|Tour Boat At Elephantine Island, Aswan, Egypt.|
At Aswan, in the Nile River there are several islands but Elephantine Island and Kitchener Island are the largest. Elephantine is much larger than Kitchener's Island and it is located between Kitchener's Island and the city of Aswan (closest to the east bank).
Most Of the trade during ancient times near Aswan took place upon Elephantine Island. It was also here that the governor had his residence. It also served as the center for the cult religion of the ram-headed god Khnum.
Elephantine Island was originally called Yebu, which is the ancient Egyptian word for elephant. The Greeks called the island Elephantine because of the ivory trade that was done on the island.
But, all you have to do is to look and see what the rock formations look like, and you can easily see why it was called Elephantine Island.
The Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) is the busiest airport in Egypt and is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.
Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa with over 65 airlines using the Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2008, the airport served 14,360,175 passengers and it is one of the top 100 airports in the world.
The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.
We suggest flying into Cairo and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring the Egyptian Musium in Cairo and the ruins in the surrounding areas.
We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Cairo and several of the best hotels in Cairo.
A second option is to fly directly to Aswan.
The Aswan International Airport (IATA: ASW, ICAO: HESN), also known as Daraw Airport, is the airport located in Aswan, Egypt. You can arrange flights directly to Aswan, If you wish.
After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Elephantine Island, Aswan, or the Cairo area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time, when traveling in Egypt. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!
Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Cairo or Aswan; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.
|Club Med With|
Aga Khan Mausoleum.
|Easy To See|
& Ancient Inscriptions.
|Aswan Museum.||Club Med With|
Mausoleum Of Aga Khan.
|The Old Cataract|
Hotel And Ancient Yebu.
|Other End Of|
|Elephantine Is Big!||Many Areas Of|
Interest On Elephantine.
Steps Went Down
Stairs To Nile
Level Measured By
Lines On Wall.
|Small Ruined Temple.|