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Philae Temple Aswan High Dam granite quarries of Aswan and Unfinished Obelisk

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    Stop At: High Dam, Aswan Egypt

    Depart your Aswan hotel or cruise ship and travel to the High Dam of Aswan, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. Containing more material than used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Dam is 11,811 ft long, 3215 ft thick at the base, 364 ft tall and is carved into from the existing granite, providing irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. From the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Egypt

    Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries of Aswan where much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from. The Unfinished Obelisk still lies where it was carved when a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will explain how the hundreds tons obelisk was carved, and why the crack caused it to be abandoned.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Temple of Philae, Island of Agilika, Aswan Egypt

    The last of the 3 famous Aswan sites you will see today is generally regarded as the best. Philae Temple was carefully moved to its current location (around 500 meters from the original site) when the construction of the High Dam caused surrounding Nile waters to rise. A short motorboat ride takes you to the island where your guide will take you on a walking tour through the temple before allowing you free time to explore further on your own. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the river which has been landscaped to match its original site. It's various shrines and sanctuaries celebrate the deities involved in the myth of Isis and Osiris. This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour.

     


    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from Aswan hotels or Port area
    Departure Time
    9:00am (later departures are available until 12:00pm)
    Duration
    6h
    Return Details
    Tour returns to original point of departure
    Inclusions
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Bottled water
    • Qualified Egyptologist guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - High Dam
    • Entry/Admission - Unfinished Obelisk
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Philae
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

    We were just amazed by the fact that they moved piece by piece this huge, beautiful temple from a near by island to this other one with a higher altitud because it was getting destroyed by the Nile floods. What a job was that!!! We...More

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