The West Bank Classic Tour
Duration: Half Day
Spend an unforgettable morning exploring the famous West Bank of Luxor during your holiday in Egypt, visiting some of the world’s most impressive monuments, tombs and historical sites. This is an ideal introduction to Ancient Egyptian treasures.
Your tour will begin by visiting the imposing Colossi of Memnon on the plains of Luxor’s West Bank. The memorial temple of Amenophis III is guarded by two enormous stone statues of the king himself, who was one of the most important pharaohs during the 18th Dynasty. In its time, this temple was the largest and most magnificent in Egypt, surpassing even the smaller Temple of Karnak. After a photo stop here, we will make our way to the historic Valley of the Kings and Queens. Here you can explore the impressive tombs of the ancient pharaohs, who ruled during the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties.
The journey will end with a visit to the mortuary temple of the great Queen Hatshepsut, which commemorates her achievements as ruler during the 18th dynasty. Queen Hatshepsut is reputedly the first known female to take the title Pharaoh, and also the first great woman in recorded history, although some historians dispute this. Her temple is the focal point of the Deir el Bahari mortuary complex, which literally means “Temple of the Northern Monastery”, and is one of the most characteristic temples in Egypt due to its unique design and decoration. The temple is constructed from limestone rather than sandstone, which the majority of tombs were built from during the period of the New Kingdom.
What really stands out, however, is the dramatic setting of the complex, which rises from the desert in a series of imposing colonnaded terraces, against the backdrop of the mountainous Peak of Thebes near the Valley of the Kings. The terraces are covered in sculptural reliefs but most of the carvings of the queen were allegedly destroyed after her death by her stepson and successor Tuthmosis III, who hated her for the way she treated him. You can still see some of the inscribed scenes depicting important parts of Queen Hathshepsut's life, many of which retain their original colors, including her divine birth as the daughter of Amun and the famous scene of the transportation of Hatshepsut’s two obelisks, as well as general scenes of daily Egyptian life. This is one incredible monument you won’t want to miss as you explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt.
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Enjoy the peace and quite or the wide selection of fun activities day and night
- Enjoy a sumptuous choice of dining at the Movenpick buffet restaurant
- Guests can view passing sites from the comfort of their cabin, fitted with a panoramic window and equipped with a bathroom with a bathtub.
- Enjoy the treasures of the Nile, in the comfort of a luxurious and superbly fitted cruise boat, complete with sun deck, pool and fitness area
Sail the mighty River Nile, see the world's largest open air museum in Luxor and Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, the treasures of bygone days
- Enjoy the spectacular views of the River Nile from the Sun Deck of the Swiss Inn Radamis II
- Great Pyramids of Giza only a stone throw away from the Mercure Le Sphinx
- Discover the World's largest open air museum in Luxor whilst staying at the Karnak Temple
Introduce yourself to centuries of history on the River Nile and in Luxor before heading to the world's ancient wonder, the Pyramids and amazing Cairo
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- Great Pyramids of Giza only a stone throw away from the Le Meridien Pyramids
- Enjoy the spectacular views of the River Nile from the Sun Deck on the Superior Swiss Inn Radamis II Nile Cruise
Discover the treasures of ancient Egypt on a fabulous luxury cruise, then relax and unwind and enjoy first class service and facilities on the shores of Hurghada
- Relax on board the all suite 5* Deluxe Sonesta Star Goddess with private terraces
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- Enjoy panoramic views of the River Nile as you relax on the Sun Deck Bar & Barbecue
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