Marvel at the glorious temples and tombs of Egypt’s most legendary pharaohs, which were ingeniously constructed in Luxor about 3,500 years ago.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing 3 1/2 hour drive inland to Luxor, an ancient city also known as Thebes, situated on the east bank of the fabled Nile River. Your initial stop will be at the Karnak Temple, a collection of buildings dedicated to Pharaoh Amun.
Because the complex was built over a period of 1300 years, under the guidance of multiple pharaohs, it reached an unprecedented size and diversity. The scale is staggering, as you will discover walking the Avenue of the Sphinxes that once stretched two miles. Another highlight is the pink granite obelisk erected during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century B.C.
A leisurely lunch cruise on the Nile follows, after which you will visit the tomb of Nefertari, the wife of Ramses II. Although thieves stole almost everything inside, including her sarcophagus, the well-preserved wall paintings are among the most exquisite in Luxor.
Two more tombs await you in the Valley of Kings. The tomb of Pharaoh Seti I is the largest and longest in the valley. While some of its original contents are in museums, its spectacular painted reliefs remain.
Tutankhamun's tomb is surely the most well known and with good reason. Its discovery in 1922 and the fabulous treasures found inside captured the world's attention. After visiting King Tut's tomb, you will enjoy afternoon tea before traveling back to Safaga.