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Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

1. Hurghada: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of the historic city of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on a guided tour from Hurghada. Visit notable sites such as the Temple of Karnak and Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon with an expert Egyptologist guide. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Hurghada. Travel to Luxor by bus and discover the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt with a visit to the most beautiful sights around the city. Then, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Karnak and admire the columned halls, the chapels, and the sacred lake of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor before boarding a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat, to cross over the Nile River to the opposite bank. Here, you will explore the City of the Dead and the Colossi of Memnon. Admire the only remains of the Temple of Amenhotep III and visit the Valley of the Kings. Be inspired by the stunning architecture and discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female ruler of ancient Egypt.

From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

2. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Aswan in the early morning, then sets out on the journey to the famous Abu Simbel Temples. Along the journey, listen to your expert guide share fascinating facts and stories about Ancient Egypt and the Abu Simbel Temples. Arrive at the temples, which are one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Location. Dating back to 1244BC, the temples are an incredible example of life in Ancient Egypt and allow you the chance to retrace the steps of history. As you admire the temples, learn about their fascinating journey from the River Nile, where they once sat for 3000 years before being moved in a remarkable feat of engineering in the 1960s. Spend about one hour wandering around temples, exploring this ancient location with your expert guide, and snapping incredible photos for your holiday album. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the journey back to Aswan and reminisce about the memories you’ve made.

From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

3. From Aswan: 4-Days 5-Star Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

Explore the Nile on this 4-day cruise from Aswan. See the historic town of Luxor, marvel at the temple of Kom Ombo, and discover Philae Island. Day 1 Meet your Egyptologist guide at your Aswan hotel and begin your adventure with a visit to the Aswan High Dam. Next, hop on a motor boat to get to Philae Island. After a tour of the island and a visit to the temple, board your 5-star cruise. Snap some photos of both sides of the Nile and hear about the cultures of the Nubians and the ancient Egyptians. Drink your tea on the sun deck while you enjoy the scenery. Spend the night on your cruise ship. Day 2 Enjoy breakfast on the ship before having free time to explore Aswan. Next, sail north before stopping at Komombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Hop back on your cruise ship to continue toward Edfu. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride to Edfu Temple dedicated to the god Horus. After exploring the temple, board the cruise and spend the night sailing north. Day 3 Listen as your guide explains the history of the Valley of the Kings in detail. Afterward, disembark and drive to discover the secrets of Queen Hatshepsut during a visit to her temple. Discover the West Bank and visit the Howard Carter House, where the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut once lived. Day 4 After breakfast, head off to visit the biggest temple in the world, Karnak Temple. Drive over to see the small, beautiful temple of Luxor. Finish your tour in Luxor.

Luxor: 3 Days Nile Cruise to Aswan

4. Luxor: 3 Days 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.

From Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

5. From Hurghada: 5-Days Nile Cruise with Guided Tours

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.

Aswan: Philae Temple, The High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk

6. Aswan: Philae Temple, The High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk

Go on an excursion around Aswan's landmarks in one day, with a professional guide on this walking tour. Aswan marked ancient Egypt's southern frontier and is the point where the Nile is at its most majestic. After you get picked up from your hotel/hostel, your tour guide will take you to your first stop, Philae Temple. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis. It includes several shrines and sanctuaries that are thousands of years old. Your next stop will be The High Dam. The dam is considered to be the world's largest embankment dam with a reservoir capacity of 132km. From there, you will head to the Unfinished Obelisk. Inside one of the quarries of granite stone, it is thought that the female pharaoh Hatshepsut commissioned the work during the 18th dynasty. If carved out, it would have measured about 42 meters and has been lying there for more than 3,500 years. After visiting these iconic Pharaonic landmarks, you will get dropped off at your hotel/hostel.

From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

7. From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

Day 1: Meet your representative at 3 AM at your hotel in Cairo then set off to catch your domestic flight to Aswan. Arrive at Aswan Airport at 6 AM where you will be met by another representative and transferred to Abu Simble by private bus.  First, visit Abu Simbel Temple – a stunning Ancient Egyptian monument built by Ramses II out of a sandstone rock cliff. Marvel at the representation of the deities carved on the temple's huge façade. Nearby, also visit the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. At the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in Aswan ready for an overnight stay at the Pyramisa Isis Hotel. Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, get picked up by the representative and transfer to Luxor. Start the day with a visit to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings which holds the tombs of various dynasties and the Temple of Deir El Bahari. On the return journey, stop at the Colossi of Memnon - 2 gigantic sitting statues representing Amenophis III facing the Nile. Then, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After this, head over to the East Bank to see the Luxor Temple. Stroll through the courtyard and admire the granite statues of Ramses the Great. Then, transfer by carriage or bus to Karnak Temple - a series of temples built within different reigns. Start by the Avenue of Sphinxes, then visit the Unfinished Propylon and the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns. See the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. Marvel at the Temple of Amon adorned which is adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III, and the Sacred Lake. Finally, transfer to Luxor Airport and catch your domestic flight to Cairo. When you arrive in Cairo you will be met by a representative who will transfer you back to your hotel in Cairo.

From Hurghada: Two-Day Private Tour of Luxor and Abu Simbel

8. From Hurghada: Two-Day Private Tour of Luxor and Abu Simbel

Experience the wonder of ancient Egypt on this two-day private tour of Luxor and Abu Simbel. See the most spectacular monuments of the past and learn the history with your Egyptologist guide. Start in the morning with pickup from your hotel in Hurghada and enjoy transfer in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive at Luxor to meet your Egyptologist guide and start your adventure. Explore the final resting place of the Egyptian rulers from the 18th to the 20th dynasty and marvel at the tombs of the great Pharaoh King Ramses II and the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun. Continue to the magnificent Hatshepsut temple and see one of the most beautiful and best-preserved ancient Egyptian temples. Next, visit the Colossi of Memnon and see the two colossal stone statues of King Amenhotep III. After, enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant with breathtaking views of the Nile. Make one more stop at the Great Karnak temple, the largest temple complex ever built. After a long day, relax on a scenic drive to Aswan. Here, check in and unwind in a luxurious 5-star hotel. On day two, rejoin your guide and enjoy a tour of the two temples of Abu Simbel. Immerse yourself in Ancient Egyptian Civilization as your Egyptologist guide explains the fascinating history behind each archeological site. When the day is over, ride back in comfort to your hotel in Hurghada.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

9. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

Discover ancient Egypt on a 7-cruise down the Nile from Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, explore Edfu Temple, and marvel at the Temple of Isis. Day 1: LuxorAfter getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Spend the night on your ship, cruising down the Nile. Day 2: LuxorRise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom OmboArrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: AswanCruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam, which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time if you want to discover the city and its ancient market by yourself. Day 5: Abu SimbelArrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this historic temple complex. Day 6: AswanBegin the sailing journey back to Luxor. As you sail, take stunning photos of the Nubian islands and villages that you pass. Day 7: CruisingSpend the day relaxing on the ship as you sail down the Nile. Sleep overnight on the boat. Day 8: LuxorAfter breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

10. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street.  After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day at your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis.  You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

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A gorgeous boat to cruise the river Nile and a very well organised set of tours. Food was great, staff are friendly, boat is clean, rooms are comfy (just like a hotel room), river view from every room, swimming pool on the top deck. All good included, just pay for the drinks. Tours are very well organised, run on time, just pay for the entry tickets (cash only) Tour guide Shakour was outstanding. At the start of the trip they will collect you from wherever to take you to the boat. Don’t worry if you are late, they will still get you. Everything on the itinerary is included but you can also add hot air balloon ride if you want when you arrive.

I had an incredible time on this tour with Eman. She was so knowledgeable and personalized the experience to my interests. There wasn’t a question she didn’t know the answer too. Highly impressed with the organization and quality of this tour.

Excellent. I took my 75-year-old mother and she really enjoyed herself. It was a long bus ride, but she was able to enjoy the attractions without getting exhausted.

excellent experience. The boat is not 5 stars but the double cabins are nice, the single ones are not. The staff is nice and our guide Usama was very friendly.

very good organization, the guide provided an excellent service.