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Elephantine Island

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Address: Across the Nile from Aswan | Two parts to this Island, Aswan, Egypt
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00201000317264
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This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult...

This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult center of the ram headed god Khnum in ancient times.

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US$25.00*
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Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island
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US$45.00*
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Home Cooked Aswan Traditional Nubian Meal with a Local Family
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US$38.00*
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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

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Philae Tample and Beautiful scenes

It is the best thing to visit in Aswan. It includes the temples of Philae and the surrounding natural scenes, and boat trips.

Reviewed 2 days ago
AMohsen
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Port Said, Egypt
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Port Said, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is the best thing to visit in Aswan. It includes the temples of Philae and the surrounding natural scenes, and boat trips.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recipe for a perfect morning 1. Take a felucca from Aswan to sail to Elephantine island 2. Discover the ancient temple and the amazing precision of the nilometer 3. Take back the felucca to the village and visit Animalia.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the ferry to the island and stayed at the Movenpick Hotel. Great place to stay. Wonderful food. The grounds are beautiful and being on the middle of the Nile make it quiet.

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Leuven, Belgio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed for 3 days on the island. I loved it... the houses are build in an authentic way, with small paths in between. A true labyrinth. Very quite, some goats and cats strolling around, some locals sitting and waiting...

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Vancouver
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Our group from Uniworld Nile River Cruises sailed around Elephantine island on a ferry caught at the dock behind McDonald's. We sailed between Kitchener island and Elephantine Island, around the tip of Elephantine Island and landed at the dock below the Old Cataract Hotel for High Tea. This ride taken in late afternoon took about 1 hour. It was very... More 

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

When you cross the Nile with the (public) ferry, you enter a different world on Elephantine Island: it's quiet! The Nubian houses are not spectacular, but the Abu Ruins on the south end of the Island are worth a visit. It's a quiet place and the view from the viewpoints (there are 2 of these) is great! We spent about... More 

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Elephantine marked the southern boundary of Egypt during th Old Kingdom, so the defences were built to protect against incursion from the south. Several eras of buildng and rebuilding are clearly visible, as are the private dwellings of the town and the temples that developed over the years. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Mike S
le colas chavet, 18360 saulzais le potier
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We had a wonderful walk around the island and afterwards a meal in one of the Nubian Houses. However dear people clean!!! your beautiful island. Remove the plastic bottles and bags, your Island is too nice to let go.

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Elephantine Island is surrounded by giant granite borders which look like a herd of elephants. The south tip is full of ancient ruins even a pyramid made from granite blocks which points to the place where Sirius rose on the horizon on Egyptian New Year. Now you see the church of archangel Michael. There is a granite quarry with a... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

You can have a boat ride around the elephantine island .. the boat sailer will explain the history of the place and everything along the way ... very beautiful and a must visit

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