Short alternating walking holiday in the south of Egypt. You can discover this interesting area at ease. Unlike the rest of Egypt it has a typical African ambiance. This is the land of the Nubians, the gateway to Africa.
Stay in our cozy guesthouse Bet el Kerem and walk from there to the Nubian villages and find out more about the traditional village life. You will easily get in touch with the friendly locals, who will gladly be invited to tea at their homes.
This walking tour leads on through the desert, where you will enjoy the peace of the tranquil countryside and takes you to the most beautiful spots along the Nile, where you can get only by foot.
From the village of Gharb-Sehel through the Mausoleum of the Agha Khan to the remains of the Monastery of St. Simeon and the viewpoint Kubbet al Hawa, which offers a fantastic view over the Nile valley.
In this active cultural journey in Nubia a sailing trip on the Nile is included, as well as a visit to the historical sites around Aswan. The beautifully situated Isis Temple on the island of Philae and Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser and if you want you can also take a day trip to the world famous temple complex of Ramses at Abu Simbel (optional).
After this short holiday week, in which you really are immersed in the Nubian culture and daily life in the African environment, you will take a multitude of experiences and impressions back home.
Price: from € 475,-
Incl. assistence, guidance, transfers, nights (b&b).
Excl. flights, tips and entrance fees.
*Description 15 days walking trip on request
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Hiking trip Nile Valley Luxor - Aswan
Day to day program
Day 1: Arrival in Luxor (or Aswan). After arrival in Luxor, we arrange your train ticket and transfer to the railway station. The train to Aswan takes 3,5 hours. On the way you'll get a first impression of the beauty of the country. Transfer from the train station to a private house in a Nubian village, where we stay the night.
Day 2: In the morning we leave by motor boat for the Nubian village Gharb-Sehel. From here the walking trip starts: we follow the riverbank, pass by the Mausoleum of the Agha Khan and continu to walk in the desert. There we find (behind the Tombs of the Nobles) remainders of an obelisk. And we visit the Monastery of Saint Simeon from the 6th century. In the tent of Mohamed the camel man we have a lunch.
Day 3: Visit (by taxi and motor boat) to the cultural highlights around Aswan: the Nubian pharaonic temples: the Isis temple on Philae island and the Kalabsha tempel at the Lake Nasser. On the way back we will see the High Dam, that created the largest reservoir in Africa, and the "Unfinished Obelisk". Later in the afternoon there is time to visit the Nubian museum, from which you'll get a good impression of thousands of years of Nubian history. The market in Aswan centre is nice to visit as well, and probably have dinner in one of the floating restaurants on the Nile.
Day 4: We continue the walking trip from the tent of Mohamed. We walk northward to Bet el Nubie, a large traditional Nubian house with court, The trip goes in the desert, near the Nile and through the Nubian villages. In Bet el Nubie we will dinner and stay the night.
Day 5: From Bet el Nubie we walk to the village Kubaniya; the same walking pattern as the day before: partly in the desert, near the Nile and through the villages. In Kubaniya we'll stay the night.
Day 6: By bicycle we return in Nagh el Quba in half a day. In the afternoon there is enough time left to go to Aswan if you like and do some last shoppings. Or it's a nice opportunity to do a felucca trip on the Nile (by sunset). We stay the night in a house in the village Nagh el Quba
Day 7: No program. Optioneel is a day trip to the world famous temples of Ramses in Abu Simbel. Or a relaxed day in one of the hotel swimming pools in Aswan.
Day 8: By morning train back to Luxor (or continue your stay in Aswan) for the flight back home.