Nile cruise operators generally include 10 excursions in the price of the cruise, and while there are slight variations between the different operators, they are selected from the following list. If any of these excursions are a ‘must see’ for you, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will let you know which Nile cruises will include them. Click on the following link to see some photos of these great places. The following video shows some of the excursions around Luxor.
Valley of the Kings
Situated on the west bank of the Nile, the tombs of many Pharaohs are situated here, including those of Tutankhamen and several Ramses. The Valley of the Kings is a World Heritage Site.
Valley of the Queens
Situated on the west bank of the Nile, it contains around 80 tombs of the wives of the Pharaohs.
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Built around 1480 BC, for one of the most successful female pharaohs, the temple is situated on the opposite side of the Nile to Luxor. There is a 100 foot causeway leading to the temple, which consists of 3 terraced courtyards covered in sculptural reliefs.
Temple of Karnak
This is an enormous complex of three main temples, dedicated to the Theban gods Mut, Montu and Amun, with other smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The site is about 3km from Luxor.
Temple of Luxor
Built on the east bank of the Nile, it was dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut and Chons.
Colossi of Memnon
These two massive stone statues of Amenhotep III were originally built c3,400 years ago to stand guard outside his memorial temple, but the statues are basically all that are left now.
This is the Mortuary temple of Ramesses III, and is situated on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, about 4 miles from the Valley of the Kings.
Temple of Horus
Situated at Edfu beside the Nile, it was buried under sand and silt for 2,000 before being rediscovered and unearthed. It is huge and almost intact, with a massive gateway and two hypostyle halls beyond. Some red and blue decoration is still showing on the columns, and there are beautiful black granite statues of the god.
Temple of Esna
Esna is situated on the West bank of the Nile, about 35 miles from Luxor, and the Temple is dedicated to the triad of Khnum, Neith and Heka.
Temple at Kom Ombo
This is a fascinating double temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus the Elder and the crocodile god Sobek. It was completed in 30BC and had beautifully cared columns decorated with the papyrus plant symbolising Lower Egypt (the Nile Delta) and the lotus representing Upper Egypt.
Temple of Philae
Situated south of Aswan, it was relocated to the Island of Agilika when the High Dam was built in the 1960’s. The main building is the monumental Temple of Isis which displays a mixture of ancient Egyptian and Graeco-Roman architecture.
Aswan High Dam
Built between 1960 and 1970, it is over 2 miles long and provides power and irrigation for the whole of Egypt. You will have the opportunity to wander about on the top and view the Nile on one side and Lake Nasser on the other side.
These traditional wooden sailing boats are great for a relaxing trip on the Nile in Aswan, although this could be replaced with a motor boat ride.
Situated in the old granite quarries near Aswan, the unfinished obelisk would have been about 41 metres high, and over 1,250 tonnes in weight. It was to have been erected for Queen Hatshepsut, but cracks developed in it, so it was never removed from the rock.
There are a number of optional excursions which can be booked and paid for while on your Nile cruise. For more information follow the link Nile Cruise Included Excursions