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UNESCO’s Mega Rescues

Perhaps after the pyramids of Giza, or simultaneously with them, the great temples of Abu Simbel represent the familiar image of Ancient Egypt to the modern traveler. The scale of the buildings and their detailed decoration leaves visitors in awe. The temple’s attraction is enhanced by its scenic location on the edge of Lake Nasser in the glowing orange sands of the desert.

Learn how about their historic removal and reconstruction, and how the Egyptian government secured the support of UNESCO to protect them.

Tour Plan

Our tour-guide will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship.

Expect an early start to your day as we leave around 04:30 to travel to Abu Simbel.

Approximately 290 km south of Aswan lie the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbe, commissioned by the pharaoh Ramses II for himself and his wife Nefertari.

Designed as royal tombs, the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor are among Egypt’s most famous archeological sites. Step past the immense sandstone statues carved into the temple facades to discover magnificently decorated interiors showcasing art and hieroglyphics. Learn about the temples’ historic removal and reconstruction, and how they are protected by the Egyptian government with UNESCO’s support.

After your informative and enjoyable trip to wonder at the two temples of Abu Simbel, your tour-guide will escort you back to your hotel or cruise ship.

Included Excluded Good to Know
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or cruise ship.
  • Air-conditioned, private vehicle.
  • Licensed tour-guide.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, and bottled water.
  • Authorities permissions, and road fees.
  • Taxes.
  • Any item not mentioned in the included list.
  • Personal purchases.
  • Dress casually, wear flat-heeled shoes, and remember your hat and sunglasses.
  • Note that your trip starts very early in the morning (ca. 04h00 am), so please ask your hotel or cruise ship staff to prepare a picnic box for your breakfast; the trip to Abu Simbel is a long one.


Destination: Aswan

Departure: From your hotel or cruise ship.

Departure time: 4:30

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