Visit the magnificent Temples of Abu Simbel with an Egyptologist as your guide and enjoy a personalized visit on this private tour. With its four rock-hewn pharaohs, you'll agree that the Great Temple of Abu Simbel is the most impressive site in Egypt.
What to Expect
You'll be picked up from your hotel very early in Aswan to start the trip to Abu Simbel at 4:00am. The distance is about 280 kilometers away from Aswan.
On the short walk to the temple entrances, your guide will explain the history of the site, including the details of the UNESCO led relocation of the entire cliff face to higher ground and how the temples were discovered by accident in 1813. Due to the large number of visitors to Abu Simbel, guides are not permitted either inside the Great Temple of Ramses II or the smaller Temple of Hathor. However, by using photos and illustrations, your guide will explain to you the structures and their interior artworks. You will then have free time to enter the temples and explore at your leisure.
As one of the few ancient Egyptian sites which largely escaped damage from past invaders, the interiors of Abu Simbel's temples are astounding. The scale of the buildings and their detailed decoration leaves most visitors in awe. The temple's attraction is further enhanced by its scenic location on the edge of Lake Nasser in the orange sands of the desert.
After visiting the temples, there may be time for a short visit to the small visitor's center where you will find documents of the UNESCO relocation project before returning to the minibus for the drive back to Aswan. The drive is approximately three hours each way.
- Return transport service from/ to your hotel in Aswan
- Professional English-speaking Egyptologist guide
- All transfers in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water on board the vehicle
- All service charges and taxes
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Any extras not mentioned in the program