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Aswan Sights... Reviews

wiedemann wiedemann
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Mar 20, 2007
Although, not very big and not near as many attractions as Luxor, or other big tourist spots in Egypt, Aswan does have some fairly incredible things to see... On our trip to Aswan we only got to visit some of the many beautiful things it had to offer, however i got inside advice on seeing everything while being there...

Aswan is a very small town in truth... The train station pulls into the busiest part of town, which consists of about 4-5 main streets with little side detour roads through the local town... never more than about 4 lanes a piece, etc.. If you ride the train down to Aswan you will be amazed at how easy it is to obtain tours to the various places in Aswan as well as hotels.. There are people that will come up to you in the train station and tell you they can get you anything you want.. for the most part amazingly they are not "full of it" they are legitimate, because they want your business... It is important to ask them for their license or Identification for their tours, hotels, etc.. however there is enough competition that they will not try and gip you as you might think... A typical cost for a tour with around 8 people through Aswan is about 30 EGP/Person... or about $6.00 USD/ Person... and not much more if you have more/less people.. This tour will usually include going to the Aswan High Dam, Temple of Isis @ Philae, boat ride on the Nile on a Felucca, etc.. It will not include Abu Simbel and i will expound upon this in the next paragraph....

If you are intent upon seeing Abu Simbel you are a wise person.. Not only is it probably the best thing to see in Aswan, but it is also remarkable display of monument moving... The Monument was actually moved before the construction of the High Dam at Aswan, because Lake Nasser would have flooded it had they not moved it.. The unfortunate thing about Abu Simbel is that it is located quite far from Aswan... In order to go there, you must also take a police escort at 3:00 A.M. to get there, also you can plan on that taking a day as you cannot leave until the escort leaves later on and at a certain time etc.. by the time you get back to Aswan it will be afternoon and you will probably not have much time to do anything else.. except maybe a Felucca ride on the Nile... I do not know exactly the prices for the transport or entrance to Abu Simbel, because we unfortunately could not go after learning the circumstances of getting there and back, however if you would like a good guide Lonely Planet: Egypt is an incredibly accurate source and the prices are fairly accurate still..

The next big thing to see at Aswan would definitely be that of the Temple of Isis at Philae... It is located on the Island of Philae which requires a boat ride from shore and takes about 5-10 minutes.. the boat ride will cost about 10 EGP/ $2.00 USD.. The boat drivers will usually have junk like neclaces, jewelry, etc... to sell to the riders, but you are not required to buy any as convincing as they may sound... The entrance to the temple for students is about 20 EGP/ $4.00 USD and has a couple different amazing things inside... There is a restaurant & gift shop on the Island if you wish to try them... They most likely will charge horrendous prices and there are plenty of cheap places to eat in Aswan, so i would recommend checking it out first then deciding...

Before you visit the Temple of Isis at Philae, most likely the tour will take you to the Aswan High Dam... In all actuality this is not that big of a deal... Once you arrive at the Dam, they let you walk around a certain area and take pictures etc.. and you get a good view of Lake Nasser, however the whole experience is not that exciting... I think it was fairly inexpensive though around 8-10 EGP for student and adults... Something to see while you're there...

The Felucca Rides are well worth the experience as well.. We did not take a ride, because we took a cruise in Cairo, so we figured it wasnt worth it, however in hindsight i wish we had taken just a small ride...

Also we only stayed in Aswan for the day, and we did not spend the night there, however in retrospect i would have budgeted two days because of the Abu Simbel Monuments...

Like i said before for more information on Aswan refer to the Lonely Planet: Egypt in order to make good plans...
Temple of Isis at Philae..
view from Aswan High Dam...
Boat dock... on our way to Temple …
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