Make it simple to get to Abu Simbel! Board a plane in the morning from Cairo, flying to Aswan, and then driving to Abu Simbel Spend the morning exploring the amazing rock-cut tombs on Lake Nasser’s shore before making the trip back to Aswan to spend the afternoon there. Abu Simble is an ancient temple complex in southern Egypt that was formerly carved into a solid rock cliff. It is situated at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples that make up the site were built either between 1264 and 1244 BCE or 1244 and 1224 BCE under the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 – c. 1213 BCE). The disagreement in the dates results from different perspectives on Ramesses II’s life held by contemporary researchers. Based on the elaborate artwork found throughout the Great Temple’s interior, it is certain that the buildings were built, at least in part, to commemorate Ramesses’ triumph over the Hittites at the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BCE.
Have fun on your flight to Abu Simbel. You will be picked up from your Cairo hotel by a Dav Safaris representative to take a flight to Aswan and then drive to Abu Simbel, whose primary attractions are the magnificent sun temple built by King Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari. When both temples were found in 1813, sand had nearly entirely covered them. Then, in 1960, with the assistance of the Egyptian government and UNESCO, both temples were relocated in order to avoid the Nile’s rising waters. Since a fresco inside depicts his renowned triumph at the Kadesh war, where his army defeated his opponents, Ramses II erected the temple primarily to commemorate himself. The Nefertari Temple, which Ramses II erected for his favorite wife Queen Nefertari in addition to his other 200 wives and concubines, is located to the north of the Ramses Temple. Following your visit, you will be transported back to your accommodation from Aswan before taking a flight to Cairo.
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