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Luxor, Egypt is a Hot Air Ballooning environment, which many describe as “enchanted” and any balloon flight will be a special event. We offer the highest quality at a competitive price to make an Extra Special Event. Passengers must be fit enough to enter and leave the basket by themselves, and must declare any health problem which may be relevant; so that all passengers are prepared should they suffer a crisis. All passengers are individuals and are treated as such. Age in itself is not a drawback and accompanied children are welcome at the discretion of our pilots. A range of balloons is available, carrying from four to thirty two passengers. The size of the balloon chosen by the Pilot will be appropriate to the conditions prevailing and the size of the group. Flights are available subject to weather conditions at dawn, or one or two hours later. Take off is usually from a suitable site on the Luxor West Bank, perhaps near the Ramessium or another place of historic interest again depending on prevailing weather conditions, the major influence on flight. Flying directly over a particular site can not be guaranteed, but the Pilot will do his best to give an interesting flight, which will certainly be unique to the area. Flights are under the control of the Local Airport Tower, and radio contact is maintained during the flight. Passengers are collected from their residence Hotel or Cruise in Luxor at a pre-arranged time and taken to the private launch. Throw to the West Bank, by our mini-bus & to the suitable take-off site, for the prevailing weather conditions on the day. The Pilot will give a safety briefing to the passengers and will be glad to answer any questions at this time. On board a choice of hot drinks is offered, very welcome pre-dawn. During the journey to the West Bank introductions are made and many enduring friendships start. The pilot is a mature, very experienced and highly qualified professional and it shows. We will use his skill and judgment within the parameters of the environment and weather conditions, to provide the most interesting flight for you to enjoy. The Pilot will take everything into consideration before making his final decision on whether or not to fly Safety considerations being the over –riding factor. Note:-Cancellations are few. After the flight, if the venue is suitable, the celebration of landing may lead to dancing or singing by the local people or the crew. Photo-calls of local people or fossil hunting according to the site, while the crew packs the balloon envelope and before souvenir certificates are awarded. There are usually local people to welcome the landing and their greetings are warm and totally heartfelt. The people in the small villages close to Luxor seldom see tourists other than balloon passengers. Farmers living very simple lives are delighted to meet people from a totally different culture. In return, our passengers see a style of life that is hidden by commerce and hype to most visitors and they frequently remark on the privilege of the experience. This short period of relaxation in a convivial group sets the seal of complete enjoyment. Within reason, after the trip passengers are escorted locally where they wish. They may return to their accommodation or go elsewhere, perhaps to the Valley of the Kings or Karnak Temple.Send your request to Egypt@osoris.com Daily Itinerary Hot Air Balloon tour is available daily. Only morning flights are allowed, because later in the day, winds could pose
problems for these lighter than air craft’s. At Sunrise Osoris Steward will meet you at your hotel or Cruise lobby or Luxor train station & drive you by privet car to the • motor boat. • to cross by Motorboat & sail to West bank. • then you will be driven to the lunching area, Refreshments served before flight including Drinks Coffee, Tea and Cakes. • Do not forget your camera. • you can enjoy a life time experience, you will see all the monuments of Luxor city, Valley of Kings, Valley of queens, • Hatshipsute temple. • you will see the Nile with its two backs & the Egyptian farmers working inland as the pharos did thousand of years ago. • this is a flight of about 45 minutes. • After landing Osoris steward will be waiting for you to escort you back by car to your hotel or cruise in Luxor city. • Note:- • Available fleet (8 balloons) Four big balloon for 20:24 pax each, one balloon for 16 pax , • one balloon for 12 pax , Two balloons for 06 pax. • Minimum flight time of 30 to 45 minutes depend on the weather. • Certificate of flight & All passengers are insured. Note:- If flight cannot take place due to weather condition and no suitable alternative can be offered a full refund will be given. Only morning flights are allowed, because later in the day, winds could pose problems for these lighter than air craft’s.
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The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that a tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) has been discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawass and his team in the Valley of the Kings. They’ve been searching for this tunnel for over twenty years in the West Bank necropolis. Dr. Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission, finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174m long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007. The tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I. In addition to excavating the tunnel, the team braced the walls and ceiling with metal supports. They also built a wooden walkway over the original stone staircase of the tunnel to preserve it and installed a mining car system to remove rubble from the team’s excavations. During their work, the mission uncovered many shabtis and pottery fragments that dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (1569-1315 BC). Several limestone ostraca fragments, as well as a small boat model made of faience were also found. During their excavation of the staircase, the team found that three of the steps were decorated with red graffiti.
The only other excavation of the tunnel took place in 1960 under the direction of Sheikh Ali Abdel Rassoul. His team was able to reach a depth of 136m but they had to stop their excavation because it was too hard to breath. Upon reaching the end of the 136m section, which had been partially excavated by Abdel-Rasoul's workmen, Dr. Hawass’s team were shocked to uncover a descending passage which measures 25.60m in length and 2.6m wide. The mission eventually uncovered a fifty-four step, descending staircase.
After the first descending passage, a second staircase measuring 6 meters long was cut into the rock. At the beginning of this passage the team found a false door decorated with hieratic text that reads: “Move the door jamb up and make the passage wider." These written instructions must have been left from the architect to the workmen who were carving out the tunnel. Dr. Hawass said that when he went inside the tunnel of King Seti I for the first time he noticed that the walls were well finished and that there were remains of preliminary sketches of decoration that would be placed on the walls. Unfortunately none of this was every completed. Dr. Hawass added that he was very surprised to find a second staircase inside the tunnel. It appears that the last step was never finished and the tunnel ends abruptly after the second staircase.
Dr. Hawass believes that the workmen and artists first finished the original tomb of Seti I during his twelve-year reign and then began to construct the tunnel. It appears that Seti I was trying to construct a secret tomb inside a tomb. It is likely that when Seti I died his son, Ramesses II (1304-1237BC), had to stop the work and bury has father. Dr. Hawass believes that Ramesses II continued where his father had left off and constructed his own tunnel within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Egyptian mission is currently working in the tomb of Ramesses II to preserve the wall paintings and to look for a similar tunnel to the one in the tomb of Seti I.
The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb. The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb, and even before the room had been opened, I could see the statue's crystal eyes gazing back at me. The statue shows Kai sitting on a high-backed chair. He wears a shoulder length wig, decorated with horizontal rows of curls. Each eye is framed in cooper, while his eyebrows are in raised relief. The lips are thin and finely drawn. The musculature of the body is very well defined and Kai's right arm is bent across his chest. His left arm is resting on his lap on top of his short, white shendyt-kilt. The base of the statue is decorated with five lines of hieroglyphic text which list Kai's title including the "Steward of the Great Estate." On either side of Kai are his two children. They are very small figures and barely reach to his knee caps. His daughter is sitting next to his left leg in a long white sheath dress. Kai's son is standing naked next to his right leg. Depictions of naked figures with their finger to their lips, was an ancient Egyptian artistic convention for depicting male children.