Cultural Experience

Shorelines steeped in antiquity. Discover the less-traveled

Upper Egypt, where Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel are located, gets its name from the fact that it lies upstream from Cairo and the Nile Delta. Since the Nile flows from south to north, Upper Egypt lies in Egypt’s southern regions. Upper and Lower Egypt were unified more than 5,000 years ago, ushering in the Pharaonic dynasties and successive eras of Egyptian greatness.

Enjoy Special Access
Certain tombs on Luxor’s west bank require special permission, and we’ve obtained permits for some of the most remarkable ones on your behalf. You’ll enjoy privileged access to:

Tutankhamon’s tomb, which was piled floor to ceiling with treasures
that are now on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The tomb of Seti I, closed for many years but extensively
restored and recently reopened on a very limited basis, by special
permit. It is one of the finest and most colorful tombs in all of Egypt.

The tomb of Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses II, located in the Valley of the Queens. Ramses spared nothing in depicting Nefertari’s
beauty. This tomb, open to only a few visitors each day, has colors so vivid they could have been painted yesterday.

Highlights of our journey include:

  • The Temple of Amon at Karnak, a site of unimaginable size where over thousands of years kings built temples, shrines, obelisks, statues and more
  • Exquisite Luxor Temple, situated along the banks of the Nile
  • The Valley of the Kings, where some of Egypt’s greatest built their tombs underground, and where the wall paintings include some of the most brilliant of Egypt’s artistic accomplishments. This is the location of Tutankhamun’s tomb, famously discovered by Howard Carter in 1922
  • The Valley of the Queens, where some tombs retain their vivid colors
  • Hatshepsut’s Temple, built by the most notable female pharaoh, set dramatically against a sandstone cliff

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