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“Hesitate to recommend lest it become a major tourist attraction”
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Qubbet el-Hawa
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Tour to the Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan
Ranked #18 of 37 things to do in Aswan
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

This was probably the highlight of our visit to Aswan and it was not even on our original itinerary. It's hard to not notice the site as night when it is lit up so we asked for a tour, initially just to be able to take a hike. After visiting the Valley of the Kings you note that this is teh Valley but on a minor scale. However, the lack of crowds, the ability to get closer into the tombs, to notice the similarities in theme and structure is a major advantage. Highly recommend a visit and, if yo have the energy, hike up to the old Ottoman fort at the top of the hill for the views.

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Reviewed 1 November 2016

I have been to Aswan 6 times and did not know about this place. But I would say the best of the Old Kingdom tombs are here. They are amazing, they have color and sculpture and even statues in them.

It is a LONG walk up the hill from the Nile so make sure you bring water and a hat for the hot sun, but you will certainly be rewarded by the tombs of the princes and nobles of Elephantine Island.

2  Thank Steven W
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

A ferry will take you over to these Old Kingdom tombs for a pittance, or you can spend a little (not very much), cash and hire a shaded motor boat for the day and wander around Aswan afloat, stop and have tea and a Shisha and visit the other islands too; what could be nicer?. There's a reason these tombs are less visited than they may be; they are situated high up on a rocky crag, so it's buy your ticket and only one way to get up there; the stairs! But the nice thing about stairs is; you can sit on them and rest - take water. There are lot of tombs to visit, mostly belonging to local viziers and noble families, some of them with intriguing histories and inscriptions (young Pharaoh Pepi excitedly asking Governor Harkhuf to find him a dancing Pygmy!) along with the remains of a Coptic church but the Ghaffir is very nice and will let you take your time and take your photos. If feeling ambitious you can climb to the Qubba at the top of the hill for a wonderful panorama of the area (and a breeze).The tombs are austere but extensively carved and decorated and very interesting. Take your guide book as there's little information in situ but there's much to know and see; William Murnane's "Ancient Egypt" served well. Do this, it's fun and you'll probably be alone up there.

2  Thank Windowseatview
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Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

This attraction is on the West Bank and is easy to access via the public ferry which drops you off right nearby the ticket office. They may try to overcharge you on the ferry, so be aware that the current tourist price as of April 2015 is 2 EGP one way.

When I showed up, the ticket person was nowhere in sight. A person who seemed to be a guard (but was dressed normally) took my 40 EGP and said he would give it to the ticket guy (but didn't give me a ticket).

Once I got up to the tombs, I was greeted by locked gates at every single one. Nobody was in sight for the entire visit, so I couldn't inquire about getting inside. I could kind of see the tombs through the gates and they looked interesting. I hiked to the top of the hill which had great views of Aswan and The Nile. You can also see into the desert and even see the monastery if you go a little further.

When I came back down, the ticket guy was still gone, but there were some other fellows hanging around. I told them that I already paid and asked them about the tombs. One guy said he had a key and could let me in, but that I had to pay him for the service. The whole thing felt like a bit of a scam, so I gave up and left.

Overall, the place was ok, but it would of been much better if I could of gone inside the tombs.

1  Thank Shawn_Storm
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Reviewed 10 February 2015

Nobles tombs...I did not visit due to limited time but it is a must visit attraction. At night from the other bank of the Nile you can see the beautiful lights come from it.

Thank AmirAbdelGhany
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