The Nubians were an ethnic group coming from southern Egypt and northern Sudan, who during the course of history started a number of settlements along the Nile River. They were famous for their horse riding skills and their impressive marksmanship with bows and arrows. They where generally held in high regard as a strong cavalry force.During the course of history, the Nubians typically blended and merged with the Egyptians during the Pharaonic age. In fact, a number of ancient pharaohs were of Nubian decent, and their legacy has inevitably lived on. These days, there are still several Nubian communities scattered around the country. Many of these small villages have become very popular with tourists nowadays.
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
- Free drinks included
Details about this tour
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or Nile cruise inAswanto sail on the Nile by a motorboat to the Nubian village that is located on West Bank of the River Nile in Aswan and just opposite to Soheil Island and near the AswanDampassing by the First Cataract of Aswan,
Many of the Nubians youll find living at either Nubian villagewere relocated here during the latter half of the twentieth century as construction of theHigh Dam in Aswanneared completion. The construction of the dam essentially meant that the Nubian communities had no option but to move.
Today, the Nubians of Elephantine island inhabit the central portion, which is found between the ruins at one end and the modern luxury hotel at the other. Though some tourists find the stark contrast between the huts at the Nubian village and the luxury amenities a bit disconcerting, the Nubians themselves encourage travelers to walk along their garden paths and to explore their villages.
One word of advice to those who do decide to visit the Nubian village bring a camera! These are some of the most colorful places you may ever visit. Mounds of spices are sold from a vendors table, small colorful dolls are made by another and tiny cafes with boldly colored plates and cups sell traditional Egyptian coffee. The Nubians are known for the kind and gentle ways and for their welcoming attitude.
If you are someone who likes to head off of the beaten path, you wont have to go far when you visit Elephantine island and its Nubian villages. You can enjoy the rare sites that the historic locations of the island affords, you can pay a visit to the Aswan Museum, and then you can enjoy a cup of tea and purchase some truly lovely handicrafts from the people that inhabit the island.
Remember, these are the remnants of an ancient people and their music, language, and traditions offer you a rare glimpse into another world and even another time. Do keep in mind that Western garments may be unsuitable, and women in particular are reminded to dress modestly.
- Pick up service from your hotel in Aswan and return
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- All service charges and taxes
- Extras of Personal spemding
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adults