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Old 03-25-2011, 03:02 AM
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Default Abu Simbel Temples By flight (4h $190 Per Person)

Transfer from hotel to airport then Board your flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. You will be met upon arrival and taken 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 sun’s 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 attractions. Board your flight back to Aswan then to your hotel by your A/C car. *** Tour include - Flight ticket Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan - Pick up and drop off at your hotel - All transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle - Assistance of our Tour leaders during the day tour - Entrance fees & local taxes - English speaking tour guide *** Excluded - Items of personal nature, including Telephone, drinks etc. - Gratitude *** Please Note - French, German, Italian, Spanish, tour guides are available upon request. - Pick-up time to be decided according to available flight.

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