Aswan & Philae Temples

The Philae Temple is located in Aswan and is one of Egypt’s most spectacular temples. The temple was originally located near the First Cataract of the Nile but was moved before the Aswan High Dam was completed in 1970. The Philae Temple is now positioned on Agikia Island. The Temple of Isis was the last temple built in the traditional Egyptian style. Construction started in 690BC. The cult of Isis remained here until at least 550AD.

You arrive by boat from Aswan, and you are greeted by an 18m-high gateway (pylon) with images of Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos dealing with his enemies. The central court of the Temple of Isis, the mammisi (birth house), is dedicated to Horus. Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris. You then arrive at the Hypostyle Hall where you will see Christian crosses carved into the hieroglyphs, and Egyptian gods defaced. As a result, it was used as a Christian church.

The Inner Sanctuary of Isis would have housed two granite shrines. One would have been a gold statue of Isis and the other containing the barque in which the statue travelled. You will pass the Gate of Hadrian and onto the lovely Temple of Hathor which is adorned with images of musicians (including an ape playing the lute). You will also see Bes, the god of childbirth. By the water’s edge, you will see the Kiosk of Trajan (‘Pharaoh’s Bed’) and the most iconic of Philae’s monuments. 

Itineraries

Simply Egypt

Cairo - Aswan - Luxor  

This five-night Egyptian sojourn is for those who want a short snapshot of Egyptian culture and history. Combine Cairo and a short Nile cruise before flying home.

5 days from £1500 p. p.

Oberoi Philae & the Red Sea

Cairo - Aswan - Luxor - Hurghada  

From the desert oasis of the Sahara to the myriad of fish and coral in the Red Sea, Egypt is an eternal land of contrast, mystery, intrigue, and romance. This delightful suggested itinerary combines Cairo, a Nile cruise on the Oberoi Philae & the Red Sea. 

11 days from £4450 p. p.

Boutique Egypt

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

Explore Egypt on this privately-guided suggested itinerary combining Cairo, Luxor and Aswan without taking a cruise along the Nile.

10 days from £3350 p. p.

Egypt & Jordan Tour

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Amman - Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea  

Delve into timeless antiquity in undoubtedly two of the world’s most historically rich destinations, Egypt & Jordan. 

16 days from £3465 p. p.

Oberoi Zahra Cruise

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

The Oberoi Zahra is unquestionably one of Egypt’s most luxurious and iconic Nile cruises. You'll cruise along the Nile, being looked after by the finest Egyptologists. Stay in fabulous cabins and relishing world-class cuisine and spa treatments.

11 days from £3795 p. p.

Classic Egypt & Nile Cruise

Cairo - Luxor - Aswan  

Uncover the ancient world of Egypt on this classic tour of Egypt. Explore Cairo and the Pyramids before cruising down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. 

9 days from £2145 p. p.

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