Full Day Tour to Abu Simbel from Cairo by plane
When you are staying in Egypt, you must not miss visiting UNESCO's Nubian Monuments and the world's cultural heritage on the World Heritage List.
The Abu Simbel Temples are the most visited ancient monument in Egypt, second after the Pyramids of Giza. The twin temples were carved out of the mountainside under Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century B.C, as an eternal reminder of his great victory over Hittites and the glory of the ancient Egyptian empire.
The temple's facade, which is actually the rock face carved in imitation of a pylon, is crowned by baboons. It rises to a height of 32 meters. Dominating the facade are four seated statues of the triumphant king Ramses II. They cluster in enormous dimensions to approx. 20 meters and are assumed to be the same size as the ruined granite colossus in the Ramesseum. Ramses sits with his hands on his knees. His face is gentle. On the chest and upper arm are elongated 'cartons' with his name. On his forehead is the sacred Uraeus, cobra, symbol of kingship. He wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. According to the records, Ramses, who ruled for 67 years, was married to at least three legitimate wives and had no fewer than 170 children. Some members of the royal family are shown with him.
We will pick you up directly from your hotel door in the morning, where we will drive you to Cairo airport.
Abu Simbel Temples
Upon arrival, you will meet up with your local guide. Today you will visit the world's most impressive monument - Abu Simbel, where four gigantic statues of Ramses II, 22 m high, are carved out of the mountain, and form the entrance to an impressive temple. The temple was saved from flooding in connection with the construction of the Aswan dam by UNESCO, who, through a 4-year long project, moved and reconstructed the temple stone by stone in its current location.
Temple of Ramses II
Ramesses II was an inveterate builder, and he repeated the theme of the battle he fought at Kadesh on the Orontes River in Syria in the fifth year of his reign on all his monuments. His enemy was the Hittite king Muwatta and a coalition of neighboring chiefs. Far from the great victory he achieved, Ramses captured it barely from humiliating defeat by the timely arrival of two Egyptian divisions: one from Heliopolis under the ban of Ra-Horakhty and the other from Memphis under the ban of Ptah. Ramses commanded the forward division from Luxor under the ban of Amon-Ra.
Temple of Nefertari
There are two temples at Abu Simbel: the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Small Temple of Nefertari, his divine wife. Both were carved out of the solid rock of a mountain.
After visiting this temple, we will proceed to visit the Temple of Hathor. This temple was built about 400 years after the construction of Ramesses II's temple and it shows some similarities with it. Visitors can climb up onto the roof of either temple for an incredible view of Lake Nasser and its surroundings, or take a boat across Lake Nasser for even more panoramic views.
Finally, will drive you back to the airport for your flight back to Cairo at your hotel to end your day tour in Abu Simbel.
Flight tickets from Cairo to Abu Simbel and return.
Entrance Fees to the sight.
Private Egyptologist guide during your trip.
Mineral water on board the vehicle during the tour.
All service charges and taxes.
Beverages beside Lunch
We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home