Touring The ‘New Egypt’: Spending The Morning At The Temple of Dandara On A Silversea Shore Excursion


Temple of Dandara 28, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle.

“Tourists have been coming back to Egypt since early March,” our tour guide told Silver Spirit guests as we began the “Splendors of Luxor” tour from Safaga. “We appreciate you and those of you who are coming back. We really need visitors to return.”

Our fist stop: The Temple of Dandara, a well-preserved temple complex, about two hours from Safaga, Egypt, where Silver Spirit is docked. Building began by Ptolemy XII and was dedicated to the goddess Hathor, commonly depicted as a cow goddess with headdress of horns and a sun disk.

Temple of Dandara 22
Entering the grand hypostyle courtyard through large columns topped with carvings of Hathor.

The temple is one of only a few in Egypt with an accessible roof. We entered the grand hypostyle courtyard through large columns topped with carvings of Hathor.

The 13.5-hour shore excursion, called “Splendors of Luxor,” was provided free of charge for Silversea passengers. To view a Flickr slideshow of this morning’s tour, click here.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *