Small boat ride across the Nile followed by a bus ride. This day involves walking two miles around historic sites such as the Valley of the Queens and the various tombs The terrain is hilly and there are up to 25 steps at the tombs to take in one direction and back, and it could take up to 30 minutes standing at each site in hot conditions and under the sun with no shade. Walking around the museum and some steps with handrails .
At the hotel.
Led by your Egyptologist, discover the Valley of the Queens on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes). There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al-Harim. The tombs belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. You will also spend the morning learning about Hatshepsut who was born a princess, became a queen upon marrying, and was named regent to the heir apparent after her husband’s untimely death. Not satisfied with this position, she ultimately had herself crowned as Pharaoh, a rare feat in ancient Egypt for a woman, and governed with great authority. Tuthmosis III, the son of Hatshepsut’s husband by another, lesser queen, lived for many years in the shadow of his stepmother. His ascension to the throne, Hatshepsut’s disappearance from the historical record, and the campaign he initiated later in his reign to erase her name and image from Egyptian monuments, have resulted in a plethora of conspiracy theories and romantic scenarios. While the reality of the transfer of power, and Tuthmosis III’s relationship to his stepmother is unknown, what are known are his accomplishments during his life. Tuthmosis III’s military victories helped to greatly expand the boundaries of Egypt’s empire, thereby increasing its wealth, and helping to usher in a new era of prosperity.
At a local restaurant.
We will explore the Luxor Museum of Archaeology led by your Egyptologist. Following the visits, we will return to the hotel by coach.
At the hotel.