Originally a fishing village, Hurghada has long since morphed into today’s dense band of resorts and hotels that marches along the coastline for more than 20km. It is a great destination for combining a diving holiday with the Nile Valley sites. Further offshore there is still superb diving aplenty; local NGOs are helping the town clean up its act, and the southern resort area and Sigala's sparklingly modern marina have brought back some of Hurghada's sheen.
Full Day: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple
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available in 6 languages
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This trip showcases three of Aswan’s most popular sites. Get an up close look at the dam that divides the Nile from Lake Nasser, marvel at the sheer size of the unfinished Obelisk set in an ancient stone-quarry not much different from where the stones for the pyramids were cut and then take a boat trip to revel in the natural beauty of Philae island, home to the famous Isis temple.
We will start our trip by visiting Aswan High Dam which is modern Egypt's most acclaimed and yet controversial building project. Begun in 1960 and taking 11 years to complete, and was accomplished through funding and technical help from the Soviet Union. The dam brought fantastic benefits to the country with sustainable electricity across the country and increasing arable land in Egypt.
From there, make your way to the Unfinished Obelisk, located in the granite quarries. Learn how these reserves served as the main supply for ancient temples and colossi. Your expert Egyptologist will help you uncover the history of this place and explain how the massive obelisk was carved and then abandoned when a crack was discovered.
Finally we will make our way to Philae Temple, the sacred Temple of Isis, this temple is one of Upper Egypt's most captivating monuments both for the superb artistry of its reliefs and for the striking symmetry of its architecture. The temple was saved by the rising waters of Lake Nasser by UNESCO's rescue project and moved from its original home on Philae Island to nearby and higher (Agilika Island) where it sits today.
Departure & Return
We will pick you up and drop you off anywhere within Aswan hotels and Nile cruises. You can choose the exact location during the booking process. If it’s your hotel, your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel-lobby 10 minutes before departure, same goes to the cruise ships.
Included in this Trip
Entry or admission fee
Goods & services tax
Excluded from this Trip
Tip or gratuity