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Elephantine Island

Elephantine Island

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Elephantine Island is the site of ancient Abu (meaning both elephant and ivory in ancient Egyptian), both names a reminder of the island's once important ivory trade. At the beginning of the 1st dynasty (about 3,000 BC) a fortress was built on the island to establish Egypt's southern frontier. Abu soon became an important customs point and trading center.It remained strategically significant throughout the Pharaonic period as a departure point for the military and commercial expeditions into Nubia and the south. During the 6th dynasty (2345-2181 BC) Abu grew strong as a political and economic center and, despite periodic ups and downs, the island retained its importance until the Greco-Roman period.

As well as being a thriving settlement, Elephantine was the main cult center of the ram-headed god Khnum (at first the god of the inundation, and from the 18th dynasty worshipped as the creator of humankind on his potter's wheel), Satet (Khnum's wife, and guardian of the southern frontier) and their daughter Anket. Each year the rushing of the waters of the flood were first heard here on Elephantine. Over time religious complexes took over more and more of the island, so residential areas moved either further north on the island or to the east bank. The temple town of Abu received its coup de grâcein the 4th century AD, when Christianity was established as the imperial Roman religion. From then on, worship of the ancient gods was gradually abandoned and defensive fortifications were moved to the east bank, today's city of Aswan.

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Home Cooked Aswan Traditional Nubian Meal with a Local Family

Home Cooked Aswan Traditional Nubian Meal with a Local Family

The Nubian people’s hospitality, warmth, and rich culture are a highlight of any visit to Aswan. Enjoy the sort of access that's only usually possible on a tour as you share an authentic Nubian meal with a local family—and an English-speaking host alongside to translate. Sample dishes like Nile perch, oven-cooked chicken, and Nubian vegetables in a group of no more than 12.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.00
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$53.00
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8-Night Ancient Wonders with Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Sunrise Festival

8-Night Ancient Wonders with Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Sunrise Festival

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See ancient Egypt’s finest treasures and temples on a small-group tour that stretches from Cairo to Abu Simbel, plus a magnificent cruise along the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan. You’ll explore the Pyramids, Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Kom Ombo, and more, with two annual departures that include the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel. Including air travel from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo, this tour offers comfortable transport and five-star accommodations for an exceptional experience in Egypt.
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  • 9 days
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$1,535.00
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$1,535.00

Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

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Ride a camel to  St. Simeon’s Monastery on a private, 3.5-hour tour on Aswan's Elephantine Island. Glimpse faint traces of fresco paintings as you explore the 7th-century site, and take in stark views from the fortified walls. Learn the story of the monks that used Elephantine Island as a basecamp for missionary trips into Nubia, and find graffiti left by Islamic pilgrims during their long journeys to Mecca. 
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.22
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$92.22
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12-Day Egypt Tour Cairo Nile Cruise with Alexandria and Al Alamien

12-Day Egypt Tour Cairo Nile Cruise with Alexandria and Al Alamien

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The ultimate in-depth visit to Egypt, this sprawling, multi-day tour covers thousands of years of history in multiple locations, from Alexandria to Luxor. Enjoy leisurely guided visits to the pyramids and Sphinx, the Valley of Kings and Queens, and WWII sites, for an eye-opening look at ancient and modern sides to the country. Tours include a horse-drawn carriage ride, a Nubian cultural show, and a multi-night Nile river cruise.
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  • 12 days
From
$1,858.00
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$1,858.00
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8 Day Cairo, Luxor, Aswan,Alexanderia, Abu Simbel Tour

8 Day Cairo, Luxor, Aswan,Alexanderia, Abu Simbel Tour

Cover all Egypt and all famous cities like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu simble with qualified tour guide with the budget and honest price.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$800.00
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$800.00
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4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Private Guide

4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Private Guide

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Cruise the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan on a four-night tour by boat that explores the ancient sites of Upper Egypt. See the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, visit the East Bank of Luxor, explore Kom Ombo, then tour the remarkable sites at Aswan and Philae. This four-night cruise includes accommodations on board, meals, entrance fees, private guided tours at each destination, and all activities, with airport transfers in Luxor and Aswan.
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  • 5 days
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$645.00
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$645.00

7 Days | Private tour with flights | Cairo And Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor

7 Days | Private tour with flights | Cairo And Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor

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• What will your Guide do: • Meet you at your address for pickup and escort you to your adventure before returning back and with wonderful memories. • A knowledgeable and Answering all of your questions engaging archaeological description of each site. • Suggestions for nearby restaurants for lunch. • Expert level photography to capture your memories as well as suggestions for most desired locations and awe inspiring backgrounds. • Guidance in shopping for original souvenirs by trusted shops and price bargaining on your behalf. • Teaching you a few words that will easily put a stop to any hassles and won’t hesitate to step in to deter an insistent seller. • What your Driver do: • Be there waiting for you, on time at pickup location. • Driving safely. • We are using different vehicles according to your group size. • Model of Vehicle “Model of this year or the year before”. • Type of transport: Private sedan or mini bus. • Vehicle Suggestions: Hyundai H-1 Starex – Toyota Hi-Ace & More.
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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,480.77
Price varies by group size
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$1,480.77
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Nile 12-Day 5-Star Luxury Cruise from Cairo and Stay in Sharm El Sheikh

Nile 12-Day 5-Star Luxury Cruise from Cairo and Stay in Sharm El Sheikh

Explore Egypt on this 12-day cruise along the Nile, including eleven nights of accommodations and Egypt Air domestic tickets. Stop by cities, such as Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Sharm El Shiekh, and see popular highlights, such as Valley of the Kings, the Pyramids of Giza, the Avenue of Sphinxes, the Temple of Kom Ombo, and Luxor Temple.
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  • 12 days
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$5,150.00
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$5,150.00

Felucca Ride in Aswan

Felucca Ride in Aswan

Enjoy your Felucca ride in Aswan and Take a relaxing ride on an Egyptian sailboat in Aswan and to enjoy the river breeze, a fantastic sailing experience around Elephantine Island and a visit to the famous Botanical Gardens in Aswan
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Trip to Abu Simbel and Aswan from Luxor

Trip to Abu Simbel and Aswan from Luxor

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Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$395.00
Price varies by group size
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$395.00
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Felucca Ride in Aswan

Felucca Ride in Aswan

Enjoy your Felucca ride in Aswan and Take a relaxing ride on an Egyptian sailboat in Aswan and to enjoy the river breeze, a fantastic sailing experience around Elephantine Island and a visit to the famous Botanical Gardens in Aswan
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Sail by Felucca to kitchener Garden and Botanical Island

Sail by Felucca to kitchener Garden and Botanical Island

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No trip to Egypt would be complete without sailing in a traditional felucca which is small boat on the sparkling waters of the mighty Nile.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00
Price varies by group size

Cairo to Abu Simbel Tour

Cairo to Abu Simbel Tour

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Cairo to Abu Simbel tour is a travel package to visit the attractions of Cairo and Giza before traveling to Luxor and Aswan and at the end visit Abu Simbel temples. Witness the beauty and splendor of Egypt’s past and present in this 8-day tour across road and rail. You’ll begin your journey in Cairo, where you’ll encounter the magnificent Pyramids of Giza – the last remaining of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. From Cairo, you’ll venture onward via sleeper train, traversing a sea of sand overnight as you head south. You’ll spend several days exploring ancient ruins and temples in Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel before you return to Cairo to visit important Islamic and Christian historical sites.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,187.43
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$1,187.43
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Private Felucca Tour:Aswan Elephantine Island, Agha Khan & Botanic Garden

Private Felucca Tour:Aswan Elephantine Island, Agha Khan & Botanic Garden

Relax and enjoy a journey on an Egyptian Felucca in Aswan on this Private 2 Hour Tour. Glide on the river around Elephantine Island then take a visit to the serene Botanical Gardens and savour the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere as you walk along and view the beautiful trees and flowers. There is also a Museum where you can learn the story of the Island.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.88
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$34.88
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Tour to Elephantine Island

Tour to Elephantine Island

Ancient Egypt tour guide will pick you up from your current hotel in Aswan to Trip to Elephantine Island for about an hour where you will see Botanical Island located on the whole island. The island was given to a hero as a reward for his maintenance in the Sudan campaign. The island is made of a huge wide spread botanical garden which features different kinds of plants from subtropical to exotic.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42
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Elephantine Island on Aswan

Elephantine Island on Aswan

Before the city of Aswan was there, Elephantine Island was the site of a pharaonic era trading town called Swenet that used the island and the turbulent waters of the First Cataract as protection from attack.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.77
Price varies by group size
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$110.77
Price varies by group size
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Royal Egypt (11 Days / 10 Nights)

Royal Egypt (11 Days / 10 Nights)

In Cairo, where you will enjoy 2 full days of private sightseeing taking you to the Egyptian Museum, the Sphinx, the Pyramids in Giza and the Khan El Khalili. In Aswan, a private tour of Abu Simble. You will visit the colossal Temple of Abu Simble and also the Temple of Nefertari. Then you will return to Aswan for your stay at the Elephantine Island Resort. Nile Cruise, a 5-day cruise of the incredible Nile River. It will begin in Aswan and you will visit the Temple of Philae, Unfinished Obelisk, Kom Ombo, Temple of Horus. On the final day of the cruise, you will visit Luxor and the most important area of the Nile, the West Bank. During this stop, you will tour the Valley of Kings. After touring the West Bank you will visit the East Bank to see the Karnak and Luxor Temples. In Luxor, Enjoy an overnight stay in this ancient city, home to some of Egypt’s most cherished artifacts.
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  • 11 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,843.43
Price varies by group size
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$2,843.43
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Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$560.00
From
$560.00

9 Days | Private tour

9 Days | Private tour "with flights"| Cairo And Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

• What will your Guide do: • Meet you at your address for pickup and escort you to your adventure before returning back and with wonderful memories. • A knowledgeable and Answering all of your questions engaging archaeological description of each site. • Suggestions for nearby restaurants for lunch. • Expert level photography to capture your memories as well as suggestions for most desired locations and awe inspiring backgrounds. • Guidance in shopping for original souvenirs by trusted shops and price bargaining on your behalf. • Teaching you a few words that will easily put a stop to any hassles and won’t hesitate to step in to deter an insistent seller. • What your Driver do: • Be there waiting for you, on time at pickup location. • Driving safely. • We are using different vehicles according to your group size. • Model of Vehicle “Model of this year or the year before”. • Type of transport: Private sedan or mini bus. • Vehicle Suggestions: Hyundai H-1 Starex – Toyota Hi-Ace & More.
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  • 9 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$1,623.57
Price varies by group size
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$1,623.57
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Deluxe 8 days 7 nights on the Nile

Deluxe 8 days 7 nights on the Nile

Ancient Egypt evokes images of massive pyramids, shrouded pharos, and political drama along the banks of the Nile. Discover the real stories behind the legends on this 8-night private or small-group tour of Egypt from Cairo. This tour includes lodging in 4-star hotels, a 4-night luxury cruise from Luxor to Aswan, and a professional Egyptologist guide. The price also includes two domestic flights and all meals, lodging, and activities as per itinerary
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,178.58
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$1,178.58
Taking safety measures

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$560.00
From
$560.00

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$560.00
From
$560.00

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$560.00
From
$560.00

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Abu Simbel and Aswan Trip

Discover Abu Simbel Tour from Luxor, visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam around Aswan. overnight in Aswan, then head to Abu Simbel in the morning before driving back to Luxor
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$560.00
From
$560.00

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Elephantine Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 24 Elephantine Island tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Elephantine Island costs USD 25.00. Guided Elephantine Island tours start around USD 25.00 per person. See all 24 Elephantine Island tickets and tours on Viator.