Egypt holidays destinations guide

Holidays To Aswan

Nile, Egypt
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  • Aswan
    Egypt’s 3rd largest city, and the largest in Upper Egypt, is situated at the foot of the Nile Valley to the North end of Lake Nasser. It is a major mining area for aluminum and iron as well as also being one of the favorite places for tourists to visit due to it being a major stop for cruise boats; for the River Nile as well as Lake Nasser. It has a local market that is an excellent place to do your holiday shopping; this is especially true if you want spices as you will find the best types of fresh spices here
    Aswan is capital of its own Governorate which has a population of about 1.2 million people. Most of these are Nubians, and local tribes of Kenzo. The city became very important after the construction of the High Dam as it became a refuge for those Nubian who chose to flee to Egypt after the waters flooded their homelands, as well as becoming the worldwide rescue campaign of the Nubian monuments during and after its construction. Aswan’s name is derived from the ancient Egyptian word “Swan”, which means “the market”! This is because it was located on the main trade route between Egypt and the southern lands; with gold, slaves and ivory passing into Egypt. The governors of the 6th Dynasty sent many expeditions to explore the many African countries located to the south, and most of these started from Aswan. It was also the major source of granite, sandstone and quartzite used in the construction of the various monuments throughout Egypt.
    Because of the location of Aswan, just north of the Tropic Of Cancer, the city enjoys a very hot climate throughout the year and it is advised to cover your head when walking about and drink water constantly. Aswan is situated 890Km (553 miles) to the south of Cairo and 220Km (137 miles) to the south of Luxor. It is the third most popular place to visit in Egypt, behind Cairo and Luxor, and is accessible in a number of ways.

    When you first step into Aswan, your eyes will be pleased by the scenery of its islands. But, don’t think that the story ends here, as the warm atmosphere of its Nubian people leaves you rejecting the idea of leaving this land.Moreover, Aswan is the home of a large market of bazaars. Positioned where the East and West bank meet, Aswan invites you to visit the High Dam called Lake Nasser. 


  • Attracting Places to Visit

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    • Half day High Dam, Oblisque & Philae

      Half day High Dam, Oblisque & Philae

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
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    • Elephantine Island

      Elephantine Island

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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    • The Aswan High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

      The Aswan High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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    • Kalabsha Temple

      Kalabsha Temple

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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    • Philae Temples

      Philae Temples

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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    • Half day Nubian House & Nubian Museum

      Half day Nubian House & Nubian Museum

      Duration: Half Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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    • Full day Kom-Ombo & Edfu

      Full day Kom-Ombo & Edfu

      Duration: Full Day
      • Excursions type: History and Culture
      • Excursions for: Great for Family
      • Activity level: Easy
      100per person
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