Valley of the Queens

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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 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.

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Luxor: 1 Day Valley of Queens, Hatshepsut, Karnak temple

2. Luxor: 1 Day Valley of Queens, Hatshepsut, Karnak temple

See the wonders of ancient Egypt on this fun and fascinating full-day guided tour from Hurghada. Start with a pickup from your hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle and a transfer to Luxo. Explore the huge Temple of Karnak. See its lighted avenue of sphinxes, Impressive Hieroglyphs, and columns as you make your way through the complex. Go to the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only woman Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, rich with artwork, some of which still containing vibrant colors. Visit the impressive Valley of the Queens, and marvel at the giant statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Cross the River Nile from East Bank to West Bank by boat and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before you explore the vast Temple of Karnak. Head back to your hotel in Hurghada at the end of the day filled with wonderful memories.

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From Luxor: 7-Night Nile River Cruise

3. 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.

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Luxor: Valley of the Kings and Queens Private Tour

4. Luxor: Valley of the Kings and Queens Private Tour

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 early 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.  Next, journey to the Valley of the Monkeys, a closed mountainous region where great kings of the Pharaoh's era are buried. 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. 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. At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided in Luxor.

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Luxor: West Bank Private Tour and Felucca Ride

5. 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.

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Cairo: Overnight Trip to Luxor by Plane

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

7. 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 by air-conditioned minivan 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.

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What people are saying about Valley of the Queens

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The organization ran smoothly via WhatsApp. We were picked up from the hotel punctually at 4.40 a.m. Our nice tour guide Magdy told us a lot of interesting things about the country and its people. The tour group only consisted of 8 people, which of course was great. Everything was well organized, from the tickets to the delicious lunch on the Nile. Magdy took care of special requests immediately. It was an exhausting, but unforgettable, beautiful day.

Great trip with excellent travel guide. Knew a lot to tell about the history of Egypt. Delicious buffet lunch on the Nile. Fast ride in the minibus, away from the crowds of tourists and therefore it's nice in the group. Thanks to the organization, especially to Magdy, who surprised us with an unplanned stop in a small town and got fruit for everyone. That felt good after a long but beautiful day. Greetings from Erik and Nini

The day went very well! We were picked up from the hotel at 5.20am (despite an announcement at 4.45am), and arrived in Luxor at 10am. There, we met Farid our French guide who was adorable! Thanks to him, we were able to discuss the culture in Egypt and he was able to explain to us the history of Luxour and Egypt too !! Very nice unforgettable day

Delighted! Our guide Ali knew about Egyptian history explaining to us at all times the importance of each place. He helped us in our souvenir shopping to find the best and cheap and accompanied us at all times so as not to get lost.

Wonderful day. Well organised. Plan an additional 15 € / person to cross the Nile to an island with a banana plantation, monkeys and crocodiles in a tiny cage.