Philae Temple

Philae Temple

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From Aswan: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Guide

1. From Aswan: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Guide

Cruise the Nile on a 5-star ship from Aswan to Luxor, stopping to see the sights of Kom Ombo, Edfu, Karnak Temple, Hatshepsut Temple, and the Valley of the Kings along the way. With full board, your meals are taken care of, and your own private guide will show you the best of ancient Egypt. Day 1: Start your ancient Egypt exploration in the beautiful city of Aswan. Your guide will pick you up from your Aswan hotel to escort you to Philae Temple. Known as the "Pearl of Egypt”, Graeco-Roman temples and colonnades, kiosks, and sanctuaries rise proudly against the skyline. Afterward, you’ll be dropped off at your cruise ship in time to enjoy lunch and the rest of the day to relax onboard. Day 2: Early in the morning, you have the option to take an optional guided tour to Abu Simbel or enjoy a free morning. The mighty temple built by Ramses II is a marvel of ancient engineering and also has a fascinating modern history. Enjoy lunch onboard as you begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Discover the temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god, with your guide. The layout combines two temples in one with each side having its gateways and chapels. After your tour of Kom Ombo, return to the ship for dinner and a relaxing evening as you sail overnight to Edfu. Day 3: After enjoying breakfast, your guide will meet you to visit the hidden gem in Edfu, Horus Temple, As the largest temple dedicated to Horus, one of Egypt's most important historic deities, statues of the falcon-headed god are found throughout the complex. The temple’s extensive wall carvings have provided valuable information to historians about the Hellenistic period of Egyptian history, and the exquisite reliefs give us insight into the religion, mythology, and way of life during the era. Day 4: After breakfast, you can leave your luggage at reception while you spend the day exploring Luxor. Start your tour on the West Bank at The Valley of the Kings where you will visit the royal tombs of pharaohs of the new kingdom. Wander through passageways decorated with reliefs and hieroglyphs and learn about the ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. The next stop is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. A keen admirer of Mentuhotep II's temple, Hatshepsut had her own designed to mirror it but on a much grander scale and, just in case anyone should miss the comparison, ordered it built right next to the older temple. Stop for a quick visit to the massive colossi of Memnon before enjoying a break for lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor. Then it's time to explore Luxor's East Bank. Start your tour with the biggest temple in Luxor, the impressive Karnak Temple. Home to three main temples, several smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples, UNESCO-listed Karnak combines the achievements of many generations of ancient builders over 1500 years. Your next destination is the temple of Luxor, this beautiful temple was the main function during the annual Opet celebrations. Started by Amenhotep III and completed by Tutankhamun, Luxor Temple has a fascinating history throughout the ages. After your day in Luxor, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Luxor.

From Cairo: 8-Day Tour of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with Cruise

2. From Cairo: 8-Day Tour of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with Cruise

Day 1 Our representative will be waiting for you outside the exit hall with the sign of nice tours to welcome you to Egypt. Then head directly to the restaurant to enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch. After that you will move to the check in at the hotel booked for you (5-star). In the evening, at about 7 p.m., you will go to a gala dinner on a Nile cruise ship while enjoying the folklore party and other traditional shows to live an experience of the Egyptian vibes during the boat moves on the Nile. Then return back to the hotel to relax and overnight. Day 2 After breakfast at the hotel, your private guide will take you to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Feel the majesty of the pyramids that were built to last forever, and they did so to became one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. Continue your day tour with a stop in Memphis, one of the most important cities in more than 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. It was a center for the worship of the god Ptah, and its temple was one of the most important places in ancient Egypt. Next is Saqqara a real open-air museum. Take a closer look at the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser and learn about the pyramids of some of the most important kings of the Old Kingdom. Enjoy a lunch break, then return to the hotel, where you will have dinner and overnight. Day 3 Meet your guide after breakfast at the hotel to explore the two different sides of Cairo, Egypt. Islamic and Coptic Cairo. First you will start by visiting Islamic Cairo that includes two of the most beautiful Islamic symbols. Cairo Citadel is the most popular Islamic monument in Cairo. It was built by Saladin Al-Ayubi in 1176 A.D, and it was the center of government during the Ayyubid era. Move to the elaborated decorated Muhammad Ali Grand Mosque. It is sometimes called the Alabaster Mosque, and its walls are covered with alabaster panels. Watch the candlelight that illuminates the Arabic inscriptions in the mosque, and the mihrab is decorated with gold. Moving to Coptic Cairo, you will start by visiting the Church of Saint George also known as Mary George. One of the few round churches built in Egypt, the St. George Church was built on top of an ancient Roman tower connected to the monastery below it. Your next stop will be the famous Hanging Church, which is believed to be the first basilica-style church built in Egypt. The church includes 110 icons, most of which are made of ebony and some are inlaid with ivory. The oldest and holiest of them dates back to the 8th century. Your day in Cairo includes lunch at a local restaurant between the visits, then return to the hotel where you will rest after the long day, have dinner and overnight. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will pick you up and take you to the airport to take the flight to Luxor. Upon arrival there, your guide will be waiting for you outside the exit hall with the sign of nice tours to recognize him. Move to explore the beautiful and historic city of Luxor and all its monuments. You will start your tour on the eastern bank of Luxor, where you will visit the Karnak Temple. Home to three main temples, several smaller enclosed temples, and several outdoor temples – the impressive structure combines the achievements of many generations of ancient builders over 1,500 years. Move on to the smaller but equally impressive Luxor Temple. This beautiful temple contains well-preserved hieroglyphs and statues and was the center of annual Opet celebrations. Finally, go to the boat to check in at lunch time, and at about 4 or 5 pm our representative will return to take you to a one-hour tour of the felucca in the Nile and then return to the boat to relax and overnight. Day 5 In the early morning ( kindly ask the reception to prepare a breakfast box for you) our representative will pick you up to live a life time experience of hot air balloon ride over the city of Luxor and watch the city as an open museum where you will be able to take a look over the west and east bank and the Nile river that split between the two banks in a marvelous view. When the balloon lands, our professional guide will be waiting for you to explore the stunning west bank of Luxor city, starting from the Valley of the Kings. In a world governed by the rules of the afterlife, the ancient Egyptians attached great importance to their burial places. The Valley of the Kings looks like a dull, rocky gorge from the outside, but hides elaborately painted and carved tombs beneath the surface. Continue to the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut. The inscriptions on the walls of the temple tell the story of the birth of Queen Hatshepsut and her trading trips to the country of Punt, now known as the modern state of Somalia or the peninsula. Stop at the giant statue of Memnon, and enjoy taking amazing and fun photos with family and friends. Then return to the boat to enjoy lunch and sailing towards Edfu. Day 6 While you continue sailing along the Nile River, it's time to discover Egypt's most beautiful hidden gems in Edfu and Kom Ombo. In the morning after breakfast on board, your guide will meet you to visit the hidden gem of Edfu, the Temple of Horus. Edfu Temple represents the lost art that displays the true spirit of ancient Egyptian civilization from the perspective of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Kom Ombo where your guide will be waiting for you to explore the temple. Kom Ombo means a pile of gold and the temple is dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris (the falcon god, Horus). Learn more interesting facts about the unique temple with your Egyptologist's guide. After your tour of Kom Ombo, return to the ship for dinner and continue sailing to Aswan at night. Day 7 In the early morning once again ( you will take your breakfast box with you) and go with a group to the most beautiful temple in Egypt. Enjoy the trip to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. Hear the story of how the temple of Abu Simbel was moved to be saved from destruction due to floods, and to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built by Ramesses II, who dedicated it to Egypt's national gods: Ptah, Ra, Amun, and Ramesses II as a deified king, the son of Ra. After visiting the temple, you will return on board to enjoy lunch before your guide picks you up again to visit the beautiful Temple of Philae, the Pearl of Egypt. The walls of the Philae temple are covered in ancient hieroglyphics, and among the large sculptures of the gods of ancient Egypt are inscriptions in the ornate pictorial alphabet, telling the stories of this civilization. After finishing the visit of Philae, enjoy a traditional felucca ride on the Nile River and then return to the ship to relax and have dinner Day 8 After breakfast on the ship , you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Cairo where your tour ends and our agent will be waiting for you to welcome you once again at Cairo and will take you to your hotel safe and sound.

From Aswan: Private Guided Tour of Philae Temple with Entry

3. From Aswan: Private Guided Tour of Philae Temple with Entry

be ready in the morning, our driver will pick you up from your accommodation anywhere in Aswan. starting the interesting trip to reach the beautiful temple of Philae, the temple is a must-see for classical history lovers. Visitors can examine the detailed temple walls containing reliefs of Isis mythology, including Isis bringing Osiris back to life, giving birth to Horus, and mummifying Osiris after his death.  after taking your time exploring the temple with your professional Egyptologist and enjoying the views, our driver will drop you back at your accommodation safe and sound. 

Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, & Philae Private Tour

4. Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, & Philae Private Tour

Enjoy your journey in Aswan and discover the most important landmarks and what makes it so special. after you get picked up from your hotel in Aswan, meet your guide and enjoy the motorboat ride and the special Nile view on your way to explore Philae temple, This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. The temple of Isis was one of the last ancient Egyptian temples to remain active, as it continued to function until the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD). Then you'll head to the second site to dig up and learn more about the story behind the unfinished obelisk, known in the ancient Egyptian language as tekhen. famous for its supply of hard and high-quality stone. Believed to have been commissioned by Hatshepsut (c. 1473–1458 BC) for the temple of Amun in Karnak. Your last stop will be The High Dam. The Dam is 3600 meters long, 980 meters thick at the base, and 111 meters tall. Egypt's modern example of construction on a monumental scale, the controversial Aswan High Dam, 13km south of Aswan, contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest artificial lakes. Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel

Aswan: Philae Temple Sound & Light Show with Entrance Fees

5. Aswan: Philae Temple Sound & Light Show with Entrance Fees

Take a narrated multimedia journey through time at the Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple. Hear tales of Goddess Isis and God Osiris, and explore the temple at night, with return transfers from your Aswan hotel included. Begin your evening with pickup from your Aswan hotel by private vehicle. At the marina, hop onboard a boat for a short ride across to Agilkia Island. Using music, lasers, and light projections, stroll through the temple as the multimedia show brings Ancient Egyptian mythology to life in a stunning location. Who were Isis and Osiris, and why were they so important to ancient Egyptians? Philae Temple itself has a remarkable story. Due to regular flooding in the early 20th century, a special project was carried out by UNESCO to transport the temple stone by stone to its current site on an island in the Nile River.

From Luxor: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Balloon Ride

6. From Luxor: 5-Day Nile Cruise to Aswan with Balloon Ride

Day 1/ Begin in the morning with a pickup from your accommodation in Luxor, after meeting your professional Egyptologist to start your trip by visiting the Karnak temple, It was built as a cult temple and was dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut, and khon. Being the largest building for religious purposes ever to be constructed, the Karnak Temple was known as the “most select of places” by ancient Egyptians. moving to the temple of Luxor, one of the most beautiful temples standing. The Luxor Temple is a mark of Ancient Egyptian civilization, a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of modern Luxor. then enjoy the relaxing view of the city and the Nile on the felucca ride. Day 2/ starting the day very early in the morning(kindly ask the receptionist to prepare a breakfast box for you), our driver will pick you up for one of the best experiences in our adventure the hot air balloon ride. after the balloon ride your private driver and professional Egyptologist will be waiting for your to start exploring the Westbank. the first visit will be to the valley of the kings, During Egypt's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.), the valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. the next visit to the temple of Hatshepsut, Hatshepsut was always keenly aware of ways in which to elevate her public image and immortalize her name; the mortuary temple achieved both ends. Take a quick but informative look at the colossi of Memnon, then return to the ship to enjoy your lunch abroad, the ship departures from Luxor at 2 pm. Day 3/ On the third day you will head with a group of people to visit two of the most wonderful temples in Egypt Edfu temple in the morning, The temple remained buried under layers of settlement debris for millennia, which is why its architectural and decorative elements have survived so well. and in the afternoon kom ombo temple, The temple is unique because it is in fact a double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Our guide will be waiting for you in each location, he will pick you up from the reception to learn much more about these unique and beautiful temples. Day 4/ starts in the morning, our guide will pick you up from the reception to start the day informative adventure with the visit to the high dam, The great High Dam helped in the reclamation of the desert that helped a lot in the development of the agricultural process. then the visit to the unfinished obelisk, The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. ending the day visits with the one and only, philae temple, the Temple of Philae is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped and filled with many interesting stories and facts about the life style of the ancient Egyptian, learn more about it with your professional egyptologist. and lastly you’ll be back on the ship to enjoy lunch and relax for the rest of the day to prepare yourself for the wonderful visit on the next day. Day 5/ Very early in the morning around 4am, our driver will pick you up with a group of people to start your visit to the marvelous Abu Simple temple. Please check out and leave your luggage in the reception, and kindly ask the receptionist to prepare you a breakfast box. The visit to Abu simbel will take about 3 hours to arrive there, The twin temples were built to serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari, and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The second largest temple in Egypt. You’ll be back to ship in Aswan at around 2:30pm to pick your luggage and our driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Aswan safe and sound.

Aswan: Philae Temple Guided Half-Day Group Tour

7. Aswan: Philae Temple Guided Half-Day Group Tour

Embark on a relaxing half-day visit to Philae Temple in Aswan, located on an island on the Nile River. Explore the well-preserved complex and admire the intricately carved hieroglyphs and statues throughout. Your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off within Aswan. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Aswan and transport you to the dock to meet the rest of your tour group. Board a motorboat for the short trip across the river to the island where the magnificent Philae Temple awaits. Following your guide’s lead, admire the ancient hieroglyphs which cover the temple walls. Wander amongst the large carvings of the gods of Ancient Egypt and the towering columns that remain in place to this day. Listen as your guide shares the fascinating history of Philae Temple through the time of the Pharaohs, the Romans, and the beginnings of Christianity. Hear how UNESCO stepped in to help save the temple from flooding by relocating it in the late 1970s. After your tour of Philae Temple is complete, board a boat back to Aswan where your driver will be waiting to drop you off back at your hotel.

From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

8. From Cairo: 2-Day Abu Simbel & Luxor Tour

Day 1: start your day with pickup at 3 am from your hotel in cairo to catch your domestic flight to aswan. arrive at aswan airport at 6 am, greeted by tour representatives, and enjoy transfer to the philae temple and the high dam. at 10:30 am transfer to abu simbel by private bus. visit abu simbel temple, the colossal temple of abu simbel built by ramses II in the 19th dynasty. visit the small temple of the king's wife nefertari, dedicated to the goddess hathor. then, make your way to your hotel in aswan for an overnight stay. first, visit abu simbel temple – a stunning ancient egyptian monument built by ramses II out of a sandstone rock cliff. marvel at the representation of the deities carved on the temple's huge façade. nearby, also visit the small Temple of the king's wife nefertari, dedicated to the goddess hathor. at the end of your tour, transfer to your hotel in aswan ready for an overnight stay at the pyramisa isis hotel. Day 2: after breakfast at the hotel, get picked up by the representative and transfer to luxor. start the day with a visit to the west bank to visit the valley of the kings which holds the tombs of various dynasties and the temple of deir el bahari. on the return journey, stop at the colossi of memnon - 2 gigantic sitting statues representing amenophis lll facing the nile. then, visit the temple of queen hatshepsut. after this, head over to the east bank to see the luxor temple. stroll through the courtyard and admire the granite statues of ramses the great. then, transfer by carriage or bus to karnak temple - a series of temples built within different reigns. start by the avenue of sphinxes, then visit the unfinished propylon and the hypostyle hall with it's 134 gigantic columns. see the obelisks of queen hatshepsut and . marvel at the temple of amon adorned which is adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the granite scarbeus of , and the sacred lake. finally, transfer to luxor airport and catch your domestic flight to cairo. when you arrive in cairo you will be met by a representative who will transfer you back to your hotel in cairo.

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

9. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise to Luxor with Balloon Flight

Day 1: Get picked up in the early morning from your hotel in Cairo then you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to take the flight to Aswan (Duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes) Upon your arrival in Aswan, our driver will be waiting for you outside the airport After the meeting, Begin your experience with your professional guide and head off to visit the High Dam which is the world's largest embankment dam, was built across the Nile in Aswan Next, head to the Incomplete Obelisk which is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan Visit the Philae Temple which was built during the reign of Ptolemy II (Egypt’s Greco-Roman Period) by Motor boat. Finally, you will go to the ship for accommodation and lunch in the early afternoon. At night you will enjoy dinner on board. Day 2: Rise early in the morning to visit one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. Upon arrival your tour guide escort you around the site, explaining more about its fascinating history. After finishing, you will return to the ship to have lunch and begin sailing to Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival at Kom Ombo, you will visit the temple on a guided tour. At the end of your day, you will return to the ship for dinner. Day 3: Early in the morning, after having breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head to Edfu Temple by horse carriage. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt, the city was known in the Hellenistic period in Koinē Greek. Return to the ship for dinner and your final night onboard. Day 4: Wake before sunrise to get ready for your balloon flight. Check out from the room and leave your luggage at the reception of the ship. Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise balloon ride. After landing, head to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple and finally, Luxor Temple. Return to the ship to pick up your luggage then you will be dropped off at Luxor Airport to take the flight back to Cairo. Once you arrive in Cairo, our driver will be waiting for you to return you to your hotel

Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

10. Luxor: 5 Days Nile Cruise with Abu Simbel and Guided Tours

Day 1: Luxor Your experience begins as your professional tour guide picks you up from your Luxor accommodation. From there you will visit the great Karnak Temple. Next, drive over and visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, following which you will check-in to your cruise to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Luxor, before spending the night on your cruise. Day 2: Luxor to Esna Your day begins in the early morning as you prepare yourself to discover the fabulous West Bank. Following that, drive to Valley of the Kings before continuing your great journey to visit the famous Queen Hatshepsut Temple. You will then head Back to the cruise to recommence sailing, enjoying the natural views of the Luxor Islands as you cruise. That evening you will pass the Esna Lock before reaching Edfu and spending another night aboard your boat. Day 3: Edfu to Kom Ombo Your experience begins in the early morning as you travel to visit the Edfu Temple by horse and carriage. Following that you will return to your cruise to enjoy a drink on the sun deck as the cruise sails all the way to Kom Ombo City. Following your arrival to Kom Ombo, you will visit the local temple, before returning once more to your boat. Day 4: Aswan At around 5:00AM it will be time to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, before you later return to the boat to get some rest. That evening you can discover the old market of Aswan, before you return to your cruise for the night. Day 5: Aswan, Departure Following breakfast, drive down to the Nile to take an Egyptian motorboat to visit the Philae Island Temple. From there, drive over to visit the famous Aswan dam, before concluding the tour in Aswan with a drop-off to a hotel, airport, or train station.

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It's not bad, if it's true that the cruiser is a little disappointing, the air conditioning doesn't work, it reeks of Diesel and the cruiser looks very old. The management of the NiceTours company is the best they have. The guides are very attentive and friendly. I think the biggest problem they have is the infrastructure. That they make you go through the shops all the time and take you to see how they make artisanal things is fine the first time, when you have four it is annoying. I recommend it because the country is in chaos. Some guide asks you to rate them, that is why they all have such a good rating. The last guide Ahmed Bahaa was very friendly and attentive.

We chose this Egypt trip for our honeymoon. After researching everything for a long time, we decided to buy it. Thanks to Marina, everything went great from the first day of our trip. The planning that came every day was very appropriate. She did not forget the issues we mentioned before and helped us discover Egypt in every sense. Marina was very knowledgeable about events happening outside of herself. She made our honeymoon trip much more beautiful with his cheerfulness, interest and organizational skills. For those who are thinking of coming to Egypt, we can say that you can easily choose this tour. Many thanks to her and the Nice Tour team.

Jackie was great to us. We learned so much in such a short time. I strongly advise future French tourists to request it for your visits to Luxor. She is very cultured, caring, smiling in short go with Queen Jackie 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Mary was an excellent guide and explained the history of the temple and its relocation. Very good visit. Second tour with Nice and again communication and pickup was perfect. Highly recommended.

Our guide Eman was great! She was so easy going on. She had a deep knowledge of the history and blew us away with the historical connections