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

1. 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.

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From Luxor: 2-Day Private Trip to Edfu, Aswan and Abu Simbel

2. From Luxor: 2-Day Private Trip to Edfu, Aswan and Abu Simbel

• Day One Following prompt pickup from your hotel in Luxor, head off with a licensed tour guide for a two-day trip to Kom Ombo, Edfu, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. Enjoy the drive towards the historic Temple of Horus in Edfu, listening to Egyptian history and ancient mythology on the way. Upon arrival at the Temple of Horus, explore the sandstone structures which depict Horus, also known as the God of Protection.  Next, head towards the Temple of Kom Ombo, built in honor of the deities at the eastern part of the River Nile. Learn about the structure of this temple and how it was built in tribute to Horus and Sobek, two of the great deities of their time. After sightseeing, you will have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Aswan and then enjoy a splendid shopping experience, after which you will be dropped off at your hotel in Aswan (booked by you, not by the tour operator) for an overnight stay. • Day Two Get picked up from your hotel in Aswan and journey through the Temple Complex of Abu Simbel. Admire the massive rock temples upon arrival. After the temple visit, proceed to Aswan to enjoy a delectable lunch. Once you have had your lunch, move on to visit the Aswan High Dam. Later, head towards the Philae Temple, located near the Aswan Low Dam. You will be dropped off at your hotel/railway station/airport in Aswan at the conclusion of your two-day tour. Alternatively, opt for a transfer back to Luxor.

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Hurghada: Private Guided Day Tour to Luxor

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

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

5. 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

6. 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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Luxor: West Bank, Valley of Kings and Felucca Ride

7. Luxor: West Bank, Valley of Kings and Felucca Ride

Begin this day trip around 12:30 PM with pickup at your hotel in Luxor, then transfer to the other side of the Nile River in a comfortable, new model car. After 20 minutes, arrive at the burial place of the Thebes kings, the Valley of the Kings. Before entering, receive a detailed description from your guide at the Visitors' Center, as they will not be able to go in with you. Once you know what to look out for, visit 3 tombs and marvel at these archaeological sites. Next, continue to Hatshepsut Temple, honoring the only female ruler in ancient Egyptian history. On your way back to Luxor, make a 20-minute photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon and admire the two giant statues. After that, proceed to have lunch in a delicious restaurant (if option selected). Finally, return to Luxor to the boat dock and begin your felucca experience. Relax on the soft cushions and soak up the tranquility of the water that has been the lifeblood of Egypt since the time of the Pharaohs. Enjoy a cool drink as you gently glide down the river, looking around you at scenes that have not changed in millennia. See children playing in the water, observe the camels and donkeys, watch the traditional farmers going about their work, and admire the water buffalo and a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Then, marvel as the sun sets slowly over the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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From Luxor: Edfu Temple and Felucca Tour with Lunch

8. From Luxor: Edfu Temple and Felucca Tour with Lunch

Admire the second-largest ancient Egyptian temple with the convenience of hotel pickup, round-trip train tickets, and a professional guide. The day starts with pickup from your hotel in Luxor. The local representative will give you your round-trip ticket and assist you in catching your train to Edfu. A professional guide will be waiting for you at Edfu station and will take you by car to visit the famous Edfu Temple. Learn the history of this ancient site while taking photographs of its intricate carvings. After the Edfu portion of the tour, return to Luxor by train to meet a second guide who will accompany you for lunch at a local restaurant. After enjoying a lunch of typical Egyptian foods, set out to explore the west bank of Luxor including the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut, and the two statues of Memnon. The last stop of the day is the Nile River where you will board a felucca, a typical wooden sailboat used on the Nile. Admire Luxor from the water while sipping tea and enjoying the river breeze. At the end of the river cruise, return drop-off is provided.

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From Marsa Alam: 4-Day 3-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise from Aswan

9. From Marsa Alam: 4-Day 3-Night 5-Star Nile Cruise from Aswan

Begin your tour on Day 1 with pickup from any location in Marsa Alam at 6 AM. Drive to Aswan in an air-conditioned car with a representative, in case you need any help. Upon arrival in Aswan, meet your tour guide and head first to the Aswan High Dam, then take a motorboat to Philae Island. After your Aswan tour, check in to the cruise. Once onboard, get ready to snap great photos of both sides of the River Nile. Find out about both Nubian and Egyptian cultures, and see small boats, Nubian people, and villages all around you. Drink your tea on the sundeck as the cruise sails. Stop at Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple, then enjoy an overnight stay on the boat. On Day 2, sail over toward Edfu. Enjoy a wonderful experience by horse and carriage to visit Edfu Temple before heading back to the cruise and sailing on to Esna. Pass Esna Lock and continue to Luxor where the cruise will stop overnight. On Day 3, discover the Valley of the Kings and listen to your guide's detailed explanations about its history. Then, visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple and find out her secrets. Make a stop in Howard Carter House, where the famous Englishman who discovered Tutankhamun's treasures lived. Head back to the cruise and enjoy some time to relax before visiting the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple. Pay a visit to the beautiful Luxor Temple before spending the night on the cruise. After breakfast on Day 4, disembark the cruise and get transferred back to your original starting location in Marsa Alam.

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What people are saying about Luxor

My friend and I greatly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Sameh, was very knowledgeable. Sameh would take us through the sight explaining different parts of the structure then give us time to explore and look ourselves. There was always more time for things we took an extra interest so we didn't feel rushed. Sameh is a native to Southern Egypt and his knowledge of what felt like everything around us was impressive. We our 2 females traveling solo in Egypt and felt safe and comfortable with this company, no hustle or pressure. If you are looking to tour this area, I would recommend this one. It's private, it will be your party members, guide, and driver. There was much more freedom at the sights as we were not part of a large tour bus being herded like sheep. Sameh also chooses excellent places for lunch, fresh, Egyptian style and authentic. We can't thank him for the experience.

Omar and Ramadan were excellent guides and pilots. We spent the most time in the air when compared to all the other balloons on this day. Landing further away from the airfield gave an amazing experience flying over monuments and houses with villagers looking up and waving as they ate their breakfast. When we landed next to a school the children came running out to watch. The balloon was safe and well maintained. Thank you Omar and Ramadan for giving an experience to our family that will last a lifetime.

It’s a wonderful experience and you can watch a lot of landscapes with a different angle. The guide Ragab is a friendly and concerned about our comfort. Nice experience

Amazing trip!! Is little bit far but very nice because if you don’t have enough time is recommended.. El guía muy amable, habla muy bien el español.

It was an amazing experience with my husband ! Ramadan make everything easy and perfect for us