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Our fifth port of call on the cruise is Safaga, Egypt. There is not much in the area. In fact the description in Wikipedia is very simple - "Port Safaga, also known as Safaga, is a town in Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea, located 53 km (33 mi) south of Hurghada. This small port is also a tourist area that consists of several bungalows and rest houses."

Why stop here???? This is a "gateway" to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings!

We are booked for the tour !

Discover the ancient treasures of Egypt during this scenic and memorable, full-day excursion to Luxor.

Luxor Temple

Depart the pier for the approximate 3.5 to 4 hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, your first stop is at the spectacular Luxor Temple. The original temple complex was built during the New Kingdom on the site of an older sanctuary. Over the centuries, various rulers made additions that included statues, chapels, a colonnade and a sun court. Ramses II added a statue of himself and a pair of 82-foot (25-metre) obelisks; one of them was taken to Paris in 1835, and today stands in the Place de la Concorde.

Lunch and the Valley of the Kings

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a buffet lunch at a 5-star deluxe Hotel. After lunch, drive across the Nile to the West Bank for a visit to the Valley of the Kings. During a period of 500 years from the 16th to 11th century B.C., tombs were constructed in this Theban Necropolis for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.

The 'wadi' consists of two valleys, the East Valley, where the bulk of the royal tombs are situated, and the West Valley. To date, 63 tombs have been discovered, with chambers ranging in size from a simple pit to a complex tomb with over 120 chambers. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone, and took six years to complete, depending upon their size. The most notable tomb discovered in the valley is that of King Tutankhamun, as it includes a display of the young king's mummified body. A visit to King Tutankhamun's tomb is not included but can be arranged in advance.

Queen Hatshepsut Temple

Following your visit, a photo stop is made at the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which is dramatically perched at the head of a valley overshadowed by the peak of the Thebes. Queen Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt. Egyptologists generally regard her as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.

Colossi of Memnon

A final photo stop is made at the Colossi of Memnon, a pair of colossal statues standing alone in a farmer's field.  The statues are all that remains of the Temple of Amenhotep III.  From here, drive back across the Nile to the East Bank and enjoy an afternoon tea at a 5 stars deluxe restaurant, then commence the approximately 3.5 to 4 hour drive back to the pier.

For guests wishing to visit King Tutankhamun's tomb, there is an additional cost of USD $15.00 cash and can be arranged with your guide, however must be arranged en route to the Valley of the Kings. Photography inside the Valley of the Kings is prohibited.



Luxor - Photo by Hajor on Wikipedia
Valley of the Kings

Sketch Map of East Valley of the Kings. Original version taken from Egyptian Antiquities in The Nile Valley, published in 1932, by James Baikie (1866-1931). Taken from the english Wikipedia  Modified to show location of KV63. Topographgic lines added For the correct locations of all graves on the map please see de:Template:Tal der Könige (Ost) - from Wikipedia




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