Welcome to Aswan
Egypt’s southernmost (and perhaps prettiest) city is often overlooked as a destination in its own right. Most visitors pile off Luxor-Aswan Nile cruises for a day’s whistle-stop sightseeing, skimming its surface before returning to their air-conditioned boats. Yet, much like the Nile’s gushing waters, Aswan overflows with things to do. Marvel at the Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam; ride a white-sailed felucca boat on the lapping river; and explore Nubian villages, museums, and souks. UNESCO-listed Abu Simbel also beckons—its colossal Lake Nasser–side temples make an easy day trip.