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Top Day Trips from Aswan

By Viator, February 2018

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Aswan is the smallest, southernmost, and by far the most laid-back of the major tourist cities on the Nile (others being Cairo, Giza, and Luxor). Once the ancient Egyptians’ gateway to Africa, today it’s the perfect base for exploring Upper Egypt. Here are the best day trips from Aswan.

St. Simeon Monastery — 2 miles (3 km) away by boat
In as little as half a day, it’s possible to embark on a tour to the seventh-century St. Simeon Monastery. Situated across the Nile River on the tip of Elephantine Island, the fortress-like monastery was originally dedicated to the Egyptian saint Anba Hadra; only later, in the 10th century, was it dedicated to St. Simeon. In its heyday, the monastery likely housed some 1,000 monks who used it as a base in their work of converting the Nubians to Christianity.

Gharb Soheil — 18 miles (29 km) away
When the High Dam was constructed, Nubians were forced to flee their homelands by the Nile due to the threat of rising waters. Today a small Nubian village on Soheil Island, just south of Aswan, offers one of Egypt’s last remaining glimpses into the traditional culture, language, traditions, and colorful crafts of the Nubian people. No bridges connect the island to Aswan, so the only way of reaching the village is by motorboat or felucca. Many visitors stop at the village as part of a Nile cruise.

Kom Ombo and Edfu — 30 miles (48 km) away
The Temple of Kom Ombo was built in honor of the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, and Haroeris, more familiar as the ancient falcon-headed Horus. The temple, unusual because of its double entrance, dates to the reign of Ptolemy VI. A short drive from Kom Ombo is Edfu, a majestic temple dedicated to Horus. The temple is built on the site where Horus is said to have revenged the murder of his father, Osiris, by killing Seth. Many consider Edfu to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. Both sites can be visited on full-day tours from Aswan.

Luxor — 141 miles (227 km) away
Home to many of the biggest and most famous monuments of ancient Egypt, Luxor is widely considered the country’s capital of cultural tourism. After driving through the Nile Valley, tour some of the area’s key sites, like the pharaonic tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, and the Luxor Temple.

Abu Simbel — 179 miles (288 km) away
Overlooking Lake Nasser, the Temple of Abu Simbel was built to impress, with the immense statues in front of the Great Temple intended to frighten potential enemies coming down the Nile from Africa. Originally built into a mountainside by Ramses II, the original Abu Simbel was carefully sawed into numbered stone cubes in the 1960s and reassembled uphill to escape the rising waters of Lake Nasser, which rose to inundate the previous site following the construction of the Aswan Dam. Visit on a full-day minibus tour—or if you’re pressed for time, opt for a quick half-day tour by air.

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Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan, Aswan, null
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Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan

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Fast track your journey and take the quick route to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel on an air tour from Aswan. With a qualified Egyptologist as your ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $370.65
Private Day Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan, Aswan, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan

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The ancient temples of Abu Simbel, built by Pharaoh Ramses II and relocated to a dramatic lakeside setting in Nubia, are a highlight of any visit to Aswan. ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00
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private-day tour to Luxor from Aswan by vehicle

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day tour private to visit the historical plz like East and west bank of luxor by private vehicle and guide

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery, Aswan, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

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Join a camel ride to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find St Simeon's Monastery, an ancient, abandoned fortress monastery mostly built ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Aswan Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples Private Full-Day Tour, Aswan, Half-day Tours
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Aswan Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples Private Full-Day Tour

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Enjoy private tour to visit Kom Ombo and Edfu temples. Start to visit Kom ombo temple, the unusual double temple dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $50.00
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private Day Tour to St Simeon Monastery in Aswan

private day tour  visit the monastery of St Simon which dates back to the 6th century.

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
private-day tour to Philae temple high dam unfinished obelisk in Aswan, Aswan, Private Day Trips
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private-day tour to Philae temple high dam unfinished obelisk in Aswan

visit the famous attractions of Aswan the High Dam ,  the Philae temple which was dedicated to goddess Isis and the Unfinished Obelisk which is believed that ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Aswan private day Felucca Tour on the Nile to Nubian village, Aswan, Private Day Trips
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Aswan private day Felucca Tour on the Nile to Nubian village

Aswan private day Felucca Tour on the Nile to Nubian village Sail to Soheil Island for an insight into the Nubian lifestyle. The island is home to a Nubian ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Enjoy your Private Day Trip To St Simeon Monastery that in Aswan - Egypt by Car, Aswan, Private Day ... 
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Enjoy your Private Day Trip To St Simeon Monastery that in Aswan - Egypt by Car

Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island . Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Aswan Private Half Day Tour: Philae Temple,Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan, Private ... 
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Aswan Private Half Day Tour: Philae Temple,Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

From the relaxing Nile side city of Aswan, you have access to many great day tours and activities. See the highlights of Aswan in your Aswan Day Tour. Our ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $37.00

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