ASWAN: - Home of the Nubians.
Aswan is renowned for it’s friendly and warm Nubian hospitality with it’s Nubian people gaining high respect from Egyptians all over Egypt. It has many sights to offer and leaves the traveller with many memories to treasure.
Private Tour 1 - Saint Simeon Monastery and Nubian Village. - Duration 2-4 hours
An amazing 3 in 1 tour which starts with being transferred by small boat around the famous Cataract Islands on to dry land where you will then be transferred on to your very own Camel for a beautifully scenic and gentle ride up towards the peak to St Simeon’s Monastery which is a Coptic structure built in the 6th century. From there you can walk around and discover its ancient building whilst gazing down towards the desert and City of Aswan. From here,you will ride your camel down into the desert and head towards the Nubian Villages. Once arrived, you will get the opportunity to enter the Colourful world of the Nubians, a culture unchanged for centuries. Once inside the village, the villagers will provide you with seats and a refreshing drink of a variety of local teas where you can walk around the colourful village and discover how simple their lifestyle is.
Private Tour 2 - Felucca tour and Nubian Village Duration 2-4 hours
Take a traditional Egyptian felucca sailing boat around the beautiful Cataract Islands where you will see many famous sights including the Old Cataract Hotel (where Agatha Christie stayed and wrote ‘Death on the Nile’), the Mausoleum of Aga Khan, and Kitchener’s Island ( named after the British general Lord Kitchener). Following this you will arrive at the Nubian Village and enter the Colourful world of the Nubians, a culture unchanged for centuries. Once inside the village, the villagers will provide you with seats and a refreshing drink of a variety of local teas where you can walk around the colourful village and discover how simple their lifestyle is.
Private Tour 3 - Nubian Museum, lunch and Nubian Village - Duration 6 Hours
A unique excursion to the Nubian Museum containing thousands of Ancient Egyptian antiquities and a Nubian Village in Aswan Upper Egypt to experience the simple life of the local people of Nubia Our first stop of the day will be to the Nubian Museum in Aswan which was opened in 1997. This museum displays thousands of antiquities that would have been lost under the waters of Lake Nasser. The museum includes scenes of Nubian life demonstrated with a range of life-size displays. Then sailing by motorboat to a Nubian restaurant for some traditional tasty Nubian food and then sailing on to a Nubian Village which is situated after the first Cataract of the Nile River in Egypt to discover the simple and natural life of the very kind and hospitable Nubian people to see how their daily lives are.
Private Tour 4 - Kitchener's Island and Elephantine Island - Duration: Half day
Enjoy a fantastic excursion by a traditional Egyptian Felucca sailing boat to visit Kitchener’s Island and Elephantine Island in Aswan Egypt.In the year of 1899 lord Kitchener took the Island as a place where his campaign could rest, and called it the ‘Lord's House’. After his death, this island belonged to the ministry of agriculture. After this,sailing to Elephantine Island, aptly named as it was a major centre for the ivory trade and because the rocks on the island take the shape of the back of the Elephant. The island is considered a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubia.
Private Tour 5 - El Tabia Mosque and Aswan Old Market - Duration 3-4 hours
A unique opportunity to discover two fascinating sights in Aswan. Firstly, an interesting and informative visit to the famous El Tabia Mosque which is located in a park on a hill. It’s beautiful interior is designed in the traditional ‘old’ Islamic style with lovely views looking upwards and the silence is very calming.
Moving on then to the Old Market (Souk) in Aswan City for a lovely stroll with your Guide, through the lively, colourful and vibrant market stall and smiling Nubians selling their spices, incense, and many gifts for you to choose from. Finally ending with a welcome sit down in a local Coffee Shop to sample the local ‘Sheesha’ pipe ( hubbly bubbly) if you wish, or just try a refreshing ‘chai bil nah nah’ (mint tea).
Private Tour 6 - Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk ,Aswan High Dam - Duration 1 Day
Experience the magnificent excursions to visit Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, and Aswan High Dam (the latter dating back to 1960). First stop of the day will be a visit the Philae Temple which was dedicated to the Goddess Isis, this Temple was dismantled and reconstructed on Agilika Island after Aswan Dam was constructed. Continue your tour to visit the Unfinished Obelisk which belonged to Queen Hatshepsut. This Obelisk weighs about 1200 tons and is approximately 42m in height. Finally ending with a visit to the Aswan High Dam which was constructed in 1960 and completed in 1970. Its main function is to protect Egypt from the annual floods as well as providing storage of water for agriculture.
Private Tour 7 -Tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan by road - Duration 1 Day (includes travel time)
A wonderful adventure to Abu Simbel to explore the Great Sun Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari. On the North of Ramses Temple,the Nefertari Temple was built by Ramses II in honour of his favourite wife Queen Nefertari amongst another 200 wives and concubines.Both Temples were discovered in 1813 and were almost completely covered with sand. Then both temples were moved in 1960 by the help of Egyptian Government and UNESCO to avoid the rising waters of the Nile. Ramses II built the Temples mostly to honour himself as inside there is a mural depicting his famous victory at the Battle of Qadesh where his army defeated their enemies.
Private Tour 8 - Tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan by flight - Duration 1 day
Relax and discover a day trip to Abu Simbel from Aswan by flight in around 30 minutes to Abu Simbel, famous for the great Sun Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari which were discovered in 1813 and were almost completely covered with sand. Then both Temples were moved in 1960 by the help of the Egyptian Government and UNESCO to avoid the rising waters of the Nile. Ramses II built the Temples mostly to honour himself as inside there is a mural depicting his famous victory at the Battle of Qadesh where his army defeated their enemies. On the North of Ramses Temple, the Nefertari Temple was built by Ramses II in honour of his favourite wife Queen Nefertari amongst another 200 wives and concubines
Private Tour 9 - Abu Simbel Safari trip from Aswan - (some meals included) Duration 2 Days
Enjoy an incredible 2 day tour from Aswan to Abu Simbel with a Safari Adventure Trip from Shokan Mount and trekking to Lake Nasser then experiencing the natural views of nature by boat and on to explore the Temples of Abu Simbel, that of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari.
Day 1: Safari Trip to Abu Simbel
You will be driven to Abu Simbel for about a 3 hour journey. The Safari Trip will start from Shokan Mount (about 15 KM from Abu Simbel) with 2 stops to take some scenic photographs of the Sphinx and Shitan Mountains. On arriving to Shokan Mountain you will start your trek for 2 KM until arriving at Lake Nasser. Then climb aboard the boat to admire the picturesque scenery and natural views of the Lake while taking more photographs including Abu Simbel and Bird Mountain (also known by The White Mountain). Back to stay the night at your hotel.
Meal: Lunch included
* Please note - There is an optional Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel Temples which is highly recommended
Day 2: Abu Simbel Temples
check out from the hotel, then visit the Two Temples of Abu Simbel, with their unique style, are considered to be the masterpieces of ancient Egypt. They reflect the glory and grandeur of the New Kingdom. The Egyptian Government and UNESCO decided to co-operate in order to save these Temples from the flooding. The Temple of Ramses II also called The Sun Temple, was dedicated to the four universal Gods Ptah, Re-Her-Akhtey, Amun-Ra, and to Ramses II himself. The Temple of Queen Nefertari is called the Temple of Hathor who was the wife of the Sun God so in a symbolic way. The two Temples that of Ramses II and that of Nefertari, bring Ramesses II, Nefertari, Hathor and the Sun God together as one. Lunch at local restaurant in Abu Simbel with free leisure time before you travel back to your hotel in Aswan.
Private Tour 10 - Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show - Duration (depending on location)
Can be taken whilst visiting the sites or from Aswan on a separate tour.
The famous Sound and Light show at Abu Simbel is said to be one of the most spectacular, not only in Egypt, but around the world. The setting alone is magnificent with it’s huge Granite statues of Ramses 11 at the entrance and the sheer size alone is awe inspiring. The show will transport you back to the time of the ancient Pharaohs, enchanting you with melodic music,and bringing the Old World back to life. The show includes projections into the Temples to show how they once appeared.It is an experience that you will never forget and one that you will always be thankful that you took part in.
Private Tour 11 - Day trip to Kom Ombo and Edfu - Duration 1 day
Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo overlooking the River Nile and Edfu Temple which is considered to be the most preserved temple in Egypt. The first visit will be to the Temple of Kom Ombo standing on high grounds overlooking the Nile. It differs from other Temples because of its double entrance, each one is dedicated to a divinity: ‘Haroeris’ with his falcon head and ‘ Sobek ‘ with it’s crocodile head. The Temple of Kom Ombo was built in honor of these two deities, Sobek being known as the God of fertility and creator of the world, and Haroeris or the ancient falcon-headed Horus. Lunch-box included .Then Drive on to Edfu where you will visit the majestic Edfu Temple dedicated to Horus which is considered to be the best preserved cult temple in Egypt. According to the Egyptian myths, it was the place where the falcon-headed god Horus revenged the murder of his father Osiris by killing Seth.
Private Tour 12 - 4 Day Nile Cruise Aswan to Luxor - Duration 4 Days
Fantastic 4-day Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor to explore the landmark Temples, Tombs and ruins between Aswan and Luxor with all expertly guided excursions highlighting each day of your Nile cruise touring holiday through ancient Egypt
Day 1: Embarkation- Aswan Sights
Transferred with your Egyptologist Tour Guide to the Aswan High Dam for an insight into the history of this amazing Dam, then on to the Granite Quarries and Philae Temple (home of the Goddess Isis), then finally transferred to your Nile Cruise boat and overnight stay in Aswan.
Day 2: Kom-Ombo & Edfu
Sail to Kom Ombo with breakfast on board the Nile cruise boat and then you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haeroris. Lunch on board and then sail to Edfu to visit Edfu Temple, home of the falcon headed God Horus. Afternoon Tea while sailing to Luxor via Esna lock. Dinner and overnight stay aboard the Nile Cruise Ship in Luxor
Day 3: West Bank Sights
Breakfast on boarmnon. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on board with overnight aboard with overnight stay in Luxor
Day 4: East Bank- Luxor
Disembarkation after breakfast, and then you will be accompanied by your Egyptologist Tour Guide to visit the East Bank of the Nile in Luxor to the Karnak and Luxor Temples with free leisure time in Luxor for a local shopping experience then transferred to your hotel in Luxor.d your Nile cruise ship and then you will be accompanied for a wonderful tour to visit the West Bank of the River Nile in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El Deir EL Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon.
Private Tour 13 - Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum - Duration - Approx.6 Hours
A Memphis Tours Representative will pick you up from your Hotel in Aswan to enjoy a visit and exploration of the Temple of Kalabsha which has been dismantled and re-erected on a hill near the Aswan High-Dam site (Western Bank). This Temple was originally built by Tuthmosis II and Amenophis II at Kalabsha, 40 miles south of Aswan, and was restored during the Roman conquest.The second part of your fascinating tour in Aswan is the long- awaited Nubian Museum which was opened in 1997. This museum displays thousands of antiquities that would have been lost under the waters of Lake Nasser. The museum takes its name from the ancient Egyptian Nbu, meaning gold, in reference to the area's famous gold mines Moreover; you will enjoy scenes of Nubian life demonstrated with a range of life-size displays.