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From Luxor: 2 Nights, 3 Days Luxury Nile Cruise

1. From Luxor: 2 Nights, 3 Days Luxury Nile Cruise

Take a journey from Luxor to Aswan aboard a luxury 5-star boat that includes all meals and guided visits to some of Egypt’s most iconic and well-preserved temples along the Nile River.  Day 1 Start the first day of your multi-day cruise with a hotel pick up from your Luxor accommodation around 7:00 AM. Before boarding your boat, you will go on a guided tour to the iconic Valley of the Kings in Luxor.   Visit and go inside the 3 most important tombs of the ancient kings, seeing the many inscriptions and hieroglyphics that decorate them. Next, be led to the Hatshepsut Temple, which is a beautiful funerary temple of the important queen of Egypt, whose political power changed the state of Egypt at that time. Follow your guide as you continue onwards to explore the city of Habu to witness the Temple of Ramses III, one of the greatest temples of the Twentieth Dynasty. Snap pictures of the impressive Memnon statues and end up at the Karnak Temple, which is the most important and largest in the city of Luxor. After your history-filled tour, you will be taken to board your cruise at around 1:00 PM, in perfect time to enjoy the first meal of your river journey. Once you have settled in, make sure to go up to the roof of the boat to enjoy the enchanting scenery. Watch as the small boats, Egyptian villages, and natural landscapes sail by.  Day 2 After breakfast, take a horse carriage ride to visit Temples of Edfu Horus. Marvel at these well-preserved religious palaces and the imposing sandstone structures of Horus. Return to the boat for lunch, before heading out once again to see the Kom Ombo Temple. Learn about the structures of the temple and why it was built in honor of two great Nile divinities. Day 3 After an early morning check-out from the boat, take your luggage and grab a quick breakfast and before being picked up to visit the Abu Simbel temple. On this small-group tour you will also discover the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari. These twin temples were built from the mountainside in the 13th century BC under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  Finish the tour around 1.30 PM and then be taken to your accommodation in Aswan or to the city’s train station or airport.

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From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

2. From Hurghada: 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

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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Luxor: Full-Day Karnak, Hatchebsut, Valley of The Kings Tour

3. Luxor: Full-Day Karnak, Hatchebsut, Valley of The Kings Tour

Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt on a fascinating full-day tour from Hurghada. Enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to visit stunning sights. Discover the relics of ancient chapels and temples at the awe-inspiring temple complex of Karnak, and the mortuary temple built by Queen Hatshepsut. Be inspired as you navigate the World-Heritage listed Valley of the Kings, home to 63 tombs of pharaohs and powerful nobles, and gaze upon the towering ancient statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Learn amazing historical stories from a professional Egyptologist, and enjoy exploring the sights in comfort.

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Hurghada: Private Guided Day Tour to Luxor

4. Hurghada: Private Guided Day Tour to Luxor

Get picked up from your hotel in Hurghada and start your memorable day in Luxor. Meet your Egyptologist tour guide and explore the city that was once the capital of ancient Egypt. Learn about the history of ancient Egypt, starting with the incredible Valley of the Kings. Enjoy the unique temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see an ancient Egyptian staff in the Artesian Village before breaking for lunch. Head to the mighty Karnak Temple complex, the largest religious building ever constructed afterward. Learn about some phenomena unique to the place from your guide. Enjoy a drop-off at your hotel in Hurghada at the end of your tour.

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Aswan to Luxor 4-Day Nile Cruise from Cairo

5. Aswan to Luxor 4-Day Nile Cruise from Cairo

Day 1: Head to Cairo railway station to board the overnight train to Aswan. Day 2: Upon arrival at Aswan, meet your tour representative at the railway station and begin your journey. Firstly, visit Aswan High Dam then the Philae Temple. Board your Nile cruise where you will be served lunch and afternoon tea. Sail to Kom Ombo and enjoy a dinner and overnight feast onboard. Day 3: After breakfast, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Board the sailboat and head to Edfu. After lunch, visit the Temple of Horus and the Cross Esna Lock. Sail to Luxor and spend the night on board with dinner included.  Day 4: Enjoy breakfast on your cruise while crossing the West Bank to tour the Valley of the Kings and dive into the Kings' Tombs, Ramssess III, Ramssess IV & Merneptah Visit the unique temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. See the Colossi of Memnon. Relax with afternoon tea. Then have dinner and stay overnight on board. Day 5: Breakfast will be served on board before disembarking the cruise ship. Visit the East Bank of the Nile, the Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor. At the end of your trip, you will be returned to the railway station to catch the overnight train back to Cairo.  Day 6: Arrive in Cairo and be dropped off at your accommodation. 

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From Hurghada: Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Karnak & Lunch

6. From Hurghada: Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Karnak & Lunch

Be collected from your accommodation and meet your Egyptologist tour guide, who will take you on a full-day tour to the East and West Banks of Luxor. The West Bank is the primary destination. Here, explore the archaeological elements at the pharaonic temples, which are the gateway to the Valley Of The Kings housing the tombs of famous Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.  Continue your tour and visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, also known as the Foremost of Noble Ladies, and marvel at its ancient monuments. Next, go to the Colossi of Memnon and visit the two astonishing stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.  Take a break to refresh yourself with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Next, visit the East Banks of the Nile, aboard a ferry boat crossing for 5 minutes from West to East Bank of Luxor. The pristine temple complex of Temple of Karnak is your first destination in the East Valley. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Hurghada.

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

7. 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. After pickup from your hotel in a private and air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll be taken to the airport to board your plane to Luxor for a day of ancient architecture and archaeology. Your first sight will be the Karnak Temple complex, on the east side of Luxor. There, you’ll see the street of the Sphinxes, the hypostyle hallway with 134 gigantic pillars, and the obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I. Then, visit the Theban Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings, a must-see for all Luxor travelers. Here, you’ll visit 3 tombs from different dynasties, as well as the Hatshepsut Temple.   Finally, visit the Memnon Colossi, which are two of the largest ancient statues in Egypt, dating back to the era of King Amenhotep III. At the end of the day, you’ll fly back to Sharm El Sheikh and your private driver will take you back to your hotel.

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Luxor: 4-Night 5-Star All-Inclusive Nile Cruise

8. Luxor: 4-Night 5-Star All-Inclusive Nile Cruise

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast you will drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before your tour concludes.

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From Cairo: Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

9. From Cairo: Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

Discover the unique and legendary temples of Luxor on a memorable excursion. Begin your tour by heading early in the morning to the airport in Cairo and flying to Luxor. Upon arrival, be met by one of the staff to start this exciting day.  To begin with, visit the Temple of Karnak, the world's largest site dedicated to the worship of a god - the god Amun, his wife Mut and his son Khonsu. Then, visit the Valley of the Kings and see the masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian tombs. Finally, explore the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman who ruled Egypt as a pharaoh. Admire the impressive Colossi of Memnon – the last remnants of the Temple of Amenophis III. During the excursion, savor a lunch. Finally return to the airport in Luxor and take the plane back to Cairo.

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Luxor: Valley of the Kings and Queens Private Tour

10. Luxor: Valley of the Kings and Queens Private Tour

Spend the day touring the west bank of Luxor with a specialized, private guide and in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Discover the fascinating history of the Egyptian Pharaohs and learn about the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Nile.  The day starts early with pickup from your accommodation in Luxor. The first stop of the day is the Valley of the Kings, where you will learn about Ramesses VI, the only son of Ramesses III and Queen Isis. Learn about Ramesses VI's 8-year rule and the accession of Ramesses VII to the throne.  Next, journey to the Valley of the Monkeys, a closed mountainous region where great kings of the Pharaoh's era are buried. Visit the tomb of  King Tutankhamun, which retains its treasures to this day. Learn the legends of King Tutankhamun, from his reign to his discovery by the English scientist, Howard Carter. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, which is the largest and most prominent cemetery in the Valley of the Queens. Extravagantly embellished by Ramses the Great, you will marvel at the colorful and well-preserved inscriptions depicting the Queen's life and death.   A trip to Luxor would not be complete without a visit to Deir el-Medina, one of the best-preserved ancient settlements in the whole of Egypt. Learn about the lives of the workers who built the temples of the most famous kings and travel back in time exploring the shrines, tombs, and museums. At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided in Luxor.

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What people are saying about Luxor

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

it was a wonderful tour, thanks everyone. It may be that it is not for everyone to "board" a truck 20 km over the desert road. It rocks, it shakes and it is loud and you have to hold on tight (at every fair you pay extra for something like that :-)). it was a special spectacle spectacle to experience the sunset from a small seat cushion on a hill; if you wanted to, you could ride a camel (I had). There was tea and dried dates. Great. Back at the farm we had a very delicious dinner, outside under a starry sky, which unfortunately was covered by a few veils that day. But as is well known, a veil makes the one below it even more exciting. Mohemed, our star knowledgeable guide was great. With a lot of patience he responded to the questions of the small group (9 participants). Conclusion: Sundowners, Bedouin meals in the open air, starry sky in the desert. Highly Recommended,

The trip was great - the temples you visit are so special (especially Abu Simbel). The Nile cruise itself is an experience, and we spent an evening looking at the stars in the clear night sky from the boat deck. It was a real bonus that all entrance feee were included, as it took away the hassle of having to worry about this. Communication on WhatsApp was great, and they even arranged a trip to a Philae temple in Aswan after the formal conclusion of the tour. Would highly recommend

It was well organized, we had a super lovely and funny guide and really enjoyed the day. You can see a lot in just one day! I would recommend it to everyone.

The package is really worth it, the only problem is that the buses are small and uncomfortable. But generally speaking, I recommend it!

Very good cruise....definitely recommend it.....Staff very helpful....