About 300 km from Aswan, is a strikingly beautiful and majestic monument by the most powerful pharaoh in the history of Egypt, Ramses II.
It is reachable by plane or by road. It is about 45 minutes by plane and about three hours by road.
The police convoy has been cancelled and you can drive to Abu Simbel from Aswan between sunrise and sunset daily.
There are two temples in Abu Simbel. The great temple of Ramses II, and a smaller temple of his wife Nefertari.
The great temple is dedicated Amon-Re, Rehorakhty, Ptah, and Ramses II as a god.
While the smaller temple is dedicated to Hathor and Nefertari as a goddess.
The great temple of Ramses is the most powerful work of art in the world, with its huge façade with four impressive statues of Ramses.
The temple is built with some angles to let the sun illuminate the face of Ramses II twice a year, in his birthday (October 21) and his coronation day (February 21). But now the dates are changed to 22 of February and 22nd of October, due to the movement of the temple.
The two temples of Abu Simbel were the first temples to be rescued among 24 temples, due to the damage of the water. The rescue operation began 1n 1960 and completed in the spring of 1964.
The two temples were cut into 1036 huge pieces, and then rebuilt in the new location which is far 200 meters from the older site.
In brief, if you are in Egypt, and you don’t visit Abu Simbel, you have to come back.
It is a wonderful place.
- Hotel pick up and drop off.
- Tour guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Police permits.
- Tips for guide and driver.
- personal expenses
Prices per person:
- Child under 12 is 50% discount of the price.
- All prices in US Dollar, but Egyptian Pound, English Pound & Euros are accepted.