Aswan and Lake Nasser

Aswan marks the beginning or end of many Nile cruises and is an ideal spot to relax for a few days pre or post cruise.

The city is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Egypt and the Nile River is particularly breathtaking as it winds its way through countless islands.

Situated in southern Egypt just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser it is famous for its wealth of archaeological treasures, in particular the Temple of Philae, dedicated to goddess Isis. In a feat of engineering, the temple was moved piece by piece to save it from being lost underwater due to the creation of the dam. It was moved from its original island – Philae – to nearby Agilkia Island. The temple was one of the last in Egypt constructed in classical Egyptian style and is one of the most picturesque.

Aswan is also home to ancient quarries that supplied the Egyptians with stone for many of their monuments. The north quarry is a must-visit to see its giant Unfinished Obelisk that is still embedded in the rock.

An afternoon sailing aboard a felucca (small sailboat) through the islands of Aswan is another popular choice. A stop at Kitchener’s (El Nabatat) Island is also worth considering, to walk through its beautiful botanical gardens.

The impressive Nubia Museum is another worthwhile experience to consider. Its collection includes over 3,000 objects and acts as an invaluable source of Nubian history and culture. The building’s design evokes traditional Nubian architecture and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001.

Though not built thousands of years ago, the Aswan High Dam is another fascinating sight to behold, creating one of the largest man-made lakes in the world – Lake Nasser.

When visiting Aswan, a morning excursion to nearby Abu Simbel (45 minutes by air) is a must do.

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Why should I visit Aswan and Lake Nasser?

  • Aswan, one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt
  • Incredible Philae Temple moved to Agilkia Island
  • The North Quarry with its impressive Unfinished Obelisk
  • Nubia Museum with over 3,000 objects
  • Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser
  • The start or end point of a Nile Cruise
  • Only a short flight to awe-inspiring Abu Simbel

When is the best time to visit Aswan?

Like other cities in Egypt, Aswan is year-round destination due to its historic sites and museums, as well as being the start or end point for many Nile cruises. The best time to visit is during the cooler months from October to April – however visitors must be aware that this will mean higher crowd numbers too. You can visit over May to September, but the heat of summer is something not to be underestimated.

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Can I visit tombs in the Valley of the Kings?

One of the great pleasures of visiting the Valley of the Kings is that you can go inside a number of different tombs. Your ticket allows you to enter three tombs. The three tombs you can enter will depend on which tombs are open at the time – as they are sometimes closed for maintenance works to prevent damage to the tombs. There are three additional tickets you can purchase that grant visitors access to the following three tombs:

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Egypt Overview

Why should I visit Egypt? 
Egypt is a destination in itself; offering travellers a mouth-watering combination of ancient history, diverse cultures, awe-inspiring architectural wonders and relaxing river cruising. This exotic destination is also perfect for sun-seekers with warm, dry days for most of the year. The scenery is unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert. 

What is the climate in Egypt?
Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although fairly hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C). 

What can I combine Egypt with? 
Egypt is best combined with neighbouring Jordan and Israel. Both countries compliment a visit to Egypt with further historic Middle-Eastern sights such as PetraBethlehem and Jerash. A little further afield, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are other popular destinations to visit. Alternatively Egypt can be combined with a safari in Tanzania – perfect during the months of December to March.   

How to get to Egypt? 
There are regular flights between Egypt’s capital Cairo and the Middle East as well as many major European cities. The country’s chief carrier – Egypt Air – also fly to North American cities including New York and Toronto. Egypt Air also offer internal connecting flights to major hubs including LuxorAswan and Abu Simbel.      

US – There are plenty of options to choose from when travelling between North America and Egypt. Egypt Air offer direct flights to Cairo from both Washington DC and New York. Alternatively European airlines to consider with just one stopover include British Airways, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.  

Europe – Egypt is easily reached with direct flights between Cairo and almost every European airlines major carrier. Alternatively Egypt Air fly to over 20 cities across Europe.    

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