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|Aswan is Egypts southern most city. This pleasant and fairly modern town has a population of around 230,000 and is possibly the best winter resort in all of Egypt. Renowned for its many islands, the Elephantine, Kitcheners and Philae, as well as the thousands of feluccas with white sails going back and forth between them. Not dissimilar to Luxor, there are various Pharaonic sites in Aswan, the most important of which is the Philae temple and island. Aswan is also home to Egypts High Dam, the main source of power for the entire nation, and it might be worth a visit. A walk through the Elephantine island or Kitcheners island is enough to make your heart sink. Aswan was very popular with the British as a winter resort during their occupation of Egypt, it was also there where Agatha Christie wrote and based her best seller, Death on the Nile. The Nile River becomes magnificent in Aswan, as it flows around the palm-filled islands, and the giant granite boulders. We definitely recommend that you site by the river during sunset, and watch the feluccas go by. Tourists usually visit Aswan as part of a five day cruise which also includes Luxor, Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Again like Luxor, Aswan is a mixture of past and present, the locals have their souvenir shops, the horse drawn carriages, the white Peugeot taxis and of course the dozens of Nile cruisers parked against the banks of the Nile. Once in Aswan, an option to be considered is to take a taxi, or more preferably a plane to Abu Simbel, where you can see the great and exotic temple of Ramses II. We recommend a period of three days and two nights for the Aswan area.|
|WHEN TO GO?|
|Not to visit Aswan in the winter is truly a great loss. The city has the best winter weather in all of Egypt. It is sunny and averages around 22C, making it warm and definitely worth a visit. During the summer Aswan is unbearably hot, with the afternoon temperature often as hot as 45C, nevertheless the locals seem to endure it. During Autumn and Spring the weather is also great, note that Aswan is sunny all year round, just try to avoid coming during the months of May, June, July, or August. If you do come during the summer, make sure your entire trip is air conditioned (bus, room and all), and be sure to drink a whole lot of water for dehydration is not uncommon. Aswan gets so hot by noon and you won't believe the number of flies, so we suggest you do your site seeing very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.|
|HOW TO GO?|
|EgyptAir has a dialy flight to Aswan International Airport and back from Cairo. Other international airlines organize charter flights to Aswan and back. Cheaper still you can take the train from Cairo (12 hours). From Luxor you can come by boat (Nile cruiser), felucca (5 days), or by bus. It is not advisable to come to Aswan by car from Cairo, the road isnt very safe and its a long ride. The best way to visit Luxor and Aswan is by taking a plane from Cairo, and then taking a Five-day Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, or vice versa, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. See travel agents. As for getting around in Aswan, you have to options: the expensive horse drawn carriage, or the even more expensive white Peugeot taxi. Taking a taxi to Abu Simbel is almost as expensive as taking the plane. So we would strongly suggest the plane, as the taxi ride is very long and very uncomfortable.|
|Being Egypts southern most city, Aswan and its population of 230,000 people consists mostly of Nubians, (or dark-skinned Egyptians originating from Sudan). Originally farmers and ivory traders, the Nubians are known for their extreme hospitality and their renowned smile. Unlike the Luxor shop owners they will not push you into buying anything. As a matter of fact youll find them very helpful and willing to give you any information free of charge. You might want to check out the new Nubian Museum in town, to learn more about their culture.|
|ACTIVITIES AND NIGHTLIFE|
|January 7 - Coptic Christmas
March 26 - Sinai Day
May 1 - Labor Day
June 5 - Suez Canal Day
July 23 - Independence Day
October 6 - Armed Forces Day
|All foreigners traveling to Egypt,
except those from other Arab countries and Malta, need a
visa. Visas are obtainable at Egyptian consulates
internationally, and also can be bought at Cairo Airport
Immunizations is only required required to visitors arriving from sub-Saharan Africa or South America, and then a yellow fever shot is necessary.
|The electric current voltage is 220
Volts, with European-style plugs.
For TV broadcasting, Egypt uses MESECAM which is a derivative of the SECAM standard.