What to See on Aswan Tours?
What is there to see and do on Aswan tours? Whether you are looking for Egypt budget tours or pricier Egypt luxury tours you can find plenty of activity in Aswan. Aswan is located south of Cairo and is actually perceived as a far quieter, smaller and more relaxed destination than other famous Egyptian cities. Like Cairo and Luxor.
The East Bank of the Nile
When you look for guided Aswan tours, what are the top attractions that should be on your to-do list? You can best understand what is in Aswan by what area of the city you find yourself in. The Nubian Museum for example is found at the southern edge of the Aswan town district, often referred to as the East Bank section.
This part of town is also where you can see the famous Unfinished Obelisk, an unfinished colossal stone creation, as well as Sehel Island which is famous for its jewelry. Elephantine Island has the temples of Khnum, Sati and Pepinakht-Heqaib as well as the nilometers, which are ancient measuring devices.
The West Bank of the Nile
As you head out to West Bank on your guided tour of Egypt, you can see the Tombs of the Nobles, or Qubbet el-Hawa, as well as the small shrine of Kubbet el-Hawa. Not only is Kubbet el-Hawa a nice workout (climbing all those steps) but it also offers some beautiful scenery. Here you can also see the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan and the Saint Simeon Monastery.
You can see ancient shrines almost anywhere in Egypt but the Aswan High Dam is unique to Aswan. This is one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats, standing 3,830 meters long, 980 meters wide at the base and 111 meters tall
The Nile River Islands
The Philae Temple is another massively popular feature on most Aswan tour as well as Egypt tours in general. This Isis-dedicated temple was build in 690 B.C. and it is today one of the most impressive ancient temple in Egypt. The temple was originally located on Philae Island and had become partially flooded as a result of the original Aswan dam.
If the temple had remained on the island it would have been lost completely once the High Dam was built. To avoid such a significant loss, the decision to relocate the temple was made, and today it stands on Agilkia Island. From the temple you can also see the flooded island. Visitors are also strongly advised to visit the Philae Temple at night for a spectacular light and sound show.
Last but not least, there’s the Kalabsha Temple, another temple that was moved to avoid the flooding of Lake Nasser, and one dedicated to the Nubian god of fertility and sun god Marul. This temple is also included in many Aswan tours, and it is well worth a visit.
Aswan, Egypt Tours – Relaxation, Culture and History
Over and above its many historical Egyptian attractions, Aswan is also known as a place where people go for relaxation. While you’re in the area you should consider touring some of the smaller Nile River islands on a felluca, especially if your chosen Aswan tour doesn’t include a Nile cruise. You can explore the Nile River on a felluca and then get dry just in time for a lovely camel ride.
Make sure your Egypt travel package take you to Aswan, the refreshing side of this great country.