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Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Overview

This private 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.
  • Discover Dendara and Abydos highlights in just one day—ideal for those short on time
  • Explore the Temple of Hathor
  • Visit ancient Egyptian pilgrimage sites
  • Enjoy personalized attention on this private tour
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Qualified Egyptologist guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans
Lunch box
Gratuities
This private tour of Dendara and Abydos offers travelers a taste of both cities. Start things off at the Temple of Hathor, where two Roman fountains flank the entry gate to this incredible structure built as an homage to the goddess of love and pleasure. Learn from your guide how the mud-brick walls date back to the Roman era and explore the two birth houses, Coptic Basilica, sanitarium and sacred lake on the grounds. Your guide will point out the additions made to the temple during the Greek, Ptolemy and Roman periods. 

From there journey to Abydos, where buildings surrounding Kom es-Sultan date back to Predynastic times. Learn about the Old Kingdom residential area as you wander the area with your expert Egyptologist and then make your way further into the city known as “The Cult of Osiris”—the god of the dead. Your guide will share local legends that say Orsis was buried here after he was murdered by his brother.

Since this is a private tour, travelers are guaranteed individualized attention. Decide how much time to spend at each site to insure your needs and interests are met!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Abydos
Abydos in Middle Egypt is an ancient holy place and burial ground of the rulers of the late prehistoric proto-kingdom, as well as the first attested kings of the politically unified Egyptian state. Buildings constituting the settlement area in northern Abydos dating back to Predynastic times have been found around Kom es-Sultan, while recent excavators have found an Old Kingdom residential area to the south-east which contains a street of mudbrick houses with courtyards and a faience workshop with its kilns. Abydos is home to "The Cult of Osiris", the god of the dead. It is said the head of Osiris was buried at the site after he was murdered by his brother.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dendera Temple Complex
The approach path to the Temple of Hathor is between two Roman fountains that end at the massive entry gate. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love and was generally shown as a cow, or woman with a cow's head. The enclosure walls are mud-brick and date to the Roman era. Within the walls are the temple, two birth houses, a Coptic Basilica, a sanitarium, a sacred lake and the Temple of the Birth of Isis. The temple has a long history with evidence that Pepi I (Old Kingdom) rebuilt the temple, while other texts refer to reconditioning by Thutmose III, Amenhotep III and Rameses II and III (New Kingdom). Additions were made during the Greek, Roman and Ptolemy periods.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY South Sinai Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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: Dendara and Abydos?
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: Dendara and Abydos.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos.

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I highly recommend going to Dendara...
J M E
, Jan 2018
I highly recommend going to Dendara and Abydos for anyone going to Luxor and have a day to spare. The colours of the paintings in the Dendara temple are amazing and for me it was the highlight here, Abydos is also great yet not as awe-inspiring, but still in better shape than most ancient remains around Luxor. The temples are relatively well preserved considering being over 3000 and 2000 years respectively, and having served as monasteries, churches etc, and there were only 10-20 other tourists there at the same time as us. The tour guide Mr Ahmed was very knowledgable, friendly and flexible. The journey along the Nile was quite arduos, going at a slow speed because of all the bumps at the intersections, but there's not much that can be done about that. Bring some snacks and water and perhaps something to read if you don't want to look at miles and miles of farmland and villages.
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Fantastic! Our guide Yolanda and the...
Teresa
, Mar 2016
Fantastic! Our guide Yolanda and the car driver Nobel made our vacation run so smoothly. Yolanda used English / American word association with a little story which help us remember how to correctly pronounce the names of the Kings and Queens. She gave us a first class tour. I highly recommend her.
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Osiris Temple @ Abydos and Dendara...
jwat20n
, Oct 2013
Osiris Temple @ Abydos and Dendara temples are a hidden gem, not commonly visited the history and colors in both temples were fascinating. Make the effort you won't be disappointed!!
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This was a fantastic trip. We were...
brewmc
, Aug 2012
This was a fantastic trip. We were picked up on time, and the guide and driver were excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip. South Sinai Travel were extremely good, and next time I go to Egypt I want them to take care of all my travel arrangements.
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Outstanding! We were provided a...
Brad F
, Apr 2012
Outstanding! We were provided a personal driver and an English speaking tour guide for the all day excursion. They arrived promptly on time at our hotel and were very friendly and courteous. It is a long drive and they ensured we were comfortable. The guide's narrative about the sites as well as Egypt in general was very informative. The driver was very professional and safe. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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A long day in the car from Cairo but...
Michael W
, Apr 2012
A long day in the car from Cairo but worth seeing if it is your one and only trip to Egypt.
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This sites are amassing!!! But again...
CEILA P
, Aug 2011
This sites are amassing!!! But again you need a good tour guide that is proactive and shows you all the hiding treasures!!!
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The young gentleman who was my guide...
Jerome S
, May 2011
The young gentleman who was my guide did an excellent job and I would like you to thank him again for me. Abdos and Dendara was a lifetime dream that he helped to fulfill.
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Worth doing, Dendara and Abydos. A good...
Alvin M
, Oct 2010
Worth doing, Dendara and Abydos. A good drive(distance) to and from. As the guide book says these two are in better shape than most temples and offer some fantastic viewing. only thing is you only have so much time at each one because of time constraints. One would like to take time and just look around at these. The guide was knowledgeable and offered good information. The trip to and from also allows one to see parts of rural Egypt you might not see otherwise. Some Egyptian driving at times on the part of the driver. Heads up on that.
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Picked up early in the morning by our...
William Z
, Apr 2009
Picked up early in the morning by our guide. Long drive, but beautiful countryside and easy to sleep along the way. Well worth the trip, however, since very different from other sites in Egypt. Abydos is incredibly preserved, great hypostyle columns, and wonderful reliefs. Dendara was being conserved as we arrived, shows great potential, with lots of great areas. Roof view was incredible. After Karnak, Luxor, Valley, Giza, and Sakkara, this helped to round our our understanding and conceptualization of Egypt. Highly recommended.
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