Luxor Optional Tours

1- Hot Air Balloon ride: Once you get to the west bank we transfer you to our take-off area. Inflation takes about 20 minutes. One of the life’s most fascinating sights is the set-up and inflation of a hot air balloon. Once the balloon is ready, the passengers receive their call and the adventure begins with the pilot safety briefing. The flight takes you to the skies to experience the region by the light of sunrise as you glide over landmarks in a hot air balloon. Then float up hundreds of feet. Observe the complex of temples and chapels at Karnak to the east, then cast your eyes to the west for views of Hatshepsut Temple in its dramatic spot at the foot of colossal cliffs. Spy the Colossi of Memnon rising up and seemingly guarding royal tombs.
– Dates available: Every day early morning at 4:00 AM

2- Sound light show at Karnak Temple: The show narrates the achievements of some great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. As visitors walk through the complex of temples, pharaohs arise to tell the story of their interesting lives, as haunting music mysteriously flows through this ancient city. Ancient and poetic voices tell the visitors about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of pharaohs and god Amun. It is an enchanting and supernatural experience to listen to sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated during the well- presented show. It is one of the most important temples of the city of Luxor, its construction started in the reign of King Seti I, and was completed during the reign of King Ramses II. It is located three kilometers to the north of Luxor temple. It was built for the worship of the sacred trinity of Thebes, Amun-Ra, his Wife, Moot, and son. It is considered the largest temples of the ancient world. Its construction began in the reign of the central state, about 2000 BC.
– Dates available: Every day at 7:00 PM except on events days

3- Dandara Temple: is located about 76 KM (47 Miles) from Luxor. It is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. The area was used as the sixth Nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos. The whole complex covers some 40,000 square meters and is surrounded by a hefty mudbrick enclosed wall. Dandara was inhabited in prehistory, a useful oasis on the banks of the Nile. It seems that pharaoh Pepi I (ca. 2250 BC) built on this site and evidence exists of a temple in the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca 1500 BC). The earliest extant building in the compound today is the Mammisi raised by Nectanebo II – last of the native pharaohs (360–343 BC). The features in the complex include:

  •  Hathor temple (the main temple)
  • Temple of the birth of Isis
  • Sacred Lake
  • Sanatorium
  • Mammisi of Nectanebo II
  • Christian Basilica
  • Roman Mammisi
  • A Barque shrine
  • Gateways of Domitian and Trajan
  • The Roman Kiosk

Nearby is the Dendera necropolis, a series of mastaba tombs. The necropolis dates from the Early Dynastic Period of the Old Kingdom to the First Intermediate Period of Egypt. The necropolis runs the eastern edge of the western hill and over the northern plain.
– Dates available: Every day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM except on events days

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