“For me, my physical engagement with each site, tomb, temple and monument in Luxor was really thrilling. This was my first visit to Luxor and exceeded all that I thought I would experience.
I’ve been to the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and seen many Egyptian artefacts. Nothing I’ve seen compares with being in the environment and location where each piece was made, built, decorated, carved and displayed. The week in Luxor was the highlight of my travels through the world.
I enjoyed walking in the desert valleys, seeing the scenery and feeling the sand, going into tombs, experiencing the change of light, temperature and being dazzled by the depictions of rituals and spells and history, life stories on the tunnel walls, columns and ceilings of the chambers. Nefertari’s tomb was exceptionally beautifully decorated and I was amazed by it and the sound in the two side chambers. Ay’s tomb in the Western Valley was a very special experience.
I was intrigued by the columns in the temples at Luxor, and it took quite a while for me to work out what each capital represented, the lotus or papyrus and how the careful fluting of the columns depicts bundles of papyrus stems. I was enchanted by the mortuary temples of Rameses III, Seti I and Hatshepsut and all the images on the walls.
Karnak with the avenue of sphinxes, the pylons, obelisks and stele, temples and halls jammed with columns was fascinating. I liked Akhenaten’s tiny little niche. I liked Luxor museum and the national museum in Cairo.
I enjoyed crossing the Nile… and our sunset picnic on the water. Our dinners on the rooftop at the hotel were fun and so were our other evening meals out.
I would have liked to spend more time in Giza and see more temple ruins.
I would really like to join GnT again and go on another Luxor journey.”
Hilary: Luxor 2018
“Fantastic trip guys. Met awesome people on the tour and got a real feel of Egypt. Luxor beats Cairo hands down! Although speed crawling up and down the steep inside of the Great Pyramid was a high of the tour.”
Brett: Luxor 2018
“Thinking back on the trip. What an unbelievable experience. Waited 37 years to do the trip. Worth waiting to do it the right way. Ted’s knowledge of hieroglyphics and love for temples and Gavin’s knowledge and love of the tombs was an excellent combination. Combine this with the best local operator I have ever met, must surely be the recipe for an unbelievable and tailor-made experience anyone could ask for.
1. The Nile remains unbeaten. Every Nile crossing was special and the sunset trip was something that cannot be explained.
2. Valley of the Kings – no museum anywhere in the world can describe or give a sense of the grandeur, the workmanship and size of the tombs. Going into the tombs has ruined any display or museum for me. There is just no substitute for the real thing. It is very difficult to believe that these magnificent tombs were closed and sealed once the king had passed on, for no one ever to see again.
3. Nefertari – Valley of the Queens. – incredible.
4. Karnak – hypostyle hall. Impressive, so much history.
5. Hatshepsut, sheer size just magnificent.
6. Motor bikes are a must. So much fun and felt like a local.
7. Lunch and cold drinks out at the Western valley.
Loved Medinet Habu. The local restaurant across the road was outstanding and became our second home. Excellent food and hospitality.
I thought the food was fantastic. Put on 4kg with all the walking and water included.
The Luxor pass made it very easy getting into all the venues.
Enjoyed the company of the fellow travelers.
The overall experience will remain a very long lasting memory. Not sure I would change anything. Worked well for me.
Shukran – ila al’likaa”
Andrew: Luxor 2018