1- Abu Simbel Temple: It is about 280 KM from Aswan, it is a huge attraction in Egypt, bringing many tourists into the country each year. Built by King Ramses II, the temples of Abu Simbel are touted to be the most impressive ones in the country. The Sun temple, located on the banks of River Nile, was built in 1250 B.C. and is carved into the sandstone cliffs. The 65-foot seated Ramses statue is the temple’s main attraction. There are two other temples in the complex as well, one for Ramses and the second for his queen Nefertiti. Ramses built the temple at Abu Simbel so that the sanctum sanctorum or the inner
chamber would light up at just two times of the year, which are on February 22, the anniversary of his ascension to the throne and on October 22nd, which is his birthday. The festival is based on a solar phenomenon, and the Sun God was very important to Egyptians. Careful planning was required to ensure everything was aligned just right for the sun to shine where it was wanted.
– Dates available: Every day pick up time around 4 AM , drop
off at 1 PM
2- Nubian villages: Those are cheerful local Nubian houses where you can interact with the locals, experience their traditions, their folkloric dance & most amazing food & drinks home made by the Nubians. Also some handcrafts, spices are sold also Henna drawings which is the most beautiful in country.
– Dates available: Every day from 9 AM to 7 PM
3- The Nubian Museum: The Nubian Museum (officially the International Museum of Nubia) is an archaeological museum located in Aswan, Upper Egypt. It was dedicated to Nubian culture and civilization, it was inaugurated on November 23, 1997, and was awarded the Aga Khan
Award for Architecture in 2001. Three thousand pieces of antiquities, representing various ages; Geological, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic, were registered. The open-door exhibition includes 90 rare monumental pieces, while the internal halls contain 50 invaluable pieces dating back to pre-historic times, 503 pieces belong to the Pharaonic period, 52 to the Coptic era, 103 to the Islamic age, 140 to the Nubian era, in addition to 360 pieces reflecting the history of Aswan.
– Dates available: Every day from 9 AM to 1 PM & From 5 PM
to 9 PM
4- The Botanical Gardens: Located on Kitchener’s Island, one of two islands in the Nile immediately adjacent to the city-center of Aswan, the Aswan Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful and unique escape from the city. The entirety of the island is landscaped with rare and exotic plants that were planted there by Lord Horatio Kitchener, who was gifted the island for his service as consul general of Egypt under British
control. Lord Kitchener’s passion for horticulture was expressed
through his conversion of the island given into a garden. The Egyptian government later reclaimed the island and it has been maintained as the Aswan Botanical Gardens.
– Dates available: Every day from 9 AM to 3 PM
5- Sound light show at Philae Temple: At each Philae Temple Sound and Light show: The Egyptian gods and goddesses are, like Osiris, resurrected before our eyes to tell us their life stories. The myth of Isis and Osiris comes to life through dazzling lights and capturing music, with sounds from the deepest bottoms of ancient history. This show brings history and the past to life, making you feel the temple alive around you; the myth is resurrected. The presents the myth of Osiris,
the goddess of death and his beloved wife Isis, who resurrected her husband using life rituals after being killed by his brother, Set, the God of Evil in ancient Egypt. The name Philae comes from the ancient Egyptian word Pilak, which means “The Remote Place”
– Dates available: Every day at 6:30 PM except on events days