Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

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Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk information and booking

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$29
Duration
2 hours
Departs from
Aswan hotels or Port area
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
9:00am (later departures are available until 2:00pm if required, please advise at time of booking)
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Tour description provided by Viator

Take a private tour to see a modern and an ancient engineering marvel in Aswan when you visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. See two of Egypt's engineering wonders with the incredible Unfinished Obelisk lying exactly as it fell, and the world famous engineering miracle that is the High Dam.

Depart your Aswan hotel or cruise ship and travel to the High Dam of Aswan. Located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. Containing more material than used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Dam is 11,811 ft long, 3215 ft thick at the base, 364 ft tall and is carved into from the existing granite, providing irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. from the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser, a huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.

Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries of Aswan where much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where it was carved when a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Your qualified Egyptologist guide will explain how the 1 tonne obelisk was carved, and why the crack caused it to be abandoned.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour.

What's included

  • Qualified egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop off

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified