Luxor Tour

Luxor Tour

$100 per Group / Trip

4 Sites can be seen on a Half-Day Tour in-and-around Luxor, while 7+ Sites can be toured on a Full-Day Tour.

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 Who Are We?

Egyptian Sidekick is a non-profit, fair-tourism network of English-speaking, Egyptian university students, local guides and their international friends. At Egyptian Sidekick, we facilitate personalized sightseeing and cultural experiences in-and-around Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan in Egypt, providing maximum flexibility for all travelers at a low, flat daily rate.

Which Sidekick is right for you?

Sightseeing and arrivals at Luxor Airport
4 locations on a Half-Day Tour, while 7+ on a Full-Day Tour
We guarantee a professional and hassle-free experience
Your Sidekick will meet you at your hotel or residence
Sites open at 8:00 AM and close at 4:30 PM each day
You are welcome to stop for food & drink, or to shop

BEST OF LUXOR

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Top 28 Luxor Egypt

 What’s Included?
  • 1 Sidekick & Driver(s)
  • A/C Transportation
  • Complete Supervision
  • Unlimited Sightseeing & Travel
  • Half/Full-Day Availability
  • 4/7+ Different Sites/Locations
  • 7 AM to 8 AM Start Times
  • Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Gratuities

 What’s Excluded?
  • Site Admission
  • Food & Drink

 ISIC Student Card
  • Discount25-53% 

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Itineraries & FAQs

 
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You can choose the sites you wish to see yourself, choose one of the itineraries, or have your Sidekick create one for you.

 Admission
  • Please note that site admission is charged in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) by site authorities at each location.
  • A discount between 25-53% off the regular price of admission applies at most sites for students with a valid ISIC student card.

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Karnak Temple Complex

As the largest religious space in the world, Karnak is an absolute must-see. Besides the fantastic hypostyle hall, travelers should hunt for the priestly processional inscriptions, the sitting rams of Amun, the Opet Festival and Battle of Qadesh frieze. The calendar, with the ancient Egyptian numbering system is present on the southern side of the granite inner-sanctum. The two massive obelisks of Hatshepsut, and the hall of Thuthmosis IV with its painted columns are an absolute must for photographers. Travelers are also likely to encounter massive statues of pharaoh Ramses the Great and the famous scarab beetle sculpture near the sacred lake.

Valley of the Kings

The valley is the place of burial for Middle and New Kingdom pharaohs and royal princes. Brilliantly painted interiors detail the ancient Egyptian concept of the descent into the realm of Osiris before reemerging in an idealized afterlife. Protective gods, demigods, spirits and demons guide the mummy of the deceased. All of the tombs have many adjoining antechambers for grave goods, and a central, large burial chamber with a sarcophagus fashioned from a single block of granite. Tombs are rotated to permit for conservation. Admission into the tomb of Tutankhamun is charged in addition to regular admission.

Colossi of Memnon

Recent discoveries at the West bank site have revealed the brilliant statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III, his wives, and daughters. However, the two massive statues flanking what was once the entrance to the pharaoh’s memorial temple are the most iconic. Amenhotep III’s temple was built on the floodplain to facilitate fertility celebrations by vessel in the flood season, which resulted in the steady erosion, and sinking of the pylon gateway, and colonnaded halls. The site is significant in that it belonged to Tutankhamun’s grandfather, and was constructed during Egypt’s richest period. Ongoing archaeological excavations are bound to yield more discoveries.

Deir Al-Bahari Temple

The memorial temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s most famous female pharaoh has been painstakingly reconstructed by the Polish archaeological mission to Egypt. Terraces, friezes, courtyards, and several of Hatshepsut’s Osiris-like figures have be restored. The friezes record an expedition to the incense and gold-rich land of Punt found on the Southernmost end of the temple’s second terrace. Paint from the time of the pharaohs remains on the northernmost end of the ground-floor portico, depicting the gods Anubis and Horus anointing Hatshepsut as pharaoh of Egypt. Hatshepsut sidelined her baby half-brother, and rightful pharaoh Thuthmosis IV and ruled Egypt herself with her vizier, and probable lover, Senenmut.

Ramesseum Temple

The memorial temple of pharaoh Ramses the Great, is an impressive, ruined structure. It has the colossal fragments of one of the largest statues of Ramses II ever transported from the granite quarries of Aswan, commonly referred to as “Ozymandias”. Its colonnaded walls outline the famous Battle of Qadesh against the Anatolian-based Hittite empire. Fantastic black-granite entrance-ways have survived, as have several columns. Full of granaries, storerooms, and chapels to Ramses’s mother Tuya and his wife, Nefertari the memorial temple was a veritable economic powerhouse, managing large swathes of irrigated farmland, and concentrated many highly skilled tradesmen.

Valley of the Queens

Similar to that of the nearby Valley of the Kings, the Queens’ Valley has several incredible tombs, most notably that of pharaoh Ramses II’s Great Wife, the beautiful Nefertari. There is significant speculation whether the site may contain additional tombs since it was customary for ancient Egyptian royalty and nobility to take on several wives, simultaneously. Many of the tombs belong to that of the children of the pharaoh’s with tombs of princesses from various reigns open to the public. Although many of the tombs of the Queen’s valley are open to the public the most beautiful and most fragile of them all, the tomb of Nefertari, requires a hefty sum to enter.

Medinet Habu Temple

Perhaps one of Egypt’s most intact memorial temples, the temple of the warrior pharaoh Ramses III features intact pylon gateways, colonnades and friezes with original paint. Ramses III is credited with defeating the the famous Sea Peoples, a nomadic, sea-faring, displaced people on the move for a new homeland from Anatolia or the Black Sea region. The fleet of the Sea People was ambushed by the Egyptians in the Nile delta, following raids and devastation caused by the Sea People. The temple features a Migdol-style entrance-way found more commonly in the fortified towns of Assyria, Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and means to underscore Ramses III’s military campaigns.

Luxor Temple

The temple had been added to by successive generations of rulers, right up to the Roman period. The temple’s East bank location, and southern orientation to the complex at Karnak suggests that it is a temple to the Ka or living spirit of the pharaoh. The temple had served as a barracks and a centre for administration for the Roman legions during the Roman empire, and as a church during the Eastern Roman empire. Travelers will be able to identify inscriptions of Alexander the Great, and that of Merenptah, the 13th son of Ramses the Great, who would live long enough to become pharaoh after Ramses’s unusually long reign.

Tempe of Seti I

The memorial temple of Seti I is in poor condition, having been ransacked for its stone during later constructions. Its location on the East bank of the Nile makes it easily accessible from the Valley of the Kings. Visitors come to the site mainly for its significance having been dedicated to Seti I who is widely considered Egypt’s greatest, and most prudent of all Egyptian rulers, who lead the country into an age of prosperity, peace, and great building projects. Seti I was the second of the New Kingdom pharaohs, and groomed his son Ramses II to succeed him. Having inherited the Horus throne while in the middle of life, Seti I successively empowered the young Ramses, eventually making him regent.

Deir Al-Medina

The “Place of Truth” as it had been called in ancient times is the site of a walled-worker’s village, built solely for tomb construction and funerary decoration for the Valley of the Kings & Queens. It is considered a microcosm of Egyptian society due to the discovery of thousands of pottery-shard inscriptions describing everything from grocery lists to theft, infidelity, and criminal investigations. The site also features the Valley of the Workers, with several publicly accessible tombs belonging to state officials and administrators, with superbly preserved colours. A nearby chapel from the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty is present at the northermost edge of the village ruins, and should not be missed.

Luxor Museum

The Luxor museum may not have the breadth of items found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, but its pride is the uniqueness of its collection. Some the pieces include a reconstructed wall from Amarna, the capital of the monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten, a statue of the heretic pharaoh, and his father, Amenhotep III, and the mummy of pharaoh Ahmose the 1st, the liberator of Egypt from the Delta-based Hyksos empire. The mummy of Ramses the 1st, the first of the New Kingdom line can also be found in the museum. Perhaps most notably, the remainder of the funerary goods of Tutankhamun are on display in the museum, demonstrating some of the everyday goods used by the boy pharaoh.

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