The drive from the East to the West Bank of the River Nile is at least 30 minutes by air conditioned motor coach. Walking two miles around historic sites such as the Valley of the Kings and the various tombs including Tut Ankh Amun Tomb on hilly terrain. Up to 150 steps at the tombs to take both ways. Throughout the day, it could take up to 30-50 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade.
Today we will spend the full day in port. Led by our Egyptologist, we will discover the Nile's West Bank Valley of the Kings, King Tut Tomb, Hatshepsut and Memnon. Since the end of the eighteenth century, significant archaeological investigation has taken place at the Theban Necropolis. Between the 16th and 11th centuries BCE, a plethora of tombs were constructed for ancient Egypt’s nobility. Recent excavations, under the direction of the Theban Mapping Project, have unearthed additional tombs as well as providing a more meticulous and cautious approach towards excavation.
Led by your Egyptologist, explore Karnak & Luxor temples. The temple of Luxor, known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or “the southern harem”, was built by King Amenhotep III who reigned 1390-1353 BCE and dedicated it to Amon-Re, king of the gods, his consort Mut, and their son Khons. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples. After returning to the ship, engage in an informal question and answer session with your Egyptologist about Modern Egypt. Ask about family life, education or any subject you wish to discuss.