The serene Aswan Egypt lies on the East bank of the Nile, and is busy with tourists all year long. In ancient times, this trade hub was the source of stone for most of the empire. Here are some tips you can make use of while you are in Aswan Egypt:
Trip to Abu Simbel: A nice extension to your visit in Aswan Egypt would be a small excursion to Abu Simbel. It is where you can enjoy the sound and light show at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is reachable by plane, train, or cruise from Aswan.
Nile Cruise: Remember that the best time of the year to go on a Nile cruise is during fall. The weather gets colder during fall in Aswan Egypt. So, it is advisable to prepare with some heavy clothing.
Aswan Museum: Pay a visit to the Aswan Museum on Elephantine’s Island. In fact, It is a serene small museum which houses an interesting collection. The collection is of Greco-Roman artefacts which found in Aswan and Nubia. They are such as the mummy of the sacred calf which symbolized Khnum. The museum is open from 8 am till 5 pm in summer and from 8:30 am till 6 pm in winter.
Folk Dances: Aswan Egypt is the hub of traditional Nubian folk dances. They performed on special occasions as well as everyday for the sake of entertainment. Every night Nubian dancers and musicians perform in the Cultural Center. They are just off the Corniche.
- Felucca Cruise tips: If you decided to go on a felucca cruise, agree on the price before sailing off from Aswan.
- Food: Most of Aswan’s visitors arrive on cruise ships where they can enjoy all their meals. That is why there is a lack of diverse dining options in town. However, there are a few floating restaurants down by the Cornice. In fact, they are worth a visit. There you can enjoy your meal while listening to traditional Nubian music. You will also watch a Nubian dance show. Moreover, you’ll also find a few interesting cafes on the Souk street. Those are perfect for quenching your thirst. They also are perfect for having a quick snack between your sightseeing tours..
- Remember to dress comfortably when you visit the ancient Egypt sites. Sneakers, sun glasses and caps recommended. Pick up some of Aswan’s unique and special drinks such as karkadeh. Ask the seller to explain how to prepare it.