Day trips

DT-7: West Bank Classic (full day)
Cross the West bank where you will spend the day amidst the tombs and mortuary temples of the great pharaohs. First stop the Colossi of Memnon, two mammoth pink quartzite statues depicting Amenhotep III sitting on his throne. Continue to the Valley of the Kings for visits to some tombs of the pharaohs (Thutmose III, Ramses III, Ramses VI to name a few). Next visit the monumental complex of Medinet Habu, comprising the Temple of Ramses III with adjacent palace.
Note: Visits to the Tomb of King Tutankhamun and/or Queen Nefertari can be included for additional entrance fees.

DT-8: East Bank Temples (half-day)
Visit the great temple of Karnak or Ipet Sut "the most hallowed of places" dedicated to the god Amun-Re, creator of the universe. After a rest stop at the Sacred Lake, your tour continues with a visit to the other great Temple of Luxor, once linked to Karnak and originally built as a summer palace for the god Amun. Both these extensive complexes comprise the largest Open Air Museum in the world, with their great columns, chapels, halls and courtyards.

DT-9: Cruise to Esna (full day)
A relaxing and leisurely way to sightsee. Cruise down the Nile to visit the Temple of Esna, built during the reign of Thutmose III and dedicated to the ram-god Khnum whom the ancient egyptians believed fashioned man from mud of the Nile on his potter's wheel. Lunch on board as you sail back to Luxor.

DT-10: Aswan (half-day)
Sail by felucca (egyptian sailboat) to the island of Agilkia. Visit the temple that were removed from their original island of Philae which lies submerged most of the year by the waters of Lake Nasser. The main Temple of Isis and its monuments were built between the 26th-dynasty and the Roman period. Return to the mainland and drive to Aswan for a view of the high Dam which was completed in 1964. From here you can gaze across Lake Nasser.

DT-11: Aswan to Kom Ombo (full day)
Sail down the Nile, or drive if you're in a hurry, to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to two gods - the falcon god Harwer (or Horus the Elder) and the crocodile-god Sobek. Situated on a hill, the temple offers beautiful views and some impressive ruins. Picnic lunch is included.

DT-12: Abu Simbel (air or land)
Either fly or drive through the desert to visit the great rock temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were removed and reconstructed stone by stone on a rocky outcrop of the Libyan mountain, 65 meters above their original site. Visit the Temple of Ramses II with its 4 colossal statues, and the Temple of his beloved Queen Nefertari.

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