Step back in time to the age of the pharaohs and discover the jewels of the Nile River on this private 9-hour Abu Simbel temple tour from Aswan. Follow a private guide around the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Abu Simbel temple site. Along the way, gain insight into life in Egypt during Pharaoh Ramesses IIs reign between 1279 and 1213 BC. Discover top attractions including temples dedicated to the gods Amun-Ra, Ra-Horakhty and the goddess Hathor, and admire ancient constructions in ode to Ramesses IIs wife Queen Nefertari. Choose from several departure options at time of booking.
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Led by a qualified Egyptologist
- Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Details about this tour
Your Egyptologist tour guide will pick you up from your Aswan Hotel / Nile Cruise / airport t & escort you on an unforgettable tour to Abu Simbel temple located 280k.m south of Aswan. You will drive for almost 3 hours, upon arrival your guide will show you the world renowned site where Ramses II (1290-1223 B.C.) ordered two sun temples carved from the Limestone Mountains.
The great temple of Amon Re and Ra-Harakhte where the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert.
Walk to the small temple of Hathor dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love, happiness, joy and music built in honor of Ramses favorite wife Queen Nefertari, Six massive standing statues front the temple each 10 meters high.
Originally cut into the side of a mountain, the two temples is now domed by an artificial mountain built to resemble the original location. The Great temple was constructed, so that the rising sun shone between the statues of Ramses and into the inner recesses of the sanctuary on February 22nd and October 22nd. Modern engineers spent a full year calculating the new placement of the temple to reproduce this miracle.
Today, as it has for millennia, the suns rays illuminate the holy statues for 20 minutes on those dates each year. The massive job took four years to complete, 1964-1968. Abu Simbel tour remains one of Egypts top tourist attractions.
Later on, you will be transferred back to Aswan hotel / Nile Cruise or airport
- Aswan Hotel, Nile Cruise Or airport pickup and return
- All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water during the tours
- Qualified Egyptologist tour guide
- All service charges and taxes
- Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities (Tipping)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
All participants: Names, Passports Numbers and country is required at time of booking
Pick up & Drop off hotel names Or Flight details
Your guide will pick you up at your Aswan hotel or Nile cruise Reception
Private tour means Private guide & vehicle only for Viator costumers, 2-9 adult tour mean sharing two families same tour.
Pickup and drop-off at Aswan airport is subject to an additional fee of US$7 per person