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The great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) and hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, the other two are of his beloved wife - Queen Nefertari.

The temple was dedicated to King Ramses II and the gods Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ptah. In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled in order that the sun's rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows.

In 1972 the temple was re-located further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Abu Simbel, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Egypt

The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt
Pharaohs and Beaches
13 days FROM $1,999

Enjoy a fun and educational family adventure in ancient Egypt. Explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings in Luxor and experience the local way of life, visiting a Nubian island and a local school in Aswan, before heading to the beach on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera.

The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt
Classical Egypt
9 days FROM $2,599

Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt in nine intoxicating days - the Pyramids, tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, King Ramses II - Abu Simbel and a relaxing cruise, meandering the River Nile onboard a stately Nile Cruiser.

Philae Temple | Aswan | Egypt
Cruise Lake Nasser
11 days FROM $3,299

Cross the Tropic of Cancer, cruising from mighty Abu Simbel on board a decadent Lake Nasser Cruiser. Discover the hidden gems of the Temple of Amada, ancient Nubia and its people and the legendary sights of ancient Thebes, Giza and Cairo.

Abu Simbel | Egypt
Cairo Cruise & Coast
13 days FROM $2,649

There's no better way to cap your Egyptian adventure than relaxing by the famous Red Sea resort town of Hurghada. Pyramids & pharaohs, ancient architecture & antiquity, cruising the River Nile, sunshine, sand & sea!

Camel Caravan | Egypt
Pyramids to Petra
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Discovering some of the world's best archaeological sights, we combine Cairo's ancient wonders, Luxor's greatest temples and tombs, the ever flowing River Nile and the rose red city of Petra - The Jewel in Jordan's crown.

Abu Simbel | Egypt
Cairo: Abu Simbel by Air
1 day FROM $1,399

Explore two of the most awe-inspiring temples in all of Egypt on an early morning air excursion to the gigantic rock-cut Abu Simbel, guarded by the four colossal statues of Ramses II, on this Egypt Day Tour.

The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt
Glory of Light
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Add an extra special element to your Egyptian holiday by combining it with the magical Abu Simbel Sun Festival. Pyramids and Sphinx, felucca sailing on the Nile, the Valley of the Kings and energetic Cairo all in 9 fun filled days!

Abu Simbel | Egypt
Ramses Sunrise
10 days FROM $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.

5-star Nile Cruise Boat | Egypt
Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival
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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.

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