Felucca Ride to Elephantine Island

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With artifacts which date back to the predynastic periods, Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt. Spend a few hours exploring the largest island of the region which has an important role on Egyptian history. Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic periods. This is probably due to its location at the first Cataract of the Nile, which provided a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubia. As an island, it was also easily defensible. In fact, the ancient town located in the southern part of the island was also a fortress through much of it's history. At one time, there was a bridge from the mainland to the island. Elephantine is Greek for elephant. In ancient times, the Island, as well as the southern town, was called Abu, or Yabu, which also meant elephant. The town has also been referenced as Kom, after it's principle god of the island, Khnum (Khnemu). It is believed that the island received it's name because it was a major ivory trading center, though in fact, it was a major trading post of many commodities. There are large boulders in the river near the island which resembled bathing elephants, particularly from afar, and this too has been suggested as a reason for the island's name.

Please note: In the event of strong Nile currents, travel will be by motorboat rather than felucca for safety reasons.


Single $50
2-4 Persons $35
5-8 Persons $30
9-16 Persons $25

Schedule Details Enquire Now

Departs: Daily

Departure Time: 8:00 AM (earlier or later departures are available until 12:00 PM if required, please advise us at time of booking).

Departure Point: Tour departs from Aswan hotels or Port area

Duration: 5 - 6hours (approx.)

Return details: Tour returns to original point of departure

Hotel Pick-up:  Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking so we arrange pick-up and drop-off services.

Inclusions Enquire Now

  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel/port pick up and drop off
  • Transport by air conditioned minibus

Exclusions Enquire Now

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Pricing Information Enquire Now

  • Prices are listed as a guide only. For an exact price quote contact us
  • Child prices are not applicable, adult prices apply to all travelers.
  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per tour.
  • Our pricing is updated constantly to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.

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Deposit: No deposit required.

Payment: You pay the full amount to your tour guide on the day of the tour. You can pay in cash (US dollars, Euros, or Egyptian Pounds) or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Please note that there will be a 3% charge for using a credit card.

Children Policy for day tours:
0 – 1.99 free of charge
2 – 5.99 25% of total tour cost
6 – 11.99 50% of total tour cost
12 + are considered adults

If your day tours include domestic flights, an extra supplement for your child may apply

Cancellation policy for day tours:
Since we do not require a deposit for day tours, clients can cancel at any time. However, out of courtesy, we would like to be notified at least 48 hours (2 days) in advance so we don’t send our crew on the day of the scheduled.