Tour To Abu Simbel Temples By Road From Aswan

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9 - 11 Hours
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Enjoy a full-day tour to Abu Simbel temples from Aswan by road. Explore the phenomenal Temples of Ramses II, and his beloved wife Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel with a professional tour guide.

Price Includes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entrance fees of all sites of the tour
  • Licensed Egyptologist tour guide
  • Police permits
  • All service charges and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks and meals
  • Travel insurance

Price Per Person

  • 01 person:           200 USD
  • 02 people:          125    USD
  • 03-07 people:     100    USD
  • 08-16 people:      80    USD
Children Policy

Children from 0 – 5 years are free of charge

Children from 6 – 11 years get 50% off

Children from 12 years are considered adults

Itinerary

Tour To Abu Simbel Temples By Road From Aswan

Meet your guide at your hotel reception to begin your tour to Abu Simbel. The road trip to Abu Simbel takes around 3-4 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. Tour to Abu Simbel offers picturesque views of the desert landscape.

You will begin your tour to Abu Simbel by visiting the Great Temple of Ramses II. The Great Temple of Abu Simbel is an exact transferal of the architectural form of an Egyptian inner sanctuary temple cut deep inside the rock. Façade of this temple was built imitating a pylon, about 30 meters high and 40 meters wide. Four colossi of Ramses II are decorating the façade, each is about 20 meters high. 
 
You pass from light to the interior where the shadowy light emphasizes the mysterious and evocative atmosphere. Most of the hall’s scenes are military. Two doors lead to side rooms while the central door is leading to the second Hypostyle Hall. This hall leads to the vestibule. There are three doors in the rear wall of the vestibule.
 
Side doors lead to undecorated rooms, while the middle leads to the sanctuary. The most intimate and secret part of the temple, a small room, four meters by seven. Four statues of Re-Herakhty, Ramses II, Amun-Re, and Ptah sit at the end of the sanctuary. Abu Simbel was built along a pre-determined axis: twice a year, corresponding to the equinoxes, the rising sun penetrates the heart of the mountain and illuminates the statues in the sanctuary.
 
The first rays of the sun follow the axis of the temple precisely, crossing its entire length and gradually flooding into the sanctuary. On the 22nd of February (said to be Ramses II’s coronation day) and 22nd of October (said to be Ramses II’s birthday) the sun would shine all the way from the entrance directed on the faces of the statues but the statue of Ptah because he was the god of Darkness and death in ancient Egypt.
 
Then, your tour to Abu Simbel temples takes your to the Temple of Nefertari. To the north of the Great Temple of Ramses II and not far from it lies the Small Temple of Queen Nefertari, which is dedicated to goddess Hathor. On each side of the façade of the temple is three statues, two of them are of Ramses and one in the middle of Nefertari. Nefertari is represented as Hathor with the horns of the sacred cow, the solar disk, and two plumes.
 
Rescue of Abu Simbel Temples:


By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile river caused by the erection of the High Dam. In the mid-20th century, when the reservoir (Lake Nasser) was created as a part of the construction of the nearby High Dam threatened to submerge Abu Simbel, UNESCO and the Egyptian government sponsored a project to save the site.

An informational and fund-raising campaign was initiated by UNESCO in 1959. Between 1963 and 1968 a workforce and an international team of engineers and scientists, supported by funds from more than 50 countries, dug away the top of the cliff and completely disassembled both temples, reconstructing them on the high ground of more than 200 feet (60 meters) above their previous site. In all, some 16,000 blocks were moved. In 1979 Abu Simbel, Philae, and other nearby monuments were collectively designated a UNESCO World Site Heritage.
End your tour to Abu Simbel by traveling you back to your hotel in Aswan.

Throughout the tour to Abu Simbel, you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will provide detailed information about the temples’ history, architecture, and significance. They will help you unravel the stories depicted on the temple walls and answer any questions you may have.

 
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