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From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

1. From Luxor: 3-Night Nile Cruise to Aswan and Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 : A representative will come at the chosen pick-up time to pick you up by car to go to the Nile cruise ship by a private A/C van. Get settled into your comfortable room. Relax on the ship and have a buffet lunch then at about 2:00 pm Your professional Egyptologist Guide meet you for your visit to the Karnak temple. Then take a felucca ride on the Nile. Enjoy refreshing breezes with a ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Along the way Enjoy an incredible outing with friends or family away from the stress of the big city and see a spectacular view of Luxor from the water. Next, you will move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, After finishing your tour, our guide will transfer you back to the ship at about 6:30 pm. At night you will enjoy dinner on board with an Egyptian Folkloric Show party/ Day 2: In the early morning get ready to have a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloon. Watch an unforgettable sunrise from the sky and Luxor from above . After landing your guide will be waiting for you to head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. Then move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Next, move to the colossi of Memnon where you will See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon. Finally, head back to th ship for dinner. Day 3: After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Horus (with a small group of . Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus. You’ll enjoy a buffet lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time. Day 4: In the early morning, head with a group to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, Abu Simbel Temples. Meet your guide at the temple and discover the twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari, built into the mountainside under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. After the visit, you will return to your Nile cruise ship to take your luggage to drop you off at your Aswan hotel. For an additional fee, you can finish your trip at the Aswan airport or the train station.

From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

2. From Aswan: Overnight Nile Cruise to Luxor with Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Nile river on this cruise from Aswan to Luxor with a return transfer to Aswan. Take an overnight cruise aboard a 5-star ship on a river that is renowned for its historic importance, legendary status, and its natural elegance. Day 1: Head to the Abu Simbel temple, generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Ramesses II and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.  After your guided temple tour, set sail to the Kom Ombo temple, unique due to its dedication to two different deities: the local crocodile-headed god Sobek and the falcon-headed god, Horus the Elder. Return to the ship for dinner as it continues to sail down the Nile. Day 2:  After breakfast, continue to Edfu Temple, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt, in a horse-drawn carriage. After visiting the temple, you’ll have some time to admire the river views from the sun deck before preparing for your departure to finish the trip in Luxor.

Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your stay in Luxor would not quite be the same without a bird’s eye view of the city from a hot air balloons. After convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your Luxor hotel or cruise ship, cross the River Nile to the West Bank – where your hot air balloon awaits. After a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot, you will climb into the balloon's basket and get ready for lift off.  Then it’s time for takeoff. Away from the daytime crowds, you will drift peacefully over the west Bank of Luxor and sights such as the monuments of Thebes. As the early morning sun rises over the East Bank, the city and the surrounding mountains will be illuminated in stunning golden hues. Your expert guide will also regale you with insights on history as you take in landmarks such as Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and Karnak, among other important structures. After landing, you will be transported back to your hotel, enriched with the beauty of Egypt from the most enchanting perspective.

Luxor: Full or Half-Day East and West Bank Tours

4. Luxor: Full or Half-Day East and West Bank Tours

Meet your Egyptologist tour guide and start your journey in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort as you travel to explore the most important historical monuments in Luxor. Choose between a tour of both the East and West banks, or visit only one side of the Nile according to your preferences. On the West bank, discover the Valley of Kings where you will visit the remarkable tombs and last resting place of the Kings Ramsses III, Ramsses VI, and Mrenptah. If you've booked an entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun (available as an add-on), you'll then see the most iconic Egyptian tomb known world-wide. Then, proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to a female ruler who reigned over Egypt for 20 years, bringing the country wealth and peace. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the East bank, witness the Complex of Karnak, which might be the largest temple in the world. You have one more stop before you leave the place: the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple which you will have time to explore.

Marsa Alam: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

5. Marsa Alam: Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with Lunch

Discover the fascinating city of Luxor on this day trip from Marsa Alam. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the former capital of Egypt by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the Temple of Karnak, the largest temple complex in the world. Enjoy lunch in a selected restaurant before heading to the west bank of the River Nile. See the City of the Dead and the Colossi of Memnon, the only remains of the temple of Amenhotep III. Be inspired by the stunning architecture in the Valley of the Kings. See the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only female ruler of ancient Egypt. At the end of the day you will be driven back to your hotel in Marsa Alam.

Luxor: 2-Day West and East Bank with Lunch and Felucca Ride

6. Luxor: 2-Day West and East Bank with Lunch and Felucca Ride

After pickup from your hotel or the bus or train station on day 1, drive in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the prodigious East Bank of Luxor with an Egyptologist tour guide. Upon arrival, witness the sprawling Karnak Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the vestiges of ancient temples, pylons, chapels and other historic buildings, as well as the Karnak Open Air Museum. Next, continue to the magnificent Luxor Temple, an ancient sandstone temple complex built by great kings such as Amenhotep III, Alexander the Great, Tutankhamun and Ramesses II. After exploring the temple complex, take a delightful ride a felucca, traditional Egyptian sailing boat before savoring a lovely lunch at a local restaurant (upgrade lunch at Banana Island is available as an add-on). You'll then be dropped off back at your hotel or selected location around 2 PM. In the evening, rejoin your guide with hotel pickup at around 6 PM for the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple, if you select this optional tour. Find out about the eventful history of ancient Thebes, the glory of Egyptian civilization, and the legacy of the pharaohs with the show's narration. Enjoy a supernatural experience of poetic voices, haunting music, and light and sound effects before being dropped back to your hotel or selected location. Day 2 begins with pickup again, after which you'll make your way to either the hot air balloon port or the West Bank of Luxor, depending on the tour option selected. If you opt for the balloon ride, cross to the west bank of the River Nile to watch the sunrise. Listen to the pilot and ground crew's safety briefing and instructions, then hop into the basket of the balloon. As the balloon gently rises in the sky, relish the breathtaking view of Luxor and catch the glory of the morning sun. Next, head to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings, or go there directly if you don't take the hot air balloon option. Glance around the complex and see the tombs and resting places of remarkable Egyptian kings such as Merneptah, Ramesses III, and Ramesses VI. You can also visit the entrance to the famed Tutankhamun’s Tomb if you purchase the add-on. From here, move on to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the fifth pharaoh and the only female ruler of Egypt who reigned for 20 peaceful years. Finally, discover the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter, you will be dropped back to your hotel or selected location.

Luxor: West and East Banks Private Tour and Hot Air Balloon

7. Luxor: West and East Banks Private Tour and Hot Air Balloon

Explore the magnificent temples of Luxor on a full-day tour visiting the west and east bank of Luxor. Take to the sky in a hot air balloon ride over the historical sites at sunrise, savor lunch at a local restaurant, and sail on the Nile River in a traditional felucca sailing boat.  Begin your trip with a pick-up from your hotel. Experience an unforgettable 45-80 minute hot air balloon flight at a height of over 1500 feet in the sky. Marvel at the historical sites from the sky. After landing, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit The Valley of the Kings, also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings.  Then, head to the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Marvel at 3 massive terraces that rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari Then, move to the colossi of Memnon where you'll see the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Sail on the Nile River in a traditional felucca sailing boat to discover the beauty of Luxor. Relax with a drink as you soak up the scenery. Go to Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship in history, it was dedicated to god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu to represent the Theban triad. Listen and be amazed at the explanation of this ancient history Move to the Luxor temple that was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty in the modern kingdom and the temple was completed by Ramses II. Finally, You.ll be transferred back to your hotel. 

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

8. 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: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

9. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin this once-in-a-lifetime experience with an early-morning pickup from your hotel in Luxor at around 4:00 AM. Transfer by boat across the Nile River to West Bank, where you will be greeted by members of the staff with coffee, tea, and snacks. Be briefed the boat by the pilot on safety measures for your hot air balloon flight have your questions answered. Once the pilot goes over the pre-flight checklist, he'll also brief the ground crew. After getting the balloon set up, the inflation process begins. Watch as the balloon begins to stand up and then begin to board with the assistance of the ground crew. The take-off is so gentle that most guests don't even realize they've left the ground. As you become one with the wind, you'll lose the sensation of motion. Feel tranquility of ballooning, disturbed only by the noise of balloon burners. The flight lasts up to 1 hour from take-off to landing. Take in breathtaking views of Luxor and all its ancient temples and tombs. See the lives of farmers and other locals as your glide over fields, where people irrigate their land, gather crops, and care for their animals. Snap some amazing photos, as the pilot rotates the balloon during the flight for 360 degree views. Soar over Ramesseun and the Valley of the Kings and Queen. Before landing, you be reminded of the proper landing position and then the pilot will look for a spot to land, usually in an empty field or desert area.

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

10. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

Uncover the wonders of the Nile on this 4-day trip from Cairo which includes meals. Fly to Aswan and explore the Philae Temple with an Egyptology guide. Take in the sights as you sail to Edfu and Luxor. Explore the Valley of the Kings and discover the area from above on an optional hot-air-balloon flight. Day 1: Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cairo and relax as your driver navigates traffic for you. Be dropped-off at the Cairo Airport and take a short flights to Aswan. Meet your Egyptology guide outside the arrival hall's exit door. Visit the High Dam and the majestic Philae Temple which was built on the honor of Goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island. Transfer to the Nile River and board the cruise ship. Float along the Nile, relax, and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner onboard. Sleep in a cozy cabin.  Day 2:  Wake up to a hearty breakfast as you glide over the Nile around Kom Ombo. Take in views of the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Have the chance to visit the Abu Simble Temple.  Savor lunch onboard and continue Edfu. Tuck in to a mouth-watering dinner and admire the sunset onboard. Rest up in your cabin for the night.  Day 3: Soak up the morning air with a cup of coffee and breakfast before visiting the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Edfu. Hop aboard the boat and have your lunch and dinner on board while taking in the stunning landscapes on the way to Luxor. Day 4:  Experience the splendor of Luxor with an optional early morning hot-air balloon ride. Be transferred to the take off site and discover the Valley of the Kings from above. Eat breakfast onboard the boat before heading out to visit the Valley of the King for 2 hours.  Transfer to the Hatshebsuite Temple to uncover the first woman who ruled Egypt. Stop at the Colossi of Memnon to admire two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Travel to the Karnak Temples for nearly 2 hours.  Finally transfer to the Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo. Meet your driver at the airport and ride back to your accommodation in Cairo. 

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What people are saying about Luxor, Egypt

Beautiful experience, impeccable organization. I booked this activity with some fear, worried that the organization and/or the conditions of the balloons were not good enough. Instead, an experience not to be missed, I would say a MUST in Luxor. There were about 800 people (I swear), they come to pick you up at the hotel at 4.30 mini cruise with coffee/tea to cross the Nile, super impeccable organization with the transfers moving simultaneously to the place of departure, within 2 hours see the Valley of the Kings from above, hot air balloons flying over it simultaneously (at least 30). Super modern balloons, equipped with tablets with a special program to coordinate and communicate between the pilots and the driver who acts as a guide while driving the balloon. In short, an experience not to be missed, one of the most beautiful to do in Luxor. The only flaw, the children who attack the tourists for the tip upon landing (the organizers recommend ignoring it).

We spent 4 wonderful days, both on the boat and when we made the visits accompanied by a guide who spoke French "Mehdi" at the top in his explanations and with a lot of humor. The Nile cruise is smooth and pleasant. The Emilio boat was a little run down but very well organized, with lovely staff and a very good buffet. Thanks to Arwa with whom we regularly communicated by Wathsapp for the organization of all these accompanied outings who was very responsive and very professional

Great experience! Transfer was on time, we got to the boat that transferred us to the west side and from there with a bus again again until balloon field. Take off point is near to Hatshepsut temple. Amazing sunrise and very friendly pilot. Totally can recommend it!

excellent. absolutely no complaints. everything worked as promised like clockwork and overall it is a once in a lifetime experience. The entire crew, right from ground staff to pilot were highly professional

Nice trip with sweet guide Nogah and driver Well organized private trip and comfortable small car