Aswan as a city is so much cleaner that Cairo. It’s a fusion of African and Egyptian design and culture.
Take a day trip out to Abu Simbel: the two temples here, carved magnificently out of the rosy orange cliffs are a fantastic taster for what’s coming. If you have a guide they’ll tell you the whole temples had to be cut up and moved, block by block, about 200metres when the dam was built. Arriving at Abu Simbel by camel caravan would be nice, but if you don’t quite have time to really play Pharaoh, you can fly or take a tour bus the 300 kilometres southwest from the city. The Unfinished Obelisk is another local highlight.
The Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Museums, the Nile, Aswan... the difficulty with travelling around Egypt is what you'll have to miss!
The Nile river is like a highway between the treasures of the ancient Egyptian world. It's a simple trip that deserves to be on the 'do before you die' list - a Nile cruise is the way the Pharaohs travelled.
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