History: Luxor, Egypt is called the “Hundred-Gated City” by Greek historian Homer. Luxor is set on the West Bank of the Nike River. It was once known as Thebes and served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It is here on the West Bank, in the valley of the Kings and Queens, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs.
Today was exhausting went to see the tombs of the Kings and Queens of Egypt. Started at the massive Karnak temple complex then had lunch as we sailed across the Nile for exclusive access to two amazing tombs, Queen Nefertari and King Ramses III then on to the tomb of King Tut. Ramse” s had more than 11 chambers and Nefertari ‘s was 85 to 100 deep steps down, almost killed us climbing back up, did I mention it was 114 degrees. All in all unbelievable, there are more than 60 tombs that they know of and work continues everyday. Cruising up the Nike was beautiful. Now the rest of the story, every bus had a security guard with an Uzi, they said standard procedure, every bus had armed escort, standard procedure, went thru 4 check points heavily armed, standard procedure, every little town at intersection armed personnel, still not sure if I felt safe or threatened. Pictures tell it all.