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Jan
2016
What to Enjoy When in Aswan
Posted By : Zeina / 0

What to Enjoy When in Aswan

Aswan, formerly known as ‘Assuan’ is an ancient city in Egypt. Despite being an ancient city, it is not at all “backwards.” Small enough to walk around and be graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing.

One of the best things to do is stroll up and down the broad corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts, or even just sit in the floating restaurants listening to Nubian music.

Watching the Nubian dancers perform to the music in the cultural center is a leisure in a league all its own, and eating freshly caught fish from the Nile could be an experience of a lifetime.

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Nubian Folkloric Show

Rich in History!

This city not only houses the garrison of the Egyptian army now but has also had the privilege of housing many garrisons of the Egyptian army over the years. It has also played host to that of the Turkish troops, General Kitchener, and the Romans. With so many things to do and see in Aswan, you will never be bored.

Enjoy the Beauty of the Nile

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The Amazing Nile View from Old Cataract

In Aswan, the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, islands covered in palm trees and tropical plants. Explore the souk, full of the scents and color of spices, perfumes, scarves, and baskets.

Revel in the amazing sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Legend Old Cataract Hotel (Named for the location of the Nile’s first cataract located here).

Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it’s still a perfect place to get away from it all and leave behind your hectic schedules.

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Nile Terrace

Shopping

The city proper lies on the east bank of the Nile. Relax here, visit a few temples, but then prepare for an adventure. The bazaar runs along the corniche, which continues beyond the Ferial Gardens and the Nubian Museum, with its forest of cupolas, surmounted tombs from the Fatimid period.

Local Market In Aswan

The Local Market in Aswan

Islands

Towards the south, there are two Greco-Roman sarcophagi, and an unfinished colossus remains half-buried in the sand. The most famous is Elephantine Island, which is eternal with artifacts dating from Pre-Dynastic times onward. It is the largest island in the area. Visiting the island is some of the most fun you can have here.

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The Nile in Aswan

Winters

November to April are the best months to be in Aswan. Summers are scorching, and winter temperatures have been known to reach 27°C during the day, with cold nights. For those who do not mind the heat, you can visit during the summers and experience all the fun while avoiding the crowds.

Since this is Egypt’s sunniest southern city, it is the perfect destination to stroll and relax in a magical cultural setting: wandering down the broad walkways is just one of the many fun things to do when in Aswan.

Health

Since ancient times, Aswan has been popular for environmental therapy. In the past, people would bury aching parts of your body in Aswan’s sand, producing valuable results and helping to relieve them from stubborn ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, joint swelling, and skin inflammation. This might be true or just a myth, but it seems like a fun thing to try.

Nubian Yoga Dreamscape

We have established a special 360° spot where you can experience the forces of nature from within and around you while practicing yoga and meditation.

This dreamscape sunset package is a yoga of magical essence that connects you to your supernatural self, coordinating your mind and body to coalesce with the Nile’s rhythm.

This is a unique way to experience the setting of the sun. Meet us at the dock at 3:30. Yoga commences by 4 pm and runs through to 5:30 pm, where our Yoga Instructor takes you through about a one-hour Flow of Yoga routine. Afterward, there is a wellness chat session on a beautiful Nubian boat while sipping healthy green coffee produced by the Nubians and watching as the day turns to night.

Nubian Bird Paradiso

Marvel at the most unique varieties of bird species indigenous to this region of the Nile. These bird watching excursions allow for a casual stroll and tour amid the local wildlife. They are hosted at the 1st Cataract of the Nile’s guarded islands. You can connect with the birds’ ways of life as well as the elegance of the fauna and flora around as you watch the birds migrate.

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Bird Watching in Aswan

Nubian Earthing

This package offers a dip to cleanse in the Nile River, just like the ancient Nubian Queen did, after you have taken a scrub with a rich mineral mud mask that is dried in the healing powers of the sun. Absorbing the minerals that are missing from our modern lifestyles and, come out a different version of yourself. After this, our team helps you get yourself clean of all the radiation and negative energies by using the ancient sand burying process. Let your heartbeat sync with that of the Earth, and you can be alleviated of ailments in your body, especially joint troubles.

The Nile is renowned for its rare minerals and sand riches, as well as the healing power of the holy waters. The Nile has so many mystical stories that are better experienced first-hand rather than simply told. We will supply all materials you need for these activities. Just come with your swimwear and come on time. The perfect time for this is 12:00–14:00. Meet us by 11:30 at the dock.

NOTE: This package gives you the options of doing the Mud Mask, the Sand Burying, or the combination of the two. That depends on you.

Nubian Lost Civilizations

You can either begin with a boat ride or end with the ride, depending on your preference, but the main event of this package is to explore the ancient land and architectural designs while riding on camelback. You will ride to western Aswan to visit special tombs and monasteries, such as the tomb of Agha Khan. You will also visit the ancient Islamic Faith spot known as Famine Stela. This is a chance to experience and enjoy a camel safari through both lost Roman and Pharaonic civilizations.

Nubian Queen

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Top-notch Oil Message

This package has a special feature added, which is the infusion Sacred and Beauty Sandalwood into your body. It is a ritual usually performed for Nubian brides, where the village’s healing ladies have your body rubbed with a spiritual mix of oils, infusing the sandalwood into every cell of your body using a special kind of steam. It is not only for scent and beauty but also for purifying the body by removing negative energies. This new scent will enchant you inside and out. The perfect time to do this is the sunset, starting from 5 pm onwards. Make reservations with our team, and let us know if you are going to perform this ritual alone or with the earthing rites.

For more information about all the activities you can enjoy in Aswan, please see Things to Do in Aswan.

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