From the Valley of the Kings we take a short drive to the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s legendary queen who dared to defy convention by raising herself, a mere woman, to the rank of god-pharaoh.
By now it’s getting uncomfortably hot but for those keen to see more, despite the heat, there’s the Ramesseum, mortuary temple of the illustrious Ramesses the Great; Medinet Habu, temple of his successor Ramesses III; the Valley of the Queens, tombs of the Nobles and many, many other sites of historic interest.
As we return to Luxor we’ll pass the gigantic quartzite statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III – the Colossi of Memnon – standing mysteriously alone in the fields beside the foundations of his long-vanished palace.
There’s still time to visit Luxor Museum (quite modern and containing some interesting artifacts) and the Museum of Mummification before we head home as the sun sinks in the West.
If you wish to stay longer in Luxor, perhaps to visit nearby historic monuments at Dendera, Abydos and Edfu, this can be arranged. It’s also possible to take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride over the West Bank!