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Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan

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Aswan, Egypt
Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

The UNESCO-listed temples of Abu Simbel are among Nubia's most spectacular, with monumental statues and elaborate carvings, but the sites are located far from the beaten path, near the Sudanese border. Visit Abu Simbel as a hassle-free day trip from Aswan, on a 9-hour private tour that includes entrance fees and transport by air-conditioned vehicle. Choose from several departure options at time of booking.
  • 9-hour, private Abu Simbel tour
  • Round-trip transport from Aswan
  • Entrance fees included
  • Led by a qualified Egyptologist
  • Private guide is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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Pick up services from your hotel in Aswan and return
All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
Entry fees to Abu Simbel two temples
Qualified Egyptologist tour guide
Bottled water during the tours
All service charges and taxes
Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
Tipping

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your Tour guide will pick you up from the Lobby of your Hotel / Nile Cruise in Aswan.

Begin with pickup at your Aswan hotel or Nile River cruise boat, then make the trip to Abu Simbel in a private car. Hear stories about life ancient Egypt as you drive through the southern desert, paralleling the path of the dammed Nile River.

Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, explore the archeological site with your guide: make your way to the Great Temple of Ramses II, which is dedicated to the powerful king and the gods Amun, Ra, and Ptah. Look inside the temple interior, which sinks 200 feet (60 mt) into the mountain, with statues and carvings that depict Ramses II’s military victories and captives.

Continue to the Temple of Hathor, a smaller temple dedicated to Ramses II’s most beloved wife, Queen Nefertari. Stand at the base of the six towering statues that line the temple façade, standing 33 feet (10 mt.) above their carved bases, and find stories about the royal couple inside the temple walls. After visiting the temple complex, make the return trip to Aswan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel or cruise ship.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Aswan
Begin with pickup at your hotel or Nile cruise boat in Aswan, and then make the trip to Abu Simbel in a private Car (almost 3 hours’ drive). Upon arrival your guide will show you the world renowned twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th Dynasty reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II.
Stop At:  
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
The Great Temple at Abu Simbel is generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Ramesses II, and one of the most beautiful in Egypt. The great temple of Amon Re and Ra-Harakhte where the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert. Enjoy a fantastic lecture from your personal guide outside the temples, and then free time to look inside the temple interior, which sinks 200 feet (60 mt) into the mountain, with statues and carvings that depict Ramses II’s military victories and captives. On the back wall of the temple you will see the statues dedicated to the gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah, as well as to the deified Ramesses himself.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Abu Simbel Temple Complex
Later on, walk to the small temple of Hathor dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love, happiness, joy and music built in honor of Ramses favorite wife Queen Nefertari, Six massive standing statues front the temple each 10 meters high. Between 1964 and 1968, the entire site was carefully cut into large blocks (up to 30 tons, averaging 20 tons), dismantled, lifted and reassembled in a new location 65 metres higher and 200 metres back from the river, in one of the greatest challenges of archaeological engineering in history. Some structures were even saved from under the waters of Lake Nasser. After visiting the temple complex, make the return trip to Aswan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel or cruise ship.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All participants: Names, Passports Numbers and country is required at time of booking
  • Pickup and drop-off at Aswan airport is subject to an additional fee of US$10 per person
  • Tour Guides are not allowed inside the Abu Simbel temples. Tour Guide will explain all the important information outside before you enter.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Nile Holiday
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 Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-3
Enough to book a driver
Berit_G
, Dec 2020
Tour was okay. Guide spoke German very well and explanations were interesting. However, I think next time I would just book a driver. It feels weird to have a guide in the car for 6 hours and only have explanations for 15 minutes before the temple since they are not allowed inside. Abu Simbel is worth it but not as guided tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time in sharing your views with us and the community. Thank you for being fair to rate the tour guide as he is speaking German very well as well as the tour was okay. Also that you previous knowledge that the tour guides as not allowed lecturing inside the AbuSimbel temples. We have contacted the Tour guide and he confirmed that he Gave a good lecture infront on the temple cover all the wall scenes that you will see inside and continues for almost 35 to 45 minutes. Then you had free time to walk and enjoy the Temples. As well as he share some info. concerning the toshka depression, Lake and projects that you have seen along the way. Your views are highly appreciated and we are so pleased to have them all into consideration to ensure a better experience to you next time and for every traveler with us. We will pay much more attention to all tour mentioned details and will take all proper actions to prevent them from happening again. Thank you always.
star-4
My wife and I took Abu Simbel tour...
Joseph M
, Mar 2018
My wife and I took Abu Simbel tour in March 2018. Guide agreed to meet us airport at convenient time. They also returned us to Aswan hotel after the tour. Everything went off without a problem. Guide was very knowledgeable about history and made us feel welcome. Abu Simbel temple is decent ride south of Aswan but well worth it. I would highly recommend.
star-5
We loved Abu Simbel! We did not go...
Cristina P
, Sep 2017
We loved Abu Simbel! We did not go as early as everybody suggested, instead left Aswan at 7AM, and when we got to Abu Simbel all other tourists were gone and we had the whole temple for ourselves!! It was amazing!! The people very friendly, including our guide Hati.
star-5
Die Tour hat alle Erwartungen...
Thomas K
, Mar 2017
Die Tour hat alle Erwartungen erfüllt. Sauberes Fahrzeug, gute, sichere Fahrer, kompetenter Reiseführer.

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