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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-4
Great option if you want to see all the major site of Aswan
Lyenfa_W, Nov 2021
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
It was our first tour in our trip through Egypt and we were glad that we got Mustafa has our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We like him so much that we decided to book the Nubian village tour with him in the afternoon. As for the tour, I definitely recommend it. They take care of all the transportation and ticket for you, so you can sit, relax and absorb all the knowledge since you are visiting the major site 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
Mike_N, 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
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 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
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
Recommendable
Ali_S, May 2020
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Informative tour with a knowledgeable guide. Good experience for a day visit, exploring some of the main sites of the city.
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-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
Best tour and service for Aswan tour
hajarhasan37, Feb 2020
Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam )
Mina, the person from the agency was kind enough to rearrange our tour to a later time as our train from Alex was delayed and he picked us up at the train station. Our guide also was entertaining and funny, we really enjoyed the tour. As we had to go to Luxor after the tour, they dropped us at the train station. There we found that Mina was there waiting for us to help us with the train ticket. Their service totally deserves full compliments and i couldn't thank enough for their help. Thank you so much.

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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