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A Break by the Nile

Aswan is a charming town by the Nile. It has a lot to offer tourists from the unfinished obelisk in the quarry to the High Dam and Philae within a reasonable distance.. It is also only half an hour away from Abu Simbel by air.
The river is full of boats of various kinds, and the rock formations are unusual. A sail in a felucca is well worth it,.


From the northern granite quarry is a view over the town of Aswan. In the quarry men can be seen sitting hitting at the granite like the Ancient Egyptians did. The rocks in the quarry often have marks where the ancient quarriers removed their stones. There are other unfinished objects, but the broken obelisk is the main attraction. Wooden walkways help visitors to walk around the quarry.

The Old Cataract Hotel

The Old Cataract Hotel was opened in 1899. It was a rendez-vous for famous world figures. It was so popular that it was sometimes necessary to erect tents to take all the visitors.
Agatha Christie used the hotel in her mystery novel "Death on the Nile", and the film of the book was also made here.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet with pleasant views.
  • Cons:A bit far away and unsociable flight times.
  • In a nutshell:A place not to miss
  • Last visit to Aswan: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    I'm off to Aswan in June so I'll make sure I have another look at your pages before I go.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2007 at 12:26 AM

    Yes, Aswan and its surroundings is one of the most impressive city in Egypt. Unfinished Obelisk is a miracle. I enjoyed your page - thank you very much for the virtual tour!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2005 at 12:06 AM

    What a great view you had from your hotel! Aswan is a lovely city!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2005 at 3:48 PM

    Very interesting tips and lovely pictures! Great views of the Nile.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 12:41 PM

    I never knew vinegar was a miner's tool.

  • yurxlnc's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2005 at 12:57 AM

    wonderful pictures and bring back memories of a wonderful place

  • stevezero's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 2:19 AM

    Great place, would love to return one day.


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