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Your private guide will collect you from your hotel in Aswan at 8am for the three-hour drive south: you'll travel in your own comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for this private tour of Abu Simbel.

Built during the reign of the great Pharaoh Ramses II, in the 13th century BC, these two vast rock-cut temples are dedicated to Ramses II and his wife, Nefertari. They are considered architectural masterpieces of Egypt's New Kingdom and so, when Aswan's High Dam was first built, flooding their original location, the Egyptian government and UNESCO worked together to save both temples from the flood.

Your guide will escort you to the Great Temple, or Sun Temple, built in honor of Ramses II and dedicated to him and four other gods, as well as the smaller temple dedicated to his wife Nefertari, and also known as the Temple of Hathor. A qualified Egyptologist, he will explain the fine details of the rock-cut carvings and statuary, as well as how the temples were saved from the flood. After around three hours at the temples, you'll return to Aswan at 5pm.

Locations visited
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Overview
See the ancient marvel of Abu Simbel on a private day trip from Aswan. Journey southward by private, air-conditioned vehicle as your personal guide shares tales of the 3,400-year-old complex, a masterwork of ancient Egyptian engineering beside Lake Nasser. Awe at the two temples, graced by colossi of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, and tour the Great Temple’s statue-lined halls and battle reliefs. While you explore, hear the incredible story of the temples’ 1960s relocation to protect them from flooding after the building of the Aswan High Dam.
Highlights
  • Private day trip by road from Aswan to Abu Simbel, with private air-conditioned transport
  • Venture south to the cliff-cut UNESCO-listed complex, overlooking Lake Nasser
  • Learn about the history of the two temples, built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC
  • Ogle the gigantic colossi of Ramses II and Nefertari at the temple gateways
  • Admire the statues and engraved battle scenes inside the Great Temple
  • Hear how the temples were relocated in the 1960s to protect them from rising Lake Nasser
  • Enjoy in-depth attention and personalized commentary from a private Egyptologist guide
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Reviewed June 9, 2018
Worth the trip, but CHOOSE YOUR GUIDE! (avoid Mary if possible)

This trip takes about 3hrs both ways (from Aswan) and your experience has a lot to do with the guide you have. I had Mary and though she was nice, she was by far the worst guide that I had in Egypt. She was on...More

Thank OyaVibes
Reviewed May 22, 2018
A Worthy Trip in History!

There are different ways to do the day tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan depending on your time and budget. You can fly to Abu Simbel or have a road trip by coach, van or car. The flight option is limited to a few days...More

2  Thank Mahnam
Reviewed April 17, 2018
Worth the visit BUT make sure you get a good guide

We flew from Aswan to Abu Simbel. We had only 1.5 hours on land which is more than enough if you get a private guide and tour which we had expected. Our guide Mustafa met us at the airport in Abu Simbel and escorted us...More

1  Thank Sylvia26
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile
Needs improvement...'

Hi,I am single traveller from India, Booked through viator and my guide was Mr.Zacariah and the driver Mr. Joseph;about the trip it's a total 8hr duration - 6 hrs goes in travel back and forth and only 2 hrs left to visit at the abu...More

1  Thank Abraham B
Reviewed April 10, 2018
Awesome trip with Faizer and Mohamed

I did a private trip to abul simbel yesterday and was awesome. Faizer is a really Egyptologist, he explained for me the Egyptian cartuchs with rich details. I feel safe with the Driver Mohamed.

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