SeaDream has arranged an incredible full day adventure to Luxor. We have included an extremely comprehensive Land Adventure that we are absolutely certain you will enjoy. Luxor has often been called the world’s greatest open air museum, as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Actually, what most people think of as Luxor is really three different areas, consisting of the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset, which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor. Karnak Temple: The immense Karnak Temple was started in the 11th Dynasty and expanded through to the 25th Dynasty - a span of 1,300 years. Amazingly, the temple lay buried in the sand for more than 1,000 years before it was excavated in the mid-19th century. Restoration is still being carried out on the site today. Luxor Temple: Luxor Temple was started to be constructed around 1400 BCE by Pharaoh Amenophis 3, who also depicted on the two Colossis of Memnon. Ramses 2 added large parts to the temple more than 100 years later. The fact that the Temple of Luxor only has two major construction periods has contributed to a more coherent style and layout than what was the case with the Temple of Amun at Karnak. The Temple of Luxor was dedicated to the Theban Triad, the three gods Amun-Min, Mut and Khonsu (the two latter had their respective temples at Karnak). Mut was Amun-Min's wife, and Khonsu their son. The temples at Karnak and the Temple of Luxor were connected by an impressive avenue, flanked with grand sphinxes on both sides. Valley of the Kings: The Valley of the Kings, or Wadi el-Muluk in Arabic, is a valley in Egypt where tombs were built for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom, the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Kings also had tombs for the favorite nobles and the wives and children of both the nobles and pharaohs. Around the time of Ramesses I (ca. 1300 BC) the Valley of the Queens was begun, although some wives were still buried with their husbands. Queen Hatshepsut Temple Hatshepsut was the daughter of Thutmosis I, the wife (probable half-sister) and Queen of Thutmosis II and step-mother and co-regent of Thutmosis III. She was Pharaoh, and was pictured as such in her mortuary temple and other monuments. She ruled for twenty-two year. When she died, Thutmosis III supervised her burial in the Valley of the Kings. In the years after her reign, her successors defaced the temple and monuments, selectively removing her name or replacing it with their own. It is not known if Thutmosis III ordered the actual defacement out of anger at her assumption of power. There is some archeological evidence that the defacement took place 20 years after her death, a long time to hold a grudge. Thutmosis III ruled for thirty-three years in his own right. Colossi & Memnon The two huge figures of Amenhotep III were set up in front of his Mortuary temple which most probably was destroyed for unknown reasons. These two colossi are made of sandstone which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus including the pedestal and the crown is about 21 M in height. The Greeks named them after the Trojan hero Memnon who was killed by Achilles.
Notes: As you can see, we have included all of the sites possible on this full day adventure. Please dress comfortably and drink plenty of water. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard.
Port: Safaga, Egypt
Duration: 10 hours
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