LUXOR AND SOMA BAY
Luxor and Soma Bay Tour
Days 1 - 11Soma Bay
Accommodation: 5*Bed & BreakfastAfter your flight from the UK you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Soma Bay for 11 nights.The hotel creates, with its surroundings made by hundreds of palm trees, an idyllic beachfront retreat. Golden sand, turquoise waters and the twin bays form the backdrop for a great spot for snorkelling and other water sports activities.Here you can relax on the beach, or get out onto the water straight away. Our Windsurf Centre is located right outside the Palm Royale and has ideal conditions for all levels, from beginner to the more advanced.
Day 11Luxor: Valley of the Kings
Accommodation: 5*Bed & Breakfast
After an early breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Soma Bay and driven through the desert to Luxor aiming to arrive into the Valley of the Kings before the hottest part of the day. You will be accompanied by an Egyptologist and guided through the fantastic Valley of the Kings. The valley is to the north of Hatshepsut's Deir El-Bahari temple. It was here that kings from 18th to 20th dynasties cut their tombs in the limestone cliffs. That was a long time after their ancestors abandoned the pyramid-shape tomb. The new shape tombs were more secure and deceived the tomb robbers although sadly, almost all tombs were robbed and stripped from their treasures.There are about 62 tombs scattered on the sides and branches of the valley. After a morning at the Valley of the Kings we will visit the Habu Temple. The chief temple was built by the Queen Hatshepsut and other constructions were added by other rulers.The last site of the day is the mighty Colossi of Memnon originally belonging to King Amenhotep III.
Days 12 - 13Karnak & Luxor Temples
Accommodation: 5*Bed & Breakfast
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and accompanied again by our Egyptologist. Today we will visit Karnak & the Luxor temples called Ipet-resit, or ‘Private Chambers to the South (of Amun)’. The temple of Luxor, some 260m (850 ft) long, was built by Amenophis III on the foundations of a previous religious structure, dating from the time of Queen Hatshepsut.The Queen also ordered the construction of six kiosks, at the stopping points of the sacred barque of Amun, along the original Eighteenth-Dynasty dromos, the sacred avenue that connected the temple of Luxor with the temple of Karnak. From the Eighteenth Dynasty on, the effigies of the sacred barges of Amun, Mut and Khonsu were sailed to the temple of Luxor along the course of the Nile. At the Festival of Opet, Amun of Karnak paid a visit to Amun of Luxor, also known as Amun-em-ipet, meaning ‘Amun-Who-Is-In His-Harem’, revitalizing the Amun of Luxor.On your last day in Egypt you will have a chance to relax by the pool in your hotel overlooking the Nile River, or pick up some last-minute souvenirs from the local bazaars.
Day 14Return to the UK
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Hurghada airport, ready for your onward flight back to the UK.
5* PALM ROYALE ABU SOMA, SOMA BAYThe Palm Royale (formerly the InterContinental Soma Bay) creates, with its surroundings made by hundreds of palm trees, an idyllic beachfront retreat. Golden sand, turquoise waters and the twin bays form the backdrop for a great spot for snorkelling and other water sports activities. The aquarium, Giftun Island, Safaga and historic Luxor make i...
5* SHERATON, SOMA BAYThe dramatic architecture of this Resort is inspired by Luxor's magnificent Karnak Temple, blending the splendors of Ancient Egyptian architecture with the comforts of modern amenities, the Resort is situated on 800 meters of natural sand beach and famous for the spectacular temperature controlled swimming pool. Tranquil and seclud...