Egypt – Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride

– SEPTEMBER 08, 2015

The cell phone alarm clock woke us up at 3:30am to have breakfast and get dresses for the 4am departure to the airfield.  There were multiple hot air balloons waiting for six van loads of customers eager to see the Luxor sunrise from high in the air.  Getting up early isn’t a problem, as we have been adjusting our schedule as needed for the sights and adventures over the past 7 months.

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Luxor – The hot air balloons getting ready

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Luxor – The hot air balloons getting ready

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Luxor – Flame on!

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Luxor – Flame on!

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Luxor – Its time to lift off!

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Luxor – We are airborne!

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Luxor – We are just clearing the roofs of some close buildings.

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Luxor – The left side of the pic shows the west bank of Luxor.

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Luxor – We are looking westward towards the Valley of the Kings.

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Luxor – These are the workers tombs and homes from the people who built the Valley of the Kings tombs way back in the day.

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Luxor – We are looking at the Valley of the Kings (tombs).

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Luxor – We are looking at the Valley of the Queens (tombs).

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Luxor – We are looking at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (on the right side of the pic).

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Luxor – We are looking at Roman ruins.

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Luxor – Kenneth and the Valley of the Kings,

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Luxor – We are looking at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

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It’s a long way down!

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Luxor – We are looking at the Valley of the Kings (tombs).

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Selfie time!

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Luxor – A great shot of the other balloons.

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Luxor – A great shot of the other balloons.

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Luxor – A great shot of the other balloons.

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Luxor – A sunrise from up in the air!

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Luxor – A sunrise from up in the air!

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Luxor – The workers tombs.

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Luxor – The workers tombs.

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Luxor – The workers tombs.

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Luxor – The workers tombs.

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Luxor – The Valley of the Kings.

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Luxor – Roman ruins.

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What a view!

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Some of the balloons are touching down, our balloon was the final one to call it a day.

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The views are amazing from up here.

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Coming down our captain had to get us towards the fields.

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If we landed in a field then any damaged crops would get the farmer compensated by the hot air balloon company. The farmers were in their fields and they were begging the balloons to land on their crops…seriously!

The experience was pretty great and the sunrise was incredible.  The days after our ride had the mornings filled with smoke, thus cancelling the hot air balloon rides for the next 3 days.  Once again we had good weather for our planned activities.  This has been a nice trend throughout this adventure.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.