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 Aswan Day Tours
 

Aswan Day Tours

 

Half-day Felucca & Botanical Garden
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Sail on a Felucca (a traditional Egyptian sailboat) to Aswan Botanical Gardens located on Kitcheners Island. The island was given to Lord Kitchener, a British Commander, for his valiant exploits in the Sudan. He promptly used the Ministry of Irrigation to transform the whole island into a botanical garden that has become home to numerous exotic and rare plants and/or trees as well as bird life.


Half-day Felucca on the Nile
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Sail along the Nile in Aswan on a Felucca. A Felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailboat with one or two lateen (triangular) sails and it has been the primary mode of transport along the Nile for many centuries.


Half-day Felucca around Elephantine Island
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Cruise around Elephantine Island on a Felucca (traditional Egyptian sailboat) from Aswan. During the time of the Old Kingdom (~ 2575 – 2130 BC) the island was known as the “Door of the South” as it was Egypt’s southernmost city and home to a trading post with Sudan. It’s unclear where the island’s name came from. Some say it’s because from an aerial view it resembles an elephant tusk, others that it’s because the large round boulders along the shore might have looked like a group of elephants and others again that it was because it served as a major ivory trading centre.


Half-day Kom Ombo
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit Kom Ombo from Aswan. Kom Ombo in Arabic means “Hill of gold”. It is the location of two Greco-Roman temples, one small one dedicated to Isis but it is the other larger one that stands on top of a large sandy hill which is known as the temple of Kom Ombo. It is unusual because it’s actually made up of two temples, one dedicated to Sobek and the other to the elder form of Horus.


Half-day Kalabsha
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit Kalabasha Temple, Beit al-Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi from Aswan. They were transplanted to where they stand today in the 1960s as part of a massive UNESCO effort to save them from being flooded and submerged under 50m of water from Lake Nasser. Kalabsha Temple was originally constructed around 30BC and dedicated to Mandulis, a Nubian sun god, but it was never finished. The temple of Beit al-Wali is a rock-cut temple built by Ramses II which was the first in series of temples he built in the region. The Kiosk of Kertassi, is a tiny Roman kiosk dedicated to Hathor, the patron god of miners and stoneworkers, which was never finished and which originally stood at the entrance to the Sandstone quarries of Qertassi.


Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

The alluring Temple of Philae is dramatically transformed in this magical sound and light show that takes you on a narrated journey to discover the legends of Osiris and Isis.  Dramatic lighting, music and narration transform the Temple of Philae and bring its history to life.


Half-day Nubian Museum
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit the Nubian Museum in Aswan. During the 1960s UNESCO launched a massive international “Nubian Rescue Campaign” in order to save as much of Nubian history as possible before the Nile flooded the area. This campaign saw hundreds of sites excavated, thousands of artifacts documented and they even managed to relocate a few of the temples and monuments. However many of these new artifacts now needed a home and so another UNESCO project was launched in 1980 to establish a Nubian Museum in Aswan, which finally opened its doors in November 1997.


Half-day Nubian Village
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit a Nubian Village near Aswan. Nubia was also known as Kush and it was region that was partly in the south of Egypt and partly in the north of Sudan. The region’s history goes partly hand-in-hand with Egypt, sometimes being assimilated into, sometimes ruled over, sometimes traded with and, for a brief period, even ruled by. Their descendants still live in the same general areas although an estimated 50 000 people were resettled further north in the 1960s when their area was flooded by the Nile after the building of the Aswan High Dam. Some of these resettled Nubians made their villages along the banks of the Nile near Aswan.


Half-day Aswan High Dam & Obelisk
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit the Aswan High Dam and also see the unfinished obelisk.

The Aswan High Dam was built to enable Egypt to regulate the chaotic flooding of the Nile, which sometimes aided the farmlands along its banks by providing them with rich nutrients and minerals, but at other times completely washed them away or the waters weren’t high enough and a drought and famine occurred. This project became extremely important to ensure Egypt’s constant growth and industry as the floods could now be lessened and the water stored for later use. Its creation however wasn’t without consequences as Lake Nasser that was formed because of it required the rescue and relocation of numerous Nubian archeological sites and the later flooding of anything that was left.

The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk which, if completed, would have measured 42m in height and weighed almost 1 200 tons. However it still lies in the quarry, still connected to the bedrock it was carved from, after it was abandoned when cracks started appearing in it.


Half-day Philae Temple
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. The temple is one of the monuments that had to be moved when the Aswan High Dam was created and Lake Nasser flooded many of Nubian lands including the island where it originally stood, although it had already been partially flooded by the creation of an earlier dam. The island was transformed to resemble the island where it had originally stood as much as possible and it is also the home to some other monuments and temples, however this temple dedicated to Isis is by far the most striking chiefly due to its size which covers almost a quarter of the island.


Half-day Philae Temple, High Dam & Obelisk
(Half-day tour – departs daily – min. 2 pax)

Visit the Philae Temple on Agilkia Island, Aswan High Dam and the unfinished obelisk in Aswan quarry.

Philae Temple is one of the monuments that had to be moved when the Aswan High Dam was created and Lake Nasser flooded many of Nubian lands including the island where it originally stood, although it had already been partially flooded by the creation of an earlier dam. The island was transformed to resemble the island where it had originally stood as much as possible and it is also the home to some other monuments and temples, however this temple dedicated to Isis is by far the most striking chiefly due to its size which covers almost a quarter of the island.

The Aswan High Dam was built to enable Egypt to regulate the chaotic flooding of the Nile, which sometimes aided the farmlands along its banks by providing them with rich nutrients and minerals, but at other times completely washed them away or the waters weren’t high enough and a drought and famine occurred. This project became extremely important to ensure Egypt’s constant growth and industry as the floods could now be lessened and the water stored for later use. Its creation however wasn’t without consequences as Lake Nasser that was formed because of it required the rescue and relocation of numerous Nubian archeological sites and the later flooding of anything that was left.

The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk which, if completed, would have measured 42m in height and weighed almost 1 200 tons. However it still lies in the quarry, still connected to the bedrock it was carved from, after it was abandoned when cracks started appearing in it.


Full-day Kom Ombo & Edfu
(Full-day tour - departs daily – min.  2 pax)

Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu from Aswan.

Kombo Ombo in Arabic means “Hill of gold”. It is the location of two Greco-Roman temples, one small one dedicated to Isis but it is the other larger one that stands on top of a large sandy hill which is known as the temple of Kom Ombo. It is unusual because it’s actually made up of two temples, one dedicated to Sobek and the other to the elder form of Horus.

See the Temple of Edfu near Aswan which is dedicated to Horus. It’s one of the largest and best preserved temples in Egypt which was started in 237 BC and took an amazing 180 years to be completed. Every year there would be a festival where they would ship a large statue of Hathor (the wife of Horus) from Denderah Temple to this one which marked the sacred marriage of these two gods and resulted in a mass pilgrimage to this festival.

NOTE:
Lunch can optionally be added to this full day tour for an additional supplement of USD 18.


Full-day Philae Temple, High Dam, Obelisk & Fulucca
(Full-day tour - departs daily – min.  2 pax)

Visit the Philae Temple on Aglika Island, Aswan High Dam and the unfinished obelisk in Aswan quarry. Cruise along the Nile on a Felucca (traditional Egyptian sailboat).

Philae Temple is one of the monuments that had to be moved when the Aswan High Dam was created and Lake Nasser flooded many of Nubian lands including the island where it originally stood, although it had already been partially flooded by the creation of an earlier dam.  The Island was transformed to resemble the island where it had originally stood as much as possible and it is also the home to some other monuments and temples, however this temple dedicated to Isis is by far the most striking chiefly due to its size which covers almost a quarter of the island.

The Aswan High Dam was built to enable Egypt to regulate the chaotic flooding of the Nile, which sometimes aided the farmlands along its banks by providing them with rich nutrients and minerals, but at other times completely washed them away or the waters weren’t high enough and a drought and famine occurred. This project became extremely important to ensure Egypt’s constant growth and industry as the floods could now be lessened and the water stored for later use. Its creation however wasn’t without consequences as Lake Nasser that was formed because of it required the rescue and relocation of numerous Nubian archeological sites and the later flooding of anything that was left.

The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk which if completed would have measured 42m in height and weighed almost 1 200 tons. However it still lies in the quarry, still connected to the bedrock it was carved from, after it was abandoned when cracks started appearing in it.

Sail along the Nile near Aswan on a Felucca. A Felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailboat with one or two lateen (triangular) sails and it has been the primary mode of transport along the Nile for many centuries.  

NOTE:
Lunch can optionally be added to this full day tour for an additional supplement of USD 18.


Half-day Abu Simbel including flights
(Half-day tour - departs daily – min.  2 pax)

Today you will begin your day in the early hours of the morning with a transfer from your hotel to Aswan Airport in time for your domestic flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. After landing you can leave your hand-luggage in a room at Abu Simbel airport whilst you tour the area. Proceed out of the airport to the shuttle bus (departing every 15 minutes) that will transport you to the site.  Your English speaking guide will be at the ticket office where you will meet him/her to begin your tour.  Tour the great Temples of Abu Simbel before returning to the ticket office to catch your shuttle bus back to Abu Simbel Airport in time for your flight to Aswan where your luggage will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall. On arrival in Aswan, you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.

Abu Simbel is a set of two temples near the border of Egypt with Sudan. They were constructed for the pharaoh Ramses II who reigned for 67 years during the 13th century BC (19th Dynasty) and his queen, Nefertari. The temples were cut from the rock and shifted to higher ground in the 1960s as the waters of Lake Nasser began to rise following completion of the Aswan High Dam.

NOTE:
Lunch can optionally be added to this full day tour for an additional supplement of USD 18
 

DAY TOURS – ASWAN

Duration

Currency

Per person for 2 pax

Felucca & Botanical Garden

Half day

USD

19

Felucca on the Nile

Half day

USD

14

Felucca around Elephantine Island

Half day

USD

30

Kom Ombo

Half day

USD

39

Kalabsha

Half day

USD

50

Aswan Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple

Evening

USD

47

Nubian Museum

Half day

USD

40

Nubian Village

Half day

USD

22

High Dam & Obelisk

Half day

USD

44

Philae Temple

Half day

USD

42

Philae Temple, High Dam and Obelisk

Half day

USD

70

Kom Ombo & Edfu

Full day

USD

88

Philae Temple, High Dam, Obelisk & Fulucca

Full day

USD

78

Half-day Abu Simbel including flights

Full day

USD

300

All rates will be converted at time of final payment according to ITT’s bank selling rates.  Please double check the final ZAR amount with us on day of payment.  All services are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the General Terms and Conditions of ITT Inspirations Travel & Tours (PTY) LTD.