Best things to do in Aswan and sightseeing in Aswan
Abu Simbel Temples - Aswan
Egypt trip remains incomplete without a visit to Abu Simbel . The temple is located on the Western bank of Lake Nasser .Built during the reign of Ramses II (1279 - 1213 BC) this is considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples. The Great Temple stands 98 feet high and 115 feet long and the Entrance is flanked by Four colossal 65 feet statues depicting Ramesses II on his throne and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt .The interior of the temple is in form of a man-made curve cut out from the living rock and the engravings on the wall speak of of Ramesses' great victory and the events surrounding the battle.Another similar temple in the complex is also notable as Ramses II dedicated this temple to his wife Nefartari . The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October ,the birth and coronation days of Ramses II, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there .Because of their remote location near the Sudanese border in sourthern Egypt, the temples were unknown until their rediscovery in 1813. They were first explored in 1817 by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
The itinerary for the day will be to head to Abu Simble and be back to Aswan and then back to Cairo. So after our breakfast on board, we'll disembark from the cruise and board an A/C bus to Abu Simble, followed by half a day of sight-seeing. By afternoon, we'll transfer to the train station to Board the Sleeper train to Cairo, which is where we'll relish a traditional dinner.
River Nile - Aswan
Kom Ombo - Aswan
After a delicious buffet breakfast, we'll visit Edfu Temple via Horse Carriages, which will give you a true dramatic experience. The sail to Kom Ombo, for the visit to Kom Ombo Temple on foot will truly give a rustic feel to your journey. By dusk, we'll sail our way overnight to Aswan.
Kôm Ombo - Aswan
Located in the town of Kom-Ombo, about 28 miles north of Aswan, the Temple , dating to the Ptolemies, this temple was built on a high dune overlooking the Nile.Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, with Hathor and Khonsu. The temple was started by Ptolemy VI (180-145 BC) at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemys, most notably Ptolemy XIII (51-47 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. The scene on the inner face of the rear wall of the temple is of particular interest, and "probably represents a set of surgical instrument" . There are also images of Child birth on the wall. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here.Captive crocodiles were kept within the temple and many mummified crocodiles have been found in cemeteries, some of which can be seen in the temple sanctuary today.
Temple of Edfu - Aswan
Located in the west bank of the River Nile , The Temple of Horus at Edfu is one of the best preserved cult temples in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon headed god Horus. . The construction began in 237 BC during the reign of Ptolemy III and finished in 57 BC. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but the second largest after Karnak. It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth.
Edfu - Aswan
Post a sumptuous breakfast, we'll visit the West Bank of Luxor, where you'll get to see the exquisite and much talked about Valley of The Kings followed by the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch will be served once we are on board and sailing to Edfu, The following evening will have dinner and Galabya party, with the rest of the night on the cruise in Edfu.