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Luxor to Abu Simbel day trip: visit the temple of Ramses II, temple of Nefertari. Private day trip to Abu Simbel from Luxor.
Abu Simbel is worth visiting not just because it is one of the greatest monumental creation in Egypt, but also it is the world's most famous monument saved for humanity from disappearance under the waters of the man-made Naser lake. The temples are in UNESCO World Heritage list as well.
One of the main feature of Abu Simbel Temples is that the Great Temple of Ramses the II was built in the way that its internal chamber – the sanctuary - lights up twice a year. First time on the anniversary of Ramses the 2nd ascension to the throne – February 22, and second time on his birthday – October 22. The days were shifted one day after the temple was reconstructed on another place.
It is easy to get from Luxor to Abu Simbel by road on a Private tour to Abu Simbel from your hotel. The distance from Luxor to Abu Simbel around 500 km. The trip takes up to 6 hours. Another option is a train from Luxor to Aswan, the journey will be around three hours, after another 300 km by road to Abu Simbel.
The archaeological are at at Abu Simbel is not big. There are just two temples at the site: The Great Temple of Ramses the II and a smaller temple of his wife Nefertari. You may need one hour and a half to get quietened with the temples and after you can walk around the place, see the Naser lake, enjoy the views.
You do not really need a guide to visit Abu Simbel site, there is a lot of information about the temples in open souses, so if you read before the tour it may be sufficient for a first time visit. You may need a guide in case you want to be shown around the area deeper.
Yes, you can go inside Abu Simbel. Both temples at the site are open and can be visited any time during the day from 6 am to 5 pm.