Imagine your entire village was moved from its ancestral lands because a dam was being constructed. This is the story of the Nubians in Southern Egypt, who were relocated to in the 1960s to the area around Aswan city.
On this Aswan tour, you’ll have the opportunity to not only eat delicious home cooked Nubian food, but also have the privilege of learning about the people, culture, history, and traditions of Aswan. We’ll visit a Nubian family in their home and experience some traditional hospitality. As a guest, you’re welcome to ask as many questions as you like! Learn about their lives and culture, and about the different Nubian tribes living around Elephantine Island.
Your Home Cooked Aswan tour will take you on a stroll around Elephantine Island before settling in for a shared meal with a local family. The styles and colours of the homes in this community cannot be found anywhere else in Egypt, so you’ll want to keep your camera ready!
Then, after we’ve walked and explored, it’s time to eat! The types of dishes you’ll be offered are among the most favourite delicacies for Nubians. You might get to sample dishes like Bird’s Tongue Soup (don’t worry, there are no tongues involved), or maybe some rice with vermicelli, oven-cooked chicken, Nile perch, and mixed vegetables. But no matter what’s on the menu, be aware that Nubians like to eat a lot — so be prepared and come hungry!
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts.
Inclusions: English-speaking host to escort you to the family home, home cooked Nubian meal.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: As you will be visiting a home within a conservative culture, please cover your shoulders and wear pants or a skirt that go below the knee.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group. There may be other travelers dining with you and the family.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.