Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, And High Dam Private Half-Day Tour


Explore the most famous sites of Aswan, on a private guided tour to the Unfinished obelisk in the Granite Quarry, Aswan high dam and Philae Temple Island, as you explore these elaborate sights you will combine both ancient and modern Egypt history.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Led by a qualified Egyptologist
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Details about this tour

Your expert tour guide will pick you up from Aswan airport, train station, hotel or Nile Cruise and accompany you in a guided tour to visit the unfinished obelisk in Aswan northern granite quarry. It was ordered by Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh (15081458 BC). It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons. Proceed to visit the High dam, a rock fill dam built across the Nile in Aswan, between 1960 and 1970 with the aim to regulate the Nile River flooding, to store the water for agriculture and to generate hydro electric power.
Enjoy a short motor boat ride to Philae Temple Island, the most ancient structure in the Island was the temple of the Goddess Isis, ordered by the native Pharaoh Nectanebo I (380-362 BC), Nectanebo was a great builder and restore. For the other Temples, Chapels and ruins date from the Ptolemaic times, more especially with the reigns of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Ptolemy Epiphanes, and Ptolemy Philometor (282-145 BC), with many traces of Roman work most notable in the Kiosk of Emperor Trajan (98-117ad), enjoy free time at leisure. You will then be transferred back to your accommodation in Aswan.


  • Pick-up and return service
  • All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return way Motor boat ride to philae temple Island
  • Bottled water during the tours
  • Qualified Egyptologist tour guide
  • All service charges and taxes


  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (Tipping)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Your guide will pick you up at your Aswan hotel reception or Nile cruise port

Pickup and drop-off at Aswan railway station is free of charge

Pickup and drop-off at Aswan airport or Gharb Soheil hotels is subject to an additional fee of US$7 per person

Transport is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with

walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

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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.


  • 18-Dec-2017

    The tour was nice and the guide spoke wonderful english, but he was didn't have a lot of energy and didn't offer nearly much information as other tour guides we've had in Egypt. This is honestly also a rather high price, and having a tour guide guide really is not necessary for the dam. If you are staying at a hotel, I would highly recommend trying to organize your tour through the hotel - it will be much cheaper for exactly the same (if not better) thing.

  • Yang Z

    It was nice. Tour guide speaks very good English. unfinished obelisk is really worth visiting, it's amazing the technique they were using to create obelisk 4000 years ago, so smart people.

  • Dan B

    The Philae temple is on an island so we enjoyed a short boat ride to get there. The views along the way were picture perfect. Go early and miss the crowds.

USD 45
Per Person
2 Reviews