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From Hurghada: Luxor Valley of the Kings Full-Day Trip

1. From Hurghada: Luxor Valley of the Kings Full-Day Trip

Take a day excursion from Hurghada to see some of Egypt's finest historic sites in the Luxor Valley. Benefit from complimentary pickup and drop-off and the services of an Egyptologist guide as you explore some of the most important landmarks of Ancient Egypt. After pickup from your hotel, drive to Luxor to visit the most famous monuments in Egypt, including the Temple of Karnak. Relax over lunch at a local restaurant, then board a typical Felucca boat to cross the Nile to the City of the Dead (optional). See the impressive Colossi of Memnon, the last remnants of the Temple of Amenophis III. Be enthralled by the architecture of the Valley of the Kings, and visit the temple of Hatshepsut, one of the female rulers of Ancient Egypt.

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

2. 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.

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From Luxor: 2 Nights, 3 Days Luxury Nile Cruise

3. 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: Private 2-Day Tour to Luxor with 5-Star Hotel

4. From Hurghada: Private 2-Day Tour to Luxor with 5-Star Hotel

Discover all the famous ruins in Luxor on this private 2-day tour from Hurghada and nearby areas. Stay overnight in a 5-star hotel, and upgrade your experience to include a hot air balloon ride and/or a sound and light show, if you wish. After pickup from your hotel, board an air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor. Once there, make your first stop at the Temple of Karnak, a massive complex of ruined temples that's the largest cult site ever built. Explore the ruins, a pilgrimage site for almost 2,000 years, with your guide. Then, visit Luxor Temple before savoring lunch at a selected restaurant in Luxor. Once you've eaten, decide whether to either board a felucca (a typical Egyptian sailboat) and cruise the Nile to the City of the Dead, or simply hop back in your vehicle to get there. Afterward, get some free time to relax at your hotel. In the late evening, you can choose to attend the spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, wander around Luxor and its market, or choose to continue relaxing at the hotel. Early on the second morning, you have the option to embark on a very special trip into the air with the top-rated hot air balloon company in Luxor. Spend 45 minutes floating above Luxor and admire its beauty under the gentle light of sunrise. After breakfast in the hotel (whether you choose the hot air balloon ride or not), you'll visit the Valley of the Kings, where the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen still reside along with the original grave goods. Next, head to the Colossi of Memnon, and marvel at an impressive example of devotion to the gods and, at the same time, the advanced architecture of ancient Egypt. Enjoy all the time you want to explore this site with your personal guide. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Although only beautiful ruins remain of this temple today, its splendor once honored the sole female ruler of Egypt. Finally, return to your hotel in Hurghada.

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

5. 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 Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

6. 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.

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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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From Marsa Alam: Private Day Trip to Luxor by Car

8. From Marsa Alam: Private Day Trip to Luxor by Car

Get picked up from your hotel at 5:00 AM by a private, air-conditioned taxi and arrive at Luxor at around 9:30 AM. Cross the Nile to visit some of the most spectacular highlights of Luxor's fabled West Bank. Explore the three tombs of the Valley of the Kings and all other sites with a private tour guide. Opt for a visit to the Tomb of the Young Pharaoh Tutankhamon for an extra 200 Egyptian Pounds.  Explore the magic Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, and then break for lunch at around 12:00 PM. Savor a tasty meal in a local restaurant in Luxor, before visiting Karnak Temple, the largest ancient religious site known anywhere in the world.  End your day with an optional tour in a traditional Felucca (oar-powered boat used on the Nile) in the afternoon, the perfect way to relax while passing by traditional rural life on the riverbank. If you finish early, there may be some time for shopping in Luxor's vast souks, or if you prefer, some time to wander by yourself around central Luxor. Finally, at 5:30 PM, you will be picked up in your private car and transferred back to your hotel in Marsa Alam, arriving at around 9:00 PM. Should you wish to make changes to the itinerary, such as visiting Luxor Temple instead of Karnak, or spending more time in the souks, your guide will be happy to make suitable arrangements where possible.

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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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From Marsa Alam: 4-Day All-Inclusive 5-Star Nile Cruise

10. 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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What people are saying about Colossi of Memnon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,714 reviews

The English guide, Nana, is just lovely. Full of knowledge, humor and made us feel safe at all times. The tour is superbs, with the valley of the kings being the highlight for me. The scenery alone is worth the trip. The only thing a little gratuitous was the alibaster factory, but there was no pressure to buy anything and it was a short stop, so the 5 stars remain. If you book this, you will not regret it.

Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Really had a wonderful trip visiting the Luxor area. Amazing history and lots to see, Valley of Kings, Karnak temple and Hatsetput temple. Get up early in the morning is a must. But, worth the effort.

From 5am to 10pm on the go. Bus not very comfortable. Excursions and tour guides very good - except for the extra Nile trip - superfluous but unfortunately not selectable. Lunch: below average. Still recommendable.

Luxor was our hightlight!!! The best and only tour i would definetely recommend. A huge thank you to Nana, our guide!!! She was so perfect and made everything beyond our expectation.

Had a very nice day in Luxor. Both at the temple complex and at the tombs. The excursion is highly recommended!