Daily Archives: November 6, 2011

Practical Info Egypt Luxor


Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP) 1 EUR = around 8 EGP
Languages: Arabic, English (some French and German)
Egypt Area: 387048 km ²
Population: Approx 80 million
Capital: Cairo 20 million approx
Airport: Cairo: 15 km from the city center. Luxor:  10 km from the city,   20 mins by car
Weather: Hot and sunny in summer (April-September) Temperate in Winter (cool nights)
Summer: no time difference
Winter: 1 hour time difference
Visa: Yes (valid 1 month)
Passport: valid at least 6 months after departure date
Health: No vaccins required

– The Theban necropolis (on the West Bank of the Nile) including the Valley of the Kings, Queens, Nobles, and Architects where are buried marvels up to 5000 years old (Tumbs of Tutankhamun, Ramesses, Seti, Amenophis …)
– The many temples located around the West Bank: The  Giant Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, The Ramesseum, Workers village, The Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III
– Two temples within the east side of the city (Karnak 2 km north of the city, Luxor in the center)
– The various modes of transport for tours and excursions: taxis, bicycles, feluccas, ferries, motorboats, horse carriages, camels, horses
– The Nile, its strength, sails on felucca, sunset over the river, admiring nature and birdwatching.
– The suk (easy access from the corniche)
– The kindness of the inhabitants of Luxor
– Great restaurant quality (variety and choice)
– Us!

SECURITY

The tourist police is present at every street corner and visiting temples throughout Egypt, even on the Nile.

PROCEDURES

The visa (25 €) within one week from the consulates of Egypt in France or in Egypt at the airport (about 15 €, buy stamps  at the airport upon your arrival). You can pay in foreign currency and the change will be given back in Egyptian pounds. This formula is easier and more economical.
The visa is valid for one month, and the passport must be valid six months after the departure date.

CURRENCY

The Egyptian pound (EGP). approx 1 euro, 8 LE
ATMs are scarce. The credit card is useful, in general, only to withdraw money.
It is better to have some cash when you leave to change them at the exchange office. (This avoids bank charges during ATM withdrawal, usually 3% of the amount of your withdrawal, there are differences depending on the bank.)
Bureau de Change / Exchange are common.
In general, banks are open from 9 am to 14 pm daily except Friday which is the equivalent of our Sunday, but you probably won’t have to use them during your stay. Public offices ands administrative buildings are also closed on this day.

ELECTRICITY

220 V. The sockets are the same as in France. UK/US: adapters needed.

HEALTH

No vaccinations are required.
Take antidiarrheal, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and scarf, linen long sleeve shirts are recommended and light trousers rather than shorts, in order to avoid burning the skin.
Dress rather long than short women especially, for peace and respect for the country you visit.

All restaurants have air conditioned and / or fans.

FESTIVAL

The Muled is a Muslim fete which celebratesApproximately 3 weeks before Ramadan the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Muled el Nabi), there are also dedicated to different muled ‘saints’ of religion, most notably in Egypt: El Hussein in Cairo and Abu Haggag in luxor

National Day is the 6th of October.

The Opet festival was one of the most sumptuous processions on water which was held in Karnak. It started under the reign of Hatshepsut, the procession continued until the twenty-fifth dynasty.
She celebrated the visit of the god Amon, from the Temple of Luxor to the temple of Karnak .
In Karnak reliefs illustrate the moves of the boat from Karnak to Luxor and the ceremonies that took place outside the temples.
While a procession of priests carrying the sacred boats to the Nile, dancers, singers, acrobats, musicians enlivened the party before the local population.
Even today, there is a survival of the festival of Opet around the Muslim festival of Abu Haggag, celebrated annually in Luxor: The festivities culminate in a procession of small boats walked in procession around the walls of Luxor Temple.

In families, the day before, charity meals are organized, women prepare as usual Egyptian kebabs, herbs and minced meat.
Stalls are installed around the mosque, with plenty to eat and drink, children’s toys, rides etc …
Young people from 7 to 20 years rent camels, horses, carriages to follow the procession.
The city is full, people come from all over Egypt, North meets South on Abu Hagag day.

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Tour to the Valley of the Kings


The Valley of the Kings is a gigantic site on a mountain with Pharaoh’s tumbs (the most famous being that of Tutankhamum) carved inside the rocks, some are like chapels and contains many rooms, from 5 to 120! long corridors, magnificient paintings everywhere, unestimable treasure of history, sarcophagus and sometimes mummies, other artifacts are exposed in the museum. You can visit 3 tumbs with a ticket and can purchase more visit.

The Valley of the Kings, Luxor, West Bank, Egypt

We propose you to take you on a journey in West Bank with highlights such as the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Carter’s house and the Ramses III Mortuary Temple.

(Travelling in air conditioned car) tickets excluded

How you spend your day:

We come to pick you up in the morning at your place of residence, and let yourselves be driven to the sites of your choosing, with a lunch pause in the restaurant of your choice or of our own suggestion. We carry on the visits and take your back to your place at the end of the day. You can customise according to your wishes, here is our proposition for a great day visiting Luxor:

Valley of The Kings Luxor

The Valley of the Kings

This is the place were the Thebans Pharaoh’s (Luxor Ancient name) are buried. Situated on the West Bank of the Nile, where the Sun sets, it once was the place of the deads, where no living person was allowed on this side, except the tombs architects and workers (whose village is Deir el Medineh) who were forbidden to cross the Nile to the East. There are more than XX tombs and still some discoveries to be made. A ticket allows you to explore 3 tombs but you can visit more by purchasing special tickets.
The most famous tombs is Tutankhamun’s (KV x) and there are some exceptionnal ones with up to 120 chambers (KV x) or well preserved ones (KV x) with extraordinary paintings. A really emotionnal moment in an extraordinary site that can be visited many many times.

Hatshepsut Temple Luxor

Hatshepsut Temple

Hatshepsut was the most important of the rare female Pharaoh and therefore created disapproval in this patriarcal society. Many attempts after her death to eradicate her trace on hieroglyphs but this temple is here to stay and still in good condition. Located in Deir el Bahari, a complex of Mortuary Temples, it is dedicated to the Sun God Amon-Ra . Its most striking feature is a long colonnated terrace filled with many tall sculptures representing the Pharaoh and Deities. The temple’s architecture contains pylons, courts, a hypostyle hall, a sun court, a chapel and a sanctuary. The surviving reliefs on the wall document the birth of the first divine female Pharaoh and an expedition to a mysterious country near the Red Sea (the Land of Punt) from where they brought back copper, asphalt, naptha, carved amulets, myrrh and incense.
Hatshepsut’s temple is considered an incomparable monument of Ancient Egypt.

Medinet Habu (Mortuary Temple of Ramses III)

Ramses III Mortuary Temple

Located in Medinet Habu, Ramses III mortuary temple is gigantic and stunningly well preserved, thanks to a 4 decades long excavation work. The Temple is 150m (500 ft) long and 300m (1000ft wide) and contains an astonishing 7km2 (75,350 sq ft) of very well preserved decorated wall reliefs.The first pylon (pictured) leads into an open courtyard, lined with colossal statues of Ramesses III as Osiris on one side, and uncarved columns on the other. The second pylon leads into a peristyle hall, again featuring columns in the shape of Ramesses. This leads up a ramp that leads (through a columned portico) to the third pylon and then into the large hypostyle hall. Reliefs and actual heads of foreign captives were also found placed within the temple to symbolise Pharaoh’s control over Syria and Nubia.

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