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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