Add-on: Early Morning Luxor West Bank Hot Balloon – US 125
Your stay in Luxor would not quite be the same without a bird’s eye view of the city from one hot air balloon. Departing from your cruise ship just before dawn, cross the River Nile to the West Bank – where your hot air balloon awaits. After a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot, you will climb into the balloon’s basket and get ready for lift-off. It is then time for the gentle rise into the dawn sky. Away from the daytime crowds, you will drift peacefully over the West Bank of Luxor and sights such as the monuments of Thebes. The early morning sun rising over the East Bank will illuminate the city and the surrounding mountains.
The Hot Air Balloon fly depends very much on the weather and might not be available daily, from October till next April is the best time for it
Enjoy your breakfast onboard the cruise. We could not leave Luxor before we visit the west bank of the Nile. Today we will take the time to visit several sites. One of the sites we will visit is the Valley of the Kings. After pyramid building began to wane, the kings still needed a final resting place to preserve themselves and store all their treasures. Housing nearly all the tombs for the kings of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, the Valley of the Kings was designed to help hide the burial places of the kings to prevent looting.
One of the most famous tombs here is the tomb of Tutankhamen. We will have the opportunity to explore some of the tombs. Next, we move to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the wife to Thutmose II but became pharaoh after he died. This mortuary temple was modeled after Mentuhotep’s but at a much larger scale. We will explore this beautiful temple which is set into the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. As we continue our sightseeing, we will move to Deir el-Medina, which is the ancient village of the craftsmen of the Valley of the Kings.
Our last site to visit will be the Colossi of Memnon where you will see two (nearly 60 feet tall) seated statues of Amenhotep III. These statues were once the entrance to Amenhotep’s mortuary temple. As our day concludes, you will be transferred to Luxor airport for your flight to Cairo.
Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be transferred to Hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Cairo or shopping for last-minute souvenirs.
Add-on – Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids – CAD 85
The evening sees the Great Pyramids illuminated at night at this spectacular sound and light show with a stunning audio-visual display. Learn about the history of Ancient Egypt and the story of the Sphinx, guardian of the Giza Necropolis for over 5000 years. The show starts with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the city of the dead for five thousand years. The show also depicts the story of building the pyramids and relates the history of great figures of ancient Egypt such as Thutmosis IV, Akhnaten, Nefertiti, and Tut Ankh Amon.Overnight in Cairo