Egypt’s most tranquil town is Aswan, set upon the winding curves of the Nile. Backed by orange-hued dunes, this is the perfect place to stop and unwind for a few days and soak up the chilled-out atmosphere.There are plenty of historic sites here and numerous temples nearby, Take the river ferry across to Elephantine Island and stroll the colorful streets of the Nubian villages.  Or just drink endless cups of tea on one of the riverboat restaurants, while watching the lateen-sailed feluccas drift past. Don’t forget to check out the famous the enormous Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan’s Northern Quarries. It is widely believed that is this Unfinished Obelisk completed, it would have been amongst Egypt’s very biggest hand-carved attractions and weighed more than 1,100 tonnes, making you wonder how it could ever have been safely transported to its intended site and subsequently erected.

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