Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel in Aswan in an air-conditioned coach. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Nile to board afelucca (sailing boat) to visit the Botanical Garden. The island must be reached by boat and is located on the other side of Elephantine Island from Aswan. This famous botanical garden is filled with exotic plants and trees imported from all over the world. The island was given to Lord Kitchner for his campaigns in Sudan, and he moved there, created his garden and imported plants and trees from all over the world. After spending some time in the cool shade of the botanical garden, board a felucca to the Elephantine Island. It was one of the most powerful forts on Egypt’s southern borders. On the island there are relics of stone temples of various eras including the temple of Khnum - the ram-headed god of inundation, erected during the old kingdom and reconstructed at the turn of the Pharaonic era. The island houses ‘The Nilometre’ (the Egyptian method of measuring the height of the Nile) dating from the Roman era and also a museum housing an important collection of relics from the Greco-Roman era which were discovered in Aswan and Nubia. After exploring the archaeological site, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Aswan.