Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam And Unfinished Obelisk

Overview

Take a private tour to explore three of Aswan most popular and well known sites. Walk on the High dam which separates Lake nasser from the Nile, be astounded at the size of the Unfinished obelisk, and enjoy the beauty of Philae Temple's island location.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by a qualified Egyptologist
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All entrance fees included

Details about this tour

Depart your Aswan hotel or cruise ship and travel to the High dam of Aswan, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. From the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake nasser to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.

Continue to the Unfinished obelisk in the granite quarries of Aswan where much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from. The Unfinished Obelisk still lies where it was carved when a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will explain how the 1 tonne obelisk was carved, and why the crack caused it to be abandoned.

The last of the 3 famous Aswan sites you will see today is generally regarded as the best. Philae Temple was carefully moved to its current location (around 500 meters from the original site) when the construction of the High Dam caused surrounding Nile waters to rise. A short motorboat ride takes you to the island where your guide will take you on a walking tour through the temple before allowing you free time to explore further on your own.

Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the river which has been landscaped to match its original site.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour.

Inclusions

  • Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans ; pick up from hotel and drop off.
  • Enjoy sailing by a motor boat to Philae Island.
  • Bottled mineral water during the tour.
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Philae
  • Entry/Admission - High Dam
  • Entry/Admission - Unfinished Obelisk

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • john g
    18-May-2015

    Nice easy tour of the sites, great

  • NKR Prabhu
    25-Jan-2012

    Philae Temple has such a great location and the whole tour was very relaxing. Unfinished obelisk was awesome. But the high dam is just a dam...

  • Jusvant L
    28-Jan-2011

    Stunning, our guide Dina was wonderful. she knew what she was talking about and explained it in a way that we understood. Dina was brilliant by far the best guide we had (that is saying something as Nana in Cairo was pretty good too).

  • Scott P
    13-Mar-2010

    On-time pick-up. Guide treated us like we were idiots.

  • William Z
    22-Apr-2009

    Good overview of the Aswan, although the High Dam is a little anticlimatic. Philae Temple caps the trip, after seeing Giza, Sakkara, Luxor, Karnak, Abydos, and Dendara. Would have liked a little more time to explore on the island. Obelisk is incredible, although our guide gave us a short introduction and then left us to wander. We enjoyed the freedom, but did have additional questions and were immediately targeted by baksheesh-hungry tourist police. Well worth it.

  • Hongyu G
    06-Jan-2009

    The guide was below average.

  • Carolyn M
    02-Jun-2008

    Our guide was excellent and we loved Philae - a peaceful oasis after Abu Simbel.

  • David Z
    05-Nov-2007

    We could have passed on the High Dam, but the Philae Temple is a must-see if visiting Aswan.

  • Anonymous
    28-Sep-2007

    As a native to Aswan our guide loved showing us around the area. The Dam is just a dam but its pretty big and the history is interesting. The mind boggles at how anyone expected to move the unfinished obelisk and Philae Temple is one of the best temples in Egypt.

  • Joanne D
    26-Dec-2006

    Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable & friendly.

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