Tour code: 3124ASW10

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Discover Abu Simbel with a 4-hour private tour and flight from Aswan to spectacular temples, desert scenery and millennia-old monuments set into soaring cliffs. Explore with an Egyptologist guide, stand beneath the  colossi that guard the Great Temple and spot carved baboons high on the rock face. Learn the stories behind Abu Simbel’s detailed bas-reliefs and hieroglyphs, take in the unusual dedications to Queen Nefertari then slip inside her own exquisite temple. 


  • Private air tour from Aswan to Abu Simbel
  • Visit Abu Simbel's Great Temple of Ramses II and smaller Temple of Hathor
  • Free time to tour inside both temples
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your expert Egyptologist guide on this special private tour
  • Option to take the tour without a private guide
  • Return flights from Aswan to Abu Simbel, saving precious travel time
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Aswan hotels and port

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan

Abu Simbel, Egypt

The flight from Aswan to the small town of Abu Simbel takes only around 30 minutes. Your Egyptologist guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the famous temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife Nefertari.

On the short walk to the temple entrances, your guide will 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 either the Great Temple of Ramses II or the smaller Temple of Hathor. However, by using photos and illustrations, your guide will explain to you the structures and their interior artworks. You will then have free time to enter the temples and explore them at your leisure.

As one of the few ancient Egyptian sites which largely escaped damage by past invaders, the interiors of Abu Simbel's temples are astounding. The scale of the buildings and their detailed decoration leaves most visitors in awe. The temples' attraction 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.

Customer Reviews

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

This is a must see. The only drawback is you spend the extra money to shorten the day by flying instead of travelling by road but spend some 3 hrs at both airports.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

I had an exceptional experience with my tour through Viator, especially being a woman traveling alone to Egypt. A representative (Hedra) picked me up from my ship in Aswan, got my boarding pass for me at the airport, and sent me off. There were 2 more representatives who helped me during my tour at Abu Simbel which was awesome. There were barely any other tourists there so I felt I had the place to myself (good for me, not good for Egypt). Hedra was waiting for me back at the airport in Aswan and took me to my hotel (and waited while all my accommodations were arranged). Everyone was extremely kind and made the trip easy and enjoyable for me.

cynthia k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

The service provided by South Sinai Travel was excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Viator was fabulous! Very professional. Picked us up at airport, dressed in suits with ties, transported in very nice, clean car to Abu Simbel. After our tour with local guide, our Viator guide was there waiting for us to take us back to the airport. Helped check us in at airport. He spoke excellent English and was genuinely concerned about our happiness. Highly recommend Viator.

Melanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2010

Great trip to Abu Simbel. The facilitator in Aswan was a great help!

Ekaterina M Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

Really great! Very good supported. Extra thanks!

Flavio M Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

It is a remarkable and unforgetable place.

Carla K Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Guides very knowledgeable and professional.

Leilani S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2009

Book without the tour guide if you want to save money. You'll be fine on your own, esp. if you read your guidebook before going.

David Z USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

The flight was a bit over-priced considering we paid for the tour guide as well. Perhaps the bus is more feasible if you have a little more time. The temple itself is a must-see on any Egyptian tour.

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