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Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

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Aswan, Egypt
Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This private tour of the Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and unfinished Obelisk showcases three of Aswan’s most popular sites. Travelers will get an up close look at the dam that divides the Nile from Lake Nasser, marvel at the sheer size of the unfinished Obelisk and revel in the natural beauty of Philae Temple’s island home.
  • Explore some of Aswan's top sights in just one day—ideal for those short on time
  • Visit the High Dam and enjoy panoramic views across the Nile River and Lake Nasser
  • Discover the Island home of the Philae Temple
  • Receive undivided , personalized attention from your private guide
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Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.
Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans ; pick up from hotel and drop off.
Enjoy sailing by a motor boat to Philae Island.
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Head to the High Dam of Aswan from your city hotel or cruise ship and discover the incredible wonders of this engineering miracle. Built in the 1960s, this impressive structure allows travelers to look out over Lake Nasser towards the Kalabsha temple and take in unique views o the huge power plant further to the north.

From there, make your way to the Unfinished Obelisk, located in the granite quarries. Learn how these reserves served as the main supply for ancient temples and colossi. Your Egyptologist will help you uncover the history of this place and explain how the massive obelisk was carved and then abandoned when a crack was discovered.

Finally, make your way to the Philae Temple—what is possible Aswan’s most famous site. Learn how this great temple was moved after the High Dam caused rivers to rise dangerously close to the ancient relic. Your guide will take you on a short motorboat ride and an informative walking tour of the temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis. Use additional free time to explore on your own. 

This private tour insures you the flexibility to decide how much time is spent at each of the sites, making for a truly personalized Aswan experience.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Aswan High Dam
Depart your Aswan hotel or cruise ship and travel to the High Dam of Aswan, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. From the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Temple of Philae
The last of the 3 famous Aswan sites you will see today is generally regarded as the best. Philae Temple was carefully moved to its current location (around 500 meters from the original site) when the construction of the High Dam caused surrounding Nile waters to rise. A short motorboat ride takes you to the island where your guide will take you on a walking tour through the temple before allowing you free time to explore further on your own. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the river which has been landscaped to match its original site.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Unfinished Obelisk
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY South Sinai Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk.

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Phile temple is really amazing! The...
Lucia S
, Feb 2018
Phile temple is really amazing! The obelisck and the dam aren't so intresting.
star-4
Philae Temple has such a great...
NKR Prabhu
, Jan 2012
Philae Temple has such a great location and the whole tour was very relaxing. Unfinished obelisk was awesome. But the high dam is just a dam...
star-5
Stunning, our guide Dina was...
Jusvant L
, Jan 2011
Stunning, our guide Dina was wonderful. she knew what she was talking about and explained it in a way that we understood. Dina was brilliant by far the best guide we had (that is saying something as Nana in Cairo was pretty good too).
star-4
Good overview of the Aswan, although...
William Z
, Apr 2009
Good overview of the Aswan, although the High Dam is a little anticlimatic. Philae Temple caps the trip, after seeing Giza, Sakkara, Luxor, Karnak, Abydos, and Dendara. Would have liked a little more time to explore on the island. Obelisk is incredible, although our guide gave us a short introduction and then left us to wander. We enjoyed the freedom, but did have additional questions and were immediately targeted by baksheesh-hungry tourist police. Well worth it.
star-5
Our guide was excellent and we loved...
Carolyn M
, Jun 2008
Our guide was excellent and we loved Philae - a peaceful oasis after Abu Simbel.
star-4
We could have passed on the High Dam...
David Z
, Nov 2007
We could have passed on the High Dam, but the Philae Temple is a must-see if visiting Aswan.
star-4
Guide was excellent and very...
Joanne D
, Dec 2006
Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable & friendly.
star-2
It was great to see the unfinished...
Gretchen B
, Oct 2006
It was great to see the unfinished obelisk, and the temple was awesome. But the high dam is just a dam.

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