LUXOR EXPLORER
 
A week in Luxor with a rare chance to enter ‘The Lost Tomb’ KV5, closed to the general public. We have arranged a special permit to enter this vast tomb built for the sons of Ramesses II. We also include tickets for the tomb of Nefertari in the Queens' Valley and Seti I in the Kings' Valley. This one week tour based at The Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, takes an in depth look at Ancient Thebes. Escorted throughout by top guide Medhat Saad
 
 
Day 1 – Monday 18th November 2019
We fly London Heathrow to Luxor and on arrival take our private transfer and check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for seven nights on room and breakfast basis.
 
Day 2 – Tuesday 19th Nov - Welcome to Luxor
This morning we have arranged a meeting in the conference room at the hotel where we have light refreshments and a guest speaker from the Ministry of Antiquities will give us latest news on recent developments in Thebes. After a lunch break we will head off to the Temple of Amun at Karnak. First to the Mut Temple where we see many statues in the form of Sekhmet, a sacred lake and the small Ramesses III temple.   On to Karnak itself, the world's largest temple complex. We have an in depth tour of the site including the main elements but also the more out of the way hidden gems, including the newly restored Khonsu Temple.  We visit the Open-Air Museum to see the lovely White Chapel, the Alabaster Chapel and of course the reconstructed Red and White Chapels of Hatshepsut. Plenty of time to photograph and explore this amazing site. (B)
 
Day 3 – Wednesday 20th Nov - Seti I and KV5
We take our private launch and cross the Nile to join our vehicle for the short ride to the Valley of The Kings.  We have tickets for entrance to three tombs of your own choosing of those open on the day. We also include a ticket to the wonderful tomb of Seti I but a real highlight will be our special permit entry to KV5, the tomb for the sons of Ramesses II. This massive tomb is still being excavated and surveyed by the Theban Mapping Project. This is a rare chance to enter this incredible tomb. Time to relax over lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant before we  enter the New Kingdom officials tombs at Khokha. Finally to Dra’ Abul Naga to enjoy the brightly coloured tombs of Roy and Shuroy. (BL)
 
Day 4 – Thursday 21th Nov - Nefertari
This morning we return to the West Bank and this time the Valley of the Queens. We have included  tickets for entrance to the wonderful tomb of Nefertari and there will be time to enter the tombs of the Princes. Next Medinet Habu, the huge Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III before we take lunch at Moon Valley restaurant. This afternoon we spend time at Deir el Bahri and have a thorough tour of Hatshepsut’s  Temple set in the cliffs of the Theban Hills. We also take time to view the Colossi of Memnon. (BL)
 
Day 5 – Friday 22nd Nov  - Lunch on the Nile
A relaxing start to our Friday as we board our traditional felucca and enjoy lunch while sailing along the Nile. A magical time for cameras and binoculars with time to birdwatch and enjoy a quieter pace of life sailing through the lush green Nile Valley. After a break at the hotel we visit Luxor Temple and  Luxor Museum. (BL)
 
Day 6 – Saturday 23rd Nov - The road South
After breakfast we plan to head south and our first visit will be to the ancient city of Nekheb, el Kab. We enter the 18th Dynasty tombs of Ahmose and Pahery and the small temple built for Hathor and Nekhebet.  Next, we visit the Temple of Khnum at Esna village. This once buried temple is in the process of being cleaned and restored and has a lovely Hypostyle Hall. On our return journey we stop at the rarely visited site of the Temple of Montu at el Tod. Dating back to the 5 th Dynasty most of what we now see on site dates to the New Kingdom. We return to our hotel late afternoon. We have a lunch box from the Winter Palace today. (BL)
 
Day 7 – Sunday 24th Nov - The Workers’ Village
We cross the Nile and head to Deir el Medina where we see the village homes of the workmen who built the grand tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We can enter the well preserved small but colourful private tombs of the craftsmen and artisans. Time to walk to the nearby Ptolemaic temple and the ‘Great Pit’. On to the Nobles Tombs where we view the colourful tomb of Sennefer, known as the ‘Tomb of Vines’ due to its extraordinary painted ceiling, and the tomb of Vizier Rekhmire.  We enter the tomb of Governor of Thebes, Ramose, featuring both classical and Amarna-style reliefs followed by the tombs of Userhat and Khaemhat.  We have lunch at Moon Valley before visiting the Ramesseum, Mortuary Temple of Ramesses the Great. (BL)
 
Day 8 – Monday 25th November 2019
This morning we take our transfer to the airport for our direct EgyptAir flight to London Heathrow arriving early afternoon. (B)
 
(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
 

LUXOR EXPLORER

 

DEPARTURE DATE: Monday 18th November 2019

TOUR CODE: AWLE 181119

 

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