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Reviewed today

The Abu Simbel Temple Complex is not easy to get to but its well worth the trip. There are two options. One is to fly through Aswan, the other is to drive. Our tour operator said that our return flight was cancelled so we got to experience both forms of transportation. The air travel is much shorter, although from Cairo you have to stop in Aswan, pick up your bag and board a new flight to Abu Simbel. From what I gathered from talking with others, the amount of time that is spent in Abu Simbel if you fly both ways is very short ( a little over an hour ). We were fortunate in that we had to drive back. The drive is long but this allowed us to spend a few hours in Abu Simbel which was fantastic. It also allowed us to experience the temple with very few people.

The temple itself is fantastic and by all means purchase the photo ticket. Its relatively cheap 300L and the interior is amazing. There are two temples to visit and both are fascinating. You need to be a little careful because the staff working likes to be helpful but their help isn't necessarily free. They expect tips if they take pictures for you so just be aware.

The complex starts with a information room that has a video explaining how the temple was moved to prevent it from destruction from the Aswan High Dam. The video is quite interesting and worth a view. To get to the temple, you have to walk for 5-10 minutes so wear comfortable shoes. There is a water closet on site. Please leave a tip for the attendant if you utilize the service.

Upon leaving the complex we walked through the small stores selling souvenirs. Its a little uncomfortable having to go through the market if you don't want to purchase anything. A small cafeteria is available for refreshments.

Thank carolm123
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Reviewed today

Apart from the pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel was the next attraction for our Egypt tour. It takes a long 6 hours round trip from Aswan to abu simbel, but its worth it. There is stopover at a local cafe in the desert. We saw a mirage out there in the desert while our way back. That was just awesome !! Oh, not to miss the Sunrise in the desert while you are heading. May be the journey is little tiring, but the overall experience is superb !!

Thank 229subhendus
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Such a beautiful place to visit. A short flight from Aswan, well worth the time. You dont need to be there very long, most people fly in and out the same day. Astounding stucture that has been moved and saved from destruction by the new dam. A feat in itself. Dont miss it!

Thank karenmariesmyth
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very early start to get here from Aswān by coach but the effort was definitely worth it, when you consider that it’s been moved from further down the side to save it from being flooded. One of our highlights of our Egypt trip. The outside is definitely more impressive than the inside,

Thank gdbuttle
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a private van from Aswan to Abu Simbel arranged by our hotel. Instead of leaving at 4.30 AM, we left at 6 AM taking our breakfast boxes with us. The private van (4 of us were there) is better than a private sedan where 4 people apart from the driver have to sit in a 1+3 fashion which is uncomfortable for long distances. The cost of the van without any food or drinks came to 2200 L.E. which wasn't too bad.

The journey took us about 3.5 hours even though the road was straight and empty. We stopped at a place for water and tea - the place also had paid toilets.

On reaching the Temple, we purchased a camera ticket which though expensive turned out to be quite useful. The entrance fees are a little sham as one has to pay more than 175 L.E. with the extra 40 L.E. per head being for a guide and some other unknown cesses - essentially an official con job to take more money from tourists.

Note that guides are not allowed inside the temple so one has to read a little before traveling / take a guide who explains things from outside so that one can make sense of the details in the temple. The temple by itself is grand with the large statues of Ramesis II, and the inner rooms including the aspect of sunlight entering the inner statues of Gods only on 2 days of the year.

From there we went to the Nefertiti temple built by Ramesis II for his favourite wife. This too was very beautiful. We took some postcards from a guide who gave us a brief on each of the photos which more or less covered the temples' key points.

Thereafter it was a long walk through the tourist shops to the restaurant where we had some really expensive stuff (prices can be up to triple the local price for some items) before going back. We took about 2.5 hours spending time in the temples, near the beautiful Lake Nasser and the lovely view of the hills beyond.

I must admit that visiting the temple at 9.30 in early November wasn't easy as it started getting really hot and the last walk from Nefertiti's temple to the exit gates at noon was hot as hell even though we had caps. Yes there was a benefit that the temples were nearly empty when we reached at 9.30 as most of the tourists had left by then.

The way back even in an AC van seemed endless but overall it was definitely worth the visit.

1  Thank Voyager_Nineteen71
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited at the end of our Nile Cruise before returning to Cairo. Flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel was a huge time saver. Visiting by bus from Aswan is six to seven hours round trip. Total time at the site was enough to visit the “moved” Temples. Remember reading about the efforts to move the Temples before the Aswan Dam was complete. Overwhelming!

Thank dkkai
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Now I have rated this a 5 for the temple it is truly remarkable how it was moved and definitely worth a look but it’s how you get there is the question.
Now we went with on the go tours and I just want to make it clear that this company wasn’t the only one to behave like this first you get picked up from our boat about 4:30am and soon as you’re in the bus with no seat belts that can be used the race begins till the first bottle neck Aswan dam suppose to be too way traffic not today it’s a race over the bridge a bit like The wacky races now you don’t stop for anything speed humps no we fly over these even the audio warnings on the road that reminds you to slow down for a corner no we don’t slow down in fact we speed up and drive and drive on the wrong side of the road now this is a long trip to don’t even think about a toilet stop or asking your tour guide any questions as he will probably be curled up sleeping now even with someone getting sick on the bus we still don’t slow down and then there’s the speed wobbles I lost count of how many times that the driver nearly lost control in this little bus now if you survived this you arrived at the temple about 8:20am then back on the bus at 10:30am to do the reverse run now I know it’s been a few years since a bus crash that killed some Americans and injured a lot more I honestly think that the tour companies need to fix this before another accident happens

Thank james_anderson64
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a chance to go down to Abu Simbel and the legend has it. It is a mega beautiful temple. Admission fee is $10 cash only and only accepted in Egyptian pound. You can go exchange it at a souvenir store, but they’ll try to bait you to come back and buy stuff from their store.
A day trip to AS can be arranged from Aswan for a mere 220 Le which I paid. They say it goes around 200-240 which is not bad at all for a trip like this. Any hotel or hostel could arrange that for you.

Thank swimring
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Photo's are allowed with purchase of "Photography" permit at entrance gate. If not listed just ask for one.

Thank akliving008
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The effort required to re-erect the temple following it's "rescue" from Aswan illustrates the ingenuity that was required to dismantle and re-erect this wonderful temple.

Thank RonaldP1191
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