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Aswan & Surrounds

Aswan holidays


Aswan is the gateway to southern Egypt, a bustling market city on the eastern bank of the River Nile. Nubian villages and historic monuments are to be explored in this enchanting part of the country, where Arabia melds with Africa.

Nile cruises are a great way to experience timeless Aswan. Cruises on traditional feluccas and luxury vessels start in Aswan and make their way downstream to Luxor. Life on the riverbank continues as it has for time immemorial - ibis paddle in the shallows and egrets skim the surface of the water as they fish. Donkeys turn waterwheels and farmers tend their crops.

Between Aswan and Luxor are the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, both well worth visiting. Meanwhile, travelling south - upstream - from Aswan takes travellers to the Aswan High Dam. This major construction project created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest man-made lakes. Overlooking the lake near the border with Sudan is another breathtaking Egyptian temple complex, Abu Simbel, built three millennia ago for the pharaoh, Rameses II and his queen, Nefertari.


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white and luxurious Uniworld SS Sphinx on the River Nile at sunset and calm waters

Ancient Egypt & the Nile with Uniworld

12-day escorted tour & river cruise from £5,195 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £1,500 pp off selected departures in 2024
Book by: 30 June 2024

Journey into history as you explore the splendours of Egypt's River Nile as you combine luxurious Cairo stays with an extended and indulgent weeklong river cruise.

Top itineraries in Aswan & Surrounds

Sanctuary Retreat River Nile Sunboat IV

Grand Tour of Egypt with Sanctuary Retreats

10-day river cruise holiday from £4,625 pp incl. flights

Explore the ancient treasures of Egypt in style, combining a Sanctuary Retreats Nile river cruise with a full spread of expert-led tours and stays at two of the country's most iconic hotels.

Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Best of Egypt

11-day river cruise holiday from £4,835 pp incl. flights

For more than 5,000 years the world's longest river has been the lifeblood of Egypt and a cruise on the Nile is a must in any lifetime. However Egypt offers so much more, from Cairo's Pyramids to the stunning Red Sea - experience a bit of everything on this spectacular highlights tour.

Sanctuary Retreat River Nile Sunboat IV

Sanctuary Nile Experience

11-day river cruise holiday from £4,375 pp incl. flights

Paired with the highlights of Cairo, this 8-night Nile luxury cruise with Sanctuary Retreats takes in everything from the Valley of the Kings to Aswan's majestic Philae Temple.

Where to go in Aswan & Surrounds

Abu Simbel

The mighty rock temples of Abu Simbel were built for one of Egypt's most powerful and celebrated pharaohs, Rameses II - or Rameses The Great. He ruled Egypt for 66 years, led military expeditions into Nubia and was a prolific temple builder.

City of Aswan

The southern frontier city of Aswan lies on ancient caravan routes and is steeped in Nubian culture. It's one of Egypt's most romantic cities, with a beautiful riverside setting on the palm-lined Nile, a sunny climate and a gentle pace of life.

Aswan & Surrounds articles

Felucca, Nile, Egypt

First-hand review: River Nile cruise on board the Sun Boat IV

The classic Nile cruise is one of the most renowned ways for affluent travellers to sample Egypt's fascinating history and culture.

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