Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

2 hr

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Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods. This is probably due to its location at the first Cataract of the Nile, which provided a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubia.

As an island, it was also easily defensible. In fact, the ancient town located in the southern part of the island was also a fortress through...
Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods. This is probably due to its location at the first Cataract of the Nile, which provided a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubia.

As an island, it was also easily defensible. In fact, the ancient town located in the southern part of the island was also a fortress through much of it's history. At one time, there was a bridge from the mainland to the island.

Elephantine is Greek for elephant. In ancient times, the Island, as well as the southern town, was called Abu, or Yabu, which also meant elephant. The town has also been referenced as Kom, after it's principle god of the island, Khnum (Khnemu).

It is believed that the island received it's name because it was a major ivory trading center, though in fact, it was a major trading post of many commodities. There are large boulders in the river near the island which resembled bathing elephants, particularly from afar, and this too has been suggested as a reason for the island's name.

Please note:

In the event of strong Nile currents, travel will be by motorboat rather than felucca for safety reasons.
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Important Details

Included
  • Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.
  • All taxes, fees , handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Elephantine Island
  • Private and shaded Felucca.
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans ; pick up from hotel and drop off.
Not Included
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Aswan hotels or Port area
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 1 review

Reviewed: April 22, 2009

William Z   |   USA

We had high hopes for this tour, but ended with a disappointing trip. The feluccas weren't sailing, because of the lack of wind, and our tour of the sights was limited. We did not see much of the ancient village, and the Aswan Museum on the island is not worth visiting. We had a "row" from the dock to the island and a "float" back to the shore...nothing to write home about. Being on the Nile was fun, but this could have been a much better trip.