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Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Marsa Alam: Small Group Day Trip to Luxor

1. From Marsa Alam: Small Group Day Trip to Luxor

Start the tour with pick-up from your accommodation in Marsa Alam. From there you’ll be taken to Luxor, home of some of the most beautiful sights of ancient Egypt.  Follow your professional guide to the Temple of Karnak. Admire the ancient columns, chapels, and the sacred lake at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for lunch in Luxor before you travel to the other side of the River Nile by felucca (a type of traditional sailboat). Next, 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 Queens. Allow yourself to be inspired by the stunning architecture and discover the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of the great rulers of ancient Egypt. As the day winds down, you’ll be transferred back to Marsa Alam.

From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

2. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

Day 1: Luxor After getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see sights such as the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Later, head back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading out to explore the city of Luxor and its old market. Day 2: Luxor Rise before sunrise and enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take a hot air balloon ride over the city. Watch as the sunlight illuminates the city and its surroundings before heading back to the boat. Sail through ancient villages and beautiful islands and discover true Egyptian culture whilst on-board. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo Arrive in the city of Edfu in the morning and enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride to Edfu temple, the largest Ptolemaic temple in Egypt.   In the afternoon, travel to Kom Ombo, enjoying a refreshing drink on the boat’s sun deck as you cruise. In Kom Ombo, visit the city’s unique temple, dedicated to two gods, and discover the contrasting architecture of both sides. Day 4: Aswan Today, cruise to Aswan, a city famous for its Nubian culture. After breakfast, head to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island and visit the High Dam which provides electricity to the residents of the Nile. Later, enjoy some free time to discover the city and its ancient market. Day 5: Abu Simbel Arrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this temple complex, one of the most important in the world. Day 6: Aswan Today, begin the journey back to Luxor, visiting Nubian islands and villages that you will pass whilst cruising. Day 7: Cruising Spend the day at your leisure onboard the boat, cruising back to Luxor. Day 8: Luxor After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the Karnak temple, the biggest temple complex in the world, as well as the beautiful Luxor temple. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or at the airport in Luxor.

Luxor: Private Tour to West Bank with Felucca Ride and Lunch

3. Luxor: Private Tour to West Bank with Felucca Ride and Lunch

Spend the day touring the west bank of Luxor with a specialized, private guide and in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Discover the fascinating history of the Egyptian Pharaohs and learn about the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Nile.  The day starts in the morning with pickup from your accommodation in Luxor. The first stop of the day is the Valley of the Kings, where you will learn about Ramesses VI, the only son of Ramesses III and Queen Isis. Learn about Ramesses VI's 8-year rule and the accession of Ramesses VII to the throne.  Visit the tomb of  King Tutankhamun, which retains its treasures to this day. Learn the legends of King Tutankhamun, from his reign to his discovery by the English scientist, Howard Carter. Continue on and explore the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the queen who became Pharaoh who built the temple at Deir al-Bahari on the west bank of Luxor. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, which is the largest and most prominent cemetery in the Valley of the Queens. Extravagantly embellished by Ramses the Great, you will marvel at the colorful and well-preserved inscriptions depicting the Queen's life and death.   A trip to Luxor would not be complete without a visit to Deir el-Medina, one of the best-preserved ancient settlements in the whole of Egypt. Learn about the lives of the workers who built the temples of the most famous kings and travel back in time exploring the shrines, tombs, and museums. Take a Felucca ride along the Nile River and enjoy the amazing views of the Nile and Luxor city. Relax with a hotel drop-off at the end of your tour in Luxor.

From Cairo: Luxor Guided Tour with Overnight 1st Class Bus

4. From Cairo: Luxor Guided Tour with Overnight 1st Class Bus

Day 1: Start your adventure with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza. After a short meet and greet with your driver, climb into your booked mode of transport (depending on option selected). Day 2: When you arrive in Luxor, start your tour by meeting your friendly and professional licensed tour guide. Hop into your private air-conditioned vehicle and explore some of the most important historical monuments in Egypt. Get out at the West Bank and discover the valley of kings on the west bank of Luxor. Discover the remarkable tombs and see the last resting place of the kings Ramssess III, Ramssess VI, Mrenptah & Tut-Ankh-Amon (tombs are open and closed based on the restoration schedule, however the best 3 open tombs will be included & Tut's will be included based on your option selection). Continue on to see the Queen Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only female ruler who ruled Egypt for 20-years with wealth and peace. See the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Travel to the East Bank to admire the Complex of Karnak which is considered to be one of the largest temples in the world. Make a final stop before you leave this magical place at the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple.

From Hurghada: Private Day Trip to Abydos & Dendera Temple

5. From Hurghada: Private Day Trip to Abydos & Dendera Temple

Marvel at decorations from Roman rulers alongside Egyptian gods at a temple dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of love, joy, happiness, and music. See a beautiful sculpture of Queen Cleopatra VII. Abydos is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, and also of the eighth Nome in Upper Egypt. It is located about 11 kilometers west of the Nile at latitude 26° 10' N, near the modern Egyptian towns of El Araba El Madfuna and El Balyana. In the ancient Egyptian language, the city was called Abdju. Explore the archaeological sites of Dendera and learn all about the goddess Hathor in the Temple of Dendera. Admire archaeological ruins from ancient Egyptian dynasties in a complex just south-east of Dandera, Egypt. It is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in all of Egypt. The area was used as the sixth Nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos. Discover ancient Egyptian history the way it was meant to be.

Luxor: West Bank Private Tour and Felucca Ride

6. Luxor: West Bank Private Tour and Felucca Ride

Start your day with pickup from your hotel or cruise ship. Hop in an air-conditioned car with your guide and visit the west bank of Luxor. Your guide will tell you the history of Egyptian civilization, as you make your way to the Valley of the Kings. This site was built for the tombs of the pharaohs and nobles of the state and was known as the Great Royal Funerary City. Visit the tomb of Queen Nefertari, the largest and most prominent cemetery in the Valley of the Queens. Then, see the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a memorial temple in Deir el-Bahari. Next, visit the city of Habu, which shows the greatness of ancient Pharaonic architecture. Enjoy a short break for lunch in a local restaurant before visiting the Ramsium Temple. The temple includes huge statues of Ramses II, as well as inscriptions and decorations. See the great statue of Memnon, which is all that remains of a temple in memory of the Pharaohs. At the end of your tour, take a beautiful felucca tour on the Nile, while enjoying some tea. After, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel or cruise ship.

Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

7. Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

• Day one: Begin the experience with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cairo and a transfer to the airport for your 6:00 AM flight to Luxor. After landing, simply look out for a sign with your name and meet your expert tour guide. Start the tour right away with a visit to the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank, where you will discover the tombs of various dynasties including the The Temple of Deir El Bahari. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic sitting statues facing the Nile and representing Amenophis III. Explore also the famous Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and then have lunch at a local restaurant (beverages not included). After lunch, continue to the East Bank and see the courtyard and granite statues of Ramses the Great at the Luxor Temple. Marvel at the series of temples built over different reigns that make up Karnak. Beginning with the Avenue of Sphinxes, explore the Unfinished Propylon and the Hypo-style hall with its 134 giant columns. Admire the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, the Temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III, and the Sacred Lake. Finally, transfer to your hotel in Luxor for an overnight stay at Ibrotel Luxor Hotel. • Day two: Get picked up from your hotel by a licensed tour guide in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and head to the West Bank of the Nile. Visit Medinat Habu, an archaeological site situated near the foot of the Theban Hills opposite the modern city of Luxor, Egypt. Although other structures are located within the area, the location is today associated almost exclusively with the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. The temple, some 492 feet, is of orthodox design and resembles closely the mortuary temple of Ramesses II (the Ramesseum). You will also have the chance to visit some other temples inside Habu Temple such as the Temple of Amun, which dates to the 18th Dynasty and was built by Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. Continue your day tour to Deir el Medina, known as The Valley of the Worker. Later transfer to Luxor airport for your return flight to Cairo and hotel drop-off following landing.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Queens

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Everything was great!! We really enjoyed the tour! The program was according to our liking and the guide, Mahmoud Nafee was great and very helpful! We made him wait a lot in order to take photos The driver of the mini bus was very nice and he was driving safely, we felt like we could trust him. They also offered us lots of water because the day was extremely hot. The driver that picked us up from our hotel, Ramy, was amazing!! He was very helpful and he took care of us. Very nice people! I rate the tour with 5/5 stars! The only thing that we didn't like was the fact that the bathroom of the bus that took us form Cairo to Luxor was unbelievably dirty and it didn't have water or soap.

Everything was great, Eslam accompanied us throughout the day and always made sure we were comfortable. We then had Sherry as our guide in Luxor, who explained everything very well and was able to answer every question. For the entrances we had to pay 650 EGP per person again. And again 200EGP if you want to do a second and longer boat trip on the Nile with fresh fruits to eat. We got back to the hotel on time. A day before the day trip we were contacted on WhatsApp and we were given all the necessary information such as the pick up time at the hotel. Thanks to Eslam and Sherry for the great and unforgettable day!

Our guide Ahmed Krokodil explained a lot to us and the buildings were really impressive. We can only recommend this trip to everyone.

The sights are great! Highly recommended - a must-see! The tour is nice and includes everything you need. Would do it again!

Simply indescribable :-) pick-up, top bus transfer, friendly and competent guide,