Trip to Abu Simbel by car

$160.00
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Nestled deep in the heart of the Nubian Desert, the temples of Abu Simbel stand as a testament to the grandeur and ingenuity of ancient Egypt. A trip to Abu Simbel by car is an odyssey through time and landscape, where you'll venture to one of the world's most iconic archaeological sites, unveiling the mysteries and marvels of Ramses II's enduring legacy.

The Magnificent Temples:

Your journey begins in Aswan, where you'll embark on a scenic drive through the arid, otherworldly landscapes of Egypt's southern frontier. After several hours on the road, the twin temples of Abu Simbel emerge on the shores of Lake Nasser, an awe-inspiring sight that evokes a sense of wonder and reverence.

Ramses II's Legacy:

The Great Temple of Abu Simbel, dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II, is a colossal masterpiece hewn from the sandstone cliffs. Four colossal statues of Ramses guard the entrance, their imposing presence a symbol of his power and glory. Inside, you'll explore a series of chambers adorned with intricate reliefs, celebrating the pharaoh's military victories and divine connections.

Temple of Hathor:

Adjacent to the Great Temple, the smaller Temple of Hathor honors Ramses II's beloved queen, Nefertari, and the goddess Hathor. Its facade features exquisite depictions of the queen and the goddess, showcasing the artistic finesse of ancient Egypt.

Solar Alignment: A Marvel of Engineering:

A highlight of Abu Simbel's design is its alignment with the sun. Twice a year, on February 22nd and October 22nd, the rays of the rising sun penetrate the inner sanctum to illuminate the statues of the gods, including Amun-Ra, Ptah, Ramses II, and the sun god Ra-Horakhty, in a breathtaking spectacle.

Local Insights and Culture:

Throughout your journey, you may encounter local communities, desert landscapes, and Nubian villages, offering glimpses into the traditions and hospitality of the region's inhabitants. Sharing stories and experiences with locals adds depth to your cultural understanding of this remote area.

Return to Aswan:

As the day draws to a close, you'll embark on the return journey to Aswan, where the memories of your Abu Simbel adventure will forever resonate. It's a trip that transcends time, connecting you with the majestic legacy of Ramses II and the timeless landscapes of the Nubian Desert.

Included:

  • Pick up service from your hotel in Aswan and return
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned historical places
  • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • All service charges and taxes

Excluded:

  • Any extras not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping
Highlights
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Tour Plan

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Trip to Abu Simbel by car

Morning Departure:

  • 4:00 AM: Your extraordinary journey begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Aswan.
  • 4:30 AM: Depart from Aswan in a comfortable air-conditioned car, embarking on your drive to Abu Simbel.

Scenic Desert Drive:

  • 4:30 AM - 8:30 AM: As you journey through the vast Nubian Desert, watch the sun gradually rise, painting the landscape with hues of orange and gold. Take in the serene beauty of the desert, punctuated by occasional glimpses of local villages and oases.

Arrival at Abu Simbel:

  • 8:30 AM: Arrive at the Abu Simbel complex, where the twin temples of Ramses II and Hathor stand in all their grandeur.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of both temples, exploring their impressive architecture, colossal statues, and intricate reliefs.
  • Witness the remarkable solar alignment phenomenon if your visit coincides with February 22nd or October 22nd.

Time for Reflection:

  • 11:30 AM: After immersing yourself in the history and spirituality of Abu Simbel, take some time to reflect and capture the essence of this awe-inspiring site.
  • Perhaps enjoy a moment of tranquility by the shores of Lake Nasser, which adds to the temple's scenic beauty.

Lunch Break: Local Flavors

  • 12:30 PM: Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant near Abu Simbel, sampling authentic Egyptian cuisine.

Return to Aswan:

  • 2:00 PM: Bid farewell to Abu Simbel and begin your journey back to Aswan, retracing the desert landscapes you crossed earlier in the day.

Cultural Encounters and Local Insights:

  • 5:30 PM: En route, you may have opportunities to interact with locals, visit Nubian villages, and gain insights into the traditions and daily life of this remote region.

Evening Return:

  • 8:00 PM: Return to your hotel or accommodation in Aswan, bringing an end to your full-day excursion to Abu Simbel by car.
  • Reflect on the majesty of the temples, the timeless desert landscapes, and the cultural encounters that have enriched your journey.

This full-day itinerary offers a profound exploration of Abu Simbel, providing ample time to marvel at the temples' grandeur, experience the desert's serenity, and engage with the cultural tapestry of the Nubian region. It's a voyage into the heart of ancient Egypt and the vastness of its desert landscapes, creating memories that will forever resonate.

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