the Giza Pyramids and the Valley Temple, where priests mummified the dead body of King Chephren. Get a close-up look at the famous Sphinx, the legendary guardian that stands by the huge funeral complex with its lion's body and the head of king Chephren.  After lunch, continue your day tour to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which hosts over 250,000 artifacts up to 5,000 years old. Visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar with its numerous shops before overnighting in Cairo.  On your second day, fly from Cairo to Luxor, where your expert tour guide will greet you. Discover the Necropolis of Thebes, the Valley of Kings, the tombs of various dynasties, the Temple of Deir El Bahari, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After lunch, visit Karnak and Luxor Temple to see its courtyard and the granite statues of Ramses the Great before heading to Karnak, with its serious of temples built in different reigns.

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From Marsa Alam: 4-Day All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

5. From Marsa Alam: 4-Day All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

Day 1 – Marsa Alam to Aswan   After pickup from your hotel in Marsa Alam, you’ll be transferred to Aswan to board your Nile cruise. Start with a delicious lunch on board and head off to visit the High Dam, a rock-filled dam at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. Then, see the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, which contain an unfinished obelisk. Finally, visit the Philae Temple Complex, which was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in the 1960s. After dinner on board, enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show.   Day 2 – Abu Simbel and Kom Ombo   Your first highlight of day two will be a visit to the temples of Abu Simbel, two structures carved out of a sandstone cliff by the orders of King Ramses II. Admire the 66-foot seated figures of Ramses and the smaller structures around its feet. After lunch, continue on to visit the Kom Ombo temples, an unusual double temple constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty. After some free time to explore, reboard the boat to cruise to Edfu. After dinner on board, enjoy an Egyptian galabeya party, wearing traditional Egyptian robes.     Day 3 – Edfu to Luxor   Start day three by visiting Edfu temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt. The inscriptions on its walls have provided important insight into language, myth, and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt. Enjoy lunch on board while you sail to Esna, where you can enjoy some free time in the afternoon.   Day 4 – Disembarkation in Luxor, transfer to Marsa Alam   In the morning, visit the West Bank of the Nile, an area that contains some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Visit the Valley of the Kings, a valley where rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. See the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, considered one of the most important monuments of ancient Egypt. Finally, see the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of a seated Pharoah Amenhotep III. After lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor, visit the Karnak Temple Complex, a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, and other buildings. Finish your tour with a visit to the Luxor Temple, where many of the pharaohs of Egypt were crowned.   Then, you’ll be driven back to Marsa Alam, admiring Egypt’s landscapes along the way.

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Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

6. 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.

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From Marsa Alam: Small Group Day Trip to Luxor

7. From Marsa Alam: Small Group Day Trip to Luxor

Start the tour with pick-up from your accommodation in Marsa Alam. From there you’ll be taken by air-conditioned minivan to Luxor, home of some of the most beautiful sights of ancient Egypt.  Follow your professional guide to the Temple of Karnak. Admire the ancient columns, chapels, and the sacred lake at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for lunch in Luxor before you travel to the other side of the River Nile by felucca (a type of traditional sailboat). Next, 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 Queens. Allow yourself to be inspired by the stunning architecture and discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the great rulers of ancient Egypt. As the day winds down, you’ll be transferred back to Marsa Alam.

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What people are saying about Temple of Karnak

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The trip to Luxor is highly recommended to everyone. Unfortunately I only have 1,000 characters. You definitely need the two days and should indulge in relaxation in the 5 star hotel. Our tour guide Adil was extremely friendly and accommodating. He took care of us as if we were his children. Also very pleasant in Corona times that you are picked up by a private driver and brought to Luxor, or even being driven around there by him. That makes the whole thing very pleasant and creates time for individual planning. You don't have to adapt to a group and you don't get rushed from attraction to attraction. Adil was very knowledgeable about the Egyptian history of the pharaohs and answered all questions satisfactorily. This tour really caters to individual needs and we really recommend it to everyone.

Great to be able to choose the departure time from Hurghada and stay as long as we wanted at each site. Nana, our guide, was great. She was super knowledgable and very friendly. Would definitely recommend the hot air balloon ride.

Very worthwhile trip with a good guide and driver. Everything was explained in detail and all questions were answered. Very nice hotel right on the Nile. Since there is so much to see, you should definitely book a two-day tour.