Visiting the Nubian Village is an awe-inspiring half-day trip. There are lots of vibrant Nubian villages scattered across Egypt. The most popular among locals and foreigners is only a 45 minutes by boat from the amazing lands of Aswan. You will most likely spend around two hours within the village walking around and three if you go for lunch. Visiting a Nubian village needs to be on the top of your Egypt Itinerary.
The Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan takes five days and vice versa from Aswan to Luxor in just four days. You also have the option to go on a round Nile cruise from Luxor to Luxor or from Aswan to Aswan. Across all these options the sightseeing tours are the same.
During the tour days on board Luxor & Aswan Nile cruise, you will visit the East Bank in Luxor which includes the Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner on board and feast your eyes on a Belly Dance Show and the magnificence of the Nubian Villages.
Another day on board a Luxor and Aswan Nile Cruise entails a visit to the West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Hatshepsut Temple. After this exciting tour you will get the chance to dress in casual attire for the Captain’s welcome party and chat the night away as you sail to Edfu.
What Is Nubia?
Nubia is a region along the Nile river between Aswan, Egypt and Khartoum, Sudan. It was the site of one of the oldest civilizations in Africa, dating back to at least 2500 BC which is more than 4,500 years ago.
How to get to a Nubian Village?
To get to the whimsical Nubian Village, cross the beautiful Nile River in the direction of the colorful houses. Arrange a motorboat with the locals to cruise up the Nile and enjoy a relaxing boat ride through the shallow waters passing some stunning sceneries.
Deep south of Egypt where Aswan city is located, you’ll find that Aswan is surrounded by many tiny islands and Nubian villages on the West Bank. The Nubian villages is such a cheerful sight thanks to it being painted with bright colors, and inhabited by Nubians whose population doesn’t exceed 100,000. They speak their own Nubian Languages and have unique traditions that differ greatly from the rest of Egypt. Their origin goes back to Africa and Sudan when they traveled in ancient times to south Egypt to farm around the fertile lands of the Nile. The Nubian Villages are considered to be one of the main Aswan city attractions and perfect for half Aswan day tours if you are passing by the city.
There is much to do in this village. First, you must take a walk around and soak in the beautiful shades of colour and the art painted along the walls. You could also indulge in shopping at the local market where roasted nuts, trinkets, Nubian dolls, clothing and souvenirs are up for grabs. If walking isn’t your style, you can try the camel ride through the market instead.
Crocodiles are an important part of the Nubian culture as a totem of blessings. They were once even used to guard residences. Now, they have become a tourist attraction in and of themselves. Various locals have domesticated these reptilian predators as tourists from far and wide come to view them. When they pass over, they are skinned and mummified as well. A mummified crocodile hung above the door of a house indicates that the owner has domestic ones that you can view. The aggressive nature of the creature has been modified with care by the owners. These crocodiles play a very significant role in the supplementary income of the Nubians.
For those who wish to unravel the history of the Nubians, the Nubian Museum in Aswan is a good place to start. The structure was built under the UNESCO International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo. The museum flaunts 3,000 artifacts related to Nubian history and culture. You can notice the evolution of the Nubian culture from its past history to this day. Even the architecture of the museum was done keeping in mind the traditions. In 2001, the museum was a winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.