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Explore the Great Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, the world’s second larger ancient sacred site. There we will discover the secrets of Egypt’s leading god, his consort Mut and their son Khons and the stories of some of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs who shaped their own destiny, leaving legacies their ancestors could see for generations.
Experience the Karnak temple at your own pace with a pre-booked e-ticket and a captivating/engaging/fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone.
Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glorious days of Karnak Temple.
Put on your headphones and explore the First Court, the great Hypostyle Hall, the Hall of Records, through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the ancient times. Tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit.
This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the second largest temple of Ancient Egypt and relate to the exhibits in an entirely original way.
Karnak in Short
Nearly two millennia before Christ, Pharaoh Senwosret I (1971-1926 BCE), of Egypt’s 12th Royal Dynasty, erected a shrine at Thebes, in honor of a local deity, Amun. As Egypt entered the New Kingdom period (1549-1075 BCE) Amun was venerated as Amun-Re, a form of the Sun God, who was believed to manifest himself through each pharaoh. Alongside his divine wife Mut and their son Khons, they became known as the Theban Triad. Regardless of provenance and power, each ruler of Egypt added their mark to the Theban riverside sanctuary, which became one of the greatest temple complexes known to humanity, named Ipet Isut, “The Most Selected of Places”. Two millennia later, French explorers reached the deserted ancient site. Bedazzled by its majestic ruins, they gave it a new name, derived from a megalithic site back home. They named it Karnak.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- Adult entry ticket to Karnak Temple
- Self-guided audio tour on your smartphone (Android & iOS)
- An activation link to access your audio tour
- Offline content (text, audio narration and maps) to avoid roaming charges
- Live Guide
- Smartphone or headphones
- Food and drinks
- App not compatible with Windows phones
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Charged smartphone
There is no meeting point.
The self-guided audio tour is designed to start at the entrance of the Karnak Temple, just in front of the ticket office and the visitor center.
Directions to starting point
The easiest way to get there is by car ride to the north of Luxor, moving along the Kornish Al Nile just beside the Nile, and then turning to Madabad Al Karnak road, leading to the site’s parking lot. The entrance, with the visitor center and ticket office, may be found to the left of the parking lot.
The Great Hypostyle
It was the most impressive feature of the Temple of Amun. A work of the 19th Dynasty’s greatest pharaohs, Seti I and Ramesses II, its grandeur reflects Egypt’s power in the primal seat of its leading state god. Building the Great Hypostyle Hall, Seti I recreated the marshland where, according to myth, the god Horus hid when a baby to avoid the wrath of the evil god Seth. The hall also had an exceptional architectural plan, since twelve columns took the shape of an open papyrus, while the rest were smaller and shaped as papyrus bundles.
Hall of records
It was in the most sacred part of the temple, hosting the bark shrine of Amun, where Thutmose III chose to make his hall of fame, providing us with the first set of real historical texts from Egypt, known as the Annals. Seeking to prove himself as a powerful Pharaoh worthy of the throne, Thutmose III first decided to extract parts of his own wartime diaries literally setting his achievements in stone, for eternity. This is what you will see here.
Built along the side of the temple, this groundwater pool covered an open space delimited by the temple’s main axis beside the Southern Processional Route. The lake was an indispensable part of purification rituals.Full of groundwater, the lake hosted ceremonies involving the purification of priests, and the floating of sacred barks. The lake also hosted the famous sacred geese of Amun, released into it through a tunnel connecting their nests with the lakeside.
Recommended visiting hours
Every day 6.30 am – 5.00 pm
Know before you book
- This is a combination of a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (accessible through our app) and an entry ticket for the Karnak Temple
- No live guide or meeting point provided.
- After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well.
- The course of the visit may be modified and special restrictions may be imposed. The visitors must always adhere to the guidelines of the site.
- Book per device to be used, not per participant.
- An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS (version 15.0 and later) smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 6/6 Plus or older, iPod Touch 6th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Air 1st generation, iPad Mini 3rd generation or older.
- You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
- Free and reduced admission tickets do not have to skip the line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site.
- The Karnak Temple is wheelchair accessible, even though some paths are difficult to be approached due to the morphology of the site.
- The Karnak Temple is stroller accessible, even though some paths are difficult to be approached due to the morphology of the site.
Know before you go
- Download the ticket(s) & audio tour while on WiFi prior to your visit. Mobile signal may be weak at the site(s).
- After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
- Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Make sure that you have your identity or your passport
- Due to high temperatures, bring with you sun protection
- The ideal time to visit the temple is early morning or early evening
Download the app
To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!