Discover the less visited Lake Nasser on this 7-day tour including three nights on a 5 Star Cruise Ship. Get introduced to the rich and very interesting history of Nubia, visit the Nubian Village and Museum in Aswan and learn about the impact the construction of the High Dam had on the Nubian people. Furthermore, explore the rarely visited temples of Kalabsha, Dakka, Meherakka, the tomb of Penout, the Citadel of Kasr Ibrim and – as the ultimate highlight of your tour – the temples of Abu Simbel.
Welcome to Egypt
Upon arrival at Aswan International Airport our representative will meet and assist you with passport control, customs formalities and handling your luggage. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel.
Isis-Temple, Aswan’s Ancient Stone Quarries, the Museum of Nubia
Board a water-cab and visit the very well preserved Isis Temple of Philae, a site as rich in history as in faith – even Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned a graffiti. Then pass by the High Dam and the Old Dam for a photo-stop of Lake Nasser and proceed to the Unfinished-Obelisk and learn about great Egyptian architecture and sculpture work before visiting the Museum of Nubia.
Elephantine Island, St. Simon Monastery and the Nubian Village
Visit Elephantine Island which in ancient times stood at the borders between Egypt and Nubia. As you will easily recognize, the island was an excellent defensive site, a natural center for trade (gold, ivory and incense) and a worshipping site as well. After lunch, cross the Nile and take a camel ride to the 7th century monastery of St. Simeon. The monastery was once ranked among the biggest in Egypt and its basilica, some monastic cells and the refectory are still in good shape.
Later on, take your water-cab to the Nubian Village with colorful houses and shady gardens for a chance to experience the life in modern Nubia. Get introduced to Nubian traditions and customs and learn about the Nubian language and music.
Kalabscha, Beit El-Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi
Visit the Kalabsha Temple which dates back to the times of Ocatvios (30 BC) and was dedicated to the Nubian God of fertility, Merwel (Mandulis). During your visit, enjoy the marvelous hypostyle hall, the well preserved Nilometer and the splendid views of the lake and high dam.
Then proceed to the Ramesses II Temple of Beit El Wali, another manifestation of power made by this great warrior king at the southern border to implant fear in the heart of his enemies. Later on, walk through the massive architecture of the Kiosk of Kertassi before you embark your cruise ship for dinner and overnight.
Wadi es-Sebu, Temples of Dakka and Maharraqa
Leave Aswan and sail passing the Tropic of Cancer to Wadi el-Seboua (“Valley of the Lions”) to visit the temple named after the avenue of sphinxes leading to this rather exotic temple of Ramesses II. However it looks like a miniature of both Luxor Temple and Abu Simbel, it contains a collection of rare and exotic carvings such as a procession of Ramesses II with all his daughters and sons, 51 and 63 respectively! But the oddest of all is a well preserved carving of King Ramesses II offering to St. Peter!
Then visit the Nubian temple of Dakka which was build by the Nubian King Akamani and was continued by many others till the time of Augustus who is pictured here dressed like a pharaoh. Afterwards, visit the small and unfinished temple of Meherakka and sail to Amada.
Temples of Amada and Derr, Tomb of Pennut, Qasr Ibrim, Abu Simbel
Visit the oldest temples in Nubia, the temple of Amada. Afterwards, visit the Ramesses II Temple of Derr with very colorful carvings showing the military campaigns of this great king in Nubia. Then proceed to the well preserved Tomb of the local ruler of Nubia, Penout and study his life with the help of the many pictures he left. In the early afternoon, sail to Kasr Ibrim and hear about the homonymous Citadel located there (entrance to the site is not permitted).
Then sail to Abu Simbel and visit its impressive and monumental temples which are considered two of the most iconic sights on earth. Its 20m high statues sitting at the entrance of the temple are as unforgettable as the carvings inside of the great battle of Kadesh that the courageous warrior king lead against Hittites. Next to it lies the temple of Hathour which the king built for his most beautiful wife, Nefertari. At night, witness the thrilling Abu Simbel Sound & Light Show from aboard.
Return Flight to Aswan
After breakfast, disembark and fly back to Aswan.
All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.
- Entrance Visa to Egypt.
- Transportation to and from the airports in Aswan and Abu Simbel.
- Domestic flight from Abu Simbel Airport to Aswan Airport (Economy Class).
- 3 nights stay in Aswan, 3 nights stay on a Luxury Cruise Ship on Nasser Lake.
- All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles or limousines and professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed Egyptologist (all major languages available).
- Admission fees to all mentioned places, camel ride on day 3, a free copy of some of David Roberts lithographs of Ancient Egypt.
- Expected gratuities.
- Full board or as mentioned in the itinerary.
Not included: Intl. flights, personal expenses, everything not mentioned above.
All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.
- Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
- Private tour, 3 to 9 people: 1100 €
- Private tour, 10 to 20 people: 990 €
- Private tour, 21 to 35 people: 930 €
- Private tour, 36 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.
Customize Your Tour
Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour excatly as you want it to be!