After breakfast we begin exploring some of Aswan’s most prominent sites. First, visit the Aswan High Dam itself — a dam built across the Nile in 1970 with Soviet funding that created the Lake Nasser reservoir. While there, your Adventure Leader will describe some of the significant effects of the project, which brought under control the destructive flooding of the Nile, and also necessitated, among other things, the relocation of several important archeological treasures and the displacement of entire communities.
Unforgettable Moment: You’ll also visit the renowned Temple of Philae, a treasured monument dedicated to the goddess Isis that was painstakingly moved to its current location on Agilkia Island by UNESCO engineers after the High Dam's completion. To reach the island we’ll travel aboard small local boats, then explore the various halls and temples. Philae was one of the last pagan temples to operate after the advent of Christianity in Egypt, and in some places you can see where crosses were etched into walls and where the gods’ images were defaced. Conclude your morning at the Northern Quarry of Aswan, where you will see where some of the granite that built Egypt’s finest monuments came from. Its most striking feature is the “Unfinished Obelisk.” Abandoned after cracks appeared, the ancient, granite obelisk weighs 1,168 tons and, if raised would stand nearly 138 feet high. It would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned had it been used.
After our touring you’ll enjoy lunch and a relaxing afternoon on board. Perhaps you’ll stroll into Aswan on your own to shop in the busy bazaar area. This evening, enjoy dinner on board.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner