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Nov 3, 2018 - Cruising the Nile

Sunday, October 28 Today was a resting day, which was nice. After breakfast I stopped in the lobby to use the Internet. fine. I thought I could get done in a half hour, but it shut off just as I was about to send the email. I got another half hour so I reviewed and turned one picture right side up before sending the notification. Then I had time to run through my email and get that caught up too. All of this while sitting at a desk watching the Nile go by. I got a mystery about an archaeological dig here in Egypt, but I can’t concentrate on...

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Egypt 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - Luxor temples, Valley of Kings, Queens, speed bumps and lunch on the Nile

Up early for the 13 hour tour of Luxor; Karnak Temple complex, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. It’s a full day. Luxor is 2 hours inland from the port and then 1 hour south along a Nile river side canal. The port area looks pretty new and small. We are soon in the desert, driving on the highway to Luxor. No one is allowed to sit in the first two rows of the bus. In addition to our guide, a “Tourist policeman” is sitting in the front row. He is dressed in a black suit and is packing a very large gun. Each bus has a policeman. He...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Safaga (Luxor) Egypt

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...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Valley of the Kings

We checked out of the Winter Palace at 6:45 a.m. to get an early start to the Valley of the Kings. It was once part of the ancient city of Thebes and is the burial site of almost all of Egypt's Pharoahs from the 18th-20th dynasties. So far 60 tombs have been discovered with the most famous being King Tut's which has been opened to the public recently. We were able to visit 5 of the tombs--King Tut, Rameses III, IV, V/VI, and IX. King Tut's tomb is the most famous and requires an additional ticket but it was extremely small and plain...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Karnak

On our departing the ship today at 10:00 am we were handed a sack lunch to take with us on our charter flight (Judi Bailey’s first charter flight) to Luxor. We went through a metal detector leaving the port in Hurghada, one upon arrival at Hurghada airport and another one inside the terminal before the boarding area - the last one with shoes off and a pat down. Upon our arrival at Luxor after our 30 minute flight, we checked into the Winter Palace overlooking the Nile for our one night stay. We had a short time to refresh before boarding...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Sailing down the Nile

Seriously, so much. Got up at 3:30am yesterday to meet Achmed and Mohammed for the ride to the airport. Security here is so strange - we had to send our bags through the x-ray and go through the metal detector to just get into the airport, but when I set off the metal detector with my bionic knees, nobody blinked. I've probably gone through 25 metal detectors since I got here and set them all off, and nobody seems to care. A short flight to Luxor. Looking out the airplane window, there is nothing but dessert for as far as you can see. This...

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We're in Denial

Apr 13, 2016 - 4 April 2016 - Luxor, Egypt

We were all awake very early the next morning (around 5.30am) due to our early night last night. Breakfast was served and then Tim got a lift back to the truck and drove to meet us. Then we were on our way to Luxor. On the way we stopped at the town of Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris. It is supposed to be the most completely preserved temple in Egypt and dates back thousands of years. We arrived in Luxor in the late afternoon for a 3 night stay. On 5th April we left at 6am to visit the Valley of the Kings...

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Oct 25, 2015 - Luxor Egypt

Egypt, So tough seeing what I saw now given i visited for three weeks in 2006. Luxor is dead... not as in tombs and temples as in visitors. No one there. Seriously at the Luxor Temple and Valley of the Kings there was made 80-100 visitors. Before there was 35,000-100,000 a day according to our guide. Why the change? The Arab Spring or "revolution" which Egyptians term it stopped tourism. It hasn't returned. Even the airport on our arrival was empty. We got ushered in like VIP's. Everyone begging for a dollar... Fifteen or twenty men wanting...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Valley of the Kings

Sept. 15-Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s temple, alabaster carvers, Habu Temple Today we visited the Valley of the Kings, which contains one of the most extensive tomb systems anywhere. During the New Kingdom, this is where the tombs of the kings were placed. The area had a natural pyramid, and the tombs were tunneled into the side of it. We visited several tombs that extended hundreds of feet into the mountain and had several rooms to hold the items to accompany the pharaoh into the afterlife as well as the burial chamber itself. No...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Luxor and Karnak Temple

Sept. 14- Luxor and Karnak Temple Today we flew to Luxor, where we met our guide Sam for this part of the trip. WE drove from the Luxor airport to a docking area. Here there were 4 boats tied up parallel to the dock. Ours was the third boat, so we walked through the reception areas of two boats before arriving at ours. We checked in without difficulty (actually Sam got us checked in) and we headed toward our room. The room is actually a suite (the Beethoven Suite) that features a sitting room and a bedroom. It also has a balcony with a...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Cairo, Egypt

Ok, today would have to be my favourite day so far!! The day started with a 4:30am wake up call with breakfast downstairs in the restaurant at 5am. Thought we would play it safe as we both knew we had a full day on the bus with little chance of a toilet stop, so we had toast with butter. Pretty boring but a smart move!! We didn't have to be on the bus until 5:30am so Craig and I went down to the river to take photos of the sunrise and I really wanted a pic of my foot in the Nile. Still so clean and clear. Took off to the airport and there...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Luxor, Egypt

We docked Monday morning in Safarga which is a container port about 3.5hours drive from the city. All aboard the bus, me being me, straight to the front left seat behind the armed guard, oh did I forget to mention him. Strapping young guy called Mohammed who just happened to carry a massive gun strapped to his right hip. Made Dirty Harrys hand gun look like a toy gun. I did manage to sneak a picture. We had Aladdin the driver who liked to think he was driving the magic bus (not carpet) and by the way he manoeuvred it I would have to agree....

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