Join us this year for the Abu Simbel Sun Festival in Egypt, and witness a spectacular event unfold deep inside the ancient temple of King Ramses; an event which only occurs twice every year. Only on these 2 days is the sun able to penetrate the temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum to illuminate 3 of the 4 statues within, leaving the 4th, the god of darkness, in the dark.
Our amazing Sun Festival at Abu Simbel tour package also includes a tour in Cairo to see the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum and more. Enjoy the festival at Abu Simbel, followed by a Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with plenty of sightseeing from beginning to end – an 8-day tour package which is truly beyond belief.
The Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour package runs on the 19th of October 2018 only.
Abu Simbel Sun Festival Tour
DAY 1 – Arrive in Cairo for your Abu Simbel Sun Festival Tour and Cruise
When you arrive at Cairo International Airport for your Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour and cruise, one of our friendly tour representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. After giving you a warm welcome, he will then assist you in any way he can, and will escort you to the hotel where you will be spending the night.
When you reach the hotel, our tour representative will ensure that you enjoy a smooth and hassle-free check-in. After this, he will review your tour itinerary with you, and also confirm a pick-up for the next day’s tours. With all the formalities taken care of, you will then be left on your own to enjoy the remainder of the day as you wish.
DAY 2 – Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, and Khan El-Khalili
Day 2 of your Abu Simbel tour package will see you visiting some of very best historical attractions, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and the famous Khan El-Khalili Bazaar.
Begin your day with a good breakfast at the hotel, and then, at the time which was confirmed with you, will be picked up from your hotel, and you will be driven to the Giza Plateau to see the iconic Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley Temple.
If you would to enter one of the pyramids and/or visit the area’s Solar Boat Museum, please let your guide know, and he will be happy to assist with getting admission tickets. These are both optional activities, and are therefore not included in the price of your Abu Simbel Sun Festival package.
After a truly remarkable morning, you will then be taken to a good local restaurant for some lunch and a bit of a rest. After this, it will be time for you to visit the famous Egyptian Museum which is home to thousands of artifacts relating to Egypt’s fascinating history. Not surprisingly, it is home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts from Ancient Egypt.
No matter in which direction you look when you are in the museum, you will be absolutely fascinated, and the same applies when you visit an area in the museum called the Treasures Room. This room houses nearly all of the ancient artifacts that were recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen when his tomb was discovered sealed and intact in the Valley of Kings on Luxor’s West Bank in the early 1920s. You will also be able to visit his tomb as well when you get to Luxor shortly after the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel.
While you are still at the museum, you will also have the option of visiting the museum’s Mummies Room where you can view a number of real mummies which are on display in specially designed enclosures. If you want to go in and see the mummies, a separate admission ticket for the Mummies Room is required. This can be purchased at the museum on the day of your visit.
After you have finished at the museum, you will then be taken to an area known as Coptic Cairo, where you will enjoy visit two fascinating sites, the Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Hanging Church of Cairo.
Next, you will then be taken to see and explore one of Cairo’s most colorful and most enchanting attractions, the vibrant Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. This bustling bazaar has been around ever since the 14th century, and it is fair to say that no visit to Cairo is complete without a visit to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Even if you have no intention of doing any shopping, it is a wonderful place for some people-watching while you sit and some refreshments.
Finally, after a wonderful day out, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel where you will be spending this of your Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour as well.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 3 – Flight to Aswan and Aswan Sightseeing
Enjoy another good hotel breakfast, and then at the time which was confirmed with you yesterday, our tour representative will meet you at the hotel; he will assist you with check-out, and then he will escort you to the airport where you will be boarding a short flight to Aswan.
Since you will be arriving in Aswan quite early, this day of your Abu Simbel Sun Festival package includes a very pleasant sightseeing tour, during which time you will visit some famous attractions in Aswan, including the Aswan High Dam and the absolutely amazing Temple of Philae which was dedicated to two goddesses, Isis and Hathor.
Like a number of other ancient structures in the region, Philae Temple was painstakingly moved in its entirety to its current location. Had it not been rescued, it would have been lost forever to the rising waters of Lake Nasser following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
After your sightseeing tour in Aswan, you will then be escorted to the hotel where you will be staying. While you are free to head out on your own in the evening, we strongly recommend that you go to bed early because you will be leaving for Abu Simbel just after midnight.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4 – Abu Simbel Sun Festival 2018 and Nile Cruise Embarkation
The 4th day of your amazing Abu Simbel tour package begins very early, at around 00h30, at which point you will be picked up from your hotel and you will start making your way to the ancient rock-cut temples of King Ramses and his wife, Queen Nefertari for the Abu Simbel Sun Festival.
The Sun Festival at Abu Simbel starts just as the sun begins to rise, and the sun’s rays penetrate the Great Temple’s inner sanctorum and illuminate the “Holiest of Holy,” a small room containing four statues: Ptah, Amun-Ra, Ra-Horakhty, and one of Ramesses himself.
This only occurs twice every year, and on these two days of the year, the sun’s rays enter this small room, and three of the four statues emerge from the dark, while the fourth statue, that of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains hidden in the dark. Once the sun has passed, all four statues once disappear into the darkness.
After witnessing this spectacular event, you will head outside the temple where you will then be entertained with some performance done by various Nubian folklore groups. Thousands of people visit Abu Simbel Temples every year, but only a select few get the opportunity to witness this incredibly special event which has become known as the Abu Simbel Sun Festival.
After a thoroughly enjoyable time at this site, you will then return to Aswan, and you will be taken to board a 5-Star Nile River cruise ship which will be your home for the next few days while you are going to be cruising on the Nile in Style.
Shortly after you have boarded the vessel and checked-in, you will enjoy your first excellent on-board lunch, and then you will have the remainder of the day to yourself, to enjoy as you wish.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 5 – Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples with Overnight at Esna
This day of Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour package will see you enjoying a leisurely cruise to Esna via Kom Ombo and Edfu to see two wonderful ancient monuments, Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple. Your cruise ship will be departing from Aswan relatively early, and breakfast will be served while it is sailing to Kom Ombo.
On arrival at Kom Ombo, you and the other members in your group will all disembark together, and you will be taken to see the fascinating Temple of Sobek. While one could argue that this complex consists of a solitary temple, it is in fact two temples, with one being a mirror image of the other. In every other way, both temples are 100% identical, and the reason for this is because the site was dedicated to two different gods. In order to avoid any risk of upsetting one of the gods, both temples had to be the same. One was dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, while the other was dedicated to Haeroris.
Following your visit to the temple, everyone will return to the waiting cruise ship, and it will begin sailing to Edfu. Enjoy another fine lunch on board the vessel, and then you will be disembarking again, this time to visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This is a fantastically well-preserved temple that never fails to amaze those who visit it. For more than 2,000 years this temple was buried beneath the sand, and because of this, it is the best-preserved ancient cult temple ever discovered.
After spending some time at the temple, you will return to the boat, and once everyone is back on board, it will sail to Esna, with afternoon tea being served along the way. Enjoy another first-class dinner and a great night’s sleep on the water at Esna.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 6 – Best of Luxor West Bank and East Bank Tours
Today, your cruise ship will once again make an early departure and it will begin sailing to Luxor with guests enjoying a leisurely breakfast along the way. Once you reach Luxor, you will be visiting some of the very best ancient attractions on the West Bank in the morning, followed by a similar East Bank excursion in the afternoon.
Your West Bank tour features 3 incredible ancient sites: Valley of the Kings; the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. On the 2nd day of your Abu Simbel Sun Festival tour package, you had the pleasure of seeing all the wonderful artifacts which were recovered from the Tomb of King Tutankhamen, and today, when you visit Valley of the Kings, you will be able to see the actual tomb itself, along with many other tombs. To date, more than 60 tombs have been discovered in this vast royal necropolis.
Please take note that admission tickets for any tombs which are open to the public need to be purchased in person at the site. For this reason, your Abu Simbel Sun Festival package does not include admission to any of the tombs. It is also worth noting that King Tutankhamen’s tomb is not always open, and even when it is, only a limited number of tickets are allowed to be sold each day.
After Valley of the Kings, you will then head to an area called El-Deir El-Bahari to see the truly amazing 15th-century BC mortuary temple which was built on the orders of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the New Kingdom. Finally, you will be taken to see the Colossi of Memnon, and then it will be time for you to return to the ship for another good lunch on board.
Shortly after your lunch, you will once again disembark, and you will be visiting another two remarkable ancient sites: Karnak and Luxor Temple. Karnak, which is often referred to as Karnak Temple, was in fact a small city of temples and various other structures. The site covers more than 5,000 square meters, and despite the fact that only ruins remain, it is one of the most visited ancient monuments in Egypt. The Giza pyramids and Sphinx receive the most visitors, with Abu Simbel and Karnak probably sharing second place in terms of visitor numbers
Finally, your East Bank tour will come to an end, and then you will once again return to your cruise ship where you will have some free time for yourself before dinner is served in the evening. Tonight, you will be sleeping on the water at Luxor.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 7 – Flight to Cairo and Leisure Time
Wake up to another splendid breakfast on board the cruise ship, and then enjoy a bit of free time for yourself. A little bit later in the day, you will be checking out and disembarking, and one of our tour representatives will then escort you to the airport where you will be boarding a short flight back to Cairo.
On arrival at the airport in Cairo, you will once again be met and assisted at the airport, and then you will be escorted to the hotel where you will be staying for the last night of your amazing 8 day Abu Simbel tour and cruise holiday. Enjoy the remainder of the day as you wish.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 8 – King Ramses Festival of the Sun Tour Ends – Final Departure
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and today marks the end of what can only be described as an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a good breakfast at the hotel as well as some free time if your flight schedule allows for it.
At the appropriate time, our tour manager and a driver will pick you up at the hotel, and they will then escort you to Cairo International Airport. Once again, you will be assisted in any way possible and then it will sadly be time for everyone to say their goodbyes so that you can proceed through immigration in time for your flight back home. It might be a bit of a sad moment, but just remind yourself that there are not all that many people in the world who can say they have experienced the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel; that incredible moment when 3 statues are eliminated while that of the god of darkness remains in the dark.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Inclusions – What is included in your Abu Simbel Sun Festival Package:
- Meet and assist service at all arrivals and departures
- Customer Service assistance throughout your India, Egypt and Dubai Tour with Nile Cruise
- All transfers and tours in clean and modern air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic flight tickets from Cairo to Aswan and from Luxor to Cairo
- Hotel accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo (bed and breakfast)
- Hotel accommodation for 1 night in Aswan (bed and breakfast)
- Accommodation for 3 nights on board 5-Star Nile Cruise (full board)
- Any other meals as specified in the itinerary
- All tours mentioned in the Abu Simbel tour itinerary
- Admission tickets for all attractions mentioned in the itinerary
- Free bottled water during your tours and excursions
- 30 minutes of local calling (5 minutes international) and a mobile phone loaned for the length of your stay or an Egyptian SIM card for your unlocked mobile device
- All service charges and taxes
NOTE: All tours in Cairo are private tours. Aswan, Luxor and Nile cruise tours are group tours
Exclusions – What is not included in your Abu Simbel Sun Festival and Nile Cruise Package:
- International airfare
- Entry visa for Egypt
- Admission tickets for the pyramid in Cairo; the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, and King Tutankhamen’s tomb at Valley of the Kings
- Optional tours mentioned or not mentioned in the itinerary of our Sun Festival at Abu Simbel tour
- Personal expenses
- Tipping kitty.
- Helnan Aswan Hotel (5-Star)
- Le Passage Hotel and Casino (5-Star)
- Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa (5-Star)
- Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise (5-Star)
|Price per 1 person||2018 Abu Simbel Sun Festival|
Prices shown are quoted in US$ and they are valid only for our 2018 Sun Festival at Abu Simbel tour package which runs on the 19th of October 2018.