In the morning you will picked up from your hotel in Luxor with a private air-conditioned car and you will drive to Aswan (approx. 3 to 4 hours). Upon arrival in Aswan you will be taken by boat to Philae Island to see Philae Temple, a beautiful dedication to the goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt. After this visit you will drive to Lake Nasser to marvel at Aswans High Dam, an engineering miracle used as an embankment dam situated across the Nile River, built in the 1960’s to protect Egypt from annual floods. Also you will see the Old Dam. Then you will be taken to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
In the early morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Aswan to be driven to Abu Simbel (approx. 3 hours). Once in Abu Simbel you will enjoy a guided tour of Ramses II Temple and the Temple of Queen Nefertari. Both are definitely a must-see for Egypt travelers. Ramses II Temple was carved out of the mountains and was rediscovered in 1813. With a height of more than 20 meters, the four famous statues of Ramses II overlook the Nile at the entrance of the temple. Inside, in the sacred sanctuary, another four statues of gods sitting on their thrones are carved out the back wall. Twice a year these statues are illuminated by the first rays of the rising sun. The temple of Ramses’ wife Queen Nefertari (also known as the Temple of Hathor) is also carved out of the mountain and is a smaller version of the Ramses II Temple. After seeing the temples you will be driven back to your hotel in Luxor by an air-conditioned vehicle.
- All entrance fees included
- Qualified Egyptologist guide
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Hotel/port pickup drop-off
- 1 Night hotel accommodation in Aswan (bed and breakfast)