Aswan is full of treasures from different historical eras and different cultures and religions. Consider the Hidden Gems of Aswan if you have already visited the highlighted sightseeing that include Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. This tour will explore more the West Bank of the Nile with its Nubian civilization, ancient deserted Monastery, Wide Virgin Nile and Grand Tombs that were built for the Nobles.
Aswan Hidden Gems Part I: Starts with a felluca (small boat) ride down the stream of the River Nile for approximately 4.5 kms. Passing through high hills of Sand Dunes covering the Western Bank of the Nile. To land at the sandy shores close to the Mausoleum of Aga Khan who was the leader of a Sufi sect in Islam. Walk for about half an hour to reach the deserted Monastery of Simeon, right next to the current inhabited one. The Old Monastery is open for visits and you are allowed to walk inside the monastery and learn about all the chambers and life of the monks inside it. Rest on a high hill for a short picnic and then walk or ride a camel (both options are included although walking would be more soothing) behind the high hills to reach the Nobles Tombs from the North. A short out of this world desert flavor. The Tombs were carved deep in the mountain reaching the depth of up to 18 meters for the Nobles to bury their bodies after death. After a detailed visit of the Tombs, take a short Felluca Ride across the Nile to the East Bank were the city is, head to the market for lunch. Then walk southwards on the Kornishe of Aswan (most of the streets via the river banks or on the shores of the sea in Egypt are named Kornishe) till we reach the Grand Nubian Museum. The tour inside the museum could last up to 3 hours, during which you will learn about the Nubian Civilization which was the sister civilization of the Ancient Egyptians, also learn about the old Nubian villages and tows that are now under water. Visit the arts and crafts center at the museum. At the end of the day, our tour van will drive you back to your hotel. Wishing you a pleasant stay in Aswan.