Sail high over the famous monuments of Luxor on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You'll get unmatched aerial views and photo ops as your private guide provides insightful narrative. Landmarks include Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and Karnak, among other important structures.
Flight certificate and souvenir at the end of your tour
Experience: A van picked us up early in the morning (3:30 AM) and stopped by a couple other hotels to pick up other passengers. We boarded a small boat where we were given a snack (similar to a hoho snack cake) and either tea or coffee. The boat took us across the river and then we were brought to the hot air balloon field. While we waited for our hot air balloon to fill up, a camera man took videos of the group doing activities like walking in a circle holding hands or forming a conga line. After our balloon was filled, we climbed into our section of the basket and took off. After we landed, the van picked us up and brought us back to our hotels.
Pros: We saw breathtaking views from the air. Our pilot was the best as we crossed the Nile and went the furthest of all the balloons! It was fun watching the vans chase us on the ground as they estimated where they should meet us. Once we landed, we each received a certificate as a souvenir.
Cons: Using the bathroom costs 20 EGP once you reach the hot air balloon field (normally costs 2 EGP elsewhere).
Note: The balloon was very crowded. There were 4 different walled off sections with 4-5 people in each section. There was just barely enough room to stand, definitely not enough room to move around. It wasn't the most comfortable but it was understandable since it helps distribute the weight and prevent any unexpected weight shifts in the basket.
See the sun burst above the horizon as you sit almost motionless and silent above The Valley of the Kings. What's not to like. Go for it. Your memories will thank you for it.
Well organised, it all went smoothly.