A quiet trip with the balloon over the Nile, one of the largest rivers in the world with its legendary sights, is a perfect introduction to the knowledge of ancient civilizations.

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To float above the floodplains of the Nile and its deserted banks in a balloon filled with hot air, is one of the most beautiful experiences that Egypt can give, even if it means waking up an hour before sunrise. To compensate for the morning hours, you are offered a champagne breakfast in the field dotted with palm trees, while the ball is ready for takeoff. What happens next depends on the wind direction. If blowing from the east, you will first fly above the irregular hills and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, you can observe an gorgeous aerial view above the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut. If the wind blows from the west, you will float above some fields, above the Nile, and over the whole complex temple of Karnak, the largest in the world. Among these landscapes and ancient monuments, the journey capture fleeting images of everyday life in Luxor and surrounding villages. Groups of children shouting and beckons from the field or from the flat roofs of the houses, the desert stretches away seems like forever. The end of the trip means the return to the ground with a hefty shake, often in the middle of a fallow.

Tomb of Hatshepsut

Tomb of Hatshepsut

It can travel all year, but preferably from November to February. Travel time with the balloon in the air is about an hour. The starting point is Luxor and the travel agents will arrange for take tourist directly from the hotel. You can wear a sweater or a jacket, because on the morning is cold. Take only what is necessary and leave valuables in the hotel safe, the objects may be lost during the landing. The balloon is moving slowly but surely, usually balloons are floating to a height of several hundred meters, no more than 305 m, conditions are ideal to admire the views and take pictures.

Attractions

Admire the cenery from above, with the cultivated green ribbon land along the Nile, snaking through the desert and mountains. Near the rhomboid plains can see clusters of houses with flat roofs sand-colored. You will pretty much close to hear the muezzin calling the faithful to the mosque for prayer. At North of Luxor is located the impressive complex temple of Karnak, built over a period of 1300 years. Among the treasures it houses include the Hypostyle Great Hall and the pink granite obelisk of Hatshepsut, measuring 30 m, the second highest in the world. Do not miss a visit to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens. Delicate paintings bring tribute to her beauty and rivaling with the paintings of the Valley of the Kings. Have been restored with care, daily here can not enter more than 150 guests equipped with masks and slippers

Great Hypostyle Hall

Great Hypostyle Hall

Aerial view of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak.

Aerial view of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak.

Obelisk of Tuthmos and Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple

Obelisk of Tuthmos and Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple

Painting in the tomb of the Queen Nefertari, showing the Goddess Isis, wife of Osiris, with the Was scepter, leading the Queen.

Painting in the tomb of the Queen Nefertari, showing the Goddess Isis, wife of Osiris, with the Was scepter, leading the Queen.