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Old 02-24-2011, 09:21 AM
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Default Abu Simple Visit Tour by Car (09h. $ 75 Per Person)

Start the tour from your hotel by your Guide and A/c Modern Vehicle to the world renowned site where Ramses II ordered two sun temples carved from the limestone mountains at Abu Simbel, between 1290-1123 BC. At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert. Six massive standing statues front the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses favorite wife, Queen Nefertari, each 10 meters high. In modern times with the completion of the High Dam the water that would rise threatened the two temples of Abu Simbel. A campaign to save them was organized by UNESCO, with the temples being cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside. Originally cut into the side of a mountain, the temple is now backed by an artificial mountain built to resemble the original location. The temple was constructed so that the rising sun shone between the statues of Ramses and into the inner recesses of the sanctuary on February 22nd and October 22nd. Modern engineers spent a full year calculating the new placement of the temple to reproduce this miracle. Today, as it has for millennia, the sunís rays illuminate the holy statues for 20 minutes on those dates each year. The massive job took four years to complete, 1964-1968. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractionsDrive Back to your Hotel in AswanTour include- Pick up and drop off at your hotel- All transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle- Assistance of our personal during the day tour- English speaking tour guideExcluded- Entrance fees & local taxes - Items of personal nature, including Telephone, drinks etc.- Any item not listed as an inclusion- Gratitude to guide, tour leader and driversPlease Note- French, German, Italian, Spanish, tour guides are available upon request.- Pick-up time to be decided up on your request 04:00 am Or 10:00 am.

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