• Location: Luxor, Egypt
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Visit the age-old Temples of Karnak and Luxor Temple on the Nile’s East Bank on this 4-hour private tour from Luxor. With your own Egyptologist guide, travel by minivan to Karnak, an awesome collection of temples and halls dating back over 3,000 years. Ogle the giant columns of the Hypostyle Hall, walk the Avenue of the Sphinxes, and see other highlights as you learn their history. Then, head for Luxor Temple to admire its columns, courts and statues; and discover how it was embellished by Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great.

Highlights

  • Private half-day trip to Karnak and Luxor Temples
  • Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx at Karnak
  • See the legacy of many pharaohs through the complex of Karnak
  • Explore Luxor Temple, a true Egyptian temple
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your expert Egyptologist guide on this special private tour

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples

Luxor Temple, Egypt

Depart your central Luxor hotel or Luxor river port by minivan and drive to the Temples of Karnak on the Nile’s East Bank.


As you travel, hear how Luxor stands on the 4,000-year-old site of Thebes, Egypt’s ancient royal capital, and how Karnak is the largest of its temple complexes. Discover how this vast collection of buildings was developed by more than 30 pharaohs, including Amenhotep IV and Ramses II.


On arrival, walk along the Avenue of the Sphinxes to the gateway, and then explore inside with your Egyptologist guide. Hear how the huge pylons at the entrance were constructed, and marvel at the courtyards and sanctuaries beyond. The deeper you go into the complex, the further back you step, with the oldest ruins dating back more than 3,000 years.


Gaze in awe at the showpiece Hypostyle Hall, crowded with 134 massive columns that tower above you like an ancient forest. Crane your neck upwards and learn about the ingenious methods used to raise them by the long-ago Egyptians. See the sacred lake where pharaonic offerings were purified, and then enjoy free time to stroll around the site at leisure.


Continue to Luxor Temple, an ancient temple in the center of Luxor laid parallel to the Nile. Hear how it was built in around 1,400 BC, and added to by Tutankhamun, Ramses II and even Alexander the Great.


Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses at the entrance, and the granite gateway obelisk whose original counterpart now stands in Paris’ Place de la Concorde. Then, head inside to gawk at the richly carved inner sanctuaries, papyrus columns and courts. Peep inside the atmospheric anterooms, including the chapel dedicated to Alexander the Great, who rebuilt the room in his name. 


When the time comes, finish your tour with a drop-off at the start point.

Customer Reviews

James L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fantastic guide with a passion for the history of these wonderful places. Can't wait to go back.

Sueann L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Yes! A visit to Egypt is not complete if you don't experience Luxor and Karnak. There is so much important history there, it's hard to take it all in. I'd recommend reading up about these temples just a bit so you can better understand what the knowledgeable guide tells you. Since so many pharaohs built here, you may want to ask your guide to spend more time in a certain area. Incredibly cool! I definitely recommend taking this tour.

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour with a good driver and great guide who was informative and answered our questions. It was a hot day but heguided us around to shaded areas and explained the highlights and the awe inspiring history and culture of the dynasties and different ruling countries over the millennia. Very interesting

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A wonderful tour with an excellent guide, we had a very hot day but still he was able to do the talking parts in shaded areas and it was extremely interesting. Lovely day great driver excellent guide good day had by all. The very best way to see the highlights of Luxor.

agora1104

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

An excellent way to spend half the day touring these two temples. Karnak is an incredible complex, taking 2000 years to build, with many great stories inside on how things worked there. Luxor temple was also very interesting, even though there are a some very interesting architectural mistakes worth seeing. Must see places in Luxor, very well worth the visit!

Anupama S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Awesome!

SHARMILA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We have booked the afternoon tour to Karnak and Luxor temples. We were picked up from our hotel in Luxor by our guide, a vibrant young man, baseem, who explained the history of these temples in great detail.
The vast courtyards, the huge pillars of the great halls with intricate carvings on them, the statuesof Ramses ll, the rows of Sphinxes at entrance of Luxor temple impressed us very much. We gaped in wonder how the people of ancient Egypt constructed those Hypostyle hall with huge columns.
All in all, our journey throughly these temples became lively with the help of our guide as he had a great knowledge of the history of ancient Egypt.
I would recommend everyone to visit these places or the tour of Egypt will remain incomplete.

Teresa United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic! Youla, our tour guide is the best!

adi_a89

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent trip, a great start to our holiday. Fantastic guide and history lesson throughout the Karnak and Luxor temple. Transport in private comfortable car.

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Awesome! Tour was great, learned a lot and our for guide was hisam is very smart and knowledgable. Loved it!

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