Project Egypt: Luxor Eclipse One
Price: £TBA / $TBA
Duration: 7 Days from 29th July 2027
Highlights: Luxor, West Bank sightseeing (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon), East Bank sightseeing (Karnak and Luxor Temples), Eclipse (Luxor)
Includes: See below Day 7 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions
Day 1 (29th July 2027) - Arrival in Luxor
Arrive in Luxor, your base for the duration of the tour. Luxor, on the site of ancient Thebes, is on the East bank of the Nile and was the pharaoh's capital at the height of their power. It is described as the world's greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived in this ancient city.
Day 2 - West Bank sightseeing (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon)
Visit the West Bank of Luxor, stopping en route to see the towering Colossi of Memnon. Explore the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari with your Egyptian guide. The Valley of the Kings contains the rock-cut tombs of 62 of ancient Egypt’s rulers and houses the famous tomb of Tutankhamun amongst others. There will be a chance to take an optional sunset felucca ride along the Nile later this afternoon.
Day 3 - East Bank sightseeing (Karnak and Luxor Temples)
Today visit Luxor and Karnak Temples on the East Bank of the Nile at Luxor. Luxor Temple is largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramsses II the Great (whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance) and is also home to the small 'hanging' Mosque of Abu al-Haggag. The vast Karnak Temple Complex comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Its construction began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. There will be a chance to visit Karnak again this evening for the optional Sound and Light show.
Day 4 - Day at leisure in Luxor with a pre-eclipse briefing today
A day at leisure in Luxor to enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. In Arabic Luxor means 'The Palaces' and during ancient times it was known as 'The City of Hundred Doors'. Idyllically located on the banks of the Nile, Luxor is truly unique with one of a kind archaeological attraction located all over the city, earning it the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Today we will be holding a pre-eclipse briefing with our astronomy team.
Day 5 - Eclipse Day
Today is a very special eclipse day - for some a once in a lifetime experience. The maximum duration of totality will be observed in Egypt, approximately 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Luxor and will last 6 minutes and 22 seconds.
Day 6 - Day at leisure with optional tour to Abu Simbel available
Today spend a further day exploring the fascinating city of Luxor or fly into southern Nubia on an optional excursion to visit the massive rock cut tombs form the reign of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is an incredible sight to behold, but one that if history had gone just a little bit differently, would not be here today. Instead, this temple would be under the lake’s waters. Thanks to a massive feat of engineering the temples sit proudly on the banks of Lake Nassar.
Day 7 (4th August 2027) - Join your return flight or perhaps extend your stay
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?
Tour Price £TBA / $TBA per person*
*Please note you can reserve a space on this tour by paying a 'Save a Space' deposit (£50/$65 per person) but all itineraries will be costed in early 2025 and prices advised
The price is for the tour from hotel check-in on Day 1 to hotel check-out on Day 7.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation, flights, trains and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary (if applicable) are included. Other meals are not included, and some excursions are offered on an optional basis closer to the tour departure date (the word 'optional' is used to describe these).
Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender - this is known as 'twin share' accommodation.
A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of £TBA / $TBA.
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner approximately 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
Airport transfers and assistance are included on arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the International flight package offered by our flight partner. If you choose to arrange your own International flights, then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day.
You will find further details about what to expect on the Project TSE2027 FAQ page here.