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This private Luxor tour combines the best of Dendara and Abydos and showcases another side of Egypt. Explore the Temple of Hathor and venture into the home of “the Cult of Osiris” to see the site where ancient Egyptians made a sacred pilgrimage in historic times and Back to Safaga Port
Ancient Egypt Tours representative will pick you up from Safaga Port upon your cruise ship arrival by the exit door, holding a sign with your name. Enjoy a private shore excursion from Safaga Port to abydos, approximately 3 hours by an air-conditioned vehicle with one stop in the middle of the way, in case you need a rest.
First, visit Temple Abydos, The Temple of Seti I at Abydos was begun during the reign of Pharoah Seti I (1318-1304 BC) and completed by his son Ramses II (1304-1237 BC) during the XIX Dynasty of the New Kingdom. The temple represents an artistic revival of Old Kingdom forms and was part of Seti’s attempt to consolidate the Ramessid dynasty after the losses under Akhenaten. By identifying himself with the great gods and previous rulers of Egypt, Seti added legitmacy to a ruling family that had been mere warriors just a few generations ago. Pharaoh Merneptah added a great Hypogeum of Osiris to the temple of Seti. The final building to be added was the Temple of Nectanebo I in the XXX dynasty, but various additions to the site were made through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods
Then move to The Temple of Hathor at Dendera, on the Nile north of Luxor, is one of the latest Egyptian temples. Dedicated to the wife of the god Horus, it was built in Roman times and its decorations include Roman emperors alongside Egyptian gods. Along with Abydos further north. The Temple of Hathor is boxy in shape and surrounded by a portico with thick columns and walls about half as tall as the roof. There are many reliefs of figures and rituals on the exterior of the temple, including pharaohs, Egyptian deities, and Roman emperors. Inside, the most fascinating sight is the roof chapel dedicated to Osiris, which contains a sundial and circular zodiac.
Finally you will be escorted by your guide back to your cruise ship in Safaga Port.
NB: Departure time from Abydos depends on the departure time of your ship at Safaga Port.
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 One Week before the experience’s start time will not be accepted. Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time. This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.