THE JEWELS OF LUXOR
Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Colossi of Memnon, and both the Valley of the Kings and the Queens.
Upon disembarking the ship in Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Luxor.
Upon arrival you will enjoy lunch then visit the Karnak temple.
Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.
The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite.
As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon.
NOTE: Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.
Following Karnak Temple visit you will visit the Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks.
Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple.
NOTE: Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.
Transfer to your hotel for check in before departing for a visit to the Luxor Museum. This marvelous museum overlooks the west bank of the Nile River and has an amazing collection of ancient artifacts. Displays range from magnificent pharaonic art to items used in everyday life, such as pottery and jewelry, including a carefully selected assortment of items from the Theban temples and necropolis.
Back at your hotel, enjoy a buffet dinner before retiring for the evening.
Following a buffet breakfast you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, hidden in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings’ formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes.
Enjoy a special visit to the longest and one of the most beautiful tombs in the valley known as Seti I Tomb. It is still recognized as an elaborately decorated monument from the times of Sety I and his son, Ramesses II. The most fascinating aspects of the tomb are the well-crafted decorations that brought antiquity to vivid life
Next you will visit King Tutankhamun's tomb where his mummy still rests, and if time permits, you may be able to have a look into one or two other tombs in the area.
Continuing on, enjoy a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, whose unique design features a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside.
From here, you will proceed for a visit to Valley of the Queens where you will be visiting Queen Nefertari’s Tomb known for its lavish decoration and colors – it is one of the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens. Nefertari Meritmut, was an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives (or principal wives) of Ramesses the Great. The number of visitors here per day is limited and prior permission to visit must be requested. This has been specially arranged for our group.
NOTE: there are a series of steps (up to 20 steps per chamber) to go down into the various tombs and the ground surrounding the tombs is uneven and dusty. It is also extremely hot here.
Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.
Next, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon. This structure was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. NOTE: Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.
Finally you will embark on a Dahabeya boat for a cruise along the Nile including lunch. Arriving at your hotel, you will check-out and depart for the 3.5-hour drive back to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and re-embark the ship.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details and the timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
6:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt
8:30am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3. 5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.
12:00pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee
1:00pm Proceed to Karnak temple
1:15pm Visit Karnak Temple
3:00pm Proceed to Luxor temple
3:15pm Visit Luxor Temple
4:15pm Proceed to your hotel for check in
4:30pm Check in.
Optional: shopping with your guide for an hour
6:30pm Proceed to the Luxor Museum
7:00pm Visit the Luxor Museum
8:00pm Drive back to the hotel
8:15pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee
Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:00pm for those who opt out of the museum visit
Overnight at the Hilton Luxor or similar hotel
6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel
7:00am Cross the Nile to the west bank
7:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings including Seti I Tomb and King Tut’s Tomb
9:45am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple
10:00am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple
10:10am Proceed to the Valley of the Queens
10:15am Visit Nefertari’s Tomb
11:00am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon
11:05am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon
11:10am Proceed to the cruise boat
1:30am Lunch on the Nile boat cruise
12:30pm Arrive at your hotel and check out
1:00pm Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.
4:30pm Arrive back in Safaga and rejoin the ship
22 degrees C / 71 degrees F
What to bring:
Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen
Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted
220- 240 V - Adaptors are not available at hotels, please make sure to bring your own should you require one
Carry on suggested for one night stay
•1 night at Hilton Luxor or similar (Nile View Room)
•One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
•Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals
•Entrance fees, guide
•Any meals and drinks not listed above
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
•Hotel incidentals including room service and mini bar
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.