Egypt Festival Tours
For a holiday in Egypt that's out of the ordinary, consider our unique tours which combine the highlights of ancient Egypt, with a special visit to Abu Simbel at dawn for the Sun Festival. Our Sun Festival tours, coincide with the birthday (21 October) and coronation day (21 February) of King Ramses II. With incredible architectural precision, Ramses II had his entire temple carefully angled and oriented for the sun's rays to illuminate the temple's inner sanctum just twice a year - on his date of his ascension to the throne and on his birthday.
10 days | FROM USD $2,379
See the best of ancient Egypt with the luxury of a 5 star Nile cruiser & hotels. Explore pyramids, temples & tombs & top it off with the amazing Sun Festival of King Ramses II - observe the awesome spectacle as sunlight floods the temple of Abu Simbel.
11 days | FROM USD $2,379
Premium Tour. Staying in luxurious hotels and cruising aboard a five star Nile cruiser, see the best of ancient Egypt and get the rare opportunity to witness the grand Sun Festival of King Ramses II at legendary Abu Simbel on this first-class tour.
The architectural brilliance of the ancient Egyptians
The original Abu Simbel temple was built in the 13th century BC by King Ramses II, who commissioned the structure to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. With 4 separate statues depicting Ramses at various stages of his adult life at the temple's entrance, it’s an impressive monument before one even enters. Carved out of the mountainside, the temple’s inner sanctum also has 4 statues; 3 of which - Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god - are illuminated by the sun’s rays twice a year on the sun festival, whilst the statute of Ptah (the god of darkness) remains in the shadows. But the wonders don’t stop there. In the late 1960's, the shoreline of Lake Nasser was in danger of eroding the temple foundations and damaging it permanently. Engineers relocated the temple further up the bank, though it now aligns with the sun a day later than it did in Ramses’ day. In a way, it’s a fitting tribute to the building prowess of the ancient Egyptians!