Day 6. Luxor – Cairo OR the Red Sea

Overnight – Le Meridien Cairo Airport

You have the option of a very early start in the morning for a balloon ride over Ancient Thebes – you will need to inform us about your preference while finalizing your reservation.

Your destination this morning is the incredible Karnak Temple Complex. Occupying about 200 acres, the Karnak Temple and its structures are purported to be the largest religious complex ever to be built.

Construction of the first parts started about 5000 years ago, and continued over the reign of about 30 Pharaohs. The site is made up of four parts, out of which only the largest part, the Precinct of Amun-Re, is open to the public. This is the second most visited site in Egypt after the Giza Pyramids. Experience the hundreds of ancient structures, including the awe-inspiring Great Hypostyle Hall, a 50,000 square foot Hall with 134 massive beautifully carved pillars. 122 of these pillars are 33 feet tall, while the other 12 are 69 feet high and almost 10 feet in diameter.

After your exploration of the Karnak Complex, you will return to your historical hotel to freshen-up, after which you are assisted with your check-out before breaking for lunch.

Please note that most outbound international flights from Cairo depart in the early morning. This itinerary assumes that you will fly back to Cairo in the late afternoon or early evening. Listed below are two really nice museums that you can explore, or your Egyptologist Guide will suggest experiences based on your preferences.

The Mummification Museum offers great information on this ancient Egyptian process, along with many more fascinating exhibits. The process of mummification, and the materials used in the process, are displayed in detail. The mummies on display include the 3000 plus year old mummy of Masaharta, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes. There are also mummies of cats, fish and crocodiles.

The Luxor Museum has a lot fewer treasures than the abundance of exhibits found in Cairo’s museums, but the quality of the artifacts that they display is unsurpassed, including amazing pieces from the Karnak Temple Complex. The displays are widely spaced and identified very well with clear signage.

You will be driven to Luxor airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Cairo. Arrive at Cairo and collect your baggage, after which your Tour Director will accompany you to your in-terminal hotel and assist you with your check-in. Bid farewell to your Tour Director at this time.