* After a short flight from Cairo, stop in the city of Luxor is a special visit to the breathtaking Karnak Temple, the largest temple complex built by the man covering approximately 200 acres with individual temples built for various gods. It is a massive and spectacular complex of columns, statues, halls, and courts which tell a story of its former grandeur and splendor. Then tour the impressive Luxor Temple dedicated to Amun, two Pharaohs contributed to building this temple, they were Amenophis III and Ramses II. Magnificent in its own right, the temple features enormous gateways, shrines, and sanctuaries. After which you will have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the West Bank of Luxor and exploring the Temple of Hatshepsut built on the cliffs of an area known as Deir-el-Bahri. The temple was constructed out of limestone rock for the famous female Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Walk through the magnificent halls, corridors, and courtyards; view the colossal statue of the queen that was completed reconstructed and the awesome reliefs that depict grand scenes of the ancient world.
* Discover more of Luxor’s West Bank with a visit to the Valley of the Kings which is a massive burial ground for Pharaohs, kings and the elite of Egypt’s New Kingdom (1550-1070BC). There are 63 known tombs in the valley of which 26 were built for kings and the others for royal family members and the elites. Fifteen tombs are open to the public for viewing and they include the tombs of Ramses I, Ramses III, Ramses IV just to name a few. These tombs were carved out of the cliffs with tunnels that lead to elaborate chambers underground. The complexity and grandeur of these sites will amaze you as these were constructed without the aid of machinery.
* Then visit the Colossi of Memnon, which are two huge statues around 17m high that once guarded the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. The temple has been completely destroyed and all that is left are these two massive statues made from blocks of quartzite which feature Amenhotep III seated on his throne facing the Nile and the rising sun. Carved into the statues are images of his wife Tiy, mother Mutemwia and the Nile god Hapy. Time permitting you may go shopping in Luxor before your return flight to Cairo.