Aswan has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
In Aswan the Nile flows through amber desert and granite rocks, around emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. View the spectacular sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel. Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it's still a perfect place to get away from it all.
Every night Nubian dancers and musicians perform in the Cultural Center, just off the Corniche. Folklore troupes recreate scenes from village life and perform the famous Nubian mock stick-fight dances.
Activities while in Aswan & Abu Simbel:
> Full Day Aswan Tour: Philae, Obelisk, High Dam and Felucca
Your private Egyptologist guide will lead you to three of Aswan's most important sites: High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Your day tour will begin at High Dam, an engineering miracle built in 1960 protecting Egypt from annual floods from the Nile. From the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north. After lunch in a local restaurant, proceed to visit the Unfinished Obelisk which shows the techniques used by the ancient Egyptians to cut obelisks. Then onto the majestic Philae Temple which was built on the honor of goddess Isis the chief deity of the island. End your tour with an island sail on a traditional Egyptian Felucca sailboat.
> Abu Simbel Tour
Board a short flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. Situated 280 km south of Aswan, the two temples of Abu Simbel are the most magnificent temples in the world. Their relocation is an achievement supported and managed by UNESCO. Visit the colossal Temple of Ramses II and the temple of his beloved Queen Nefertari, both temples carved out of a hillside beside the Nile in the 13th century BC with a licensed Egyptologist. Following the tour, you will return the the airport for your return flight.
> Felucca Ride
Enjoy a sail aboard a traditional felucca with your captain and Egyptologist. Round trip transfers are included.
> Nubian Village Tour
Nubian Villages that are set in a beautiful landscape of the palm trees are located in the south side of Elephantine Islands. In the Pharaonic times, these Nubian villages were significant as a source of gold. Today you can experience the daily life of a Nubians, an ancient people with a simple lifestyle.
> Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.