Builder: Psammetich I, 1. Pharao of the 26. dynasty
Consecrated to: Nechbet
About 93 kilometers south of Luxor is the village el-cape with the remains of the ancient city of Nacheb. Here you will find a temple built in the Middle Kingdom (with a very well-preserved city wall) dating back to 600 BC. Under Psammetich the First was greatly expanded. In addition, there are a number of very beautiful tombs of local nobles. Since the place is away from the usual tourist tours, it is for Egypt-interested a small treat.
Builder: Ptolemaios III, 8. Pharao of the dynasty of the Ptolemaic
Consecrated to: Horus
A good 110 kilometers south of Luxor is the small town of Edfu. Here you can admire one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt. It was built in the years 237 to 57 BC and was consecrated to the falcon god Horus.
Builder: Ptolemaios I, 1. Pharao of the dynasty of the Ptolemaic
Consecrated to: Sobek, Horus
The city of Kom Ombo is located about 210 kilometers south of Luxor and 40 kilometers north of Aswan. There, around 300 BC, there was a double temple, that is, ONE building, which was also consecrated to TWO gods (the crocodile god “Sobek” and the falcon god “Horus”). This makes this temple a special case in Egyptian history. In a side building of the temple one can still admire mummified crocodiles today.
Aswan is the southernmost city of Egypt. From here to Luxor it is about 240 kilometers depending on the route. With 281,000 inhabitants, Aswan is the fourth-largest city in Egypt and has an international airport, like Luxor and Cairo. Its administrative area extends to the south to the Sudan.
The distance between Aswan and Luxor is too big to make a senseful trip without staying over night, for example on our ship or in a hotel. This trip L0021 is without stop between Luxor and Aswan. It is the base of all trips we offering inside of Aswan to the monuments there, they are from / to Aswan, not from / to Luxor.
If you like all the monuments on the way to Aswan too, the drive gets longer. Please tell us your wishes and we create an individual trip for you.
Distance from Luxor-West Bank (ONE WAY WITHOUT STOP):
Road: 3,5 hours, Ship: 5 hours
Booking-ID: L0021 from / to Luxor on different days
Built: Between 1260 and 1250 BC
Builder: Ramses II, 3. Pharao of the 19. dynasty
Consecrated to: Ptha, Amun-Re, Re-Harachte, Horus
285 kilometers south of Aswan and some 500 kilometers south of Luxor, one reaches Abu Simbel. The small village of less than 3000 inhabitants is famous for its splendid temples of Ramses II and its wife Nefertari.The temples, originally built as a power demonstration against the peoples of southern Egypt in the 13th century BC, were saved in 1979 in a spectacular displacement action before sinking into the Nasser reservoir. They are now on an island which is connected to the village of Abu Simbel by a navigable bridge.
Please note that this temple complex is about 3.5 hours by car from Aswan, but a visit is absolutely worthwhile. Abu Simbel is located in the far south of Egypt. Due to the distance from Aswan, you should plan a day trip for a visit (1.5 hours per temple, 3.5 hours one way = good 10 hours duration).