The next morning will be another early start that is well worth it. As the sun peeks over the desert horizon you will rise in a hot air balloon, floating across the Sahara at sunrise in an almost complete silence. Other than the occasional blast on the balloon’s jets, you will drift on a blanket of the utmost tranquility as you gaze down upon a landscape that changes color with the rising sun. It’s another of Egypt’s iconic experiences, a chance to absorb the soporific beauty of a landscape that has never been tamed. When you touch down it will still be fairly early in the morning, so you enjoy breakfast at a local cafe with your guide while you plan out a day on the West Bank of Luxor.
Ancient Egyptians believed that a setting sun symbolized the end of a life, so they buried their pharaohs and monarchs in tombs facing toward the west hidden in the mountains. Most hidings places did not evade looters, apart from Tutankhamen’s burial site, which was hidden beneath another tomb. You will set off beneath the stark valley walls and wander into the secrets of the past as each tomb holds the key to another period of Egyptian history. Your double entrance ticket will grant you access to a total of six tombs, a good number to explore the diversity on display.
Afterward, you will descend into the Tomb of Horemheb to admire the scenes that elegantly line the walls. Then, explore Tutankhamen’s tomb – it’s the most famous but not the most impressive – before you will visit two tombs that hardly see any daily visitors. The pharaohs of this world cover a history that is more than twice the age of the United States. Egypt is a legendary destination and one of the true wonders of the ancient world with its evocative sarcophagi, murals of plaster on limestone, and stories that defy what the mind can
contemplate. As you return to Luxor on this relaxed tour, you will stop at the Valley of the Queens, where Hatshepsut Temple is just another of the fabulous sites you will experience today.
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