Aswan, Egypt: The Ultimate Guide

Aswan is Egypt’s radiant southern gem, with rich culture, compelling history, and stunning vistas of the Nile. This city beckons adventurers with its ancient monuments and enticing adventures. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, we have the best Aswan tours for you. You’ll get travel tips, suggestions for luxurious places to stay, and recommendations for the best cuisines. Join us as we explore this vibrant, unforgettable destination and discover all there is to see and do in Aswan.

Best Known For: High Dam

aswan high dam city guide

High Dam is a marvel of modern engineering. Not only is this amazing structure proof of Egypt’s economic advancement but also provides sweeping views of Lake Nasser – one of the world’s largest artificial lakes. High Dam symbolizes Egypt’s forward-thinking progress and resilience. Visitors are left breathless by the lake’s tranquil blues, framed by the sun-kissed desert sands. If you’re an architecture fan, history buff, or just a casual traveler, the Aswan High Dam is an unforgettable experience. It’s one of the highlights of any day trip to Aswan.

Aswan: Essential Travel Information

MoneyThe currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP).
ATMs are common, especially in tourist areas, so you can quickly get cash. Major hotels and businesses will usually accept payment by credit card.
However, having cash on hand is a good bet as smaller establishments don’t always accept cards.
Tipping or Baksheesh” is expected in Egypt. Tips are used to show appreciation for good service and are a living, breathing part of Egyptian culture.
LanguageArabic is the main language in Egypt. In Egypt, English is commonly taught in schools, and many speak at least a little English.
TransportationAswan and Egypt as a whole have regular bus, train, and Nile River cruise services. Taxis are another option. Taxi drivers in Egypt don’t have a standardized fare system, so always negotiate upfront. The best way to explore the area is with one of our Aswan tours.
CultureTake a look at our helpful Guide to Egyptian Culture and Customs to get a better understanding.

Interactive Map of Aswan

More Things to See in Aswan

Elephantine Island, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Phila

This beautiful ancient temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of the ancients. After constructing the Aswan High Dam – a marvel of modern engineering – this majestic temple was meticulously relocated to Agilkia Island. Now, it sits in its new location, still whispering stories of divine worship and ancient rituals to all who visit.

The Unfinished Obelisk

This massive, partially-carved monument provides a rare glimpse into the stone-carving techniques of ancient civilizations. It was initially intended to stand as the biggest obelisk ever crafted, but was never completed, leaving future generations to marvel at its magnificent potential. See this monolithic testament on our 7 day Cairo, Aswan and Luxor tour, offering a unique view into the past.

Visit the Nubian Village

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Nubian people by visiting their traditional village. Discover their interesting customs, colorful houses, and handicrafts, while interacting with friendly locals. Try some regional dishes, like Bamiya (okra stew), and look out on the Nile River amid the colorful textiles and vibrant surroundings.

Where to Stay

Tolip Aswan Hotel: If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, you can’t miss the best hotels. Situated in the heart of Aswan, the delightful Tolip Aswan Hotel is just a two-minute walk away from the lush Feryal Garden. Ready for some shopping? The bustling Aswan Bazaar is merely six minutes away! For history enthusiasts, the Nubian Museum and Elephantine Island are just a stone’s throw away at 2 miles (3.2 km).

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel: Dive into a world of relaxation at the Sofitel Legend in Aswan. Enjoy the finest spa services, from invigorating massages to soothing body treatments and refreshing facials. You’ll also love our variety of recreational amenities. Why not also take a dip in the outdoor pool under the warm Egyptian sun or enjoy a serene swim at our indoor facilities?

Our hotels are hand-picked by devoted staff to make your experience unforgettable. Explore our list of impeccable accommodations and combine your luxurious stay with one of our package tours.

Aswan’s Restaurants & Markets

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In Aswan, the local cuisine tantalizingly blends traditional Egyptian and unique Nubian flavors. Indulge in delectable dishes at local diners, where the aroma of spices wafts through the air, inviting you to sample incredible tastes. Equally fascinating are Aswan’s markets, bustling with life and color. Here, you can experience the city’s food culture, rich with fresh produce and intriguing local delicacies with our food tours

Our Recommendation: Things to Book Ahead

Get ready for a wonderful trip to Aswan, Egypt! In addition to this remarkable city, the country is home to iconic landmarks, amazing nature, and urban delights, which are all well worth booking ahead to ensure you see the best of Egypt’s Nile city.

There are many fun things to do in Egypt, and with our range of tours, you have a chance to do it all. Booking one of our prime packages or private tours offers you the best experience as entry to popular sites is limited. From sailing on the Nile River and exploring Cairo in style to staying at some of the best hotels in Egypt, our carefully curated trips will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.

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