Would you like to explore the southernmost temples of Upper Egypt?
300 kms from Aswan is to be found Abu Simbel, the most beautiful and imaginative construction of the greatest and most whimsical pharaoh in Egyptian history. The main temple is dedicated in theory to Amon-Ra, Re Horakhty and Ptah, but in practice it was constructed for the greater glory of its builder - Ramses the Great. Next to it is a smaller temple dedicated to his wife - Queen Nefertari.
The main facade consists of four statues of the pharaoh seated on his throne and represent his advancing age with the youngest to the left as viewed from the front.
Twice a year a ray of sunlight would penetrate the front entrance and 65 metres into the temple. This would illuminate three of the four statues in the shrine at the end - the fourth, Ptah - the God of darkness - would not be lit.
In the 1960s the construction of the High Dam on the Nile threatened to submerge Abū Simbel. In a remarkable feat of engineering that began in 1964, both temples were meticulously disassembled and rebuilt at a higher location.
I will pick you up from your hotel or the agreed place in Aswan .
we drive south into the desert around 3 hours.
we will visit the 2 temples of Abu simbel in 2 hours.
We drive back to Aswan for around 3 hours.
I will drop you off at any place within Aswan city.
I wish you a good trip.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
A modern air-conditioned vehicle.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
215 Egyptian pound - For the entrance fees per person !
I am not permitted to explain to you inside some specific places such as the tombs of valley of Kings, Queens and Abu Simbel temple to reduce crowding and noise and that applicable to all guides,explanation in these places will be outside.
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Very well organized, given all the compexities of setting this up. Having an experienced guide capable of thinking ahead, anticipating the needs of a family - what a difference this makes to enable us to focus on and thoroughly enjoy the object of the tour, instead of the logistics. Melad carefully explained the key things to look for, and the history behind each.