Prepare to be blown away by the magnificence of these temples. They are undisputedly one of the world’s most breathtaking monuments, and Egypt’s second most visited touristic site, the Pyramids of Giza being on the top of the list.
The relocation of the temples was a historic event in the 1960’s. At that time, the temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser when the High Dam was constructed. The Egyptian government with the support of UNESCO launched a world wide appeal to save these colossal landmarks. They were successfully dismantled and relocated to a spot 60 meters above the cliff where they had been initially built. The more famous of the two temples is dedicated to Ramses II and the smaller one to his favourite wife Nefertari. They were both built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC.
The gigantic façade of Ramses II temple represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The façade is 119 feet wide, 100 feet high, and the statues are each 67 feet high. The façade door leads to the interior of the temple is a 185 feet long man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms.
Many of our suggested Private Tours actually include a visit to Abu Simbel . (See Ramses Adventure , Nefertari Adventure , Nile Adventure , or the Isis Adventure). If you chose to do a Lake Nassar Cruise then you will arrive or depart from Abu Simbel itself.
We can of course add a visit to Abu Simbel to any tour.
The best way to travel there is by air from Aswan airport if you are not doing a Lake Nassar cruise. It is about a 40 minute flight to Abu Simbel airport which is near the lake side grounds. Once there you take a shuttle for the 5 minute trip to the grounds. A local Guide is allocated (only local Guides are permitted in Abu Simbel) and you explore the area and learn about the magnificent statues.
At the conclusion you again take the shuttle for the airport and the short flight back to Aswan.
The tour is best accomplished in the morning and one can be back in Aswan early afternoon to perhaps join a cruise or take a connecting flight to Cairo.
We offer special rates for those on our Private Tours. The normal excursion is currently $310 include our transfers.