Luxor Tour - Ancient Egypt in Your Holidays
Duration: Full Day
Staying in the beautiful beach resort of Marsa Alam during your holiday in Egypt provides the perfect opportunity to combine relaxation along the Red Sea with the sights of Ancient Egypt. This full day tour will lead you to the famous ancient city of Luxor, where you can discover some of the world’s most magnificent archeological wonders. The Valley of Kings, Valley of the Queens and the spectacular Luxor and Karnak Temples are just some of the tour highlights.
After an early departure from Marsa Alam, you will travel on an air-conditioned bus for around four hours before reaching the ancient city of Thebes, or Luxor as it has become known in more recent times, which was the capital of Egypt during the 11th Dynasty (Middle Kingdom) and up to most of the 18th Dynasty (New Kingdom). This tour will enable you to step back over 4000 years in time to an era of great splendour, wealth and power as you visit some of Egypt’s most awe-inspiring historical treasures.
Some of Luxor’s most magnificent ancient monuments can be found on the West Banks of the River Nile. Here you can visit the impressive tombs of the greatest Egyptian pharaohs and their queens in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the famous Tombs of the Nobles. Ranked amongst the most splendid burial chambers in the world, these ancient tombs were carved deep into the desert rock and the walls were adorned with beautifully painted hieroglyphics depicting the life of each king. Your guide will bring the stories of the great pharaohs and queens to life as you learn about their historic roles during their reign in Ancient Egypt.
Two of the most popular attractions in Luxor are the grand structures of Karnak Temple and the Temple of Luxor, which are located within the town itself. The Temple of Luxor is one of the largest and most spectacular architectural structures in Egypt. Built under the rule of Pharaoh Amenophis III, and later under Rhamses II, this sacred temple complex was a national shrine dedicated to the ram-headed king of the gods, Amun-Re, his wife Mut and his son Khonsu. The temple’s magnificent entrance is lined by an avenue of sphinxes, which once led all the way to Ipet Sut in modern Al-Karnak.
The famous Karnak Temple is believed to be the world’s biggest temple complex and largest ancient religious site. Considered a marvel of ancient Egyptian engineering, this magnificent open-air museum comprises a vast mass of temples, chapels, pylons, shrines and intricately carved columns that showcase precious relics of ancient Egyptian dynasties. These historic ruins date back to the 16th century BC and were constructed over a period of 1300 years under the command of many different Egyptian kings.
Highlights of the complex include the majestic Hypostyle Hall and the double row of sphinxes leading to the temple of Luxor. The size and splendor of this awe-inspiring ancient site is a tribute to the grand scale and beauty of Ancient Egyptian design and architecture.
This unforgettable excursion will certainly open your eyes to Egypt’s rich artistic legacy. If you would like more time to explore the city’s majestic monuments, you can also choose to spend a night in Luxor.
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