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Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)
Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)

Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)

This is a Village and does not have a web-site, Aswan

The basics

Visiting the Nubian villages on Elephantine Island trades the bustle of downtown Aswan for footpaths and traditional homes, and tours of the Nubian villages explore culture, local crafts, and Nubian history. Tours generally include round-trip boat rides to Elephantine Island, making this a great way to get some time on the Nile River while taking in the sights. Choose between trips with transportation by public ferry, felucca sailboat, or motorboat—some tours include the chance to meet with a Nubian family in a local home.

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Things to know before you go

  • The villages are great for culture buffs interested in encountering Nubian traditions.
  • The Nubian villages may be difficult for travelers with wheelchairs or strollers as they are linked by trails.
  • Since Elephantine Island is somewhat more conservative than downtown Aswan, travelers should plan to dress modestly.
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How to get there

Tours of Elephantine Island and the Nubian villages generally include round-trip boat transportation, with some offering hotel transfers. Alternately, it’s possible to reach Elephantine Island on the public ferry that departs from the Corniche in Aswan. Tickets on the ferry are one way, and the return trip to Aswan is free. Some hotels on Elephantine Island offer their own boat services to Aswan.

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When to get there

Since a handful of Elephantine Island cafes and tea shops have gorgeous views of the banks of the Nile River, they’re a great place to watch the sunset on the water. By visiting the island in the later afternoon, you’ll also avoid the hottest hours in the middle of the day when the sun is most powerful.

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Felucca Rides to Elephantine Island

With distinctive lateen sails and a slender profile, traditional felucca boats can be spotted zig-zagging across the Nile River throughout Egypt. They’re also a fun—and environmentally friendly—alternative to visiting Elephantine Island by motorboat. Feluccas can be hired on the Aswan waterfront, but expect to do some bargaining over price. Online bookings are available too, which can save the hassle of negotiation on the spot. If you’re hoping to walk through the Nubian villages on Elephantine Island, be sure to agree on the amount of time you’ll spend there before setting sail.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Aswan?
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