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L 08

Half Day tour of the East Bank ( Karnak and Luxor temples).

* A visit to Karnak temples, where in the hypostyle hall of God Amon you are lost in a forest of columns. Karnak temples are the greatest sanctuary in history that includes several temples, among which is the temple of Theban Triad ( Amon, Mout and Khonso ).

* Then drive to Luxor temple which is located 3 KM south of the temple of Karnak. It's famous for its pillars that take the form of a bundle of Papyrus. It was dedicated for the worship of God Amun Ra.

* The construction of the temple dates back to Amenhotep II and Ramses II. Luxor temple was built to the glory of Amon Ra, king of Gods, and which they called " The Southern Harem of Amon " brought back to light in 1883 by Gaston Maspero.

NB. This tour could be arranged either with calash, bicycles or with ordinary transportation.

L 09

Half day Classical tour of the West bank (Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut temple and Memnons)

* Early morning crossing the Nile by ferry boat to the West Bank.

* Entering the dramatic Valley of the Kings, or " Biban El Molouk " which means the gate of Kings. The famous gorge dominated by a peak mountain called " Theban Crown " contains the Necropolis of the great sovereigns from the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties who prepared rock-hewn tombs for themselves.

* Then a visit to the rock-cut temple of Dair El Bahari " built for Queen Hatshepsut, one of the unique architectural masterpieces in the ancient Egyptian history. Queen Hatshepsut commissioned a monument to be built in honor of her father Thotmosis I. And for herself chose an inaccessible valley which consecrated to the goddess Hathour welcomed the dead in the next world.

* On the way back you'll pass by the famous colossi of Memnon, the only remains of the funeral temple of Aminophis III which must have stood to the sides of the entrance to the temple, are 20 meters high, their feet alone measures 2 meters in length and one meter width, cut in the monolithic blocks of sand-stone and portraying the Pharaoh seated on his thrown.

L 10

Half day tour of the West bank (Habo temple, The Ramiseum, Valley of Queens, tombs of Nobles)

* Early crossing the Nile by ferry boat to the West bank.

* A visit to Habo temple, it was built in commemoration of King Ramses III with military and religious motifs It is characterized by its well-preserved scenes.

* Rock-cut tombs of famous nobles during the new kingdom, the most important are the tombs of Nakht, Ra'ames, Ramuza and senefru.

* The Ramiseum, dedicated to King Ramses II of the 19th dynasty.

* Valley of the queens, where the tomb of the baby prince Amonherkhebishef could be visited. The finest of the tombs is that of Queen Nefertari the wife of King Ramses II ( Special ticket and a limited time for the visit ).

L 11

The Mummification Museum.

* It is the only one of its kind in the world, it houses 150 relics of mummies, coffins, the mummification tools the ancient Egyptians physician used, and paintings representing the religious funerary rituals.

L 12

The Sound and Light performance at Karnak temples:

* The spectacle displays the past of the eternal city of Thebes whose ancient monuments are evidence of its historical importance, the show also tells some interesting stories of this temple and the stages of its building.

L 13

Luxor Museum.

* The museum houses Pharaonic relics discovered in Luxor and nearby sites.

L 14

An excursion to Dendera temple.

* It lies 60 KM north of Luxor, it is one of the Greco-Roman temples for the worship of Goddess Hathour, It was built by king Ptolemy III and its construction was completed by the Roman Emperors. The ceiling of the hypostyle room has an astronomic decoration with the symbolic representation of the sky.

L 15

An excursion to Esna temple.

* It lies south of Luxor, it is constructed for the worship of God Khnum, the God of creation in the form of ram's head.

* it is one of the Greco- Roman temples within the hypostyle hall constructed by King Ptolemy VI and completed by the Roman emperors.

 

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