Abu Simbel Temple Complex

Abu Simbel Temple Complex

Abu Simbel Temple Complex
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Tom D
Sittingbourne, UK54 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Absolutely stunning and awesome temple, hard to comprehend the scale of it all.
The coach journey was long (between 3 - 4 hours from Aswan) but definitely worth it. I would advise anyone who hasn’t seen it to do so.
Written 18 June 2022
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flibbit
London, UK27 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We took an excursion from Aswan while on a Nile Cruise.
Good points: The site itself was impressive and in a gorgeous location next to the lake. The vendors were less pushy than in other locations which made souvenir shopping a better experience.
Negative points: We were told the journey time was around 3.5 hours each way. This was a complete lie. It was 5 hours each way. Apparently new speed limits were introduced last month and vehicles can now only go 80km per hour.
We were also told we would have around 2.5 hours at Abu Simbel for our guided tour and free time. Again this was a lie. They raced us round in just over an hour in order to get us back on the coach and back to the ship.
There was no traffic holding us up. They just lied about the journey time to make more people book the trip. The sad thing is if they had told us the truth we would have booked anyway and been much happier with the trip.
Summary: it’s worth going, but don’t believe what they tell you about the journey times from Aswan.
Written 16 June 2022
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rmartinmitch
Boston, MA474 contributions
May 2022
We had the chance to visit the temple complex at Abu Simbel during our trip to Egypt. An absolutely amazing site - hard to believe this was relocated in the 60s.

A few quick travel tips.

On hot days, it is a long, shadeless walk from the complex entrance to the temple. The site does offer golf cart service for those who might need assistance.

Beware of the many vendors as you leave the site.

Be very careful of taking pictures of any military in the area or on the dam. They will confiscate your camera.

You will appreciate the effort to visit this amazing place
Written 1 June 2022
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Tinnesz
Jacksonville, FL207 contributions
Apr 2022
I was overwhelmed by this temple, it is even more amazing in person. The huge statues, the gorgeous paintings, the many rooms to explore, I loved this place. I loved the temple to Neferatari as well, very beautiful and full of paintings. But Ramses Temple is incredible. The fact that the sun shines into the inner temple twice a year on his birthday and coronation date is also amazing. We did the sound and light show. It is beautiful to sit at night and see it lit up, with stars and moon above. But it's more fun exploring every nook and cranny.
Written 29 May 2022
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Nicole H
12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
It is a very long drive from Aswan, but an incredible site to see. Our guide told us many things about the complex but guides cannot go into the temple with you.

We were not in a hurry since this was the only site on our itinerary for this day so we waited in the shade for lines to dwindle. It was very crowded but after about 45 minutes more people were leaving than arriving. This meant we were in the temples with very few other people and we did not wait in line outside in the sun. Our patience paid off.

We paid 20 pounds per person to take the golf cart instead of walking and I found that to be money well spent.

While we were very glad to have gone, the long day of driving makes me hesitant to reccommend this for everyone.
Written 13 May 2022
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7sempreinviaggio
Palermo, Italy309 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Amazing place, can’t understand the negative reviews, rent a car and drive there yourself, I slept in Abu Simbel so no need to travel 3-4 hours from Aswan. Amazing temple
Written 6 May 2022
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lquadros
San Ramon, CA152 contributions
Jan 2022
I finally got time to do this review. We were staying at El-Amin guest house in Aswan and the owner arranged the private tour. Please note that you can contact your hotel directly for a tour and will get a much better (cheap and best) price rather than going thru a well known travel agency. We had a private vehicle as well as a private tour guide named Sherif Afify who was very good and give us good knowledge about the whole history and the temples. He also helped us with taking pictures and stuff.
Note that the drive is 3 hours to go and 3 hours to come back. But the place is simple breathtaking. A private tour will allow yourself to give sufficient time to explore and get the best pictures which believe me is beyond words.
A must do in Egypt.
Written 17 April 2022
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Musicians Mum
249 contributions
Mar 2022
Visited as optional add on to a small group tour from UK.4.15 am start to bus journey over 3 hours from Aswan for visit of just under 90 minutes and then bus back.
Amazing feat of engineering both to construct in the first place and then move the thing in modern times(I remember seeing progress on news at the time) but I found rather underwhelming.Yes big ,but inside it is lit by groud level uplighting and the details of the carving and designs at high level are so dim that they are hard to see.
Had I a choice,I would have chosen to stay nearer the site(if hotels exist) as the whole experience seemed proscribed (literal convoy of buses from Aswan,stay 90 mins,convoy back).
Written 15 April 2022
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK1,896 contributions
Apr 2022
Visiting Abu Simbel has been on my ‘bucket list’ for many decades. I was not disappointed. We decided to fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel. The only flights are from Aswan and in April 2022 they left Aswan at 10:20 am arriving about 45 minutes later. The return flight (only to Aswan) left at 08:30 am. This meant that we had two nights in Abu Simbel and stayed at the delightful Kabala Nubian guest house. I recommend it. We paid £115 for two people for two nights bed and breakfast. The guest house is a 25 minute walk to the temples which we visited in the late afternoon and morning. They are stunning! At 6 am we were surprised to see 7 coach tours arrive – and imagine it was even busier later in the morning as groups traveled overland from Aswan. However, at around 7.30 am there was a lull in visitors and I was able to take pictures without crowds spoiling the atmosphere. The surprise to me was that inside the temples there are wall paintings, carvings and large figures too. Quite a lot to see! We did stay for the excellent sound and light show (300 EGP) and it was well worth it. Innovative lighting and good sound effects (headsets provided your own language) made an enjoyable and interesting show. And it looks lovely floodlit!
Written 10 April 2022
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France672 contributions
Mar 2022
Despite all the hype, and despite the long day in front of you, this is a worthwile trip.
First of all, the place is legendary. It is really not the same to be there than to see it.
Secondly, the amazing rescue operation and the engineering and diplomatic feat accomplished make it a great bonus track
Third, despite -in my case- being underwhelmed with the size of it (I was expecting it bigger ^^) the interior is beautiful, and so it the site and environment.
Fourth, so must fun (a bit sad too, though) to see TikTokers and Instagrammers totally geared up and making selfies and pictures of themselves as crazy lol

For some reason everyone goes super early in the morning. OK, you avoid the extreme heat, but there are loads of people at the same time.
If you can manage the heat, go later on in the day and it will be much less tiring and probably more rewarding.
Written 5 April 2022
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