Spend a day visiting the highlights of the West Bank of Luxor, Egypt! Your private guide will take you to several important archeological sites, where he will take you on a journey back in time as he paints a beautiful historic picture using his expert knowledge of the area.
Starting in Luxor, this archeological tour will take you to the Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of pharaohs from the 16th to 11th century BC. This Valley contains a miraculous 63 tombs and chambers. You will notice how the royal tombs are decorated with images of Egyptian mythology. While most tombs have been robbed, they still provide an idea of the power of the Pharaohs during this time. This valley is known for being the location of Tutankhamun’s tomb. As one can surmise, this archeological marvel is one of the world’s most famous archeological sites. We could spend a whole week in the Valley of Kings, but that would mean missing out on everything else!
We will make a point of exploring the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. It differs from the Valley of Kings in that Queen Hatchesput’s temple is considered the closest to Egypt’s classical architecture. It is a symbol of the turning point of Ancient Egyptian architecture. The architectural magnificence of this tomb, dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god, is exemplified by the way in which it is astronomically aligned. The fact that it is aligned to the winter solstice sunrise is a reminder of the spectacular architectural achievements of our ancestors thousands of years ago.
The Colossi of Memnon, or el-Colossat, are two massive statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. These two stone statues have stood since 1350 BC. The statue depicts Amenhotep III sitting, facing the river, with his wife and mother carved into the throne. The original purpose of these statues were to act as guards at the entrance to Amenhotep’s mortuary temple. Unfortunately, very little remains of the temple, but these monuments are a testament to his power and influence.
Should you wish to extend your tour, we can always visit other important archeological sites, such as Madinet Habou and the Temple of King Rameses III.