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Aswan High Dam
Aswan High Dam

Aswan High Dam

Manteqet As Sad Al Aali, Aswan

The Basics

Short tours of the Aswan High Dam include stops at viewpoints and information on the dam’s construction. Since the dam is on the way from Aswan to the Temple of Isis at Philae, many tours visit both attractions. The Aswan High Dam was a collaboration between Egypt and the former Soviet Union—on the western end of the dam, you’ll find a monument to the two countries’ relationship.

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Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
star-4.5
$116.58 per adult
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Stunning, our guide Dina was...
Stunning, our guide Dina was wonderful. she knew what she was talking about and explained it in a way that we understood. Dina was brilliant by far the best guide we had (that is saying something as Nana in Cairo was pretty good too).
Jusvant L, Jan 2011

Recent reviews from experiences in Aswan

star-5
An amazing tour
Nabil_A, Oct 2021
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
A very nice tour and a must do in Aswan. Our guide Habi Abdo was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. All three places included in the tour are absolutely marvellous and should never be missed. Both the tour and the guide are highly recommended.
star-5
Aswan
mnortonwv, Jun 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk And High Dam
My tour guide was a real pro! He lives in the area and knows everyone, moves freely picking up drinks tickets or whatever you need. He constantly is talking history, reason for historical events and recommendations of what to do next. "So let's really plan your Egyptian tour, so you see everything and more."
star-5
Amazing tour
Ivan_P, May 2021
Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam )
Very interesting your with two very significant historical places. Our tourguide Nermine was amazing. Funny and she took time to fulfill all of our needs, and was very good company
star-5
Great Half Day tour of Philae!
DAVID_S, Feb 2021
Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam )
Very nice quick tour of Philae and the Aswan High Dam - picked up promptly - Aida was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable! Highly recommend for an easy half day tour!
star-5
Amazing guide made this tour highly recommended
Berit_G, Dec 2020
Aswan: Guided Tour to High Dam, The Obelisk & Philae Temple by Motorboat
Very well organized. Karim was super friendly and knowledgeable with very good German. He managed to bring history to life, especially in Philae Temple. One of the best guides we had in Egypt. Would absolutely do a tour with him again. We asked to be dropped off at the bazaar at the end instead of the hotel (which was much further) but this was no problem at all.
star-5
It was nice. Tour guide speaks very...
Yang Z, Nov 2017
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
It was nice. Tour guide speaks very good English. unfinished obelisk is really worth visiting, it's amazing the technique they were using to create obelisk 4000 years ago, so smart people.
star-4
Philae Temple has such a great...
NKR Prabhu, Jan 2012
Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
Philae Temple has such a great location and the whole tour was very relaxing. Unfinished obelisk was awesome. But the high dam is just a dam...
star-4
Phile temple is really amazing! The...
Lucia S, Feb 2018
Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
Phile temple is really amazing! The obelisck and the dam aren't so intresting.
star-5
Excellent half day tour!
Vivien_G, Jan 2021
Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam )
I had a very nice trip with Ereini who explained everything about the high dam and the temple so well. She was experienced and funny. Thank you for the excellent work!
star-5
Nice tour
Rosario_G, Jan 2021
Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam )
Interesting visit to two sites near Aswan (High Dam and Philae Temple). The Philae Temple is much more interesting than the High Dam. It was a group tour but that day I was the only participant.
star-4
The Philae temple is on an island so...
Dan B, Apr 2017
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
The Philae temple is on an island so we enjoyed a short boat ride to get there. The views along the way were picture perfect. Go early and miss the crowds.
star-5
Our guide was excellent and we loved...
Carolyn M, Jun 2008
Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
Our guide was excellent and we loved Philae - a peaceful oasis after Abu Simbel.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Aswan High Dam is a must for engineering buffs.

  • The dam is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • While the dam offers great views of the river and lake, the best spot from which to see the dam itself is located about half a mile (0.8 kilometers) downstream.

  • Photos are allowed, but telephoto lenses are prohibited. Avoid photographing the dam’s military installments.

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How to Get There

On Route 75, 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of the city of Aswan, the Aswan High Dam is reachable by taxi. If you’re headed downtown from Aswan International Airport, you’ll pass over the dam on your way—look south to see Lake Nasser, and look north to spot the Nile River.

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When to Get There

While traffic flows over the Aswan High Dam 24 hours a day, visiting hours are limited. Check online or ask a tour operator for the latest information.

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Aswan High Dam Versus Aswan Low Dam

It’s easy to mix up these two Aswan landmarks—here’s how to keep them straight. The Aswan High Dam is located south of Aswan, dividing the Nile River from Lake Nasser. The Aswan Low Dam is north of the city, and is an older, much smaller structure visible from the Luxor–Aswan Road.

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