Relax on tranquil islands, explore the magnificent Philae Temple, and stand in awe of Abu Simbel’s massive statues
Move further south down the Nile from Luxor and embrace the tranquility of Aswan, a city nestled in lush greenery with friendly and welcoming Aswani locals. The beauty of this city is tied up in exquisite landscapes, with deep blue Nile waters contrasting against vibrant green riverbanks and warm deserts beyond.
This timeless city has fascinated travelers for centuries, and there is much to experience. Here, you’ll find quiet islands housing historic temples, a rich Nubian culture to explore with all its warm hospitality, and many more hidden treasures. Take a break from sightseeing and walk through a heavenly botanical garden to enjoy the birdsongs and the scents wafting through the air.
Take a day trip even further south to discover the romantic beauty of Philae Island, the serenity of Lake Nasser, and the fascinating history of the monuments along its banks and on its islands, culminating in the magnificence of the temples of Abu Simbel. Because of their priceless historical significance, all of these sites are registered together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What You Need to See
When visiting Philae, hop across to the neighboring island by boat for a view of its temples from a different vantage point! Great for photographs when the sunflowers are in bloom.
Ask a fuluka/boat captain to take you to a beach for a cool and safe dip in the Nile near the Nubian village of Gharb Soheil or on a small island near Philae.
Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, hibiscus tea has been served in Nubia. Make sure to try this beverage, served hot or cold, in its place of origin!
Charter a fully serviced dahabiyya, a two-masted sailing boat, to cruise up the Nile from Aswan to Lake Nasser and experience an unforgettable luxury tour of Abu Simbel and other ancient sites
Take an early morning bird-watching trip around Elephantine Island to see some magnificent birds and enjoy the peaceful quiet of Aswan.