Day three of the Cairo and Dahabiya Nile Cruise will begin with a drive from your hotel to the airport for your short flight to Luxor. When you land in Luxor you will once again be met by your Egyptologist guide and a driver who will take you to visit the largest place of worship ever built, the magnificent Karnak Temple complex.
Ipet-isut is the ancient name for this temple and means “The Most Sacred of Places”. Karnak is actually a complex of temples that took more than two thousand years to complete. Generation after generation of Pharaohs worked on the complex. Enjoy a complete tour of the temple starting with the Hypostyle Hall which contains a virtual forest of giant pillars.
Next enjoy a casual lunch at a local restaurant before moving on to the Valley of the Kings. In the valley there are numerous magnificent tombs which are carved deep into the rock and filled with treasures and rich decorations to be used by the pharaohs in the afterlife.
Wrap up this day of sightseeing with the temple at El Deir El Bahary, a magnificent temple built for Queen Hatshepsut. She was the only female pharaoh and her temple rises from the plain in a series of terraces, and finally merges with the limestone cliffs around it.
Next you will transfer to Esna where you will board and spend the night on your Dahabiya river boat.