Rediscovered by Swiss explorer Jean-Louis Burckhardt in 1813, these sand-covered temples weren’t fully accessible until 1817, via the laborious efforts of an excavation team led by Italian explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
Both Temples of Ramses II are now open to the public, and together form one of the greatest tourist attractions in Egypt. The larger temple, dedicated to Egypt’s three then-major deities, Ra Harakhty, Ptah and Amun, features four large statues of the wildly egocentric Ramses II on its facade. The smaller temple is dedicated to the love goddess Hathor, with statues designed to look like Nefertari, the favorite of Ramses’ many wives.
Tours & Tickets
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 4-day journey from Aswan to Luxor. Sightseeing, entrance fees and meals are included on this ... Read more
Location: Aswan, concludes Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 days (approx.)
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a private guided tour so ... Read more
Location: Luxor, concludes Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Fast track your journey and take the quick route to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel on an air tour from Aswan. With a qualified Egyptologist as your ... Read more
Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Spend eight days on a voyage down the beautiful and romantic Nile River on a cruise from Luxor to Aswan and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of ... Read more
Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)