Is 8 days too long chilling out in Aswan area?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 27, 2012 12:09 AM Last Post By: newayblue
Nov 24, 2012 10:27 AM
Is 8 days too long chilling out in Aswan area?I'm planning my second trip to Egypt and first to areas along the Nile. After a few days in Cairo and 4 days in Luxor, I'm hoping to chill out in beautiful surroundings and probably make some side trips. I was able to get my first-choice place to stay (mid-range) and booked for 8 nights (and could change or cancel). I know Aswan is a bit sleepy (in contrast to other major places in Egypt), but I'm wondering if 8 days is too long. I can enjoy bird-watching and would like to go for long walks, and I assume there are options to get into the desert for day trips.
I'd appreciate opinions from those who know Egypt. My 3-week trip right now is just Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan (with day trips near those places). I don't like to rush from place to place but wonder if I'm spending too long in the Aswan area (or not enough in Luxor). Thanks.
Nov 24, 2012 3:23 PM
Nov 24, 2012 7:36 PM
2Yes, I agree.
I spent 10 days in Aswan a while back while waiting for the ferry into Sudan.
I really enjoyed the place, plenty to do and great to take early morning walks along the corniche to see the town wake up but 8 days is a long time.
Luxor is the obvious choice to spend more time and if you have the money a ballon flight at around USD100 over the town and desert are the cheapest on the planet I think.
Nov 25, 2012 6:00 AM
3Actually, balloon flights in Luxor can currently be had for around $50!!!
Nov 25, 2012 6:05 AM
4I think 5 days in Aswan are more than enough. If you want, you can spend more time in Cairo and Luxor. Their surroundings are choked with attractions. From Cairo you can visit Dahshur, Alexandria, Suez, the Nile Delta villages, the monasteries of Wadi Natrun (one full day) and St. Anthony (another full day), and a lot more (of course, also the Giza Pyramids). From Luxor you can visit the temples of Abydos and Dendara (that's one full day), and the temples of Esna and Edfu (that's another day). Or you can sail in felucca from Luxor to those temples and enjoy for some days. In Aswan you can relax more, as there are less specific attractions, but if you hang too long you can get bored. Good luck!
Edited by: beibolugo
Nov 27, 2012 12:09 AM
5I can confirm that balloon flights are currently 300 E£, for 45 minutes at sunrise. That includes transfer from and to your hotel.
I agree with the other posters. Luxor is the place to chill. I'm currently staying at Marsam hotel on the west bank. It's in the LP book and it's delightful. It was built for archaeologists in 1920s and is about 4km from the Nile, near the ticket office for the west bank sights. It's peaceful, has a beautiful courtyard and the food is the best I've had in Egypt. I'm peering over my breakfast into the courtyard as I type this! :)
To get to this area is a 1E£ ferry ride across the Nile and a 50 Piastres shared minivan up the road, the hotel is 75E£ per night, no reservation necessary as it's not the dig season.
From here you can walk, peacefully to all the sites on the west bank, which I've done, and in the evening the mountain is illuminated and you can hear people still busy working, excavating the tombs. It's quite magical.
I've returned after my trip through Egypt for 9 nights here to relax.
I'm not sure how you're getting to Aswan from Luxor but I took one of the luxury cruisers up from Aswan for 2 nights which was fantastic. Full board with a gorgeous cabin, stopping at the sites that you would miss otherwise, the Temple of Horus at Edfu and Kom Ombo, which is simply stunning at sunset and has a joining museum full of mummified crocodiles. The cruise currently costs US$60 per night, about £40 or 350E£.
Prices are lower in Luxor than anywhere else I've been. Taxi rides are 5E£, around town on a horse draw carriage 2-3E£, a felluca ride at 20E£ per hour.
So, enjoy the tranquillity of Luxor and message me if you have any questions.
PS: Aswan is not sleepy, it's a mass sprawl of city and while there are plenty of places to escape to, the hotels are generally around the corniche, where your lungs fill with diesel fumes and are hassled by touts.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$46.99 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$3.77 per night
(2 star Hotel)
From US$6.79 per night