Aswan is a large tourist city where a current population is 1,568,000 The city is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of craft and folk art. Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt and is the capital of the Aswan Governorate. Aswan is a busy market and tourist center located just north of the Aswan Dam on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine. Aswan is the ancient city of Swenett, later known as Syene, which in antiquity was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt facing the south. Swenett is supposed to have derived its name from an Egyptian goddess with the same name, This goddess later was identified as Eileithyia by the Greeks and Lucina by the Romans during their occupation of Ancient Egypt because of the similar association of their goddesses with childbirth, and of which the import is “the opener”. The ancient name of the city also is said to be derived from the Egyptian symbol for “trade” or “market” The city of natural treasure and infinite heritage Aswan is extremely hot and sunny with Average high temperatures are about 40 °C (104 °F) in summer (May, June, July, August, August, September) but in the coldest months of the year (November, December January, February, March, and April) average high temperatures remain about 23 °C (73.4 °F). the wintertime is the ideal time to visit the wonders of Aswan.
Enjoy A Nile River Cruise Between Luxor & Aswan
Since ancient times the Nile River has always been the ideal manner to witness and explore all the wonders between Luxor and Aswan. A Nile cruise is an essence of Egyptian travel where every single monument and attraction is accessible and the sight of the heavenly sun rays reflecting off one of the rivers of destiny while enjoying the finest treatment and entertainment onboard this floating hotel. The heritage of ancient Egypt will reveal all of its secrets across the temples of Goddess Isis on Philae, Aswan Dam, Kom_Ombo, and Edfu temple, The valley of the kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and Karnak temple of Amun_R3 At Luxor.
Boarding A Felucca in Aswan
A Nile Felucca at Aswan is a spiritual journey across beauty and wonder. Felucca is a small sailboat smaller than a Nile cruise, built for the people who wish to receive the treatment of pure royalty and appreciate their privacy, comfort, and luxury. Aswan will light up in gold and showcases all of its legendry brilliance and natural miracle.
The Nubian Village
Visiting the Nubian Village is a fantastic half-day trip. There are a lot of colorful Nubian villages in Egypt. The one that has been popular among locals and foreign tourists and is 45 minutes by boat from Aswan. Plan to spend about 2 hours in the village walking around and 3.5 including lunch. Visiting a Nubian village has to be on your Egy Luxor tours itinerary.
The highlights of Aswan:
Temple of Goddess Isis at Philae Island.
Elephantine, the capital of the province and the largest of the islands of the first cataract, it’s located opposite Aswan. it is less than 2 kilometers in length and covers an area of about 150 acres, the tiny granite island of Philae now lies beneath the waters of Lake Nasser. Its famed temples were reconstructed on the neighboring island of Agilika, which in turn has been renamed Philae. here is one of the most picturesque temple complexes, widely visited from Greco_Roman times and known by early eighteenth and nineteenth-century travelers as the ” pearl of the East “.
The Awan High_Dam.
The High Dam is one of the sites of Aswan to which tours visitors are inevitably taken, through apart from the elegant monument shaped like a symbolic Lotus blossom erected to mark its completion, an impression of the physical size of the project, and a view of Lake Nasser, there is little to see. the high_dam affects the lives of millions of people. It necessitated the uprooting of 100,000 Nubians from their ancestral land.
Mausoleum of Aga Khan
The Mausoleum of Aga Khan is the Mausoleum of Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, who died in 1957. The mausoleum is located at Aswan, along the Nile of Egypt, since Egypt was formerly the center of power of the Fatimids. The mausoleum is built in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo. It is built of pink limestone, while the tomb is built of white Carrara Marble. The Aga Khan was buried there two years after he died since he used to spend part of the winter season living in a nearby villa, A red rose is laid on the Aga Khan’s tomb every day–a practice first started by the Aga Khan’s wife, Begum Om Habiba Aga Khan.
Abu Simbel temple of king Ramses II
The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel (Arabic: أبو سمبل), a village in Aswan Governorate, Upper Egypt near the border with Sudan They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km (140 mi) southwest of Aswan (about 300 km (190 mi) by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO heritage site known as the “Nubian Monuments”. which runs from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan). The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th-century reign of Pharaoh Ramses II, They serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari, and commemorate his victory at the Battle Of Kadesh Their huge external rock relief figures have become iconic.