1 DAY VISITING TEMPLES AND TOMBS in WEST BANK:

(Travelling in air conditioned car) tickets excluded

How you spend your day:

We come to pick you up in the morning at your place of residence, and let yourselves be driven to the sites of your choosing, with a lunch pause in the restaurant of your choice or of our own suggestion. We carry on the visits and take your back to your place at the end of the day. You can customise according to your wishes, here is our proposition for a great day visiting Luxor:

DAY IN LUXOR WEST BANK OPTION 1

Valley of The Kings Luxor
  • The Valley of the Kings

This is the place were the Thebans Pharaoh’s (Luxor Ancient name) are buried. Situated on the West Bank of the Nile, where the Sun sets, it once was the place of the deads, where no living person was allowed on this side, except the tombs architects and workers (whose village is Deir el Medineh) who were forbidden to cross the Nile to the East. There are more than 63 tombs with 13 we can visit and still some discoveries to be made. A ticket allows you to explore 3 tombs but you can visit more by purchasing special tickets.
The most famous tombs is Tutankhamun’s (KV 62) and there are some exceptionnal ones with up to 120 chambers (KV 5) or well preserved ones (KV 6) with extraordinary paintings. A really emotionnal moment in an extraordinary site that can be visited many many times.
Hatshepsut Temple Luxor
  • Hatchepsut Temple

Hatshepsut was the most important of the rare female Pharaoh and therefore created disapproval in this patriarcal society. Many attempts after her death to eradicate her trace on hieroglyphs but this temple is here to stay and still in good condition. Located in Deir el Bahari, a complex of Mortuary Temples, it is dedicated to the Sun God Amon-Ra . Its most striking feature is a long colonnated terrace filled with many tall sculptures representing the Pharaoh and Deities. The temple’s architecture contains pylons, courts, a hypostyle hall, a sun court, a chapel and a sanctuary. The surviving reliefs on the wall document the birth of the first divine female Pharaoh and an expedition to a mysterious country near the Red Sea (the Land of Punt) from where they brought back copper, asphalt, naptha, carved amulets, myrrh and incense.
Hatshepsut’s temple is considered an incomparable monument of Ancient Egypt.

 Medinet Habu (Mortuary Temple of Ramses III)
  • Ramses III Mortuary Temple

Located in Medinet Habu, Ramses III mortuary temple is gigantic and stunningly well preserved, thanks to a 4 decades long excavation work. The Temple is 150m (500 ft) long and 300m (1000ft wide) and contains an astonishing 7km (75,350 sq ft) of very well preserved decorated wall reliefs. The first pylon (pictured) leads into an open courtyard, lined with colossal statues of Ramesses III as Osiris on one side, and uncarved columns on the other. The second pylon leads into a peristyle hall, again featuring columns in the shape of Ramesses. This leads up a ramp that leads (through a columned portico) to the third pylon and then into the large hypostyle hall. Reliefs and actual heads of foreign captives were also found placed within the temple to symbolise Pharaoh’s control over Syria and Nubia.

DAY IN LUXOR WEST BANK OPTION 2
Colossi of Memnon
  • The Colossi of Memnon

Two massive stone statues 18 meters (60 ft) high of Pharaoh Amenhotep III who’ve been standing for 3400 years (since 1350 BC) in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile. They are the gate keepers of the West Bank in a way, since when you pass over them you enter the magic land of the eternal Luxor where the Kings and Queens Valleys are, the Ramesseum and so forth.
The Colossi once stood the guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple, where he was worshipped as a god on earth both before and after his departure from this world. In its day, it was the largest and most opulent in Egypt.
With the exception of the Colossi, however, very little remains today of Amenhotep’s temple. Standing on the edge of the Nile floodplain, successive annual inundations gnawed away at the foundations and it is known that later rulers dismantled and reused portions of their predecessors’ monuments.


 Nefertari
  • The Valley of the Queens

Located near the King’s Valley, this is where the wives and sons of Pharaohs are buried.
This necropolis is said to hold more than seventy tombs, many of which are stylish and lavishly decorated. Take a most memorable visit to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, (QV66) the favourite wife of Ramesses II, the polychrome reliefs in her tomb are as they were made 3300 years ago!
Other remarkable tombs are that of Prince Amun-her-khepeshef, son of Ramesses III (QV55) and his brother Khaemwaset, (QV44). Another truly emotionnal highlight of what Egypt has to offer.

 Valley of the Nobles Luxor
  • The Valley of the Nobles

This is the burial site made of rock cut tombs of the Nobles and high officials of ancient Egypt who once served the Pharaohs during the time of the New Kingdom. (1500 – 500 BC)
Some tombs are big and feature courts carved in rock, broad hall with columns in the form of papyrus bud, shafts leading to burial chambers, vivid relief depicting the dead’s life and main activities.
Among the most important tombs is Ra-Mose’s, (T55) mayor of Thebes & Vizier during the reign of Amenhotep III and his son Akhenaton.
Re-khme–e, (T100) Vizier of Tuthmosis III and Amenhotep II tomb decorated with many painted scenes of the various aspects of life in Ancient Egypt.
Tomb Chapel of Nakht, (T52) Great Scribe and astronomer during Tuthmosis IV reign, most brilliant colourful scenes with musicians.
Menna (T69)most famous tombs in the Valley of the Nobles, and one of the most beautiful, as it has many magnificent scenes and still remains in good condition.

 Deir el Medineh pyramid
  • Deir el Medineh

Village with about 70 ancient houses and tombs which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the late New Kingdom period (1550–1080 BC). The settlement’s ancient name was “Set Maat” (“The Place of Truth”), it was home to a mixed population of Egyptians, Nubians and Asiatics who were employed as labourers, (stone-cutters, plasterers, water-carriers), as well as those involved in the administration and decoration of the royal tombs and temples.
Excavations led by Bernard Bruyère in 1922 resulted in one of the most thoroughly documented accounts of community life in the ancient world. There is no comparable site in which the organisation, social interactions, working and living conditions of a community can be studied in such detail.
The tombs are relatively small but have extremely rich and refined decorations. The most beautiful tombs are those of Sennedjem (TT1), Inherkhau(TT 359) and Pashedu (TT3). Another big emotion!

 Ramesseum
  • The Ramesseum
«Temple of million years» is dedicated to the glory of Ramses II,the most famous Pharaohs who ruled Egypt over 67years. He built his temple at the beginning of his reign in the year 1279 BC. Ramses II also known as Ramses the Great was a great warrior and conqueror. He struggles against the Hittite and ensures the domination of Egypt in Nubia. His greatest victory was the Battle of Kadesh against the army of the Emperor of the Hittite. At the entrance, the first pylon, which extends over 68 m was once near the waters of the Nile in flood. Huge reliefs recounts the Battle of Kadesh. Ramses the Great is represented in his chariot with horses galloping and terror on the faces of enemy soldiers still sweating. A colossal statue of the Pharaoh lies on the ground but at the time measured 18 m high and 1000 tons! Osirian statues monumental in hypostyle room lined with 29 massive columns, two small temples dedicated to his mother Tuya and his wife Nefertari, here is the temple of million years. There was a resting place for the boat of Amun during the Beautiful Festival of the Valley in which Amun was on a visit to the temples and in the background, the room astronomical. Important economic, cultural and religious center, the temple of million years was a focal point for intellectual and theological reflection.

SAIL ON THE NILE

Afternoon on the Felucca including lunch and snack Sailing on the Nile, on board a Felucca, the traditionnal Egyptian sailing boat, admiring the green landscapes of the West Bank, with the Valley of the Kings in the background will take you straight to the heart of Ancient Egypt, where Pharaohs will live once more. You will discover along the sail the peaceful local life of the inhabitants of the Nile, birdwatch with Ibises, Egrets and depending on the season, flows of migratory birds breaking out in the blue sky. The wind embraces the Felucca’s huge sail and you just have to enjoy a moment of eternity. The Felucca has everything to enjoy a confortable lunch of Traditionnal Egyptian food and on the way back, you will experience an unforgetable sunset. Shall we go?

We can also share with you bits of local life if you have time and curiosity for it, ask us and we will be pleased to make you discover the West Bank of the Nile.


Easy day in West Bank

  • Quad rides in the desert (about 4 hours) 
  • Hot air ballon ride over the West Bank
  • Visiting Gurnah village, alabaster workshops athe foot of the Kings Valley
  • Horse, Camel or Donkey ride in the West Bank country side, or early morning trip on the Kings Valley to see the Sunrise.
  • Bikes are available for you in our appartments for rent. You can take them on board the motor boats, it’s a must of Freedom!

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