Day trip to Luxor
It would be a shame to travel all the way to Hurghada and not make a day trip to the ancient city of Luxor while you’re there! Luxor, Egypt’s greatest temple complex, is only a four-hour drive away, and you can tour the most famous sites in a place that’s often called the world’s greatest open-air museum.
Take a day’s excursion and visit some of the most famous and impressive architectural monuments to have survived from ancient Thebes and the time of the Pharaohs. In the company of a qualified English-speaking tour guide, step back in time and explore the temples of Karnak and Valley of the Kings, and Hatshepsut Temple.
Once you’ve booked your excursion to Luxor, an air-conditioned coach will collect you early in the morning from your hotel. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Nile River Valley along the way. Make sure you pack a hat, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen. Unlike Hurghada, there is no sea breeze in Luxor, so it can get pretty hot!
Start your day with a visit to the spectacular Karnak Temple, where you’ll learn all about one of the largest places of worship ever built. Constructed over 2000 years ago, the extraordinary complex has the Temple of Amun-Ra at its heart. Make your way down the Avenue of the Sphinx, a three-kilometre stretch of statues which join the Temple of Karnak to the Temple of Luxor. Once inside the temple, you can try and decipher some of the hieroglyphics that line the inner walls and columns. You can still see one of the two 80ft obelisks that once stood here, the other stands in Paris.
Valley of the Kings
Another short drive and you’ll be greeted by two towering seated statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. The massive statues are the last remnants of the Temple of Amenophis III, so make the most of this brief photo stop and get some fabulous photos of one of the world’s most iconic ruins! Then head over to the famous Valley of the Kings, an ancient burial site with 63 magnificent royal tombs of Egyptian kings and pharaohs. Wander around the hills of the Nile’s west bank and explore some of the hidden underground tombs.
Be sure not to miss out on one of the most famous of them all, as King Tutankhamun’s mummy still rests here. Before you leave, take the small train to the visitors centre that’s packed full of additional information.
Temple of Hatshepsut
Continue your tour to Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahary, dedicated to the only female pharaoh of ancient Egypt who posed as a male to gain the throne. Rugged limestone cliffs rise nearly 300m above the plain, the Temple of Hatshepsut at its feet. One of ancient Egypt’s finest monuments, it’s easy to imagine the grand sphinx statues that once lined the dusty causeway in the days of Hatshepsut.
At the end of a long day sightseeing, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel in the early evening. If you really want to pack in as much history as possible into one day, a trip to Luxor, Egypt’s greatest temple complex, has to be right at the top of the list. Well, second to the Pyramids, of course!