Plum9195This was the first Temple I visited on my trip to Egypt. There was so much to see and appreciate.You will want a tour guide with you if it is your first time because you will appreciate what you are seeing much more if you can understand what you are seeing. It is worth the cost and not too expensive because usually it includes pick up and drop off from the airport or your hotel. I did not realize that there would still be colors on the columns that I would be able to see, to imagine they are still this bright after thousands of years is just beyond belief. This is a must do, it is as good as the Great Pyramids, maybe even better.
浩天5288The Valley of the Kings of Egypt, the main mausoleum of Pharaohs and aristocrats from the 18th to 20th dynasties of ancient Egypt, was developed between 1539 and 1075 BC. With the help of scientists from Europe and the United States, 62 mausoleums have been developed. The valley of the kings is located on the west bank of the Nile River, 7km away from the shore, and is buried by 64 pharaohs from the 17 Dynasty to the 20 Dynasty. The largest of them is the tomb of Shati I of the 19th Dynasty, 210m horizontally from the entrance to the last chamber, 45m vertically descended, huge rock caves dug into underground palaces, walls and ceilings covered with frescos and decorated with magnificent, unimaginable decorations. Since photography is prohibited in the imperial valley, there are no pictures of the mausoleum, and the following pictures are the entrance to the imperial valley and the vista.
Plum9195Go at night to visit this famous temple in Luxor. It will be very crowded, but it will be cooler and the lights make everything very attractive. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes because the ground is uneven and you will want to make sure you do not slip. Going with a tour guide is recommended, they will be able to explain what you are seeing so you can fully appreciate the Temple. Reduced admission is available for Egyptian Citizens and students if they have an ID.This is a must do if you are in Egypt.
Plum9195The Nile River is even better than I imagined. Luxor is the start of many 3-5 night cruise's down the Nile. Most of the larger boats hold around 200 people the smaller Dahabiya about 12-18 people. The cruise usually goes from Luxor to Edfu to Aswan stopping to see sights along the way. It is a great way to relax and see the country side at the same time. Usually the cruise includes meals, guides and most admission fees to the major historical sites. Nile River Cruise is a great way to enjoy Egypt.
Plum9195This was such an interesting Temple built by a very interesting Queen. I will not spoil the story by telling it to you here, it is much better when you hear it while visiting the temple.You should have a guide to help you truly appreciate the history of the Temple. Usually the same guide that takes you to the Valley of the King's will take you to this Temple as well as they are very close to each other. The Polish people were instrumental in preserving this Temple and signage recognises this contribution. Seeing the actual tree stump of one of the trees brought back from a long ago trek was also mind-blowing. This was one of the most memorable sites we visited. Highly recommend.
fooler0809The statues of several kings are all sitting, their bodies are spliced together with huge stones, their faces are broken, and even a little sunken inward, which looks a bit funny. They are quietly placed on the lawn and are free to visit.