Abu Simbel Travel Guide

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    Hathor en Nefertari Tempel
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Abu Simbel Things to Do

  • Abu Simbel

    We were not alone, there were other tourists during this trip to Abu Simbel, I say a full mini busVery early in the morning around 3 am our guide waiting with us together with another group, there were many tourist buses as well, that leave on the same hourWe were surprise, as we did not expected an army with guns in our bus, so our guide explain...

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  • Great Temple of Ramses II

    Temple dedicated to Egyptian gods Ra-Harakhty, Amun, Ptah and Ramses himself. Beside the awe-inspiring sight of the four colossal statues of Ramses, this temple was painstakingly rescued from 1964 to 1968 as it was going to be flooded by the building of the high dam, which aimed to control the Nile's flooding. It was raised 60m by experts.

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  • Amada Tempel

    On the shores of Lake Nasser this magnificent tempel was rebuilt. Only to be reached by cruise or by road. But the road trip can be tricky! You need to organize it on your own and organize the needed police guidance as well.But it is a unique tempel. The tempel was used as a Christian church, but in stead of demolishing the decoration they chose to...

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Abu Simbel Nightlife

  • Dancing

    My daughter is a dancer. She used to dance in a semi professional group. They did some touring in the USA and produced 2 CD's.She loved Egypt! She captured the dance in an instance!Here she is dancing with one of the employees of the ship. Very obvious they both liked it. Galabeya!!

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  • Galabeya party

    When cruising in Egypt it is hard to escape the Galabeya Parties... You either like or hate them. I like them as long as I dont have to participate and just can watch. "Traditional" clothing. The ships shop will sell the dresses. Nothing traditional about it!! I like to buy my own in Cairo on the Khan el Khalili. Maybe not very traditional either,...

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Abu Simbel Transportation

  • Air to Abu Simbal

    For my coming trip Feb'10, I have been quoted $213US for the flight. The bonus is potentially getting there earlier than the bus/mini-bus convoys and seeing the site with less tourists and as the sun rises (better colours etc). I was quoted $83USD for the bus tour. And YES, this is some distance by bus!

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  • Abu Simbel By Air

    Located as it is on the southern shores of Lake Nasser near the border with Sudan, Abu Simbel is 320km from Aswan. At the time I visited Egypt, the only way to get to Abu Simbel from Aswan was by air, although there are buses & some hotels organise minibus trips. For those on a tight budget, the bus is considerably cheaper but takes 3-4 hours while...

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  • A challenging way of cruising Lake...

    There is another way to sail across Lake Nasser outside the big cruiseships.That is going by safari boat. It is a small motor boat mainly used for fishing. In Aswan there is a Nubian boatman who adapted his ship to host 8 to 10 guests. You can compare it with the fellukah sails between Aswan and Edfu. The ship is like a camping site. You will sleep...

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Abu Simbel What to Pack

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    by Kariba Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Most people usually visit Abu Simbel as a day trip from Aswan. Both flights & buses leave early in the morning, when it can be cold. However, on arrival in Abu Simbel it can warm up pretty quickly. I would recommend that you wear some head gear, comfortable clothes / shoes, take sun block if you're prone to burning & a bottle of water and a snack or two wouldn't go amiss either. Liquid & food are even more essential if you're going by bus.

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Abu Simbel Off The Beaten Path

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    Qasr Ibrim

    by vdoortje Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Qasr Ibrim is one of the most interesting historical sites in Upper Egypt. That is because it hosts the remains of many periods. The first written memory of people who had an interest in this place is a commemorative stone plaque of Pharao Amenhotep the first. But there are signs of inhabitance dating back to the Old Kingdom. There is a small Tempel of Taharqa, a Nubian Pharao of the 25th Dynasty. During Ptolemaic times it became an important place and as many as 6 tempels were build here.
    Later it became the most important Christian city in Nubia and the remains of the cathedral are still there. It was the last Christian stronghold to fell for the Islamic expansion drift. It hold on until the 16th century. In 1811 the original inhabitants were driven away by the Mammeluks, who fled the opression of Mohamed Ali.

    This place can only be explored if you take the trip on the fishing boat of NEGRASHI (see my Transportation tip). The place is to delicate to welcome big loads of tourists. The big cruise can only give you a sight from the ship. But small groups of 8 to 10 persons are welcome.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Cruise

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