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“My unforgettable trip to magical place of Karnak & Luxor”

Egypt Tours Portal Day Trips
Ranked #10 of 281 Outdoor Activities in Hurghada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: "Egypt Tours Portal" has concentrated its efforts for offering travel services of the highest quality, combining our energy and enthusiasm with our years of experience. We are specialists in arranging: Day trips from all Egypt cities, Shore excursions from all the Egyptian ports, travel packages and Nile cruises. Our consultants have many years of experience in designing unique Egypt travel programs according to your taste and budget. All you have to do is tell us what would you like to do and we will arrange everything for you.
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is the first time that I have visited Egypt and I can tell you I was very suspicious about it at the beginning.
However, it was always one of my biggest dreams. And trip like this just make it real and so special.

I haven`t got slightest concern about my safety throughout whole trip and whole experience was simple, relaxing, historical and very educational.
Beauty and weight of history just added more magic and admiration to this incredible culture.
Booking process was simple and fast - with assisting with quick respond to inquires about trip straight away through e-mails. My whole program was clearly described with marking main spots of interest - so you will get rough idea or the picture of where you actually going in which day.

I was picked up from my Hurghada resort (what was already decided before trip through e-mails) very early in morning by private air conditioned car. Driver was very pleasant and smiling plus he offered my a bottle of cold water - a nice gesture, I think.
From the first I felt worried and kind of blind - not knowing where am I going but friendliness and easy-going of a driver makes my very relax and safe.
He was very down to earth hard working type of person and I had a good laugh with him. On the other hand he introduced me with reality of nowadays Egypt without picaresque fairy tales and legends. He explained simple stuffs like check ups on the roads, town and villages we past through, local food, customs and habits or environment generally. I like his honesty and truthfulness.
Maybe he found it funny but he always respectfully answered all of my silly questions for what i am giving him a credit.

When we get to fantastic Karnak Temple I met my guide Mr Omar Khalifa.
I couldn't wish to have better guide than this one. Friendly, easy-going, funny, wise, educated, speaks very good English with perfect attention to detail and astonishing knowledge of Ancient Egypt history.
I was well looked after throughout whole trip and straight upon arrival I was offered water and some treats.
We find a shadowy place under the palms where Omar explained my 2-day trip.
He advised me to add to my trips couple of extra sites worth to be seen and a special hot-air balloon experience for what I could not be more grateful.
I was perfectly satisfied and less nervous - plus I was overwhelmed of his very good knowledge of Egyptology what unroll throughout all sites that we visited.
He physically pointed out and show me all what I ask for and battle with my good knowledge of Egypt quite well.
Omar explains basic and main facts what help me understand whole point of view.
He strongly enriched my knowledge of Egypt and awake forgotten stuff.
But what I was most surprised of, was his astonishing attention to detail!!
He even knew about secret travellers graffiti hidden on one of the many columns in Karnak temple.
He was so nice to show me that small little detail, for what I was so keen to see, and because I could n`t find it he returned back with me with no problem. Such a nice thing to do. He took pictures of me, too.
Trip was set up to met all my needs and it did. On each site Omar guide me through pointing out the best of the best and historical and cultural changes reflected in architecture and after going through whole complex he always give me plenty of time to went through each site by myself what I find completely brilliant and great !

After Karnak I had nice ride through Nile, meeting locals in Banana Island with their pet crocodile.
We visited papyrus and alabaster workshops with such a nice and hard working people working there using only ancient techniques to make their products supported by government which I can buy straight away there - so my souvenir task was done there with an ease of my mind it wasn't fake.

What followed was just fulfilment of my dreams and I enjoy it completely!

After relax and time for myself in nearby hotel I was picked up for my evening Luxor Temple experience.
I strongly recommend to visit Luxor during the night. You are sort of taken in time.
Site looks completely different and magical with evening lights makings statues and paintings alive. All is mystical and you feel heaviness of the time and history.
Singing from the mosque added to atmosphere and Omar gave me extra time for exploring hidden corners of this gem.
Next day was supreme.
I was blown away by my hot-air balloon experience. I was speechless.
Although waking up very early to be taken with a group of people through the Nile to west bank it was worth everything!
We been offered a nice cup of black tea what awaken all your senses. Next thing what you see is this red hot tongues of flames pumping up this massive balloon rising up and piercing darkness around you - unbelievable
This was the most spectacular experience in my life - highlight of whole trip!
It was so beautiful!
Scenery of whole Valley of the Kings with my favourite extraordinary Temple of
Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari, than complexes of Deir el-Medina, Ramesseum and Colossi of Memnon as you see it from above was just AMAZING!!
All this was happening with sun rising behind your back and blood line of Egypt - River Nile - coiling below you with this long strip of greenery dividing land of life from line of death with this yellow sandy rocky colour of desert in front of you.
Sky quickly turn light blue without a single cloud with golden disk rising in the east while dozens of colorful balloons dotting sky around you - fantastic scenery!!!
For person like me to see these architectural wonders, temples and historical complex up from above was priceless. From above you get the whole picture and understanding. The scale of it all will certainly hit you.
We safely landed in the fields in front of Colossi and everyone was given a commemorative certificate by Captain personally.

Omar was already waiting there ready for my next chapter - planning - spot on.

We stopped briefly at Colossi and continued to Valley of the Kings - site famous by its own right. You are taken to valley by little shuttle and than I entered to 3 extraordinary and beautiful tombs.
I can`t describe my feelings at that moment - historical value of the place was overwhelming and unbelievable silence just lift your spirit and soul. I certainly had a feeling that I just visited sacred place.
You cannot take photographs (:( ) and I went down the tombs by my own what left you a bit vulnerable to locals in the tombs begging for tips plus I could n`t wonder around rest of the Valley - what left me a bit disappointed but we had busy schedule ahead.
Next thing, I was driven to Deir el-Bahari - to the beautifully reconstructed Temple complex of Queen pharaoh Hatshepsut.
This was one of my many peaks of the day, too. Temple is my favourite and surprisingly modern. Always wanted to see this wonder. Overprotective mountain around it, like a theatre, will left you feel very little against it. Place was very nice and full of hidden messages and paintings - spectacular.

After that I visited Deir el Medina - fantastically preserved ancient workers village where I descent to two incredible tombs of nobles - I never seen such colorful paintings in my life. Just beautiful and so realistic - left you speechless.

Mr Omar was great throughout whole time - patient, very friendly, acceptable and honest. He must seen my over excitement so he decided that we will quickly visit a Ramesseum, yet another spectacular site. Can`t be more please with such trip and guide person as Mr Omar. - Thank You!!

Again, Omar is really welcoming, speaking perfect English, a qualified Egyptologist, looking after your best interest at every turn! Please request this guy as your guide and you won't be disappointed.

I honestly can't recommend Egypt Tours highly enough. I am very pleased and satisfied I arrange with them and if I decide to go again I will definitely go through them again.
Valley of the Kings, Karnak & Luxor certainly didn't disappoint me - they surprise me!! These are wonderful places to visit and I still cannot believe that my dreams come true and I seen those places in real!!
Egypt certainly is magical country with its gems from ancient times with abnormal historical value and preserved beauty.
Those monuments do deserve our respect and protection because they are even more beautiful when you see them by you own eyes.

It's SO SO worth a visit! If you're coming, choose Egypt Tours as your holiday of a lifetime!

1  Thank Kadesh555
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I had always dreamed of visiting Egypt since I was a kid. We booked to visit Hurghada for a week in October but felt like we couldn't come to Egypt without seeing some of the history.

Egypt Yours Portal made the whole experience easy to book online with private car picking us up at the hotel and driving us to Luxor.

We saw so many beautiful sights and had a fantastic day out! The cherry on the cake was our tour guide Hagar who was so well-informed and passionate about Egypt and it's history. She really has made the day come alive for us!

Thank you Hagar and Egypt Tours Portal

1  Thank Neil C
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Let me just start by saying that Egypt is safe! There wasn't one moment at all that I didn't feel safe in my week long adventure. I spent four days with my first guide, Omar, visiting the city's of Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. He was very informative and looked out for me the entire time. He really made me feel welcomed while being so far away from home. My last two days I spent in Cairo with Muhammad, who was also very knowledgeable with Egypt's ancient history. I couldn't have asked for two better guides. Bringing home quality gifts for my friends and family was very important to me. They both made sure they kept locals from away from me who try to sell u cheap things, and only took my to where the good stuff is made. At the shops they took me I was also shown differences between fake stuff and how make the real quality work, so it was also very educational when I shopped. Please don't let the recent Vegas incident scare you from visiting Egypt. With guides like Omar and Muhammad, you will never feel safer! The hotels I was arranged to stay in were all 5 star hotels and much better than the typical motel 6 I'm used to staying in the states. Also their currency has currently lost its value so every thing was very affordable. This also allowed me to tip the locals graciously and they really loved me for it. Do yourself a favor and please visit Egypt, at least once in your life, it is a beautiful country and extremely safe. You can not go wrong with Egypt Tour Portal and their amazing guides, Omar and Muhammad!

1  Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We were picked up on time from our hotel in Hurghada (Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort). Made it to the airport for transfers to Cairo. When we arrived in Cairo our tour guide Muhammid greeted us and escorted us to our vehicle. To our surprise, we were taking a tour on a religious holiday, so the traffic was smooth. We visited Mosque on the way to the museum, we were able to take pictures and video. On our arrival to the museum, it was crowded, but we didn't have to wait long to enter. Inside was magical with so much history, statues, and stories of the egyptians. We took many pictures and videos and took in a lot of information. We were able to visit both floors in time and had extra time to spare. With the extra time we took a boat tour on the Nile River, where we listened to the waves and soft music and took a deserving nap..lol. After the Nile River boat tour (40 min) we went to a jewlery shop to pick out souvenirs (cartouche pendents) then to eat lunch. Then we finally made it to the Pyramids (so exciting) At the site of the pyramids our tour guide advised us on picture taking of the camels and people (They will charge you) and of the not so real antiques they were selling. We took many pictures and video. We were guided to the Great Pyramid, Sphinx Pyramid and some tombs (A very steep climb down, but fun). When we were done, we returned to Jewelry shop to pick up pendents and proceeded to a shop where they made portraits from Papyrus paper. From here we went to a Perfume shop (by this time we were exhausted so we didn't purchase anything) and then made it back to the airport on time. The entire trip was very accommodating considering that my mom has a disability with walking. The tour guide walked every step arm in arm with my mom. And the driver made sure to drive us a close as possible to the sites. Overall our experience was informative and FUN!

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

An early start to an unforgettable day. 5:30 pick up from our hotel, who provided breakfast bags for our journey, with a private car and driver. This made the 3 hour journey enjoyable and relaxing. We arrived in Luxor to meet our Egyptologist guide for the day, Ashraf Sayed. He greeted us with cold bottles of water and refreshments, which in the heat was amazing. He spoke fluent English and throughout the entire trip he was pointing out historical sights and his knowledge about them, as he is a qualified Egyptologist. He was incredibly patient as the heat made the day rather tricky, but he did this at our pace, not his own. We began in Valley of the Kings, going to four tombs. We then went to Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnom and then had lunch overlooking the Nile. After that we had a private boat trip down the Nile, ending the day with Karnak Temple. Everything was indescribable, and made better by Ashraf explaining each destination in great detail. Our driver then drove to the other side of the Nile, whilst we had lunch, ready to meet us and saving us sitting in the car as it was a lengthy drive. I would highly recommend this tour and don’t get put off by the ‘unsafe’ rumours as you are missing out on the delights or Egypt.

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