Riviera to relax & recharge — plus, gaze at millennia-old monuments during a daytrip to see pyramids, tombs & temples!The banks of the mighty Nile River are home to landmarks spanning 3,000 years, from the age of the pyramids to the Egyptian Empire. It’s one of the world’s greatest civilizations, and on this unforgettable DreamTrip, you’ll spend a full day experiencing some of these magnificent wonders!
Your tour starts driving northwest toward Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes. The historical sites in and around this city are as equally important as the beloved Giza pyramid complex. They comprise elaborate tombs and massive temples — such as Karnak, the second-largest religious site in the world — and other impressive UNESCO-protected monuments. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, known for an extensive necropolis where nobles, queens and kings — including the pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) — were buried with their riches in tombs cut deep into the rocky hills. Then, you’ll stop at Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of King Ramesses III, followed by the Colossi of Memnon with gigantic twin statues that have stood there for thousands of years. At Karnak temple complex, you’ll marvel at colossal columns, towering obelisks and a sacred lake. Your epic adventure ends at the Luxor temple complex, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient monuments! It features walls covered in relief carvings, statues of seated kings and a courtyard flanked by papyrus columns.
During your ample leisure time, take advantage of the fun activities available at your all-inclusive hotel on the Red Sea Riviera. Splash at the pool, play volleyball or snorkel at the beach. Or, browse at the shopping center, play at the water park or practice your swing at the on-site golf course. If you’re looking to get out and explore for a few hours, why not visit Hurghada’s many mosques and churches or the waterfront promenade, aquarium or fish market?
• Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, comprises several areas in and around Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Karnak temple complex and Luxor temple complex.
• King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. While most of the tombs were pillaged, this one remained untouched, and many of its legendary treasures — like his funeral mask — are on display in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
• While at Karnak, you can stand in the Great Hypostyle Hall — believed to be the largest room of any religious building in the world! — that features giant stone columns up to 80 feet (24 meters) high.
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