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This private tour of the Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and unfinished Obelisk showcases three of Aswan’s most popular sites. Travelers will get an up close look at the dam that divides the Nile from Lake Nasser, marvel at the sheer size of the unfinished Obelisk and revel in the natural beauty of Philae Temple’s island home.

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Admire Philae Temple

Head to the High Dam of Aswan from your city hotel or cruise ship and discover the incredible wonders of this engineering miracle. Built in the 1960s, this impressive structure allows travelers to look out over Lake Nasser towards the Kalabsha temple and take in unique views o the huge power plant further to the north.

From there, make your way to the Unfinished Obelisk, located in the granite quarries. Learn how these reserves served as the main supply for ancient temples and colossi. Your Egyptologist will help you uncover the history of this place and explain how the massive obelisk was carved and then abandoned when a crack was discovered.

Finally, make your way to the Philae Temple—what is possible Aswan’s most famous site. Learn how this great temple was moved after the High Dam caused rivers to rise dangerously close to the ancient relic. Your guide will take you on a short motorboat ride and an informative walking tour of the temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis. Use additional free time to explore on your own. 

This private tour insures you the flexibility to decide how much time is spent at each of the sites, making for a truly personalized Aswan experience. 

Customer Reviews

john g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Nice easy tour of the sites, great

Jusvant L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

Stunning, our guide Dina was wonderful. she knew what she was talking about and explained it in a way that we understood. Dina was brilliant by far the best guide we had (that is saying something as Nana in Cairo was pretty good too).

Carolyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our guide was excellent and we loved Philae - a peaceful oasis after Abu Simbel.

NKR Prabhu India

4 star rating: Recommended January 2012

Philae Temple has such a great location and the whole tour was very relaxing. Unfinished obelisk was awesome. But the high dam is just a dam...

William Z USA

4 star rating: Recommended May 2009

Good overview of the Aswan, although the High Dam is a little anticlimatic. Philae Temple caps the trip, after seeing Giza, Sakkara, Luxor, Karnak, Abydos, and Dendara. Would have liked a little more time to explore on the island. Obelisk is incredible, although our guide gave us a short introduction and then left us to wander. We enjoyed the freedom, but did have additional questions and were immediately targeted by baksheesh-hungry tourist police. Well worth it.

David Z USA

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

We could have passed on the High Dam, but the Philae Temple is a must-see if visiting Aswan.

Anonymous

4 star rating: Recommended September 2007

As a native to Aswan our guide loved showing us around the area. The Dam is just a dam but its pretty big and the history is interesting. The mind boggles at how anyone expected to move the unfinished obelisk and Philae Temple is one of the best temples in Egypt.

Joanne D United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended December 2006

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable & friendly.

Scott P USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2010

On-time pick-up. Guide treated us like we were idiots.

Hongyu G USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2009

The guide was below average.

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