Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos

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Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos
from USD $128.21
Combine a morning in Dendara where you can visit the Temple of Hathor, before continuing for an afternoon of sightseeing in Abydos, home to "The Cult of Osiris" . It is a place where most ancient Egyptians would have made a pilgrimage to at least once in their lifetime.
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In Brief

Luxor, Egypt
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
The approach path to the Temple of Hathor is between two Roman fountains that end at the massive entry gate. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love and was generally shown as a cow, or woman with a cow's head.

The enclosure walls are mud-brick and date to the Roman era. Within the walls are the temple, two birth houses, a Coptic Basilica, a sanitarium, a sacred lake and the Temple of the Birth of Isis. The temple has a long history with evidence that Pepi I (Old Kingdom) rebuilt the temple, while other texts refer to reconditioning by Thutmose III, Amenhotep III and Rameses II and III (New Kingdom). Additions were made during the Greek, Roman and Ptolemy periods.

Abydos in Middle Egypt is an ancient holy place and burial ground of the rulers of the late prehistoric proto-kingdom, as well as the first attested kings of the politically unified Egyptian state.

Buildings constituting the settlement area in northern Abydos dating back to Predynastic times have been found around Kom es-Sultan, while recent excavators have found an Old Kingdom residential area to the south-east which contains a street of mudbrick houses with courtyards and a faience workshop with its kilns.

Abydos is home to "The Cult of Osiris", the god of the dead. It is said the head of Osiris was buried at the site after he was murdered by his brother.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour.


  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans
  • Lunch box
  • Entry/Admission - Abydos
  • Entry/Admission - Dendera Temple Complex


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Tour departs from centrally located Luxor hotels or Luxor Port

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.87 out of 5 based on the last 15 recent reviews

I highly recommend going to Dendara and Abydos for anyone going to Luxor and have a day to spare. The colours of the paintings in the Dendara temple are amazing and for me it was the highlight here, Abydos is also great yet not as awe-inspiring, but still in better shape than most ancient remains around Luxor. The temples are relatively well preserved considering being over 3000 and 2000 years respectively, and having served as monasteries, churches etc, and there were only 10-20 other tourists there at the same time as us. The tour guide Mr Ahmed was very knowledgable, friendly and flexible. The journey along the Nile was quite arduos, going at a slow speed because of all the bumps at the intersections, but there's not much that can be done about that. Bring some snacks and water and perhaps something to read if you don't want to look at miles and miles of farmland and villages.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
Fantastic! Our guide Yolanda and the car driver Nobel made our vacation run so smoothly. Yolanda used English / American word association with a little story which help us remember how to correctly pronounce the names of the Kings and Queens. She gave us a first class tour. I highly recommend her.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2016
Osiris Temple @ Abydos and Dendara temples are a hidden gem, not commonly visited the history and colors in both temples were fascinating. Make the effort you won't be disappointed!!
• Submitted 30 Dec 2013
A long journey but worth it,quite stunning
• Submitted 24 Sep 2012
This was a fantastic trip. We were picked up on time, and the guide and driver were excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip. South Sinai Travel were extremely good, and next time I go to Egypt I want them to take care of all my travel arrangements.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2012
Outstanding! We were provided a personal driver and an English speaking tour guide for the all day excursion. They arrived promptly on time at our hotel and were very friendly and courteous. It is a long drive and they ensured we were comfortable. The guide's narrative about the sites as well as Egypt in general was very informative. The driver was very professional and safe. I would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2012
This sites are amassing!!! But again you need a good tour guide that is proactive and shows you all the hiding treasures!!!
• Submitted 15 Aug 2011
The young gentleman who was my guide did an excellent job and I would like you to thank him again for me. Abdos and Dendara was a lifetime dream that he helped to fulfill.
• Submitted 26 May 2011
Well worth the trip excellent guide and driver
• Submitted 15 Nov 2010
This is a must do, was great tour.
• Submitted 19 Apr 2010
Superb service - highly professional.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2010
Picked up early in the morning by our guide. Long drive, but beautiful countryside and easy to sleep along the way. Well worth the trip, however, since very different from other sites in Egypt. Abydos is incredibly preserved, great hypostyle columns, and wonderful reliefs. Dendara was being conserved as we arrived, shows great potential, with lots of great areas. Roof view was incredible. After Karnak, Luxor, Valley, Giza, and Sakkara, this helped to round our our understanding and conceptualization of Egypt. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 17 May 2009
Fantastic tour. Both guide and driver made it a wonderful trip Abydos was a dream. Dendara was equally special but as it was a holiday for the local children, we were followed by large numbers of children - most of whom were lovely.
• Submitted 17 May 2009
A long day in the car from Cairo but worth seeing if it is your one and only trip to Egypt.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2012
Worth doing, Dendara and Abydos. A good drive(distance) to and from. As the guide book says these two are in better shape than most temples and offer some fantastic viewing. only thing is you only have so much time at each one because of time constraints. One would like to take time and just look around at these. The guide was knowledgeable and offered good information. The trip to and from also allows one to see parts of rural Egypt you might not see otherwise. Some Egyptian driving at times on the part of the driver. Heads up on that.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2011

In Brief

Luxor, Egypt
10 hours