When your ship docks at the Luxor port, explore ancient Egypt on this private half-day shore excursion along Luxor’s east bank of the Nile River. Explore two of Upper Egypt’s most impressive treasures -- the Karnak Temples and the Luxor Temple -- and learn about Egypt’s fascinating history from your expert Egyptologist tour guide. This private tour allows you to determine how much time to spend at each temple.
After you are picked up at the cruise port, begin your shore excursion at the Temples of Karnak on Luxor’s east bank of the Nile River. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your expert tour guide explains how its massive façade was constructed. Learn about the legacy left by each of the region’s various pharaohs who built the complex larger and larger. The deeper you go into the complex, the further back in time you'll travel -- the oldest ruins date back more than 3,000 years! Enter through the Great Court into the Great Hypostyle Hall and marvel at the 134 columns towering above you like an ancient forest. At the rear of the complex lies the Sacred Lake, where pharaohs and their offerings to the gods were once purified millennia ago. Enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before continuing to the next location. Travel south to the Luxor Temple, once joined to the Temples of Karnak by the Avenue of Sphinx. Dominated by statues of the great warrior Pharaoh Ramesses II, the founding pharaoh of Egypt’s 19th dynasty, this 1400 BC temple has survived countless Nile floods, foreign invasions and thousands of years exposed to harsh conditions. Admire the mysterious inner walls and columns adorned with intricate hieroglyphics, which your guide will help you decipher, and discover the temple’s intriguing history. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Luxor port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.