The Ancient City: 10 Best Tours In Aswan, Egypt - Updated 2022

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Aswan, Egypt is located in the south of Egypt and along the Nile River. Be captivated by the beautiful sceneries that this wondrous island has to offer that whether you are on land or in water, is definitely an image worth capturing.

1. Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery (from USD 92.0)

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The Monastery of St. Simeon is another great historical landmark that you can find in Aswan, Egypt. It is one of the oldest surviving Byzantine churches that dates back to the 7th-century. It also has an incredible story behind its creation and preservation. This private tour will give you access to Aswan’s Elephantine Island. You will also get a chance to ride a camel to the site to complete your Egyptian experience.

Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

5 reviews

2. Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk (from USD 72.0)

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Source: Photo by user Dan Lundberg used under CC BY-SA 2.0

See for yourself what actually controls the Nile River’s yearly floods and sends energy and powers for the entirety of Egypt. The world famous High Dam, for all the expenses and reallocations that had to be done for it to work its wonders, has provided vast benefits for Egypt’s economy. The other half of the tour is to the Unfinished Obelisk, which happens to be Egypt’s largest known obelisk, but happens to remain unfinished. Apparently, a crack appeared as it was being hewn from its mother bedrock, that suddenly made the obelisk unusable. Know more details behind these incredible stories through your private tour guide who will also give you a say on how long you would want to stay and explore each site.

Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Duration: 2 hours

3. Private Tour: Abu Simbel by Minibus from Aswan (from USD 231.0)

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Same as the first tour mentioned, this tour gives you a glimpse of two of Egypt’s greatest sights of the Abu Simbel. If the first tour is via felucca, this tour gives you a day trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel via minibus. Therefore you will get a view of the Nubia village and see glimpses of the community’s daily life. This tour also gives you the freedom to choose your preferred time of departure. Get a different view of Abu Simbel’s wonderous creations.

Private Tour: Abu Simbel by Minibus from Aswan

Duration: 8 hours

42 reviews

4. Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk (from USD 116.0)

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Temple, Dam and the Obelisk? Well, this tour has got the whole package. Besides the Aswan High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk already mentioned, this tour also features the Philae Temple. Philae means ‘the end’ in Greek or Pilak in ancient Egyptian, signifying also the location of the temple which is the southernmost limit of Egypt. Like most creations in Egypt, this temple also has a great story to tell that dates back to 380-362 BC. The tour assures you that you can have a very personalized Aswan experience as you have the option of how long you want to stay per historical landmark.

Aswan Philae temple, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours

11 reviews

5. Philae Temple Sound and Light Show with Private Transport (from USD 76.0)

See right before your eyes the ancient temples that resonate at night through a sound and light show, magnifying and accentuating every feature of the temple. The sound and light show also features kaleidoscope lights and laser projections all over the island, which you can see through the illuminations on the Nile River right by it and through the sky. As all the spectacle goes on, you can walk past halls and colonnades through the building with commentary that will make the story of the past come alive.

Philae Temple Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

6 reviews

6. Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan (from 26 USD) (from USD 28.0)

This tour also gives you an opportunity to explore the Nubian Village through a small tour group. Get to know new people as you learn more about the traditional Nubian lifestyle. This tour includes a boat ride to the island, either on a felucca or motorboat, depending on the river conditions and weather. Then you will be welcomed in a traditional Nubian home with a cup of tea, then you’ll have the luxury of time to stroll through the brightly-painted villages.

Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan

Location: Aswan, Egypt

Price: from 26 USD or 459.35 EGP

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)


Great Hours Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan

Duration: 5 hours

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7. Private Boat Tour: Soheil Island (from USD 44.0)

Have another opportunity to ride the felucca and explore the island of Soheil. In here you can experience the Nubian culture and lifestyle in which you can visit a Nubian home, meet the locals, and learn more about their history, culture, and well-being. Before and after arriving on the island, Egyptologist will also show you Aswan’s cataracts.

Private Boat Tour: Soheil Island

Duration: 3 hours

4 reviews

8. Private Felucca Tour: Aswan Botanic Gardens (from USD 37.0)

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Source: Photo by user Olaf Tausch used under CC BY 3.0

Explore the wondrous and luscious foliage that Aswan has to offer. With this tour, you can set sail through a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, to the Kitchener Island. In the approximate 20 minutes, you will get a view of the island along the river shore with sights such as the Agha Khan Mausoleum and the tombs along the West Bank. When you land on the island, you will be exposed to the 16.8 acres or 6.8 hectares of land filled with palm trees, sandalwood, and other exotic plants. Some of the first plants were given by the British military leader, Lord Horatio Kitchener, in which the island’s name is based after. He has then brought plants from the Far East, India, and parts of Africa to name some, to create this breathtaking garden.

Private Felucca Tour: Aswan Botanic Gardens

Duration: 2 hours

2 reviews

9. Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island (from USD 46.0)

Have another felucca ride through the Elephantine Island, which happens to have once been a Nile River god’s home. It also used to be a historical military stronghold. Around the perimeter of the island also lies ancient ruins and temple sites. There is also a town for you to explore and get to know more about. You will also be able to discover the Roman-era nilometer, the device that measured the Nile River’s yearly floods until the 19th-century. Have the chance to go through the Aswan Museum as well to know more about the history of this wondrous country.

Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

Duration: 2 hours

10. Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan (from USD 447.0)

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This tour comes with a flight and a tour to the Abu Simbel, which is a village in Nubia of Southern Egypt. It is also located on the second cataract of the infamous Nile River. The Abu Simbel is comprised of two temples, The Great Temple of Ramses II and The Small Temple of Hathor that was created around 1264 - 1244 BCE or 1244-1224 BCE. This package includes a private air tour from Aswan to Abu Simbel. Get special insights and privileges from your Egyptologist tour guide as you tour both temples. Learn the history behind these temples and be in awe as you stare at their astounding features and structures.

Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan

Duration: 4 hours

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A complete package

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mohammed Moussa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

These tours are packaged to every tourist’s desires. Have the luxury of time on every site that you see and the opportunity to ask all the questions that you have and have expert answers from your Egyptologist tour guides. This city has an incredible story to tell. Now it’s in your hands to share these stories worth telling.

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