2 Day Luxor
We will pick you up directly from the entrance door of your hotel in Marsa Alam; you will recognize our driver by a sign with your name in his hand. During our way to Luxor along the River Nile and passing by various Upper-Egyptian towns and villages, you can already gain some impressions about the Egyptian landscape and way of life; of course we will make stops whenever you need.
On the first day of your visit we will first of all make a short stop en route to have a look at the 3,400 years old Colossi of Memnon, the gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III who were once standing guard in front of his no longer existing memorial temple complex that had been even larger than the Temple of Karnak.
After this stop we will show you the Valley of the Kings where during a period of 500 years the ancient Egyptians buried their kings and powerful nobles and where the mummies of some of the most famous and glamorous persons of the Pharaonic time were found. You can descend to the tombs of great Egyptian rulers and discover the well preserved colorful paintings and hieroglyphic stories on the walls. Further you will see the Valley of the Kings’ counterpart – the Valley of the Queens, burial place of various queens, princes and princesses of ancient Egypt.
Now we are ready for another highlight – the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut who was one of the most fascinating rulers of ancient Egypt, a female Pharaoh who proved her ability to successfully reign over an empire and finally created for herself an architectonically extraordinary mortuary temple with colonnaded terraces, a hypostyle hall and lots of statues, paintings and reliefs.
Afterwards you will visit Medinet Habu with the great mortuary temple of Ramesses III with colossal statues showing him as the ancient Egyptian God Osiris, well preserved pylons and walls and more than 7,000 m2 of decorated and inscribed wall reliefs which are not only a pleasure for the eyes, but teach us also about the ancient Egyptian history as for example they describe Ramesses III’s victory over his enemies, the ‘Sea Peoples’, a confederacy of seafaring raiders that threatened Egypt at that time.
After this cultural program you will have time to discover modern Luxor, go shopping or just sit in a café and enjoy the atmosphere. If you like you can book an extra event and attend the great spectacle of the Karnak Sound and Light Show which will teach you the history and culture of Pharaonic Egypt and at the same time providing a pleasure for eyes and ears.
On the second you can optionally book a hot-air balloon ride (against supplement). In this case you will stand up early in the morning to watch the sunrise during your ride; from above a unique view over the Luxor region can be enjoyed, seeing ancient monuments as well as Luxor itself and the desert hills and rural areas around the city.
After breakfast you will see the Temple of Karnak, for sure one of the most extraordinary temples all over the world as after thousands of years it is still in an amazingly good state – so with a bit of imagination you will find yourself easily back in the past of this impressive sacral monument. You will have a lot of time to stroll around, explore the entrance area where you get an impression of how the immense pylon was built, walk through the avenue of ram-headed criosphinges, discover the hypostyle hall with its more than one hundred huge well preserved pillars, admire the hieroglyphs and paintings, see the holy lake and have a look at the various chapels, temples and statues. And if you like, approach the holy scarab close to the lake and surround it three times clockwise – according to the legend, offspring will follow soon…!
After you enjoyed Karnak Temple you will have lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, the sacred area of the Luxor Temple is waiting for you. Visit this interesting place and discover not only Pharaonic ruins – also Alexander the Great, the Romans and the ancient Christians put their stamp onto this place, enlarging, altering and modifying the old buildings according to their needs or building up new ones. And also you will not miss the Muslim touch – a mosque standing in Pharaoh Ramesses II’s courtyard.
Now you will have again some free time; promenade on your own or book an additional boat trip on the river to have a look on Luxor and its surroundings from another perspective.
In the evening we will bring you back to your hotel in Marsa Alam.
We offer this trip daily.
- Transfers from/to your hotel and between the sights in high-class vehicles with A/C
- Guided tours in your language
- Entrance fees for the above mentioned sights
- Lunch in different local restaurants on both days
- Mineral water and soft drinks
- One night hotel accommodation (3, 4 or 5* stars according to your wish!)
- Dinner on the 1st and breakfast on the 2nd day in your hotel
- Gratuity (tips) for drivers and tour guides
- Personal items, meals, drinks or services not mentioned
- International and domestic flights
Additional activities we offer you upon request against supplement:
- Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
- Hot-air balloon ride
- Boat trip on the River Nile