An approximately 3½-hour motor coach ride along the desert road leads from Safaga to the city of Luxor, where you will visit the Karnak Temple. The Avenue of Ram-Headed Sphinxes leads to the temple entrance and the Hypostyle Hall—a colonnade featuring 134 immense and richly decorated columns. The complex also boasts the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the Temple of Amen-Re, and the Sacred Lake. For lunch, head to one of the leading hotels in Luxor. Afterwards, you’ll explore the mysteries of the Temple of Luxor, begun by Amenhotep in the 16th century BC and expanded by other Pharaohs, including Ramses II. The Great Temple of Luxor boasts its own Avenue of Human-Headed Sphinxes, and was once linked to the Temple of Karnak. At the end of your tour, the drive back to Safaga takes approximately 3½ hours.
Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.