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Elephantine Island Tours

Elephantine Island is the site of ancient Abu (meaning both elephant and ivory in ancient Egyptian), both names a reminder of the island's once important ivory trade. At the beginning of the 1st dynasty (about 3,000 BC) a fortress was built on the island to establish Egypt's southern frontier. Abu soon became an important customs point and trading center. It remained strategically significant throughout the Pharaonic period as a departure point for the military and commercial expeditions into Nubia and the south. During the 6th dynasty (2345-2181 BC) Abu grew strong as a political and economic center and, despite periodic ups and downs, the island retained its importance until the Greco-Roman period.

As well as being a thriving settlement, Elephantine was the main cult center of the ram-headed god Khnum (at first the god of the inundation, and from the 18th dynasty worshipped as the creator of humankind on his potter's wheel), Satet (Khnum's wife, and guardian of the southern frontier) and their daughter Anket. Each year the rushing of the waters of the flood were first heard here on Elephantine. Over time religious complexes took over more and more of the island, so residential areas moved either further north on the island or to the east bank. The temple town of Abu received its coup de grâce in the 4th century AD, when Christianity was established as the imperial Roman religion. From then on, worship of the ancient gods was gradually abandoned and defensive fortifications were moved to the east bank, today's city of Aswan.

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Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island, Aswan, null
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Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

With artifacts which date back to the predynastic periods, Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt. Spend a few hours exploring the ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.40
12-Day Egypt Tour Cairo Nile Cruise with Alexandria and Al Alamien, Cairo, Sailing Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

12-Day Egypt Tour Cairo Nile Cruise with Alexandria and Al Alamien

Your 11-night private tour from Cairo includes the Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili market in Cairo, the three great Pyramids, the Sphinx and Dahshur in ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 12 days (approx.)

From USD $1,687.00
Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan, Aswan, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Nubian Village Excursion from Aswan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover the colorful culture of Nubia, one of Africa's oldest civilizations, on this 3-hour small-group boat trip to Sohail Island. Traveling by felucca ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.50
Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy Egypt with 8 days, 7 nights Nile River Cruise. This tour begins when you meet your tour representative at the Cairo Airport. Stop in Cairo and visit the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $775.00
4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Private Guide, Luxor, Multi-day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Private Guide

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Join this 5-day, 4-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan on the majestic Nile River. It's your time to relax and see all major sites in Upper Egypt, such as Luxor ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $645.00
Nile and Lake Nasser 13-Day Cruise: Cario, Luxor, and Aswan, Aswan, Multi-day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Nile and Lake Nasser 13-Day Cruise: Cario, Luxor, and Aswan

Combining the pyramids, sphinx and Egyptian Museum in Cairo with a luxury Nile Cruise is one of the world's classic holidays, and one of our most popular. Our ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 13 days (approx.)

From USD $3,250.00
Nile 12-Day 5-Star Luxury Cruise from Cairo and Stay in Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo, Multi-day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Nile 12-Day 5-Star Luxury Cruise from Cairo and Stay in Sharm El Sheikh

Enjoy a 5 star super luxury Egypt tour. Spend 12 days and 11 nights in Cairo, Aswan, Nile Cruise, Luxor and Sharm El Shiekh. Domestic flight are included, ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 12 days (approx.)

From USD $5,150.00
8-Night Ancient Wonders with Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Sunrise Festival, Cairo, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

8-Night Ancient Wonders with Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Sunrise Festival

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

On this tour you will visit the Giza complex, the great Sphinx and the valley temple of King Chefren. You will have the unique opportunity to visit the bent ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $1,535.00
Hurghada Relax Accommodation 8 days - 7 nights, Cairo, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Hurghada Relax Accommodation 8 days - 7 nights

Relaxing A 8 days through Cairo and the Red Sea to Enjoy of 8 days in Hurghada to perform the impressive activities in the Red Sea such as diving and ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $582.60
8 Day Cairo, Luxor, Aswan,Alexanderia, Abu Simbel Tour, Cairo, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

8 Day Cairo, Luxor, Aswan,Alexanderia, Abu Simbel Tour

Cover all Egypt and all famous cities like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu simble with qualified tour guide with the budget and honest price.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $450.00

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