Private Tour: Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada, Including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Karnak Temple

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Private Tour: Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada, Including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Karnak Temple
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Discover the archaeological treasures of Luxor on this private day trip from Hurghada. Traveling by private air-conditioned minivan, head for Luxor and explore the headline tombs and sites with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Visit the incredible Valley of the Kings, behold the breathtaking Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon, and marvel at the epic columns and courts of Karnak Temple. A ‘felucca’ (sail boat) ride on the Nile, lunch on a Nile island, and in-depth attention from your knowledgeable guide on this private tour all add to your enjoyment.
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In Brief

Location:
Hurghada, Egypt
Country:
Egypt
Duration:
14 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Start your private tour in the early morning with a pickup from your centrally located Hurghada hotel. Then, sit back in your private air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the desert scenery as you travel inland to Luxor.

After a roughly 3.5-hour journey, arrive in this bustling city and set out on your tour. As you travel, learn from your qualified Egyptologist guide how Luxor occupies the former site of Thebes, the ancient capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Discover, too, how the modern city lines the east bank of the Nile River, facing the Valley of the Kings on the west bank.

Start your explorations at this age-old necropolis, where 63 New Kingdom royal tombs from the 2nd century BC riddle the mountains. Listen avidly as your guide explains how and why the tombs were built, and then visit three on your own — guides are not permitted to accompany you — to delve into the richly decorated corridors and anterooms. If time allows and you wish to visit the tomb of Tutankhamen, you will need to purchase a separate ticket.

Afterward, meet back up with your guide and head for the Temple of Hatshepsut. Marvel at this modern-looking temple and its impressive mountainside setting, and wander around its courtyards and terraces as you hear facts and tales about Hatshepsut, Egypt's great queen.

After a photo stop at the two statues of the Colossi of Memnon, continue to an island on the Nile and enjoy a typically Egyptian lunch.

Duly refreshed, make tracks to Karnak Temple, a vast religious complex built between 2055 BC and 100 BC. Rising imperiously from the east bank, this awe-inspiring temple contains three inner temples dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu.

Follow the Avenue of the Sphinxes inside and marvel at the Great Hypostyle Hall, with its forest of 134 huge columns. See the chambers, kiosks and man-made Sacred Lake and hear from your guide how the different temples and structures were used.

During your time in Luxor, enjoy a roughly 30-minute cruise on a felucca, gliding along the Nile River past peaceful palm groves, fields and mountains.

With your visit over, head back to Hurghada in your private minivan, and end your tour with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip transport by private, air-conditioned car
  • Services of a qualified Egyptologist guide in Luxor
  • Lunch
  • Approx. 30-minute felucca ride
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Kings
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Karnak
  • Entry/Admission - Avenue of Sphinxes

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

5:00 AM

Departure Point

Your centrally located Hurghada hotel

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.55 out of 5 based on the last 11 recent reviews

Our private tour of Luxor was wonderful. Driver arrived at hotel promptly at the agreed time. Our tour guide Mahmoud Nour was wonderful! He first explained the plan for the day so that we would know what to expect and the timeline. His plan was perfect. There were multiple times that we were the only people in a tomb/area. The boat ride and lunch were a wonderful break from touring. Food was excellent. Mahmoud routinely checked to make sure we had enough water and that we were still happy with the plan. He is also a great photographer and he suggested several photos that we wouldn't have considered. So happy with our decision to book the tour and thankful we got such a wonderful guide.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2019
This was a long day trip from Hurghada but well worth it. Guide (Mohammed) was excellant and gave us just the right level of information at each of the places we visited. We also had some time to explore on our own. The lunch and setting was lovely and we enjoyed the boat trip on the Nile. The guide also took some pictures for us so we had some photos with us both in. We felt safe at all times during the trip and were escorted through all the bazaars so didn't feel pressured at all. Unfortunatley the car we were in had a mechanical fault which meant the day was much longer than planned however we were well looked after and the tour provider compensated us for this on our return. December was a great time to do this excursion as the weather was not to hot and the sights were not busy.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2019
Not to be missed, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke good English and explained everything in great detail, also our driver was very friendly and made the long trip most enjoyable. All in all a great experience
• Submitted 10 Dec 2018
Incredible! Tour guide was excellent
• Submitted 26 Jan 2017
Absolutely fantastic tour, unbelievable spectacles throughout the day, tour guide Mohammed was brilliant, very knowledgable and always kept on advising us to ensure we took on enough water as there is obviously very little shade at the valley and at Hatshepsut Temple. If you are going to Egypt you simply MUST take this tour. You do not see history like this lying on a sun bed by the side of a hotel pool. We cannot recommend this trip enough.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
Absolutely fantastic tour, unbelievable spectacles throughout the day, tour guide Mohammed was brilliant, very knowledgable and always kept on advising us to ensure we took on enough water as there is obviously very little shade at the valley and at Hatshepsut Temple. If you are going to Egypt you simply MUST take this tour. You do not see history like this lying on a sun bed by the side of a hotel pool. We cannot recommend this trip enough.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
Absolutely Fabulous! Starting with the journey, we were picked up by Mahmoud who was a wonderful driver and the minivan was clean, comfortable and cool. A good and safe journey with a short stop en route to stretch our legs, we picked up our guide Omar Khalifa upon arrival in Luxur. Omar was brilliant, excellent English, very professional and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Luxur. Lunch was delicious at at an authentic rooftop restaurant with a view of the Nile. Overall, it was a long day but thoroughly worth every penny especially the private tour as you have guide and driver to yourself. I would highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 08 Sep 2015
Summary: A great trip with a very knowledgable guide, be aware it's a very long day with long travel times 4 hours of quite scary driving each way - although we took our 11 and 5 year olds they really struggled towards the end with the travelling and the heat much hotter than Hurghada, to the point we decided to skip the trip on the Nile as it would have been too much for them. Food was excellent but limited choice chicken, beef or fish so be aware if you have fussy eaters! Worst features are the toilets - not particularly clean and you had to pay 2 each at Karnak as well as pushy bazaars at the entrance to each temple. Would we recommend the trip - definitely but you must accept the toilet facilities are generally poor and you will have to pay it's hot I mean really hot and you will spend a good 8-9 hours driving! We were picked on time at our hotel in a modern clean minivan with a friendly driver who spoke some english. The journey to Luxor was initially very smooth on well paved modern roads through the desert/mountains with fantastic views. There are however a number of security checkpoints complete with armed guards to break up the flow. Traffic laws in Egypt are 'interesting' with lane discipline clearly optional so it's quite an 'exciting' journey! We stopped after about 1.5hrs at a small coffee shop with a few market stalls attached, there were reasonable toilets tipping clearly expected to use them and the ability to buy snacks/drinks at fairly reasonable prices. This stop lasted abut 30mins and there were a number of other minivans and coaches arriving during the time we were there. The journey then continues in a similar vein until you reach the first city Qena where the roads become more congested and the standard of driving more questionable with donkeys, carts, pedestrians, cars, lorries and coaches all involved in a battle for the fastest route! The area is a stark contrast to the resorts of Hurghada with the poverty of the area becoming more apparent. Travelling into Luxor we picked up Abdul Ahmed our guide and headed to the Valley of the kings. The first thing we found out was to stick with the guide through the Bazaar you had to walk through on entry and exit of the valley. This was an amazing experience but due to a break down in communications we left cameras on the bus as instructed however, you could buy a photography license for 300LE to allow photography. The tombs were spectacular, 3 are included in the trip and you can pay to enter more including Tutankhamun's we decided not to pay the extra as each tomb was similar with little left inside apart from the decorations. The facilities at the Valley of the kings were barely acceptable and once again a tip was required to use them. The next stop was at one of the many Alabaster factories close to the valley of the kings, we were given a demonstration of how the products were made before being given soft drinks inside the shop and the ability to use the SPOTLESS toilets. Be careful in the shop as there are no prices given until you have selected any goods and let me assure you while they were amazing they were not cheap. It's worth noting this stop was not in the itinerary and was a way to try to get you to purchase from the shop, personally we didn't mind the intrusion and the shop staff were friendly and polite without being pushy but we did buy a fair amount of products so be aware it may be different if you don't! Next we headed to the Temple of Hatshepsut again an amazing spectacle but with dubious facilities again a cost to use the toilets and my god was it hot! The same Bazaar was evident on the entrance/exit and you were pestered despite the best efforts of our guide to deflect the sellers. It was at this point we found out that the Island restaurant did not have chicken so we opted for the in town option as the kids were more likely to eat! Lunch was good with an Egyptian Mezze, soup and grilled chicken on the menu, food was well prepared and very tasty and the restaurant itself clean and tidy. Next up is Karnak which was probably our favourite part of the trip with an amazing temple and history. At this point however we decided to cancel the boat trip on the Nile it appeared we were due a motorboat trip not a Felluca. Throughout our guide was knowledgeable and informative if possibly slightly too detailed for the children and was helpful in catering for our needs as a group. The trip home was similar to the trip out but is anything even faster and under cover of darkness - which I'm not sure if it made it more or less scary!
• Submitted 12 Apr 2018
Fantastic tour - seeing 3 of the tombs at the Valley of the Kings as well as Hatshepsut Temple but the absolute highlight was Karnak Temple - just unfortunate we couldn't spend longer at Karnak. Our guide, Mohammad, was fantastic, so knowledgeable and great at answering all of our questions, even from the kids. Food for lunch was average. The only drawback was the driving - our drivers travelled at 130km/hr for much of the trip and tailgated so much and also used their mobile phones while driving - certainly didn't feel safe - and they didn't really adjust when we asked them to slow down and not follow so closely.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Good value, excellent guide who looked after us completely and very informative knew his stuff , food was fab plenty of options with a roof top view of the Nile. The sights are a must see but be aware no photos allowed at The Valley of The Kings. June review take plenty of water.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2016
Great guide and amazing sights but the drive there is way too long 4 hours with that crazy traffic and all those security check points. I would've preferred to fly there.
• Submitted 28 Sep 2015

In Brief

Location:
Hurghada, Egypt
Country:
Egypt
Duration:
14 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver