Venture off the beaten track on a full-day excursion to Dendera & Abydos. Drive north through countryside villages in the fertile Nile valley to Dendera and visit the Ptolemaic temple of Hathor, including a Roman birth house, roof sanctuaries, and a sanatorium. Among the rich decoration is the only surviving relief depicting Queen Cleopatra in Egypt. Continue to the temple of Seti I in the ancient city of Abydos. Its seven sanctuaries are approached through two broad hypostyle halls, beautifully decorated with outstanding and delicate painted relief work, including a famous ‘King’s List’ Finally, move on to the Osireion and the smaller temple of Ramesses the Great nearby. After as much walking and exploring as you like, return to Luxor.