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.
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.