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Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin this once-in-a-lifetime experience with an early-morning pickup from your hotel in Luxor at around 4:00 AM. Transfer by boat across the Nile River to West Bank, where you will be greeted by members of the staff with coffee, tea, and snacks. On the boat, the pilot of your balloon will brief you on safety measures and answer any questions you may have. Once the pilot goes over the pre-flight checklist, he'll also brief the ground crew. After getting the balloon set up — while always paying close attention to safety details — he will begin the hot inflation process.  Watch as the balloon begins to stand up and then begin to board with the assistance of the ground crew. The take-off is so gentle that most guests don't even realize they've left the ground. As you become one with the wind, you'll lose the sensation of motion and your perception of heights, finally feeling the tranquility of ballooning, disturbed only by the noise of balloon burners. The flight lasts up to 1 hour from take-off to landing and is also contingent on the day's weather conditions. The pilot always has the interest of the passengers and himself in mind, with safety as a #1 priority. Take in breathtaking views of Luxor and all its ancient temples and tombs. See the lives of farmers and other locals as your 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. Please keep in mind, your pilot is under the control of the Luxor Airport and must follow their directions. Before landing, you will be reminded of the proper landing position and then the pilot will look for a spot to land, usually in an empty field or desert area.

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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: Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. 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.

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From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

4. From Aswan: 4-Day 3-Night All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

• Day 1: Aswan Discover Egyptian culture by sailing the Nile on a 5-star cruise. Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up on time to start the tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Drive over to where you'll hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, check in to your cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubian and the Egyptian. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you cruise along the beautiful waters. Stop at Komombo to visit the temple and then enjoy an overnight stay aboard the boat.  • Day 2: Edfu - Esna - Luxor Enjoy breakfast on the ship and then sail over toward Edfu for a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple. Head back to the boat and sail to Esna, passing through Esna Lock. Glide toward Luxor where the cruise will dock overnight.  • Day 3: Luxor Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterwards, continue on a drive to discover the secrets of the Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, in which the famous English man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Take some time to relax on the boat before heading off to visit the biggest temple in the world: Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Enjoy an overnight on the cruise.  • Day 4: Luxor - Departure After breakfast, end service in Luxor.

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Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

5. Aswan: 2 Night Nile Cruise to Luxor with Sightseeing

Day 1: Start with pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Aswan. First, visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Then proceed to the amazing High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 to protect the surrounding regions from the annual Nile floods. Next, make your way to check-in for the cruise and set sail at approximately 2:00 PM. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise and arrive at the Temple of Kom Ombo in time for sunset. This beautiful temple was built to worship the gods Sobek and Horus. Continue sailing till Edfu where the cruise will stop for an overnight stay. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for breakfast before enjoying a horse and carriage ride to the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This ancient temple houses important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which tells of the conflict between Horus and Seth. Return to the cruise ship for afternoon tea while sailing towards Luxor. Pass through Esna lock along the way before arriving in Luxor at 7:00 PM. Day 3: On the third day venture to the Valley of the Kings just outside the city of Luxor. Explore the site with your guide and wander through the Royal Tombs. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. Queen Hatsheput was the first Pharaonic woman to rule Egypt. Next, see the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile.  Visit the Karnak Temple Complex, which was dedicated to the God Amun and his wife, Mut. Walk through the giant pillars of the famous Great Hypostyle Hall. Karnak Temple also features the oldest peace treaty known to historians, which was signed by the Hittites and the Egyptians. The Egyptian version of the treaty was preserved on a wall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Next, see the majestic Luxor Temple and the Obelisk of Ramses II in front of the 1st Pylon. You will then be transferred to the airport or railway station for your final departure.

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

6. 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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Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive Nile Cruise to Aswan

7. Luxor: 2-Night All-Inclusive 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.

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From Luxor: Utopia Island Snorkeling Day Trip

8. From Luxor: Utopia Island Snorkeling Day Trip

After being picked up from your accommodation in Luxor, drive to Port Safaga to visit Utopia Island to uncover the underwater treasures of the reefs and beaches. Grab a snorkel and explore an extraordinary habitat beneath the waves as you marvel at the colors and variety of the sea life. Relax with a delicious seafood buffet lunch, freshly prepared and served onboard. Enjoy the views of a protected area of the Red Sea with pristine beaches, coral reefs, and warm lagoons. Jump off the boat at various spots to go snorkeling and glimpse the vast array of life this delicate habitat supports. Admire the dazzling colors, odd shapes, and psychedelic patterns as you observe the fish, coral, and plants. Make the most of your day in one of the world’s most popular snorkeling and diving sites. Wind down at the end of a fun day out and be transferred back to Luxor to return to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Luxor

What a great experience - an early morning hot air balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings. Hod Hod Solimon company and our guide Ahmed were courteous professional and ensured we got the most out of our experience, from pick up at the hotel to the end of our tour. We had the best pilot in the air as he steered us carefully using the breezes at the different levels to take us close to the sights and even managed to turn the basket so that everyone was able to see each attraction. We spent a long time in the air being guided over the valley, watching the sunrise and eventually landing relatively gently.

What a great morning. I have always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride and wow was this a beautiful location to do it! Our pilot took us over the Valley of the Kings and various temples, whilst the sun rose beautifully in the sky. A special mention must go to the lovely Ramadan, who looked after us from the start to the end of the trip. It was an early start BUT SO WORTH IT!

Really pleasant trip over the serene city as the sun rose. Very capable and friendly staff (Ramadan) with excellent communication before and during the tour. Would definitely recommend the hot air balloon ride when in Luxor. Bakr the pilot was exceptional!

Very good experience. Zaher was a great tour guide with extensive knowledge and ability to answer any questions. The tour was well organized for the best sights and also has excellent staff and food on board. Would recommend.

beautiful views and great experience with Bakr and Ramadan.