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How to Spend 2 Days in Aswan

How to Spend 2 Days in Aswan

With two days to explore Aswan, there’s time to do more than visit the ancient sights in and around the city. From Abu Simbel day trips to local Nubian neighborhoods and Nile sunset cruises, here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in the city.

Day 1

**Morning:**Start by ticking through Aswan’s major sights with a half-day sightseeing tour. View the Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk—still lying in the quarry where it was abandoned 3,500 years ago. Then, finish with a tour of the Temple of Philae, an island gem considered one of Egypt’s most beautiful. 

**Afternoon:**Having covered Aswan’s headline acts, make tracks for some off-the-beaten-track gems. Explore the Temple of Kalabsha beside Lake Nasser on a private tour, or visit St. Simeon Monastery. Getting to this medieval fortress-church on Aswan’s west bank is an adventure in itself, involving a boat trip and camel ride.

**Evening:**Unwind with a sunset horse-drawn-carriage ride along Aswan’s riverfront gardens and boulevards, or board a felucca sailboat for a cruise on the Nile to admire the glinting waters and silhouetted palms. Alternatively, head for a Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple: a cavalcade of illuminations and dramatic storytelling that brings its long history alive. 

Day 2

**Morning:**Earmark today for visiting some of the great antiquities reachable from Aswan. Topping the list for most is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. Travel by air or road to marvel at its statue-fronted temples, relocated to escape the Nile floodwaters. Otherwise, venture north to the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo or onward to Luxor to see treasures such as Karnak and the Valley of the Kings.  

**Afternoon:**If you chose a predawn departure for Abu Simbel, you’ll be back in Aswan with the afternoon free to explore further. Take things easy with a felucca sailing cruise to enjoy the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island, or opt to visit the city’s Nubian Museum to view its age-old sculptures and archaeological finds. 

**Evening:**Focus on the present-day city on your last night with an authentic Nubian dinner experience. Visit a Nubian family home for a home-cooked supper of dishes such as ‘bird tongue’ pasta soup and Nile perch, and gain firsthand insight into your hosts’ ancient culture as you dine.

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Top Day Tour To Luxor From Aswan

Top Day Tour To Luxor From Aswan

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See Luxor’s top attractions in one day on a guided day trip from Aswan. After a drive through the lush Nile Valley, tour the key sites of what was ancient Thebes as a qualified Egyptologist guide recounts their stories and secrets. Travel to the West Bank to visit age-old pharaonic tombs at the Valley of the Kings, and see the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, switch to the East Bank to explore awe-inspiring Karnak and beautiful Luxor Temple. Hotel pickups and drop-offs included.
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  • 13 hours
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$140.00
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Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan

Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan

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The UNESCO-listed temples of Abu Simbel are among Nubia's most spectacular, with monumental statues and elaborate carvings, but the sites are located far from the beaten path, near the Sudanese border. Visit Abu Simbel as a hassle-free day trip from Aswan, on a 9-hour private tour that includes entrance fees and transport by air-conditioned vehicle. Choose from several departure options at time of booking.
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  • 9 hours
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$125.00
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Day trip Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples From Aswan to Luxor

Day trip Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples From Aswan to Luxor

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Explore the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo with your own Egyptologist guide on a private tour from Aswan. Relax into a private air-conditioned vehicle as you travel to these two well-preserved temples, and enjoy your guide’s full attention as you tour. Roam riverside Kom Ombo, dedicated to both the falcon and crocodile gods; and admire Edfu, the most intact of Egypt’s ancient sanctuaries. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
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  • 8 hours
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$119.00
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Home Cooked Aswan Traditional Nubian Meal with a Local Family

Home Cooked Aswan Traditional Nubian Meal with a Local Family

The Nubian people’s hospitality, warmth, and rich culture are a highlight of any visit to Aswan. Enjoy the sort of access that's only usually possible on a tour as you share an authentic Nubian meal with a local family—and an English-speaking host alongside to translate. Sample dishes like Nile perch, oven-cooked chicken, and Nubian vegetables in a group of no more than 12.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.00
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Philae Temple Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

Philae Temple Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

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Be dazzled by a magical sound and light show at the Philae Temple on this 1.5-hour trip from Aswan, with private round-trip transfers included. Travel to the beautiful ancient temple, set on an island in the Nile, and admire its spectacularly lit walls, pylons and court lit by a kaleidoscope of lights and lasers projections. See the illuminations reflected in the lapping waters, and walk through the floodlit halls and colonnades as the powerful commentary tells tales of the temple’s history and pharaohs past.
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Aswan City Private Tour by Horse Carriage

Aswan City Private Tour by Horse Carriage

Sit back and take in the beauty and bustle of Aswan on a private horse-drawn carriage ride. Settle aboard a comfortable, open-top carriage and relax as you clip-clop through the city’s streets, gardens and walkways. Gaze out over the river waters and banks on a ride along the Nile Corniche, take in colorful street markets and shady, palm-dotted gardens, and gain fascinating glimpses into everyday Egyptian life. Your ride includes bottled water and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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$35.00
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Private Tour: The Nubian Museum

Private Tour: The Nubian Museum

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Explore the Nubia Museum with an Egyptologist on a private, 1.5-hour tour, and discover Aswan’s most stunning artifacts. Learn the history of the Nubian culture as you browse displays of models, mummies and treasures recovered by teams of archeologists during the construction of the High Dam. Take in traditional Nubian architecture, then stroll the museum’s manicured garden and scale model of the Nile River Valley. 
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Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

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Explore the beautiful but often-overlooked Kalabsha Temple on the shores of Lake Nasser on this 3-hour private tour from Aswan, with an Egyptologist guide. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to this stunning water’s edge temple, originally built in 30 BC, and dismantled and relocated here in the 1960s after the building of the Aswan High Dam. View the pylon, court, hall and sanctuary and ogle the richly carved Egyptian and Roman-themed reliefs as your knowledgeable guide unlocks their fascinating secrets and symbolism. Ideal for ancient history buffs!
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  • 3 hours
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$67.86
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