The distance between Luxor and Aswan is 148 miles. That's 122 miles shorter than the distance between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The difference is the conditions of the roads. Driving the 270-mile distance between Los Angeles and Las Vegas via I-15 N takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes. Driving the 148-mile distance between Luxor and Aswan takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Add to that the fact that there are several major sites to see between Luxor and Aswan. Heading south, first off there's the Temple of Khnum in Esna.
Further on is the Temple of Horus at Edfu on the west bank of the Nile River. And finally, the unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo. This temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god, Horus.
To truly experience the essence of the ancients, one must simply visit all three.
Irrespective of which direction your journey takes you in, we'll plan to include these ancient masterpieces for you.
Now that you understand the geography of the region, the next step is to discuss how to travel from Luxor to Aswan (or vice versa).
By Road – we're finding that more and more of our guests prefer this option unless of course, they are 'die hard' cruisers. Driving gets you from point A to point B in a day, you don't miss the sites along the way, and you can visit those sites for as long as you like (remember that this mode of travel buys into 'private travel' and "Slow Travel is the New Luxury"), and you get to experience rural Egyptian life while driving through the countryside.
On a Nile Cruise – our guests agree that the downside to selecting a Nile cruise is the fact that they are going to be following a preplanned group schedule with limited personal time. Cruises generally last for 3, 4, 5 or 7-nights. You'll be mingling with strangers from all around the world for cocktail parties, high tea, fancy dress parties, meals, and all sightseeing. And remember that the sightseeing is ultimately on 'their' time, not yours. That becomes difficult to adjust to since everything you will have enjoyed in your itinerary up until this point will be 'private and exclusive' and to your pace. Unless you feel completely sure that you can adjust to 'mingling', then a Nile River cruise might not be for you – think that one through carefully before making a final decision or call me – let's talk about it. If it is decided that a cruise must be included in the itinerary, there are only a handful of cruise companies that we will work with due to their excellence in service, luxury, and class. We expect them to offer the same level of exceptional service and quality as we strive to offer at our company.
(And dare we mention 'social distancing or the lack thereof).
You can learn more about the route and modes of transport between Luxor and Aswan on pages 33, 34, 35, and 36 of our publication "How to Plan an Unforgettable Journey in EGYPT."
Cruising on a Dahabiya – finally, for a romantic and truly authentic experience, you might enjoy taking a step back in time and cruise the Nile aboard a luxury dahabiya, an updated version of the large sail-powered craft which were popular with the Egyptian aristocracy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Normally outfitted with only six to ten cabins, dahabiyas come with all the mod-cons including private en-suite bathrooms with showers, indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas, and a full kitchen staff. On board a dahabiya, you'll sail the Nile in leisurely comfort away from the crowds. With no onboard engine, you'll experience a tranquil voyage with no vibrations, the way the ancients sailed. Nowadays, dahabiya cruises generally last for 5-nights.
Given the size of the vessel, they are perfect for charters for a private group of friends or better yet, multi-generational travel. Imagine grandparents with their children and grandchildren on their own private dahabiya on the Nile.
Since dahabiyas are only permitted to dock on the west bank of the Nile, passengers get to explore temples and tombs others don't get to see, in addition to the usual must-see sites.
You'll stop at local villages and idyllic islands during your leisurely voyage and even get to swim in the Nile – now there's an experience you can brag about!
When you're not onshore exploring, you can relax in a hammock in the shade, reading up on ancient Egyptian history from the library. Or simply sit on deck watching the unpredictable sights that appear in the lush fertile lands that line the famous river.
What makes a dahabiya Nile cruise so thrilling, is the fact that you enjoy a side of Egypt that isn't accessible any other way. From the morning when you wake to the mooring sounds, to seeing a local farmer's water buffalos, your every sense starts to absorb the sights and sounds of this ancient land. The ultimate beauty of sailing on a dahabiya is that you barely encounter a large crowd wherever you go which buys right into our ethos of 'privacy and exclusivity' in custom-designed private travel.