In the fourth episode of Contiki Egypt & The Nile, we visit the Luxor & Karnak Temples, and tour the Valley of the Kings.

Contiki Egypt & The Nile: Day 7 & 8

The following are notes from my travel journal.

A lot of people have asked me if I felt safe in Egypt – the answer is yes. Of course, no matter where you travel in the world, you have to take the necessary precautions – be careful about where you put your money, your passport, your electronics. But there was security everywhere we went, travelling in a group was very helpful. Even though the vendors were a bit forward – I personally never felt scared or unsafe.

What was surprising was how few tourists there were. I’ve been to the Louvre, Auschwitz – whenever you go to these major tourist sites, there’s a lot of waiting, lining up, a lot of feeling trapped because of all the people. That wasn’t really the case on this trip.

Hatshepsut's Temple #mycontiki #egypt

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We went to Luxor Temple as the sun was setting – it was awesome to be able to roam around freely at night.

Egypt is amazing. Everyone should do this trip. #mycontiki

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After that, we went to see a sound and light show at Karnak Temple. I was expecting a big laser show with an orchestra, maybe fireworks – that’s not what this was at all. (I wouldn’t recommend it, especially since we return to Karnak the next day!)

The next day, we checked out of the boat and went to the Valley of the Kings.

Work in progress #mycontiki #egypt

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Aside from the first day with the pyramids and the camels – this was one of my favourite parts of the trip. And I wasn’t allowed to document any of it. We got to go inside the tombs – see how they were decorated, engineered – some of them were booby trapped. We got to see King Tut’s tomb and his mummy. It’s fascinating to think of how many centuries of history – and that there are tombs that still haven’t been discovered.

After that, we went back to Karnak Temple, this time during the day – and again I was stuck by how few tourists there were.

Karnak Temple #mycontiki #egypt

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And with that, our trip was coming close to an end – with one stop left: Hurghada.

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