Aswan Governorate
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From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

1. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Tour with Egyptologist Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Aswan in the early morning, then sets out on the journey to the famous Abu Simbel Temples. Along the journey, listen to your expert guide share fascinating facts and stories about Ancient Egypt and the Abu Simbel Temples. Arrive at the temples, which are one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Location. Dating back to 1244BC, the temples are an incredible example of life in Ancient Egypt and allow you the chance to retrace the steps of history. As you admire the temples, learn about their fascinating journey from the River Nile, where they once sat for 3000 years before being moved in a remarkable feat of engineering in the 1960s. Spend more than 2.5 hours wandering around temples, exploring this ancient location with your expert guide, and snapping incredible photos for your holiday album. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the journey back to Aswan and reminisce about the memories you’ve made.

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From Luxor to Aswan: 5-Day 5-Star Guided Nile River Cruise

2. From Luxor to Aswan: 5-Day 5-Star Guided Nile River Cruise

• Day 1: Nile Cruise with Visit to East Bank Upon arrival to Luxor Airport or railway station, meet your tour representative and start your adventure. Transfer to the port and embark on the Nile Cruise, enjoying your first lunch onboard. First, visit the beautiful monuments of ancient Egypt with a guided tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Discover the Complex of Karnak Temple, the largest temple in the world, and the magnificent Luxor Temple, a large ancient Egyptian temple. Later, enjoy dinner onboard and an overnight stay in Luxor. • Day 2: Visit West Bank Enjoy your breakfast onboard the Nile Cruise. Visit the West Bank of Luxor and tour the Valley of the Kings. Dive into the tombs of famous Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, dedicated to the only female ruler, who ruled Egypt for 20 years with wealth and peace. Next, sail to Edfu via Esna. There, enjoy your lunch onboard and then savor a relaxing afternoon with an afternoon tea and an amazing dinner proceeding an overnight stay in Edfu. • Day 3: Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan Tour After your breakfast onboard, visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt. Stop for a lunch break, where you can grab some food and enjoy an afternoon tea onboard during the sail to Kom Ombo. After lunch, visit the Temple of two gods, Sobek and Haroeris, in Kom Ombo. Sail to the beautiful city of Aswan and spend the night onboard with dinner included (stay overnight in Aswan). • Day 4: High Dam, Philae Temple, & the Unfinished Obelisk After breakfast on board, start your journey by visiting the High Dam — an incredible wonder of engineering. Take a motorboat to the Philae Temple, the most famous site of Aswan, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Finally, make your way to the Unfinished Obelisk to gaze into history via its massive pillars. Return to the cruise ship for lunch and enjoy your afternoon tea later on. Relax and eat dinner onboard and enjoy an overnight stay in Aswan. • Day 5: Last Day Cruise Breakfast will be served onboard the cruise before disembarking. You will then be transferred to the Aswan Airport or railway station with the assistance of your tour guide.

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Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

3. Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 At 5.00 PM you will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Cairo train station, where you will board an overnight train to Luxor.  Day 2 Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a cafe to try some local tea. You’ll then enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs.  Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch.  You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat.  Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus.  You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time.  Day 4 In the early morning you’ll head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to check out and take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan station to travel back to Cairo by train.

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From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

4. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples by Bus or Private Car

Visit the Abu Simbel temples, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, on this day trip from Aswan. Waste no time waiting in line with skip-the-line entrance tickets, and take a guided tour of the complex with a professional guide. After pickup from your hotel in Aswan early in the morning, drive approximately 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest to Abu Simbel in an air-conditioned bus or private car, depending on the tour option you select. Once there, meet your guide, then discover two of the most renowned temples in Egypt, one dedicated to Ramses II and the other to his favorite wife, Nefertari. Skip the lines to access the site and explore the temples constructed in the 13th century B.C. Admire the gigantic facade of the Ramses II temple that represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The facade is 119 feet (36 meters) wide and 100 feet (32.5 meters) high, and the statues are each 67 feet (20.4 meters) high. Enter the interior of the temple via a 185-foot (56.4-meter) man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms. The most remarkable feature of the temple of Abu Simbel is that the construction is oriented in such a way that twice a year, the morning sun shines through the length of the inner temple and illuminates the statues of the four gods seated at the end of the cave. After your tour, return to Aswan and get dropped off at your hotel around noon.

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From Luxor: Private Day Trip to Edfu and Kom Ombo

5. From Luxor: Private Day Trip to Edfu and Kom Ombo

Discover two magnificent temples — the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo — on a full-day private tour from Luxor with a licensed professional guide. Choose whether to conclude your tour in the city of Aswan, or return back to Luxor at the end of the day. Meet your driver/guide at your hotel lobby in Luxor and begin your journey to Edfu. On the way, receive your guide's full attention and be enlightened by tales of the ancient mythology of Egypt to pique your interest and enhance your understanding. Once in Edfu, enjoy an enthralling visit to the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus, the god of protection. In accordance with the mythology of Egyptian gods, explore the site where Horus sought revenge upon Seth, the god of chaos, for murdering his father, Osiris. Next, take a 1.5-hour drive to the Temple of Kom Ombo, built in devotion to the divine deities overlooking the east side of the River Nile. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great divinities: the falcon-headed Horus or Haroeris, and the crocodile-headed god of fertility, Sobek. After spending a marvelous hour walking around the temple, it will be time for a lunch break in the city of Aswan. From here, either be dropped off at your hotel in Aswan or set off on the return journey to your accommodation in Luxor, depending on the tour option you select.

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From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

6. From Aswan: Abu Simbel Temples Day Trip by Plane

Spend a full day taking a guided tour of one of the most magnificent sites in Eygpt: the Abu Simbel temples. In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Aswan and take you to the airport. From there, head towards the most magnificent landscape of ancient Egypt. These massive rock reliefs are considered the grandest and most beautiful temples commissioned during Ramses’ reign, and some of the most beautiful in Egypt. This iconic site is situated on the western banks of the Nile and was dedicated to Ramses the Great and his queen Nefertari. Accompany your guide on an exploration of these temples and learn fascinating historical facts about the site, including the reason why they were dismantled and re-located in the 1960s. Twice a year, a beautiful phenomenon takes place: witness the sun shining into the holy sanctum which lights up the colossal statues of Ptah, Amun, Ta, and Ramses. In the interior, discover 1000 years of temple arts, petroglyphs, and hieroglyphs. You’ll also explore the many other small and large temples located in the area.   After you’ve taken in the magnificence of this site to the fullest, your guide will drop you off at the Abu Simbel Airport for your return to your accommodation in Aswan.

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From Luxor: Edfu Temple and Felucca Tour with Lunch

7. From Luxor: Edfu Temple and Felucca Tour with Lunch

Admire the second-largest ancient Egyptian temple with the convenience of hotel pickup, round-trip train tickets, and a professional guide. The day starts with pickup from your hotel in Luxor. The local representative will give you your round-trip ticket and assist you in catching your train to Edfu. A professional guide will be waiting for you at Edfu station and will take you by car to visit the famous Edfu Temple. Learn the history of this ancient site while taking photographs of its intricate carvings. After the Edfu portion of the tour, return to Luxor by train to meet a second guide who will accompany you for lunch at a local restaurant. After enjoying a lunch of typical Egyptian foods, set out to explore the west bank of Luxor including the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut, and the two statues of Memnon. The last stop of the day is the Nile River where you will board a felucca, a typical wooden sailboat used on the Nile. Admire Luxor from the water while sipping tea and enjoying the river breeze. At the end of the river cruise, return drop-off is provided.

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From Marsa Alam: Private Day Trip to Aswan with Lunch

8. From Marsa Alam: Private Day Trip to Aswan with Lunch

After pickup from your hotel in Marsa Alam (including Port Ghalib) at 5 AM, travel by air-conditioned car to Aswan. Take a nap after your early pickup during the 370-kilometer (230-mile), 4.5-hour journey to Aswan, where you'll arrive around 9:30 AM. Then, make your way first to the Aswan High Dam, a rock-fill dam located at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. Admire a structure considered to be the fourth pyramid of Egypt, which is fed by the River Nile. See where the reservoir forms Lake Nasser, hear about the dam's construction, then proceed to the “unfinished obelisk,” the largest known ancient obelisk. At 12 PM, continue your Aswan tour by visiting the marvelous Temple of Philae, one of Nubia's most important monuments. This large temple complex was an ancient pilgrimage center for the cult of Isis and was venerated from the Pharaonic era up to the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods with each ruler adding their own stamp onto the stones here. Learn more about the love story between Isis and Osiris, and find out how the Temple of Philae was saved from a watery grave by UNESCO's rescue project, which transferred the monuments block by block from Philae Island to Agilika Island. Once the temples have worked their charms on you, tuck into a tasty lunch at a quality restaurant in Aswan at 4 PM. After lunch, begin your journey back to Marsa Alam. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Marsa Alam.

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From Aswan: Philae Temple & Motorboat Tour to Nubian Village

9. From Aswan: Philae Temple & Motorboat Tour to Nubian Village

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating trip to the Temple of Philae and a traditional Nubian village from Aswan. Travel with an expert guide, explore the temple site, and discover Nubian traditions with village locals. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup from your hotel in Aswan, then set off on your journey with your professional guide who will enlighten you with interesting facts throughout your tour. Upon arrival at the majestic Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, roam around to experience this classical and sacred site to the core. After exploring the temple, head to the Nile River, which has had an incomparable role in developing Egyptian civilization. Cruise down the river to the Nubian village situated opposite Soheil Island, close to the Aswan Dam pass. Once there, trace out the different aspects of traditional life and culture in the village by meeting native people. To understand more, wander among the houses in lush palm groves and admire their varied colors: sky blue, yellow, pink, and more. Spend some time shopping for some delightful handcrafted gifts before sailing back along the River Nile. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Aswan.

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What people are saying about Aswan Governorate

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Amazing tour must Do! What can I say, we did a wonderful Nile Cruise with Ocean air Tours , we have to say that the company made a marvelous tour also wonderful Experience , it was a great service at the boat we enjoy it so much. thanks so much for this wonderful service Our OceanAir guide was very friendly and kind. He helped us through the tour and has been always available for us , the room were clean and the food was top notch I would definitely do it again in the future I would like to extend my special thanks to *Rania Al-Afifi* the reservation officer, who contacted us throughout our stay and cared for us.

We left the hotel at 4.10 in the morning, at 8 we already arrived in Abu Simbel, there were other tourists in the car, the guides took everything apart and went on individual excursions. I liked everything, except for the mini bus, I am 160cm tall, even I did not have enough legroom, my knees rested on the front seat, my neck was numb. There was no lunch, but there was a stop near the "shop".

Be prepared to be up before dawn for a 3 hour journey to Abu Simbel. Tariq made good time on the road. Mohammed was a good guide helping fill in some history and details of the interior. Two hours at the site is sufficient and then back on the road to Aswan. Enjoyable and no complaints. Definitely a good value for a hassle free excursion.

I liked everything, the cabin on the ship is excellent, the food is excellent. True, at first they forgot to put a cot in our cabin, but then they quickly organized it. We liked our guide Ahmed too. The excursions were very interesting and the organization of everything is also excellent. Thank you.

Shorouk and our guide Sameh were amazing, very attentive to our every need. Would highly recommend this tour ! Thanks so much