4 hoursStart time
Your hotel in Aswan (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Tour returns to the original departure point
Visit the Botanical Garden created by Lord Kitchner which lies on his own island a short way away. With a variety of exotic plants and trees from around the world, it is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon.
You will also visit the ancient Egyptian delights of Elephantine Island. Uncover the hidden secrets of the stone temple relics dedicated to the Egyptian god Khnum, understand the mechanism of the Roman ‘Nilometre’ and marvel at the collection of the Greco- Roman relics housed in the museum.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Aswan in an air-conditioned coach. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Nile to board afelucca (sailing boat) to visit the Botanical Garden. The island must be reached by boat and is located on the other side of Elephantine Island from Aswan. This famous botanical garden is filled with exotic plants and trees imported from all over the world. The island was given to Lord Kitchner for his campaigns in Sudan, and he moved there, created his garden and imported plants and trees from all over the world.
After spending some time in the cool shade of the botanical garden, board a felucca to the Elephantine Island. It was one of the most powerful forts on Egypt’s southern borders. On the island there are relics of stone temples of various eras including the temple of Khnum - the ram-headed god of inundation, erected during the old kingdom and reconstructed at the turn of the Pharaonic era. The island houses ‘The Nilometre’ (the Egyptian method of measuring the height of the Nile) dating from the Roman era and also a museum housing an important collection of relics from the Greco-Roman era which were discovered in Aswan and Nubia.
After exploring the archaeological site, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Aswan.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Tour company took care of all the boat travel. That let me enjoy the sight-seeing without having to haggle over prices with boat owners. Mary, a great tour guide, told me all...Amy Roll, United States, 26/Jan/2012
The felucca ride from Aswan is quite easily the best way to experience the wondrous Nile. Botanical Gardens provide some peace and quiet - the archaeological sites on Elephantine...Krishnan Vaitheeswaran, Australia, 25/Jan/2011
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