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Aswan and Lake Nasser Travel Guide

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Plan Your Aswan and Lake Nasser Vacation

Egyptians today take for granted modern control of the Nile: they open their faucets complacently, even if they don't always obtain the desired results. But in antiquity the river and its capricious annual floods were endowed with divinity and honored with all the force of the empire. The floodwaters acted as god and teacher, as the ancients learned the movements of the stars and devised

calendars in order to predict the arrival of the inundation.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Abu Simbel Study the powerful yet serene face of the pharaoh on the monumental statuary on the facade of the Temple of Ramses II.
  2. Philae Soak in the atmosphere at the island-bound temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, which still welcomed worshippers in the 5th century AD.
  3. A Felucca Sail Take to the Nile on a traditional sail around the Cataracts—the colossal mounds of granite that are scattered across the path of the river.
  4. A Nile Cruise Immerse yourself in Agatha Christie's novel Death on the Nile while relaxing on the upper deck of a luxury cruise boat.
  5. Nubian Culture Turn amateur anthropologist as you explore the long history of the Nubian people at the Nubia Museum or partake of their rich culture at a Nubian village.

When To Go

When to Go

Traditionally, high season begins at the end of September, peaks around Christmas, and lasts until April. To avoid crowds, stay away at these tim...

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