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“The Tombs of the Nobles”
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Qubbet el-Hawa
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Aswan Tombs of the Nobles Private Half-Day Tour
Ranked #16 of 25 things to do in Aswan
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

These are the tombs of some of the most powerful non-royal people of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, some of which contain beautiful decorations. Go early, as it is a fairly hard walk up the hillside to get to the tombs.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We were disappointed to find only two tombs open the day we went, usually there are six. Some are still retaining their bright colors. Note it is a steep climb to the top and from the boat ramp there are quarries two km north, where the Colossi of Memnon (in Luxor, West Bank) were quarried. Part of an obelisk of Seti I lies near the ticket kiosk.

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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.

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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.

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