We visited Aswan in December 2011 as part of a 5 week stay in Egypt. When booking all the accommodation and mini tours we did throughout Egypt I found Aswan Individual on TA. From the moment I read about this great project and the adventures of others at Elephantine Island I knew we had to do this. So I contacted Petra Dressler and after various emails everything was booked for what we wanted to do, while in Aswan. We were given Waleed's number and when we arrived in Aswan he came to our hotel, to go over everything we had booked, and to make sure all was in order, which super impressed us from the start.
Our whole time in beautiful Aswan was made magical by the friendliness and efficiency of Waleed, Captain Sero the drivers to Abu Simbel and to Luxor.
We went to the west bank by motorboat, went up to see the tombs of the nobles and then trekked by camel to the Monastery of St Simeon ( 4kms parallel to the Nile) but in the desert, Once we got back to the river's edge ( passing the Mausoleum of Aga Khan) where we farewelled our friendly cameleers, Captain Sero picked us up by his motorboat and took us first to Kitchener's Island to see the beautiful botanical gardens there and then around Elephantine Island, where we stopped for a tour of the island and to have a wonderful lunch his wife had prepared for us.We enjoyed our first day with Captain Sero so much that we booked another day with him again. This time the wind was up so we sailed in his felucca up river to the first cataract, and the Old Dam where Captain Sero took us up over and around to look at the old lock. On the way back to Elephantine Island for another wonderful lunch, he took us to a Nubian house where we actually were able to cuddle a Nile crocodile, totally AWESOME!!!... a day that remains a wonderful highlight of magnificent Egypt. Thankyou Captain Sero!!!
Aswan Individual also helped us with transport via minibus to Abu Simbel and return ( we stayed at the Nubian Eco Lodge, (highly recommended), and then by car back to Luxor. I cannot recommend their services enough, to anyone contemplating a visit to this beautiful region of Egypt. You will not be disappointed.
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