Maximize your sightseeing inLuxorwith a one hour flight toLuxorand spend your valuable vacation time visiting theValley Of The Kings, LuxorTemple, Hatshepsut Temple and of course the impressive Karnak Temple.Valley Of The KingsThe king's formal names and titles are inscribed in his tomb along with his images and statues. Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned theMemphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Also abandoned were the pyramid style tombs. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. Hatshepsut Temple A tree lined avenue of sphinxes led up to the temple, and ramps led from terrace to terrace. The porticoes on the lowest terrace are out of proportion and coloring with the rest of the building. They were restored in 1906 to protect the celebrated reliefs depicting the transport of obelisks to Karnak and the birth of Queen Hatshepsut. Reliefs on the south side of the middle terrace show the queen's expedition by way of theRed Seato Punt, the land of incense. Karnak Temple Although badly ruined, no site inEgyptis more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about 3 kilometers north ofLuxoron 100ha (247 acres) of land.LuxorTemple The Temple ofLuxorwas the center of the most important festival, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III andRamses Ii, the temple's purpose was as a setting for the rituals of the festival. The festival was to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with the divine office.
· Return flights Sharm el Sheikh / Luxor / Sharm El Sheikh.
· Qualified Egyptologist guide.
· Entrance fees.
· Hotel/port pick up and drop off.
· Transport by air conditioned minibus.
· Any extras not mentioned in the program.
· Tipping Kitty.