It was the holiday of a lifetime, the number 1 dream holiday destination ever since I was a kid. Becoming a Tomb Raider in Egypt was certainly worth the wait.
Pictures from our trip to Egypt which included a week in Luxor to do all the tourist things like visiting Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, King Tutankhamun, Valley of The Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Pyramids at Giza, Cairo, Colossi of Memnon, Sphinx, Rameses. Also a week on the red sea resort of Hurghada. Fantastic, money well spent. Apart from the pharaohs revenge….
Karnak Temple – Karnak is the largest temple complex in the world. Situated near Luxor, the site comprises of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, avenue of sphinxes, Hypostyle Hall and other ancient artefacts. The site is over 100 hectares in size and can also be viewed at night time with a spectacular sound and light show.
Coloured Hieroglyphics still remain on ceiling points of Karnak Temple.
Hypostyle Hall comprising of 134 columns, some were 24 meters high.
Avenue of ram headed sphinxes. This would connect Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple.
Karnak is a massive open air museum.
Sam inside Karnak Temple, precinct of Amun Ra.
The carvings at Hypostyle Hall are still clear after thousands of years although colour has been lost.
Karnak Temple entrance
Highlighted carvings displayed during Light & Sound show.
Valley of the Kings – Very hot. No wonder you were there by 7 in the morning. Had the opportunity to go in to 3 different tomb’s. Also got to see Tutankhamun in his own tomb and the entrance to tomb KV63, the first tomb to be discovered since King Tut by Howard carter in 1923 which had only been discovered earlier in the year (Feb 2006).
Sam at Valley Of The Kings. No wonder it took years to find, its in the middle of the mountains in the desert.
Sam outside the information board for King Tutankhamun.
Luxor Temple – Another large temple complex known as the southern shrine. Amenhotep III built Luxor Temple with later additions made by Ramesses II who built the entrance pylon and several obelisks.
Massive stone head at the entrance to Luxor Temple.
Engraved hieroglyphic carvings
Ramesses II. He gets everywhere. Biggest statues, biggest engravings and biggest tomb.
Roman graffiti at Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple entrance
Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx – It is impossible to scale the Pyramids against any building you know, they are massive and dominate the area. Had a chance to go inside the 2nd pyramid, Pyramid of Khafre, some tough steep climbs inside to see a massive stone sarcophagus. Be sure to visit Khufu”s ship inside the museum by the pyramid.
Sam & I at the Pyramid of Khafre, the second larger pyramid.
Sphinx and Pyramid view
The Great Pyramid. Also called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops
Looking up at the Pyramid of Khafre, the second largest pyramid.
Sam and Nick
The Great Sphinx
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut – Travelling with the tourist police armed with machine guns to see Hatshepsut’s Temple. Guess they don’t want a repeat incident of the Luxor massacre in 1997. You should be prepared however to be manhandled by market traders outside dragging you to their stalls.
Outside the entrance to Hatshepsut’s Temple.
Coloured hieroglyphics at Hatshepsut
Sam at Hatshepsut
The view from the temple looking towards lush Nile area.
Other pics – Pictures of other stuff and monuments. Many fine artifacts in Cairo museum including the famous death mask of Tutankhamun and tons of other stuff.
The Colossi of Memnon
Sunset over the Nile, taken from the hotel pool.
Citadel Of Saladin
The exterior of Cairo Museum.
View of the Nile from Sheraton Hotel, Luxor.