Abu Simbel excursion - transport from Aswan included

Abu Simbel excursion - transport from Aswan included

Cancellation Cancellations free of charge up to 24hrs prior departure time

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The visit to the majestic temples, classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The landscape around the temples

The guide's commentary and anecdotes

Comfy private transport in an air-conditioned vehicle

Essential information *

Duration
8 hours

Languages

English

Starting time
4:00 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation.

Description

Get a taste of Ancient Egypt as you tour the temples dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II and Queen Nefertari!

After an early morning transfer from your accommodation in Aswan, you'll be driven in an air-conditioned vehicle to the temples of Abu Simbel, located 300 km to the south. 

You'll start by visiting the temple of the most famous pharaoh, Ramses II, also called Ramses the Great. Before he came to power, the temples were designed for idolising Egyptian deities, but that had changed by 1260 BC. In the 3rd century BC, Ramses II demanded the construction of a building to honour his glory, placing him on the same level as the Egyptian gods Amun-Ra, Re-Horakhty and Ptah.

From the moment you arrive, you'll be able to admire this imposing construction, which is 33 metres high and 38 metres wide and home to four 20-metre-high sculptures of a seated Ramses II wearing the pharaoh's 'nesmes', a traditional headdress. At the foot of these sculptures are smaller statues of his mother Muttuya, some of his children and Nerertari, one of his wives.  

You'll enter the temple through a small dark corridor before arriving in a gallery held up by Osiride statues of Ramses II. The walls' hieroglyphs depict the Pharaohs' victories. You'll continue the visit by entering a gallery with statues representing the Egyptian gods where offerings were laid. The layout of this gallery was designed to be illuminated by the sun on only two days of the year.

Ramses II also had a smaller temple built for Nefertari, one of his wives, which is where the second part of the tour takes place. It's the first temple dedicated to a woman. There are six sculptures around the entrance, including four of Ramses II and they frame the sculptures of Nefertari. Inside the temple you'll find a gallery supported by columns with pillars representing Egyptian goddesses. 

At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to your departure point in Aswan. 

Departure place

Good to know

  • Availability: every day
  • (except under exceptional circumstances)Set-off time and location: Between 4am and 4.30am. Transport is available from most hotels located towards the EAST bank of the Nile at Aswan. The exact departure location and time will be confirmed after you book

  • The distance between Aswan and Abu Simbel is 300 km, which is around a 3hr drive
  • Please note that this is a group tour and our tour operator reserves the right to cancel or change the tour times if there aren't enough participants
  • Maximum group size: 20 people
  • The activity isn't suitable for people with reduced mobility

Price includes

  • Transport to and from your hotel or cruise ship on the EAST bank of the Nile in Aswan
  • A local English-speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Price doesn’t include

  • Admission to the temple of Nefertari
  • Admission to the Great Temple
  • Meal and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

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