Abu Simbel Sun festival tour - 1 Day

Abu Simbel is still one of the premier antiquities in all of Egypt. Two temples dedicated to Rameses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. The entrance was built so that, twice a year, the sun would shine a beam into the inner sanctuary, illuminating the three statues there and leaving Ptah, the god of the underworld, in darkness. So precise was the design of the temple that this phenomenon occurred on the same two dates each year in October 21 and February 21 ( believed to be the Pharaoh’s birthday , coronation and respectively ).

The Sun Festival

When the Egyptian government wanted to damn Lake Nasser in the mid 20th century, Abu Simbel was due to be swallowed up by the river. So the authorities actually moved the temple to a new location, cutting the monument into blocks weighing up to 30 tonnes (and you thought moving house was a pain). The Sun Festival still takes place though, the dates just shifted a day forward (due to some complex maths involving the sun, the earth and a protractor).

Each year you can go to Abu Simbel, on October 22 and February 22 and see the light spear through the darkness, illuminating the statues carved inside. It’s one of the cooler, more Indiana Jones-style things you can actually do in a world of pop-tarts and microwaves and Miley Cyrus.

The locals still celebrate the Sun Festival twice a year, and it’s an amazing time to visit Egypt. There’s traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple.

Highlights of this itinerary

Tour starts on October 21 and February 21

Each year you can go to Abu Simbel, on October 22 and February 22 and see the light spear through the darkness, illuminating the statues carved inside.


Our private tour guide will meet at you hotel in Aswan at midnight, so please prepare yourself and have some refreshment, then take a private car to Abu Simbel about 4 hours driving along the road, Our tour guide will give you a brief idea about Abu Simbel Sun Festival, stir to see the combination of Sun Festival in Abu Simbel, look at the rays of the sun align on the king Ramses II twice per year on 22 October (The day of his birthday) and 22 February (The day of being a King). Also you will know how they moved this huge impressive temple from Aswan to Abu Simbel, see sun aligns in small room for four statues (Ptah, Amun-Ra, Ramses II, and Ra-Horakhty), have fun and enjoy your celebrate with Nubian and Egyptian who dance and celebrating Abu Simbel Sun Festival. Will present your lunch meal in an oriental restaurant before getting back to your hotel in Aswan by your car.

Package Includes

  • Hotel pickup and drop off.
  • Professional English speaking Egyptian tour guide throughout.
  • Lunch during the tours at local restaurant.
  • Bottled water during your trip.
  • Touring of Abu Simbel Temple.
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All transfers as mentioned.
  • All taxes and services.

Package Excludes

  • Any optional trips or unmentioned items.
  • Any Personal expenses.
  • Tipping kitty
  • Any other expenses not mentioned.
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary.( For entrance fees budget approx US$ 15– 20 per person ).

Tour and Prices

  • Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip but you can pay in Euro or British pound.
  • The prices valid until 30th April 2019, except during Christmas, New Year & Easter holidays.
  • The prices are always updated to ensure you receive the lowest price possible.
  • Once your tour is confirmed we guarantee the price will not be changed.
Single  From 2 till 3 Adults From 4 till 6 Adults From 7 till 10 Adults
200 $ 140 $ 110 $ 85 $

Children Policy

  • 0 – 01.99 Free of Charge.
  • 2 – 5.99 pay 25% of tour price.
  • 6 – 11.99 pay 50% of tour price.
  • 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person.

Payment Policy

Reservations should be made as early as possible to book the desired Nile cruise, spaces will be secured upon receiving a deposit of 25 %, and during the Christmas and New Year holidays, the required deposit is 50%. This deposit forms part of your final payment. Deposits can only be made by Online Payment, wire transfer and or the Western Union.


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Abu Simbel Sun festival tour
From $ 85.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • 12 Hours
  • Every October 21 and February 21
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast - Lunch
  • Professional English speaking Egyptian tour guide throughout
  • Abu Simbel Sun festival
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