Today we'll fly from Cairo to Luxor—the ancient city where King Tutankhamun was buried in his magnificent tomb! Take an Egyptian history tour of Luxor and Karnak temples on the West Bank of the Nile River. You'll see your favorite sights in an entirely new light as you learn about the cultures that built them thousands of years ago.
The tour begins with a visit to Karnak temple, which was once one of the largest religious structures in the world. Built by pharaohs to honor their gods and goddesses, it contains hundreds of rooms with intricate hieroglyphics depicting their lives. It's also home to some of Egypt's most stunning statues and sculptures—including those of Ramses II.
Next, you'll head to Luxor temple, just upriver from Karnak. This site includes some of Egypt's most famous pieces: Amenhotep III's Colossi, which were once part of his funerary temple; Ramses II's Great Hypostyle Hall, which has more than 1,000 columns; and King Tutankhamun's tomb.
Time to visit the West Bank of Luxor. It's home to the Valley of the Kings, where you can visit the tombs of Ancient Egypt's most famous kings, queens, and nobles. If that's not enough for you, you'll also find the Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahri (the Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep II), and Colossi of Memnon (two huge statues of King Amenhotep III).
We'll take you to all these places and more on our Luxor East and West Tour!