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While each city of the amazing Egypt has a certain charisma and charm of its own, the city of Aswan boasts that side of Egypt which offers a serene aura and exquisite magical beauty rarely found in Egypt's bustling cities of Cairo and Luxor. Located in one of River Nile's most indulgent of places, Aswan is locally preferred as the winter vacation destination, with green tropical plants and the River Nile cascading through its granite rocks. Islands in the river along with the village communities are home to the famed Nubian culture existing in this southern part of Egypt, with the most predominant being the Elephantine Island, followed by Sehel Island and Agilkia Island. Sailboat tours as well ferries run by the locals for touring and commuting the islands along the Nasser Lake, the Nile River or the Aswan Dam are good options for a complete tour.
The city is also well known for its historic attractions which include classic monuments and fascinating museums such as the Aswan Museum and the Nubia Museum. Aswan also offers stunning age-old attractions that still stand erect for the lovers of art and history. This includes the Philae Temple, the stunning Monastery of St. Simeon, Kalabsha Temple, Abu Simbel Temples as well as the unfinished Obelisk, regarded as one of the largest planned obelisks of ancient Egypt. The temple also hosts an impressive sound and light show. Other traditional and religious shrines and tombs like the Mausoleum of Shah Agha Khan, the Fatimid Cemetery and the Dome of the wind are spread across its outskirts. The administration’s efforts have led to the establishment of an international sculpture park, and the city’s central botanical gardens.
Egypt Air is offering discounted airfares for flights to Aswan city from London.
As of the current flight records, here are no direct flights to Aswan from London.
Aswan International Airport is located approximately 16 km southwest of Aswan city.
It takes approximately 7 hours 25 minutes to reach Aswan from London if travelling with Egypt Air including the time spent at the stop-over destination of Cairo. More time will be taken by other airlines that include more than one stop-over destination.
Aswan Airport offers both Taxi and bus services to travel to the city. Taxi fares will be approximately EGP 16 (1.27 British Pound Sterling) to travel for a 30 minute ride into the city. Public buses operating within the city do not go to the airport. Therefore hailing a Taxi is a more convenient mode of travelling to the city from the airport.
You have the option of either hailing a Taxi or using the public bus that operates within Aswan city. However, Taxis are a more convenient mode of travelling within the city. Most Taxis will have a meter determining the fares but that is not always the case. A fare negotiation is also a popular practice in the country. Another popular mode of exploring Aswan's attractions is through the traditional sailboat also known as felucca, as much of the localities are located on islands along the Nile. There are speedboats and cruise ships for long distance commute as well. For reaching certain remote regions like the monastery or the nearby villages, camel rides and horse drawn carriages are preferred options.
Travelling beyond Aswan to the nearby cities, you can also use the train. Egypt has a comprehensive rail network linking all the major towns and cities of the country thereby making it easier to travel beyond just one city.
Aswan offers accommodation options ranging from luxury hotel resorts, which include leading international chain of hotels, to comfortable guesthouses. The luxury hotel resorts are ideally located in some of Aswan's stunning locations, some of which are offering magical views of the corniche. Each of these luxury hotel resorts are well-equipped with all the modern amenities and facilities which includes Wi-Fi access, outdoor pools, spa facilities and restaurants mastering in local and international cuisines.
A comparatively cheaper accommodation option in Aswan includes the guesthouses. Fares will however vary depending upon the season, with the peak season witnessing a general increase in the fares.