Lake Nasser Attractions

Lake Nasser attractions are often off the beaten path but have become increasingly popular tourist attractions because of their immense historical value and because they are close to Aswan. Lake Nasser is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, and home to several ancient sites that were relocated to higher ground when the lake was being formed, including the Abu Simbel Temples. Many of these breathtaking ancient sites can be enjoyed while also enjoying one of our amazing Lake Nasser cruises.


Abu Simbel Temples - Front view of Temple of King Ramses II

Abu Simbel Temples – Rock Carved Temples Of Ramesses II

The Abu Simbel Temples are two exceptionally fascinating rock-cut temples constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses the Great in the 13th century BCE.
Temple of Seboua at Wadi El Seboua

Wadi El Seboua – Home To Egypt’s Many Rescued Historical Sites

Visiting Wadi El Seboua while you’re touring Lake Nasser makes for an unforgettable experience since the area is home to a number of relocated ancient sites.
Temple of Wadi El Seboua. Lake Nasser, Egypt

Temple of Wadi El Seboua – Twin Temples Located In The Valley Of Lions

The Temple of Wadi El Seboua is located at Wadi El Seboua, an area also known as the Valley of Lions, and there are actually two temples, both of which are worth exploring.
Temple of Dakka in Nubia, Upper Egypt

Temple Of Dakka – An Ancient Nubian Monument Built For Thoth

The fascinating Temple of Dakka at Wadi El Seboua is believed to be more than 2,000 years old, and historians believe it was originally built for Thoth.
Lake Nasser

Kalabsha Temple – Saved From Waters Of The Mighty Lake Nasser

Egypt has many temples that are much more famous than Kalabsha Temple, but what makes this site special is the fact that it was rescued from Lake Nasser.
The inside courtyard of the Temple of Maharraqua, Lake Nasser

Temple of Maharraqua – An Old Nubian Temple Shrouded In Mystery

Like many historical sites in Egypt, there are many unanswered question relating to the Temple of Maharraqua, and the mystery is likely to remain unsolved.
Temple of Derr, Lake Nasser

Temple Of Derr – A Splendid Rock Cut Marvel Built By Ramessess II

Rameesess II is one of Ancient Egypt’s best known pharaohs thanks to his long and impressively victorious reign, and the Temple of Derr is a fitting reminder.
Temple of Beit El Wali, Lake Nasser

Temple Of Beit El Wali – A Fascinating Reminder Of Ramesess II

Located at the site of New Kalabsha, the Temple of Beit El Wali was built by Ramesess II, and while it might be relatively small, it’s also very fascinating.
Kiosk of Kertassi, Lake Nasser

Kiosk Of Kertassi – An Ancient Roman Relic Saved From Destruction

When the Aswan High Dam was built, it created the world’s largest manmade lake, Lake Nasser, and many ancient sites were at risk, including the Kiosk of Kertassi.
Amada Temple, Lake Nasser

Amada Temple – Visiting The Oldest Egyptian Temple In Nubia

Amada Temple is the oldest known Egyptian temple in Nubia. Despite have been altered over the years, it’s a great place to visit during a Lake Nasser cruise.
Citadel Of Kasr Ibrim, Lake Nasser

Citadel Of Kasr Ibrim – The Only Survivor In Lower Nubia

The Citadel Of Kasr Ibrim was once a formidable city high above the Nile River, but today it appears as an Island due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
The Tomb of Penout, Lake Nasser - Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Tomb of Penout – Visiting One Of Egypt’s Rarest Attractions

Located relatively far up the Nile River, at a site called Amada which is home to several fascinating attractions, including the rock carved Tomb of Penout.

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Lake Nasser, Egypt Attractions

Anyone enthusiastic about visiting Egypt will know that Lake Nasser was created when the Aswan High Dam was completed. Known as one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, it is a destination in its own right, but it is also home to an astounding number of famous Egypt tourist attractions. From ancient temples to natural wadis, it is an often overlooked destination and we hope to convince you to plan a few days here when booking a trip to Egypt.

Not Just The Conclusion Of Your Cruise

A Nile cruise is one of those “must do” experiences in life, and the sights along the way are always unforgettable. However, your sailing days should not come to an end when you reach the dam at Aswan because you can also explore the waters and shoreline of Lake Nasser and take in some astonishing sights.

Naturally, the most famous of all Lake Nasser attractions is Abu Simbel. Spared from total destruction and relocated by an international team of antiquities and archeological experts, this massive temple of Ramesses II brings a huge number of travelers to the lake every year.

If you are hoping to take in a large number of top Lake Nasser attractions all at one time and in one place, you cannot beat Wadi El Seboua. This is a location that was chosen as a place for many other relocations when Lake Nasser was threatening ancient sites. Visitors to this spot find the gorgeous Temple of Dakka, the Temple of Amun, the Temple of El Seboua, and the small Temple of Maharraqua (noted for its unique winding stair).

Another of the popular Lake Nasser attractions is the Kalabshacomplex, also saved from the lake’s waters. The Temple of Beit El Wali is here, too, and was also something built during the reign of Ramesses II. The Temple of Derr is another of this pharaoh’s projects and is a prime example of rock cut architecture.

Lesser-Known Lake Nasser Attractions

If you are looking for other impressive sights and scenes, you need only book a Lake Nasser cruise or continue on the Nile in the area around the lake. These tours will let you witness some of the spots spared from floodwaters entirely by their natural locations. For example, the impressive Citadel of Kasr Ibrim used to stand high on a hill but is now an island in the Nile above Lake Nasser.

As you might see from this brief introduction to the Lake Nasser area, it is not just the final stop on a Nile tour. It is a destination worthy of time and attention. If you want to see some of the best spots, and the lesser-known but still impressive attractions, be sure to book one of our luxury Lake Nasser cruises. This guarantees that you don’t miss a thing, even if you have only a limited amount of time. At Egypt Tours Plus, you will find many options for Lake Nasser tours and you can combine them with any one of our other trips, or even just focus on this very special and unforgettable area of Egypt.

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Last Updated on March 27, 2024