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Valley of the Queens

Valley of the Queens: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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 visited). 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 Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

2. From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise + Ballon & Abu Simbel

Discover ancient Egypt on a 7-cruise down the Nile from Luxor. See the Valley of the Kings, explore Edfu Temple, and marvel at the Temple of Isis. Day 1: LuxorAfter getting picked up from Luxor International Airport or your hotel, board your motor boat and travel downstream to the West Bank. Here, see the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Carter House, where you can admire treasures belonging to Tutankhamun. Spend the night on your ship, cruising down the Nile. Day 2: LuxorRise 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. Arrive at Esna in the evening. Day 3: Edfu - Kom OmboArrive 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: AswanCruise 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 if you want to discover the city and its ancient market by yourself. Day 5: Abu SimbelArrive at the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel in the morning and spend the day exploring this historic temple complex. Day 6: AswanBegin the sailing journey back to Luxor. As you sail, take stunning photos of the Nubian islands and villages that you pass. Day 7: CruisingSpend the day relaxing on the ship as you sail down the Nile. Sleep overnight on the boat. Day 8: LuxorAfter 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.

Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

3. 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.

Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Rides

4. Luxor: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Rides

Start your day by waking up early in the morning, crossing The Nile River in the dark then having short drive to arrive the balloon take-off area where you get surprised with the view of all balloons standing up from the ground ready for take-off!! After boarding the balloon with the help of our ground crew, you will be briefed through our experienced pilots who will get you to the unforgettable memory of your life. Enjoy the smooth take-off with no noise except the flame of the burner lighting the sky before the sunrise. Get lost with the wind flying over ancient places discovering the West Bank of Luxor and enjoying the green in yellow as desert comes to life. Get your cameras ready for the changing colors of the sky as you experience all stages of sunrise until you see the sun as a complete circle. With our professional pilots turning the balloon around itself with their control ropes to give everyone of our lovely passengers an equal chance to take his special snaps and photos. Finally, you approach for landing where you are flying at a height of 20 m maximum from the ground, while watching our ground crew team back again following you carefully until you have your Egyptian final landing touching the ground. Then they safely escort you out of the basket and start packing our balloon.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Queens

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

My rating concerns the service of the tour operator and the guide. For plateau very often and accessible I was able to make some changes to my visit before the Tour and the operator very available and very open. My guide also go an excellent person a self-taught Spanish speaker of excellent human quality who accompanied me and to ask in December I have the bus line and pick me up when he dropped me off at the bus station of go bus. The kiffe made me aware of all the options I had at each of the sites but practically left to improvise to measure each stage of the tour. The round trip coach from Cairo to Luxor elegant and comfortable trunk insect which concerns the part of the seats on the other hand even in autumn or the temperatures do not exceed 27 degrees he tries the air conditioning at all costs even at night and it is cold you have to plan a jacket and the toilets did not put paper or soap but for that...

A fairly comfortable bus you have access to wifi as well as adjustable seats and a tablet with games and several films. There are breaks during the range to stretch your legs as well as a lunchbox. We also had the visit of Luxor with our guide Youssef who was super nice and attentive to our request. He is passionate about his work and has taught us a lot of things. Our driver Fares was great and stayed with us at the station until we got on the bus and our driver in Luxor Mustapha was very nice to us. Good job I really recommend. Everything is beautiful

Excellent experience, especially all the emotion and knowledge imparted by the guide Mohamed Sheba who meticulously explained the essence of Egyptian civilization in each of the monuments located in Luxor, without a doubt an unforgettable journey into history, thanks Sheba.

The service is impeccable. The buffet is excellent and very varied. The boat is not recent but it gives it a certain cachet. The staff are very helpful and attentive. A great experience!!!

Great tour, bus transfer, snack included, the guide in Italian super good and kind, amazing places, I highly recommend it.