||DESTINATION >> Abu
Simbel by bus from Aswan
in convoy from Aswan to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. On the short
walk to the temple entrances, your guide will begin to explain the history of
the site, including details of the UNESCO led relocation of the entire cliff
face to higher ground, and how the temples were discovered by accident in 1813.
Due to the large number of visitors to Abu Simbel, guides are not permitted
inside the Great Temple of Ramses II or the smaller Temple of Hathor, However
using photos and illustrations, your Egyptologist guide will explain to you the
structures and their interior artworks.
You will then have free time to enter the temples
explore at your leisure. As one of the few ancient Egyptian sites which largely
escaped destruction and damage by past invaders of the country, the interior of
both temples at Abu Simbel is astounding. The scale of the buildings and detail
of their decoration leaves most visitors in awe. The attraction of the temples
is further enhanced by their scenic location on the edge of Lake Nasser in the
orange sands of the desert. After visiting the temples there may be time for a
short visit to the small visitor's center which documents the UNESCO relocation
project, before returning to the minibus for the drive back to Aswan. The drive
is approximately 3 hours each way. Departure Time: 3:50am or 10:30am.