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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 Day Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan, Aswan, null
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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
Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan, Aswan, Day Trips
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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 - 5 hours

From USD $370.65
Morning Trip to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan by Minivan, Aswan, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Morning Trip to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan by Minivan

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Over 3,000 years old, the massive rock temples of Abu Simbel stand on the shores of Lake Nasser, about a 3-hour drive south of Aswan. A professional ...  Read more

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

From USD $149.13
The Magnificent Abu Simbel temple excursion from Aswan by flight, Aswan, Day Trips
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The Magnificent Abu Simbel temple excursion from Aswan by flight

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

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $315.00
Day trip to Luxor from Aswan passing by Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples, Aswan, Day Trips
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Day trip to Luxor from Aswan passing by Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

Full day trip transporting you from Aswan to Luxor city with 2  stops to visit the famous ( Kom Ombo & Edfu ) temples including Transfers, Guide & ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 6 to 9 hrs

From USD $27.00
Day Tour to Luxor from Aswan, Aswan, Day Trips
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Day Tour to Luxor from Aswan

This full-day tour of Luxor from Aswan, guided by a qualified Egyptologist, covers off all the highlights of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. You'll visit ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Philae Temple Aswan High Dam granite quarries of Aswan and Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan, Day Trips
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Philae Temple Aswan High Dam granite quarries of Aswan and Unfinished Obelisk

Take a private tour with Youregypttours.com to explore three of Aswan most popular and well known sites. Walk on the High Dam which separates Lake Nasser from ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $86.00
Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser, Aswan, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

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On the banks of Lake Nasser lies Kalabsha Temple, an often overlooked jewel of Aswan. Your Egyptologist guide is waiting to take you on a private tour to the ...  Read more

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

From USD $34.65
Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan, Aswan, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan

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Discover the colorful culture of Nubia, one of Africa's oldest civilizations, on this 3-hour small-group boat trip to Sohail Island. Traveling by felucca ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.50
Best Aswan Day Trip- Visit Kalabsha Temple & the Nubian Museum with Guide, Aswan, Day Trips
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Best Aswan Day Trip- Visit Kalabsha Temple & the Nubian Museum with Guide

Aswan Nubian monuments day trip discover Kalabash temple   and the Nubian museum  in private day tour from Aswan with private ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00

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