Explore the fragrant spice souks and markets of Aswan. A local A&K guide will meet you for a stroll round this laidback Egyptian town renowned for its African influences. Enjoy browsing the eclectic mix of stalls from local artisans which are sure to stimulate your senses. Smell the waft of shisha pipes, see the richly-decorated boxes, touch the smooth soapstone statutes, hear the chatter of locals and sample the spices.
Your guide will not only escort you from the hotel or boat but will offer you tips on how to barter and pick up the best souvenirs to take home. The bazaar runs along the Corniche, winding past the Ferial Gardens and the Nubian Museum. You’ll have plenty of time to wander along the riverfront. This former garrison town lies along the languid waters of the Nile which is dotted with the traditional single- sail fellucas gliding towards the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. Nubian villages run down to the water and stand out against the backdrop of the west bank's desert escarpment.
Toast the end of your souvenir shopping with a sundowner on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel. The grande dame of Aswan hotels harks back to colonial times and is said to be where author Agatha Christie wrote her novel Death on the Nile.
Additional notes about the tour
The spice market tour is curated by A&K’s local guide and includes a transfer from your hotel or cruise boat. The tour can be undertaken in the morning of afternoon, pending your time in Aswan.