Egyptian Sidekick & Abydos
As part of the Dendera & Abydos Tour, you can now visit the most most spectacular temple in all of Egypt – yes this one even beats Karnak. This excursion from Luxor in Upper Egypt takes you North, past Dendera, to the famous temple complex and archaeological site of the cult of Osiris, built up heavily by Seti I. Abydos is said to have been active since well before the pyramid-age, and has been a place of pilgrimage for ancient Egyptians and other peoples of the ancient world. Located on the West Bank of the Nile, Abydos contains several chapels to various facets of the worship of the god Osiris. The former king of the gods became the god of judgement in the underworld in ancient Egyptian religious belief. Abydos is most famous for its painted depictions of Seti I before the gods, the Osirion pool, and the famous cartouche list, which compiles a list of previous, religiously relevant, Egyptian rulers. After the many sites of Cairo, Aswan and Luxor, Abydos is a great day-trip from Luxor, and will add a unique perspective on Egypt in the time of the New Kingdom, Egypt’s most significant dynasty, and Seti I himself.
The area around Abydos is very arid, and mainly deserted, with only a few agricultural settlements. Archaeologists speculate that much remains buried in the sands of the desert. A German team is most famous for digs at Abydos. Unfortunately, the limited resources of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities means that Abydos has not been fully explored. As have many sites across Egypt, Abydos had been ‘ransacked’ during the Renaissance by European treasure hunters and collectors. The cartouche “King’s List” is not taken as fast. Seti I had the list made for religious, not historical, reasons. For obvious reasons, the monotheist, Akhenaten is missing from the list. If you are coming from Luxor, you will likely visit the temple in the afternoon, due to the length of the drive. Most of the spectacular freezes are in enclosed areas with low light, so the time of arrival is unlikely to negatively affect photography, as you are not photographing hieroglyphics in the outdoors.
ABYDOS TEMPLE EXTERIOR
Some effort has been made to preserve Abydos, and the surrounding structures. Work both on the temple interior, and the Osiris pool exterior have made a visible difference to the overall appearance. It should be noted that the trip from Downtown Luxor takes 2 hours and 40 minutes, each way. The cities of Luxor and Abydos are connected by a modern highway, with very little traffic. On this tour to Abydos, your Sidekick and driver are able to take up to 3 travelers, and then in increments of vehicle seating after that.
Upper and Middle Egypt, and the city of Luxor, is one of Egypt’s most important locations, especially in terms of tourism. Culturally, the area is invaluable to world history and archaeology, yielding new fiends every year. Abydos’s historical legacy makes it very important relative to the archaeological ethos of Luxor’s temples and tombs, Cairo and its Giza pyramids in Lower Egypt – it should not be missed.
ABYDOS TEMPLE INTERIOR
Travelers to Abydos will depart in the mid-to-early morning, between 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, or at your choosing, and be driven to the site. If you had chosen to book Dendera as well, your tour will then proceed northwards after Dendera. Modern infrastructure connects downtown Luxor with the temples and tombs of the West bank both at Dendera and Abydos. Numerous, picturesque irrigation canals and fields criss-cross the route – have your camera ready.
Although sightseeing itineraries can be tailored to whatever travelers wish to see, Dendera, Abydos and Luxor are cities which harken back to the ancient way of tilling the soil, and the fantastic monuments of the pharaonic age. At Egyptian Sidekick, we pride ourselves on our complete flexibility and flat rates, making $170 USD for up to 3 individuals the best tour offer out there for Abydos.
LOCAL SIDEKICK FOR ABYDOS
Upper Egypt includes Luxor, the fantastic temples of Dendera and Abydos North of Luxor, and Aswan in Egypt’s Nubia. The temples of Abu Simbel located on Lake Nasser are toured through a day trip from Aswan. Although the trip to Abu Simbel does not require a local guide, your Sidekick and driver will accompany you in Luxor, Dendera & Abydos, and in Aswan.
Mansour is a native of Luxor, living on the peaceful West bank of the Nile, and has many years of guiding experience in-and-around Luxor, Dendera and Abydos, as well as Aswan in Nubia. If you are looking for an authentic, local experience with someone who is both knowledgeable and eloquent, having Mansour as your Egyptian Sidekick is bound to be an incredible experience.
BA, Tourism & Hotels | Tour Agency & Tour Guide License
South Valley University, Upper Egypt
BA, Tourism & Hotels | Tour Guide License
Minya University, Upper Egypt
Egyptian Sidekick Since 2015
Seti I, Ramses the Great’s father, built the memorial temple of Abydos, and the end-result is widely seen as the greatest, and most beautiful New Kingdom temple ever constructed. Carved figures and symbols have retained their original colours. Moreover, the temple features the famous pharaoh’s list, a chronological, religious list of cartouches showing Egyptian pharaohs that Seti I and his contemporary viewed as those ancestors who were worthy of remembrance. Hatshepsut and the mono-theistic, sun disk-worshiping pharaoh Akhenaton are both missing. North of the temple is the Osireion, a partly-flooded underground area built by Merenptah for the worship of Osiris, the ruler of the underworld.
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