Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples

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Private Tour: Luxor East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples
from USD $70.46
Take a half-day private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. You'll see two of the most impressive temples in Upper Egypt - Karnak and Luxor, while learning about ancient Egyptian history from your own personal guide.
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In Brief

Luxor, Egypt
3 hours


Private guide for a more personalized experience
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Led by a qualified Egyptologist
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
Start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. On entering the Temples of Karnak you will see each legacy left by the various pharaohs as the complex grew even larger. The deeper you go into the complex, the further back in time you will travel, with the oldest ruins dating back over 3,000 years.

Walking through the Great Court into the Great Hypostyle Hall, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the 134 columns towering above you like an ancient forest. At the rear of the complex you will find the sacred lake where centuries ago pharaohs and their offerings to the gods were purified. After a tour of the complex, you will have additional free time to explore at leisure.

Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometer long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Dominated by statues of the great warrior pharaoh Ramses II, Luxor Temple has survived Nile floods, foreign invasion and thousands of years exposed to the elements.

A pure Egyptian temple, the inner walls and columns are decorated with intricate hieroglyphics which your guide will help you decipher. Find out how Alexander the Great wrote himself into Luxor Temple's history, and see one of the original pair of obelisk, the second of which now stands on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the temples during the tour.


  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans
  • Entry/Admission - Luxor Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Karnak
  • Entry/Admission - Avenue of Sphinxes


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Departure Point

Centrally located Luxor hotels or Luxor Port

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

You cannot go to Egypt and not see Karnak and Luxor Temples. Hotel pickup went smoothly. I'm not sure it's always the case, but we had a private guide all to ourselves.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
This was a great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2018
Highly recommend this tour. Great way to explore on your own or with the guide.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2018
Fantastic guide with a passion for the history of these wonderful places. Can't wait to go back.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
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.
• Submitted 07 Nov 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.
• Submitted 06 Oct 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
• Submitted 06 Oct 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!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
• Submitted 25 Mar 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.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2017
Fantastic! Youla, our tour guide is the best!
• Submitted 29 Mar 2016
Awesome! Tour was great, learned a lot and our for guide was hisam is very smart and knowledgable. Loved it!
• Submitted 13 Nov 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.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2015
Recommended, great stuff
• Submitted 18 May 2015
You can't go to Luxor and miss these temples, and our guide Michael was punctual, knowledgable, and friendly. He was completely professional and even gave us as much time as we needed for photos after the tours. Book with confidence.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2015
This tour was amazing. Spectacular is the only word to use to describe it. Our guide Adel had a passion for the history and brought it to life. A real highlight of our trip.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
Tour guide was very thorough and honest with the tour and was extremely friendly, would highly recommend to friends.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
Yolanda was an enthusiatic and very knowledgeable guide. My driver Tony was courteous, friendly and skilled. It was an excellent tour.
• Submitted 02 Jul 2014
Amazing places! Could be done without a guide but you would miss out on the intricacies of the details of history.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2014
the most amazing temple in Luxor. I never felt so small in my life compared to these pillars. it was a breath taking experience to be honest. a must see in Luxor.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2014
I think Karnak temple is one of the most amazing sites in the world equal only to the Mayan ruins in Copan. I preferred Karnack temple to Luxor - it is a very special place with amazing energy.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2013
Easily the most enjoyable tour my wife and I had in our time in Egypt. And it was mainly because of our guide Adel. He is a wonderful ambassador for his country. He is quick, witty, funny, personable, intelligent and everything in between. His first-hand knowledge and stories while guiding us through Karnak and Luxor temples really enhanced our visit. Karnak Temple is easily the most amazing thing I have seen in my life. Simply astonishing. A must for anyone visiting Egypt. Thank you again, Adel!
• Submitted 26 May 2013
A wonderful tour and an informative guide. 1st class
• Submitted 27 Jul 2012
Private tour is the way to see these temples. You gain so much more knowledge from a one on one experience and you are allowed to spend a little more time in areas that interest you
• Submitted 06 Apr 2012

In Brief

Luxor, Egypt
3 hours


Private guide for a more personalized experience
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Led by a qualified Egyptologist
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included