Day Trip to Abu Simbel from Aswan by flight

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Make your journey to Abu Simbel effortless with a flight from Aswan. Begin your day with the convenience of boarding a morning flight to Abu Simbel, where you’ll spend the morning exploring the incredible rock-cut tombs on the shores of Lake Nasser. The main attractions include the great Sun Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari.

Your adventure starts with our representative picking you up from your hotel in Aswan. Upon arrival in Abu Simbel, you’ll be mesmerized by the grandeur of the temples. Ramses II’s Sun Temple is a testament to his desire for self-honoring, with a mural inside depicting his victorious battle at Kadesh.

Adjacent to Ramses’ temple lies the Nefertari Temple, a tribute to Ramses II’s favorite wife, Queen Nefertari, among his numerous wives and concubines. Both temples were originally discovered in 1813, nearly buried in sand. However, to safeguard these historical treasures from the rising waters of the Nile, the Egyptian government and UNESCO collaborated to relocate them in 1960.

After the enriching visit, you’ll board a flight back to Aswan, where you’ll be driven back to your hotel. This efficient and comfortable trip ensures that you maximize your time at Abu Simbel while enjoying the convenience of air travel.

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  • Flight ticket Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan on Egypt air
  • Pick up services from your hotel and return
  • All transfers & transportation by private air-conditioned van
  • Assistance of our personnel during the day tour
  • Professional English-speaking Egyptologist guide during tour
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned sights in Abu Simbel
  • Bottled water during your trip
  • Service charges and taxes included in tour price

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  • Optional activities
  • Tipping

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Abu Simbel Temples

The Abu Simbel Temples, ranking among the most famous in all of Egypt after the Giza Pyramids, stand as a testament to the grandeur of ancient Egyptian architecture and the enduring legacy of Pharaoh Ramses II and his wife, Nefertari. Here’s more about these remarkable twin temples:

1. **Construction:** Built during the 13th century BC, during the reign of Ramses II, the Abu Simbel Temples are rock-cut structures carved into the mountainside on the west bank of the Nile. They were constructed to honor Ramses II and his queen, Nefertari.

2. **Purpose:** The Great Temple at Abu Simbel, also known as the Sun Temple, is dedicated to Ramses II and is adorned with colossal statues of the pharaoh seated on his throne. The smaller temple is dedicated to Nefertari and the goddess Hathor, representing a rare example of a temple dedicated to a queen.

3. **Architectural Marvel:** The temples are renowned for their architectural brilliance and the colossal statues that guard the entrance. The façade of the Great Temple features four colossal statues of Ramses II, each reaching a height of about 20 meters. The interior is adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Ramses II’s reign.

4. **Relocation:** Due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam and the subsequent flooding of Lake Nasser, the temples faced the threat of submersion. In a remarkable feat of engineering and international collaboration led by UNESCO, the temples were relocated in the 1960s to higher ground to preserve their historical and cultural significance.

5. **Solar Alignment:** The orientation of the Great Temple is designed so that twice a year, on February 22nd and October 22nd, the rising sun illuminates the inner sanctum, highlighting the statues of the gods seated within, including a statue of Ramses II himself.

Visiting the Abu Simbel Temples offers a captivating journey into ancient Egyptian history, art, and engineering prowess, showcasing the enduring legacy of Ramses II and the dedication to preserving Egypt’s cultural treasures.

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