A far cry from the frenetic cities of Cairo and Luxor, Aswan’s picturesque surroundings and laid back culture allows for an intriguing combination of discovery and relaxation.

Aswan is beautifully set on the East Bank of the Nile at the great river’s first cataract, where the skyline is dominated by Aga Khan’s Mausoleum. The pretty town is home to some of Egypt’s most spectacular wonders – magnificent temples, the monumental High Dam and beautiful Lake Nasser. Savour freshly-caught fish in floating restaurants and stroll along the wide corniche as sailboats drift past.

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Time difference:

GMT +2 hours


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Flying time to destination:

4¾ hours to Cairo; 1¼ hours to Aswan

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When to visit

Jan 22°c
Feb 23°c
Mar 27°c
Apr 33°c
May 37°c
Jun 39°c
Jul 39°c
Aug 38°c
Sep 37°c
Oct 33°c
Nov 27°c
Dec 22°c
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Recommended Aswan Hotels

Mövenpick Resort Aswan


4 nights, Room & Breakfast, 13 Sep '19

from £877

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract


4 nights, Room & Breakfast, 23 Sep '19

from £1,171

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Egypt & Morocco 2019

Kuoni Insider

My most memorable moment was leaving Aswan on our way back to Luxor, watching the amazing sunset from the deck of the Mövenpick MS Darakum.

Expect early mornings followed by jam-packed days of fascinating sightseeing opportunities, and evenings spent relaxing along the calm waters of the Nile, whilst indulging in great food, hospitality and comfort.

Richard Penny