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Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

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Aswan, Egypt
Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser on this 3-hour private tour from Aswan, with an Egyptologist guide. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to this stunning water’s edge temple, originally built in 30 BC, and dismantled and relocated here in the 1960s after the building of the Aswan High Dam. View the pylon, court, hall and sanctuary and ogle the richly carved Egyptian and Roman-themed reliefs as your knowledgeable guide unlocks their fascinating secrets and symbolism. Ideal for ancient history buffs!
  • 3-hour private tour of Kalabsha Temple from Aswan, with an expert guide
  • Visit this stunning Nubian temple, one of the lesser-known jewels on the banks of Lake Nasser
  • Admire the façade and stroll around the court, hypostyle hall, columns and sanctuary
  • Inspect the wall reliefs of Egyptian and Roman motifs, and examples of Christian imagery
  • Learn about the temple’s ancient history and how it was moved here to save it from flooding
  • Enjoy one-to-one attention from a private Egyptologist guide on this private tour
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Gratuities
  • Basma Hotel , 1 Al Fanadek Street in front of Nubia Museum, Aswan 81111 Egypt
  • Aswan International Airport , Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate 1230801, Egypt
  • 9:00 AM
    Aswan hotels or Port area
    After pickup from your Aswan hotel, hop inside your private, air-conditioned minivan with your private guide and set out on your 3-hour private tour.

    Enjoy the views of the palm groves and desert landscapes as you drive southward to the banks of Lake Nasser. As you travel, hear from your Egyptologist guide explains how Kalabsha was one of 18 monuments relocated in the 1960s to its current position to protect it from flooding after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

    Hear how the building, regarded as one of the best examples of a free-standing Nubian temple, was dismantled and then rebuilt on the banks of the newly formed lake.

    On arrival, tour the court, halls and sanctuary as your guide recounts the temple’s history. Learn how it was largely completed, but never finished, under the rule of Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus in around 30 BC, and dedicated to the Nubian deity, Mandulis.

    View the impressive pylon and undecorated façade, and then inspect the striking columns, hypostyle hall, sanctuary and reliefs, one of the latter depicting Augustus making an offering to Mandulis.

    See the interesting reliefs of St George and Coptic crosses that testify to a period when the temple was used as a Christian church, and take in other carvings, including an inscription in Meroitic — an ancient language that’s still a mystery to today’s Egyptologists.

    Having explored the temple, admire the beautiful views over Lake Nasser from the water’s edge, and then return to Aswan, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY South Sinai Travel
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser.

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    Great morning tour out on Lake Nasser...
    William Z
    , Apr 2009
    Great morning tour out on Lake Nasser. Kalabsha, plus other temples on the island, were a welcome addition to our journey and a great ending to our Egyptian adventure, showing us the Greco-Roman as well as Egyptian style in Nubia.
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    Nous avions déjà visité Abou Simbel...
    Rene J
    , Apr 2017
    Nous avions déjà visité Abou Simbel et voulions donc voir un autre site. Celui-ci est très intéressant et mérite vraiment le détour. De plus, note guide était excellente , parlant un français impeccable. Et pour ne rien gâcher, nous étions seuls sur le site, ce qui est malgré tout regrettable pour la fréquentation touristique .

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