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About Aswan

Located in Southern Egypt on the East Bank of the Nile, Aswan is a favourite city port for Nile river cruises and makes for an altogether more relaxing experience than the hustle-bustle of Cairo, the Valley of the Kings and Luxor. Once the ancient city of Swenett, a frontier town of Ancient Egypt, the city was close to the stone quarries which were mined for the materials used to build many of the country’s famous pyramids and statues. Swenett was also a military garrison town and was name-checked by numerous ancient writers, including Herodotus, Ptolemy and Strabo. Today, Aswan offers a fascinating and somewhat lesser experienced look at Egyptian history, as well as the chance to enjoy a little-unexpected greenery.

Exploring Aswan

Located close to Aswan in Lake Nasser, Philae Island is perhaps the most popular attraction for Nile river cruisers visiting the city and is the site of an ancient complex of buildings, including the Temple of Isis. In the evenings, a sound and light show is sometimes held, when the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses tell their stories, which are brought up to date with the help of a dazzling multi-media display. The buildings are particularly notable because they were temporarily relocated when the island was submerged during the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, which marked a pivotal step in the nation’s move towards industrialisation following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. Indeed, the High Dam is an attraction in itself, offering a distinct architectural contrast to the city’s ancient treasures.

The Monastery of St Simeon is a fascinating set of ruins to explore. Once occupied by early Christians, the monastery features many rooms and has a long history, so it’s best visited with the help of a guide. It’s a short taxi, or indeed camel ride from Aswan itself but worth the trip if you have enough time in the city, as it offers a fascinating look at Coptic history as well as plenty of atmosphere. Another key architectural attraction is Qubbet el-Hawa, which consists of a number of tombs hewn from the rock to house the bodies of ancient nobles. Hire a boat in the city to get there, and try and travel in the morning when it’s cooler.

Kitchener’s Island is the ideal place in Aswan to cool off, as it is home to the city’s tranquil botanic garden, where you can find over 30 different varieties of tropical trees and plants from around the world. It’s so-named because it was once the home of British General Horatio Kitchener.

Aswan tips

Like everywhere in Egypt, temperatures can get extremely hot in the day, so plan your excursions so that you’re spending as much time indoors or exploring architectural sights when the sun is at its height. There are numerous taxi and camel services available, some more reliable than others, so wherever possible, check with your river cruise line as to which are the most reputable ones.

Aswan Itineraries

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Jewels of Egypt & Jordan

3 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2021
23 Nights From Giza, to Amman
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Ancient Wonders of Egypt, Jordan & Israel

1 sailing date April 2021
26 Nights From Giza, to Haifa (Tel Aviv), Israel
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Wonders of the Nile

1 sailing date April 2021
12 Nights From Giza, to Cairo (Port Said)

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The Essence of Egypt & Jordan

5 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
21 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Amman
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Egypt & Jordan Experience

2 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
20 Nights From Giza, to Amman
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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Experience Cairo - Tel Aviv

2 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
28 Nights From Giza, to Haifa (Tel Aviv), Israel
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Jewels of Egypt & Jordan

5 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
22 Nights From Giza, to Amman
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Taste Of Egypt With Jordan

37 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
13 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Dead Sea
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Secrets Of Egypt & The Nile

53 sailing dates September 2021 to December 2022
11 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Cairo (Port Said)
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Cairo & Nile Cruise: On The Land Of The Pharaohs

4 sailing dates September 2021 to November 2021
10 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Egypt , Luxor
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Land of the Pharaohs

2 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Egypt , Luxor
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A Taste of Egypt - Cairo to Cairo

37 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
9 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Cairo (Port Said)
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Roundtrip Luxor

6 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Luxor, Egypt to Luxor
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Egypt in Depth - Giza to Cairo

7 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
14 Nights From Giza, to Cairo (Port Said)

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The Treasures of Egypt - Cairo to Cairo

10 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
11 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Cairo (Port Said)

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Cairo & Ancient Egypt

2 sailing dates April 2021 to May 2021
9 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Cairo (Port Said)

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Wonders of the Nile: from Cairo to Aswan

4 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cairo, Egypt to , Aswan
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Cairo to Amman Tour & Ancient Egypt River

2 sailing dates April 2021 to May 2021
14 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Amman

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Splendours of Egypt & the Nile

111 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2022
11 Nights From Cairo (Port Said), to Cairo (Port Said)

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