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Located on the western bank of Lake Nasser, the Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples. After the pyramids, Abu Simbel is one of Egypt’s most famous sites. The temple there was built 3000 years ago to honour Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. Four powerful figures of the pharaoh stand over 60 feet tall. This temple, which has remained nearly intact over the ages, was rescued from the rising water of Lake Nasser by a team of UNESCO engineers, by cutting the entire structure, moving it stone by stone and reassembling it from 1964 to 1968.
Abu Simbel is one of the world’s best-traveled attractions and should not be missed. Please book the Abu Simbel option when you make your initial reservation. The drive to Abu Simbel takes approximately 2.5-3 hours. Sightseeing of the actual site takes about 1-1.5 hours with a local guide from Abu Simbel.
The tour departs very early in the morning. Approximate departures between 4 to 6 AM are typical.