Arrive in Luxor
Details: West Bank of Luxor guided sightseeing tour
Luxor brings starry-eyed travelers, big-throated bazaar merchants, and scurrying urchins together in a cacophonous, energizing mix. The grand Temple of Ramses III once held boats used in sacred processions. In the Deir El Medina, the village where the construction workers for the enormous nearby temples lived, you can find ancient graffiti diary entries recording labor strikes, personal grudges, and romantic gossip.
Details: Valley of the Kings visit
Seeing earlier tombs robbed and violated, Egypt's kings began hiding their burial monuments in valleys surrounded by high hills. From about 1500 BC, dozens of tombs were sunk into this landscape, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamen and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Details: Colossi of Memnon
Rising 60 feet over the desert, the Colossi of Memnon once guarded a now-destroyed temple complex. (And you can guess how enormous the temple must have been if these statues were merely the entryway!) An earthquake in 27 BC left one of the colossi with a crack that whistled in the wind, making it a popular destination for ancient Roman tourists, including the emperor Hadrian.
Details: Nubian Village visit
Nubians are the peoples of northern Sudan and southern Egypt, believed to be the first human race on earth. Most of their customs and traditions were adopted by the ancient Egyptians. During your visit to a traditional village, see the way they have lived in many ways for thousands of years.