ASWAN (with Kom Ombu & Edfu temples)
Egypt’s southernmost city is the ideal place to relax for a few days after escaping from the bustling crowdedness of Cairo or the cultural wealth of Luxor. In Aswan will have for the first time during your journey the feeling to be in Africa, the blue Nile with its cool clean waters running through the city, sand dunes pile up on the west bank and palm trees decorating the small granite Nile island rising from the water. The best place to enjoy this panorama is without doubt the terrace of the famous Old Cataract Hotel, the very place were Agatha Christie wrote her thriller ‘Death on the Nile’. Aswan can be reached by plane from Cairo or Luxor (1or 1 1/2 hour flight time) or by a 13 hour train ride from Cairo or 4 hour train ride from Luxor. The small city, lying at the northern end of the first Nil Cataract, can be easily discovered by foot. One of the biggest attractions if the Corniche street stretching along the Nile, ideal for a stroll or having a meal on one of the numerous restaurant boats. The bazaar of Aswan, stretching parallel to the Corniche street, is well worth a visit and famous for its large selection of spices. You need at least 3 full days to visit all of the beautiful sites in Aswan.The best time to visit Aswan is in winter and early spring, when the days are warm and dry and temperature averages around 26°C. In summer it can be much hotter with temperatures climbing to 45°C. Although Aswan offers a number of historically important sites you could easily visit them in two days. Should you intend to travel to Abu Simbel plan an extra day for these excursions.