Responsible Tours and Excursions

Why not enjoy some eco-friendly sightseeing in Luxor and the West Bank…

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The sites listed below are within a mile of the villas in the Nubian village. An experienced walker could easily visit these on foot. Please take plenty of water. Many of our guests like to cycle around the West Bank and bikes are available for hire. Or, why not put money in the local economy by using a donkey? Ashraf or Mr. No Problem, our trusty donkey men, will be delighted to escort you around the sites, villages, or up in the hills.

Not quite so adventurous or fit and need a vehicle? Air conditioned mini buses and saloon cars are available.

Many people get a false impression that the West Bank can be visited in a day, but, with 21 ticketed sites that is impossible. The West Bank is where people had their tombs and pharaoh built his temple of a million of years, where he expected to have offerings made to sustain him in the afterlife. The East Bank is where they lived in mud brick dwellings, so there is less to see there.

This is a list of all the sites you can visit on the West Bank; many are next door to each other.

  • Valley of Kings
  • Tomb of Ay
  • Valley of Queens
  • Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri
  • Assasif Tombs
  • Tomb of Pabasa
  • Mortuary Temple of Merenptah with museum
  • Mortuary Temple of Seti I,
  • Mortuary Temple of Ramses II (Ramasseum)
  • Mortuary Temple of Ramses III (Medinet Habu)
  • Workman’s Village at Deir el Medina
  • Tomb of Pashedu
  • Tombs of Roy and Shu Roy
  • Noble’s tombs of Neferronpet, Dhutmosis and Nefersekheru
  • Nobles Tombs of Ramose, Khaemhet, Userhet
  • Nobles Tombs of Benji, Userhet, Khonsu
  • Nobles Tombs of Sennefer and Rekhmire
  • Nobles Tombs of Meena and Nakht

The most popular sites are the main Valley of Kings and the temple of Hatshepsut. You will find vastly reduced numbers at the other sites and in many instances you will be one of a mere handful of visitors or, if you are very lucky, the only visitor. To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again so visit the nobles, they will be thankful.

The East Bank has Karnak and Luxor temples as well as the Mummification and Luxor museum. Just outside of Luxor (but you buy the tickets at Luxor temple) are Moalla – Ankh Tifi and Tod temple.

If you would like more information on the above momuments, please take a look at our ‘Budding Egyptologist Guide‘.

Other eco trips are the Donkey ride over the Ridge, Camel Ride to the Christian Monastery and a Felucca Sunset Dinner cruise

In 1986 and in 2000 I did all my sightseeing on donkey. It is a wonderful way to visit the sites and you get to meet so many more local people. Also you can go on routes that the normal transport can’t take. One very common ride is out of the Valley of the Kings and along the cliff overlooking Hatshepsuts temple and down to Deir el Medina it is much much cheaper than a hot air balloon and the views are spectacular. BTW don’t worry about your ability to get on and off the donkey and to ride it, if I can manage anyone can.

Jane Akshar