Abu Simbel is the place to see the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The reconstructed temples are majestic and a must visit in Egypt.Duration - 2 hours
Drive down 300km in the middle of the night to visit Abu Simbel
Egypt trip remains incomplete without a visit to Abu Simbel . The temple is located on the Western bank of Lake Nasser .Built during the reign of Ramses II (1279 - 1213 BC) this is considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples. The Great Temple stands 98 feet high and 115 feet long and the Entrance is flanked by Four colossal 65 feet statues depicting Ramesses II on his throne and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt .The interior of the temple is in form of a man-made curve cut out from the living rock and the engravings on the wall speak of of Ramesses' great victory and the events surrounding the battle.Another similar temple in the complex is also notable as Ramses II dedicated this temple to his wife Nefartari . The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October ,the birth and coronation days of Ramses II, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there .Because of their remote location near the Sudanese border in sourthern Egypt, the temples were unknown until their rediscovery in 1813. They were first explored in 1817 by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
The itinerary for the day will be to head to Abu Simble and be back to Aswan and then back to Cairo. So after our breakfast on board, we'll disembark from the cruise and board an A/C bus to Abu Simble, followed by half a day of sight-seeing. By afternoon, we'll transfer to the train station to Board the Sleeper train to Cairo, which is where we'll relish a traditional dinner.