Day 27, June, 6: Luxor, Second Day

Early morning we continued our exploration of Luxor. We crossed the Nile by motor boat as we began a visit to the West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings and Queens and Tombs of the Nobles. We were able to go inside four of these amazing feats of excavation! There are 44 of the 46 tombs discovered and explored.  Many of the tombs had previously been robbed of the treasures buried with the kings.

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We crossed back over to the East Bank for a visit to the Luxor Museum. This elegant modern museum boasts a fabulous collection of artifacts from ancient Thebes. The collection includes pottery, jewelry, furniture and other artifacts from the ancient city, as well as a group of magnificent New Kingdom statues found in 1989 buried beneath Luxor Temple. We stopped for lunch in the village of Karnak at a modern Hilton hotel on the Nile. Then a few hours to cool down and rest.

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Three of our Arnolds and little Amy enjoy the heat on our little balcony.
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The mountain and Valley of the Kings is lighted every night. this photo is from our window.

After dinner we were transported by horse and carriage to the Karnak Temple. Where we experienced the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple, a fascinating walking tour through the history of the world’s largest-ever temple complex. No photos were allowed.

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Tom did catch one photo…
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Last night in Winter Palace…housekeeping’s message.

A very long day — we are ready for pilot briefing and to repack for our next flight to Dubai.

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First night’s message.
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