Tour Availability: Daily
Pick up Time: 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, 7am, 8 am(Available to change)
Tour Type: Private
Tour Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Pick up Location: Aswan hotels/ Nile cruises.
Explore the UNISCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simel Temples on this 8-hour shared tour from Aswan (pickup time from 4 to 4:30 am). Visit the rock temples of Abu Simbel with an Egyptologist guide meeting you at Abu Simbel. Learn about the lives of the pharaohs, and benefit from some time to see original documents from the relocation project. Marvel the most amazing scenes inside the temples. See the stunning rocks temples of Abu Simbel on the banks of Lake Nasser. Enjoy ample time to explore the temples on your own, before heading back to Aswan. Take it easy with door-to-door transfer by an air-conditioned minivan or minibus.
Egypt Gift Tours representative will pick you up from your Hotel/Nile Cruise in Aswan from 4 to 4:30 am by air-conditioned minivan or minibus to hit the road to Abu Simbel to start your tour to the fascinate colorful temples of Abu Simbel (Sharing a small group). Drive for about 280 kilometers, approx. 3 hours through the Egyptian desert and watch the sunrise over the mountains.
Upon arrival, meet your Egyptology tour guide, buy your tickets, then take a short walk to the temple entrance. Your Egyptology guide will explain the history of the site. Hear details of the UNESCO-led relocation of the entire cliff face to higher ground, and how the temples were only discovered by accident in 1813.
Due to the large number of visitors, guides are not permitted inside the Great Temple of Ramses II or the smaller Temple of Hathor. However, by using photos and illustrations your guide will explain the structures and their interior artworks before giving you some free time to enter the temples and explore at leisure. As one of the few Ancient Egyptian sites that largely escaped damage from past invaders, the interiors of the Abu Simbel temples are astounding. The scale of the buildings and their detailed decorations leave most visitors in awe. The experience is further enhanced by the scenic location on the edge of Lake Nasser in the orange sands of the desert. After visiting the temples, benefit from some time for a short visit to the small visitor’s center to see documents relating to the UNESCO relocation project (time permitting) before the drive back to Aswan hotel or Nile Cruise
Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip.