The Valley of the Kings Tour from Marsa Alam is an extended version of the Luxor tour. It starts with a visit to the Karnak Temple, the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name ipet-isut means “the most sacred place”. The temple complex was built over 2000 years by generations of pharaohs. The Great Hypostyle Hall is an eerie forest of pillars.
After lunch at a restaurant by the Nile, a trip will take you to the west bank of this magnificent river to visit the two giant statues of Amenhotep III “Colossi of Memnon”. Then you will go to the Valley of the Kings. In this ancient nercopolis, you will be able to go inside three tombs (included in the price of the tour). You will also be able to visit the great temple of Hatshepsut. Dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh in ancient Egypt, this imposing temple rises from the desert plain into rows of terraces and mirages. Then we’ll take you to see the alabaster workshops where the Egyptians hand-manufacture their shop products.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Marsa Alam.
As organizers of the trip, we are obliged to obtain a permit from the tourist police to organize the trip. If there are any alarming signals, the police do not issue this permit. So far, over the course of several years, there have been only a few cancellations of a trip to Luxor, and each time has been related to the weather.
First of all, wear comfortable clothes. It is usually quite hot in Luxor (especially in summer), but it is also good to have something warmer with you for the coach journey. Falling asleep under the air conditioning can be cold. There are no requirements when it comes to covering your arms or legs to be able to visit ancient temples or tombs, but let's be moderate. It's good to have a delicate scarf that can cover your skin from the sun while sightseeing. It is worth to dress sporty, not provocatively, so as not to attract excessive attention of Egyptian sellers.
From Marsa Alam to Luxor (via Safaga) is about 480 km. But please keep in mind that the hotels in Marsa Alam area are spread over a very large area. For example from the hotels in the North like Albatros Sea World, Utopia, Lazuli in the North is about 360km, but from the hotel in the South like Wadi Lahmy El Azur to Luxor (via Safaga) is about 600km. We always go from Marsa Alam to Luxor through Safaga, because it is the safest, best quality way with phone coverage on most of the route.
The person who will pick you up knows your room number and should give it to you. If you had trouble understanding the room number, it will show you the room number on your phone. From your hotel in Marsa Alam, you are usually picked up by small buses (or limousine cars) that will take you to Safaga. In Safaga you change to the big bus.
That depends from the hotel. From the hotels in the North (Quseir) pick up time is around 4-5am, from the hotels in Port Ghalib around 3:30am, from the hotels around Marsa Alam city around 3am, from the hotels in the South around 2am.
Payment is made during the tour, after boarding the bus. You pay the resident who travels with you in the bus.