After early morning pickup from your central Hurghada hotel, settle into a private, air-conditioned minivan with a professional driver at the wheel.
Absorb the views as you trace the Nile Valley to Luxor, the buzzing Egyptian town that stands on the site of Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt and seat of its pharaoh rulers.
Stop for a break during your approximate 4-hour journey, and, on arrival in Luxor, meet up with your local guide, a qualified Egyptologist who will accompany you on your sightseeing.
Make your first stop at magnificent Karnak, a vast ensemble of temples, chambers and pylons dating back as far as 2000 BC. Gaze in awe at this vast complex as your guide show you the highlights. Marvel at the gigantic columns of the Hypostyle Hall, and stroll through atmospheric sanctuaries, chambers and courts richly decorated with hieroglyphics, reliefs and statues.
After a tasty Egyptian lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the West Bank across the River Nile to see more incredible antiquities. Admire the towering Colossi of Memnon, and visit the Valley of the Kings, where the craggy mountains are burrowed with 63 royal tombs, mainly those of pharaohs of the New Kingdom period.
Visit three tombs, descending into corridors and chambers covered in hieroglyphics and paintings. Inspect the scenes that depict the lives and soon-to-be afterlife of the deceased, and learn the stories of each pharaoh.
Next, drive on to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of ancient Egypt’s rare female rulers. Admire the symmetrical terraces and statues of this extraordinary temple and hear how it was built for the worship of Hatshepsut after her death.
After bidding goodbye to your Egyptologist guide, relax on your return journey to Hurghada where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off in the evening.