Here is what’s included & what's not included in the program of this tour
You will be picked up from your hotel in Hurghada and drive to Luxor by a private air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi on board. Upon your arrival in Luxor you will find our English speaking guide waiting for you.
On the First day : you are going to visit Karnak Temples then you will visit Luxor temple.
Karnak Complex of Temples:
It's one of the biggest religious buildings in all over the world ; it's consisting of three temples dedicated to the Triad of Thebes [ an old name for Luxor]
The main temple was built for the Master God of Egypt Amon-Ra and the others for his wife Goddess Mut and their son God Khonsou
Kranak temple started as a little shrine for the local God Amon during the middle kingdom times when Luxor was just an ordinary city but when it was changed to be the capital of Egypt at the beginning of the new kingdom ; its local God Amon was upgraded to be the Master God of Egypt and thus his Karnak temple was expanded and enlarged over 1500 years to be the largest in Egypt
In karnak temples you are going to see the Hypostyle Hall which is considered the biggest hall of pillars in the world, it was founded by king RamssesII and his father SetiI then you will see the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and her father TutmosisI and also you are going to see the beautiful sacred lake and the great beetle scarab statue which was the symbol of the sun cult.
Around three Km to the south of Karnak; Luxor Temple is located, both were connected to each other by a road flanked by a double line of human headed sphinxes known as Sphinx Avenue and recently the Egyptian department of antiquities is trying to revive this road which is expected to make Luxor as an open museum. Luxor temple was built by the ancient Egyptian king Amenhoteb III and it was completed by the pharaoh Ramsses II.
This temple is a witness to different eras of the Egyptian history, that while the temple was founded during the ancient Egyptian times; Alexander the great at the beginning of the Greco-roman times in Egypt built inside it a sanctuary in the honor of God Amon-Ra to please the Egyptians. Later during the early Christianity periods, a Christian church was founded, and finally a mosque was build on the ruins of the ancient temple. This temple supposed to be fronted by two obelisks built by king Ramsses II, one of them still standing there and the other one was taken to adorn Concorde square in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century. Many colossi statues belonging to king Ramsses II still remaining in front of the entrance gate of this temple.
At the end of the first day you will drive to a 4 star hotel on BB basis where you are going to stay your night. For more entertainment optionally in the evening you can do the following:Sound & Light show of the karnak temples – 35 USD per person or Horse Carriage tour to explore the city of Luxor , you will go through the back street and the local markets in Luxor to have an idea about the real life and the culture of Luxor and its people.
The second day will be as following:
Our wonderful day will start after getting your breakfast and get ready for your exciting tour in Luxor with a professional Egyptologist. Then you will drive to the West Bank of Luxor where you are going to see many things as following:
Valley of the Kings
In the Valley of the Kings there are more than 70 tombs cut in the bottom of the mountain belonging to the famous kings of Ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom period such as Ramsses II, king merenptah, king Tutmosis 1, king Tutmosis III and the king Tut Ankh Amon. Here in the Valley of the Kings you be amazed by the stunning colored paintings which still remaining up to moment. The workers used some primitive tools to achieve great tombs to their kings which still stand as witness to the Ancient Egyptian civilization.In the Valley of the Kings you will be able to visit three tombs (will be recomanded by the tour guide ) and an extra ticket is required to visit the tomb of king Tut Ankh Amon
Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut
Queen Hatshepsut was the most celebrated lady who ruled Egypt during the ancient Egyptian periods and in order to commemorate her memory forever; she decided to build her mourtuary temple with a unique style in three terraces each one over the other and she called it holly of the hollies. The temple is partially cut in the mountain and facing the valley of the River Nile .
Colossi of Memnon
In the midst of the green lands you are going to see huge couple of statues remaining from the mortuary temple of king Amenhotep III. Each one of the statues representing the Egyptian pharaoh setting on the throne of Egypt. The two colossi are supposed to be flanking the entrance gate of his temple which completely ruined and the excavations still going on to discover some other things thought to be under the ground.
Lunch will be included on both days in very restaurants in Luxor.
By afternoon you will be ready to drive back to your hotel in Hurghada after spending a great day among the ancient Egyptian monuments.
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