Two Egyptian Temples you simply CANNOT afford to MISS
Hard to believe, it’s just 23 years ago for me, when stumbling upon the hidden gems of Abydos and Dendera temples felt like discovering an ancient secret. Back then, hardly anyone ventured there. The reasons were clear – these magnificent temples lay quite a distance from Luxor, making it a full-day adventure, with barely a moment to pause for lunch, let alone immerse yourself in their grandeur.
That’s when I embarked on a remarkable journey of my own, becoming the go-to person for intrepid travelers eager to explore these extraordinary temples. At first, it was just my guests who trusted me to lead the way. However, as word of mouth spread, people started flocking to our little corner of Egypt, because they trusted me to show them the most interesting things off the beaten track not just the ordinary, well known sites.
Today, a simple Google search will steer you towards tour operators and travel agents selling the more commonly celebrated Egyptian temples, like Karnak, Abu Simbel, or Edfu, each with its own well-known attractions. They even give numbered lists of the best temples to visit; I promise you that if Abydos and Dendera are not number one on those lists, the agents are doing you a disservice. While Karnak boasts its colossal hypostyle hall, Abu Simbel stands as a symbol of resilience, having been relocated to escape the rising waters of the Aswan Dam, and Edfu impresses with its sheer size and intricate wall carvings, trust me when I say that Abydos and Dendera are the true gems of Egypt, waiting to be discovered by the discerning traveler.
My passion for the temples at Abydos and Dendera runs deep, and I’m committed to ensuring that no one misses out on these ancient marvels. That’s why I’m making a bold change in our long-standing tradition. Apart from our usual tour to Abydos and Dendera for our in-house guests at Mara House, I am now opening a special tour to Abydos and Dendera to a limited number non-resident guests on certain dedicated dates which are listed at the end of this post.
The number of seats available on this tour is limited to 16 people.
What sets this tour apart is our exceptional guides. They not only possess the knowledge shared by all guides about these temples but also have a deep understanding of the insights I’ve gathered over the years through my own visits to these temples. Moreover, they’ve absorbed the wisdom I’ve gained from encounters with esoteric practitioners, healers, and mystics who have graced Mara House with their presence. I always accompanied these guests on their visits to these two special temples.
- My team will pick you up at your hotel at 7.30 a.m., drive directly to Abydos because it is the furthest away. My wonderful guide will take you around the temple complex in a specific order. This temple was not only designed for the gods, but, unlike any other temple in Egypt, the life of Pharaoh Sety I from childhood to Temple Initiate is recorded in chronological order on the walls of Abydos Temple. You will also walk the “stairway to heaven” and experience the crossing from one reality to another as you cross the doorway from Sety’s Temple into the realm of the much older, sacred “Osirion”, where tourists are allowed to observe but never enter
- Having completed your exploration of Abydos, we will return in the direction of Luxor, stopping at Dendera after about an hour and a half. Should we arrival at the Temple coincide with too many people we will not visit the temple in the normal way, instead my guide will take to the important facets in a different order.
- You will be dropped back to your hotel approx 5pm given no traffic delays.
Necessary to bring: a packed lunch from your hotel or enough snacks to see you through the day and good fitting walking shoes.
Choosing to embark on our Abydos and Dendera tour is your exclusive ticket to an experience decades in the making. If you don’t seize this opportunity, you’ll truly miss out on an unforgettable journey. Please feel free to meander through my related posts below on Abydos and Dendera before making your decision to come on this adventure with us.
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