From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide
- Transportation included
- Duration: 8 hours
The afternoon before our trip, we were contacted by the company and advised that the flight to Abu Simbel had been cancelled, presumably through no fault of the trip provider. However, it was odd that weather was given as the purported reason, and the weather was absolutely fine. In any event, we were going to cancel the trip, but the company offered to drive us to/from Abu Simbel with our guide (and provide us with a refund of the cost of the flight). After considering the lengthy trip, we still decided to go ahead do the car ride down to Abu Simbel. We appreciated the company offering this alternative option. We were ready for the pickup at the designated 4:30am pickup time, but the driver and guide were about 10 minutes late, which was not great as we were in an unfamiliar area. in any event, it worked out fine. Overall, we had a very nice trip with our guide and he was very helpful. The drive was pleasant, and went by relatively quickly. And Abu Simbel was amazing!
My friend and I greatly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Sameh, was very knowledgeable. Sameh would take us through the sight explaining different parts of the structure then give us time to explore and look ourselves. There was always more time for things we took an extra interest so we didn't feel rushed. Sameh is a native to Southern Egypt and his knowledge of what felt like everything around us was impressive. We our 2 females traveling solo in Egypt and felt safe and comfortable with this company, no hustle or pressure. If you are looking to tour this area, I would recommend this one. It's private, it will be your party members, guide, and driver. There was much more freedom at the sights as we were not part of a large tour bus being herded like sheep. Sameh also chooses excellent places for lunch, fresh, Egyptian style and authentic. We can't thank him for the experience.
Our guide Ahmed Abass was wonderful. His knowledge of the ancient Egyptians is exceptional. He was friendly and accommodating, slowing the pace of the tour to suit our needs. He was full of helpful hints and cannot be recommended enough. The cruise was good. Apart from a few minor niggles like a poor aircon and the odd smell of diesel when the boat is still it is a good experience. It does need more sail time as your are sat in Aswan and Luxor for a full day and a half each. The food was good, combining Egyptian and western well. The transport to the sights are all in modern cars.
You can't understand Egypt if u don't book this experience. Our vacation would have been half without that. The service in the boat was really good and 100% above average of Egypt but it could have been better though. The buffet could be bigger. Especially the desserts were not that good. Egyptologist and transfer were perfect.
The driver was on time for the pick up and we got a free upgrade to a private car because of the Covid19 situation. The guided tour in Abu Simbel was very good and the site was spectacular! Thanks a lot Mr Walid gor this amazing day!