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Aswan is located on the eastern bank of the Nile River, 893 Km south of Cairo and 220 Km south of Luxor. A popular resort in winter, it combines the glory of the museums, intriguing pharaonic sites such as temples and tombs, mausoleums and monasteries, idyllic midstream islands, a vibrant street market, with the modern achievement of the High Dam. Not to forget, Aswan is the gate en route south to fabulous sites of Abu Simbel.

History tells us that Aswan, Egypt's southern frontier town, has always been the "gateway to Africa" where it lies at the First Cataract, one of six sets of rapids in the Nile River (the other five are all in Sudan). Besides pharaonic sites visits, it is interesting to visit more modern aspects of the city such as Deir Anba Samaan, Aga Khan's tomb, the Botanical Gardens and the High Dam, of course.

Points of Interest
  • Philae
    A temple complex on an island in the Nile devoted to the goddess Isis, Philae is arguably the most romantic of Egypt's monuments, harmonizing perfectly with its watery setting. Getting there is only possible by small motor launch, which is a wonderful experience in itself.

  • High Dam
    Egypt has long history of dam building. The earliest recorded dam is believed to have been on the Nile near Cairo, where a 49-foot-high (15 m) structure was built about 2900 B.C to supply water to the capital at Memphis. A project to rival anything built by the pharaohs, the High Dam (Sadd al-Ali) contains almost 20 times the amount of building material used in the Great Pyramid.

  • Lake Nasser
    As the world's largest artificial body of water, Lake Nasser's dimensions are staggering. From the High Dam it stretches over 300 miles (480 Km), don into Sudan, and in places spreads to over 22 miles (35 km) in width. It is also the most stunningly beautiful, unspoiled region of Egypt.
Day Trips
» Abu Simbel
Built by the mightiest of the pharaohs, Ramses II, with four massive colossi of himself adorning the façade, Abu Simbel is the most famous of the ancient Egyptian monuments after the Pyramids and the Sphinx. It marked the limit of Egypt's domain and was intended to convey the might of the pharaohs to any who approached from the south. More than 3,000 years later, its two temples have lost none of their power to inspire awe.

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