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Abu Simbel River Nile Cruises
Discover Abu Simbel with Amarante Nile Cruises
Amarante Nile Cruises, luxury Luxor to Aswan Nile River cruises dock at Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan on the River Nile, allowing you time to visit the many ancient Egyptian monuments along the River Nile including Abu Simbel.
(Our luxury Amarante Nile Cruises dock at Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan on the River Nile allowing you time to visit the many ancient Egyptian monuments including Abu Simbel).
One of the most famous ancient Egyptian sites
One of the most famous ancient Egyptian sites, the two temples of Abu Simbel were carved out of sandstone cliffs high above the River Nile in 1257 BC, under the orders of Pharaoh Ramses II (1304-1237 BC).
Statues of Pharaoh Ramses II
The most famous of the two features four colossal 20 meter high (65ft) statues of Ramses II flanking the entrance, although they are actually dedicated to the sun god Re-Herakhte.
The temples, which were rediscovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) in 1813, withstood the passage of time until the construction of the Nasser Dam in 1970, which caused the waters of Lake Nasser to rise significantly.
With the support of UNESCO, an international appeal was launched and the temples were gradually relocated to a higher elevation over a four year period between 1964 and 1968.
Not only are these two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world, but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself.
Visit Abu Simbel on your Nile cruise holiday with Amarante Nile Cruises
Docking at the Nile River destinations of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan, an Amarante Nile Cruise allows you to explore Abu Simbel from the comfort of our luxury River Nile cruise ships, Isis and Osiris.