5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Luxor, Egypt
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)

Travel from Luxor to Dendara either by road in an air conditioned vehicle or by boat along the Nile River to see the well preserved Temple of Hathor, Temple of Isis and Coptic Basilica. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will introduce you to the main features of the complex before allowing you additional free time to explore at leisure.

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Dendara from Luxor

Hathor Temple, Dendara

The approach path to the Temple of Hathor is between two Roman fountains that end at the massive entry gate. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love and was generally shown as a cow, or woman with a cow's head.

The enclosure walls are mud-brick and date to the Roman era. Within the walls are the temple, two birth houses, a Coptic Basilica, a sanitarium, a sacred lake and the Temple of the Birth of Isis.

The temple has a long history with evidence that Pepi I (Old Kingdom) rebuilt the temple, while other texts refer to reconditioning by Thutmose III, Amenhotep III and Rameses II and III (New Kingdom). Additions were made during the Greek, Roman and Ptolemy periods.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Dendara is very special as the colours are still visible and intact. The local people were so warm and welcoming. I loved the Zodiac. Even the drive is amazing watching day to day life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

This was a Birthday gift for our Daughter's 40th Birthday. She absolutely loved every minute and could not fault the trip. Food was amazing. Only disappointments were that the Temple itself was being re-built in places, which spoiled the overall atmosphere/photo opportunities. Otherwise, fan-tas-tic! Highly Rec to all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

By boat was awesome as we accomplished a Nile Cruise at the same time. Don't forget to bring music, books, etc as most of the day is spent on the boat it is a really nice one even a small pool. Please pass along to the tour operator that the broken down bus on June 1 on the way back to the boat was handled totally inappropriately - this should not affect your decision to take this tour it was clearly a one-off however the bus driver and tour guide refused to allow the passengers to get to the boat terminal for over 1 hour while they tried to fix the bus. The driver didn't want to give his water to the elderly tourists in the 45C heat - the bus driver should be told this is completely unacceptable. The tourguide also didn't help the tourists know what was happening during this wait. The bus driver should have allowed us to take taxis the approx. 7 minute drive back to the boat within the first 15 minutes. The bus driver was very rude to some females who demanded he give the elderly people water. Unfortunate but ended up being a story I can tell people at home. The tour was excellent though and Dendara is fascinating!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Great trip, floating on the Nile reading Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile, and then this beautiful temple.

Craig H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Very well organized trip! We chose the boat option and it was great! We got picked up by the local agent at Luxor, taken down the road to the Iberotel where we boarded the boat. Took a 4 hour trip up to Dendara where a lovely guide met up with us and took us around the temple. What an amazing sight, you get to see the sunset too which is amazing! Highly recommended

Deborah D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

Excellent and friendly service. Wonderful guide and it all exceeded expectations.

Alan R
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Fantastic day. Well organised, very good value for the money. Excellent guides and very good food on the boat. A very relaxing day.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

Transfers early morning and late evening by Viator highly recommended. Tourist information on board a bit improvised and meager, nice lunch on board and good local guide at Dendara.

William H
United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2008

I would beware, in this temple we got set up to be robbed by one of the tourist police who we reported. I would suggest taking your own toilet roll as they hand you one sheet! It was ok I suppose but a bit boring, you would have to like that kind of thing. We went by bus but now I wish we had taken the boat option as this would have added to the day.
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