Aswan and Luxor, Egypt
Your guide to the ancient wonders of Egypt including where to stay and what to do
There have been visitors flocking to Egypt for3,000 years. It is the most tried and tested destination in the world, and offersgreat value sunduring the cold winter months. Now, there are more flights than ever, with airlines like BMI increasing services to the Middle East, meaning more competitive prices for the traveller. Even better, you can reach it a little more quickly than our predecessors: Alexander The Great took years to get there from Greece, leaving a trail of drunken orgies, battles and murderous feuds in his wake. Fortunately,youcan do it in a merefour-hour flight from the UK, and with far less stress. With its unrivalled culture and the chance tosee historic masterpiecesin the shape of temples, tombs, and museums, it’s well worth the trip.
WHERE TO STAY?
It’s in the city ofAswanthat you’ll start tofeel the wonder of Egypt’s ancient mystery. Go on a traditional wooden felucca boat andcruise down the Nilerelaxing as you drift towards a sunset that melts over the horizon. On the banks of Aswan, look out for the Sofitel Cataract Hotel, the spot where crime writer Agatha Christie penned her classic thriller, Death on the Nile. Gliding past as the waters lap the boat is the ideal way to wind down after a day spent touring some of the most ancient temples in the world. The Basma Hotel has views over the Nile, while the Iberotel is in the heart of historicLuxor, and a great base for exploring.
WHERE TO SHOP?
Egypt is the historical birthplace of the world’s most image-conscious beauty,Cleopatra, so you can expect to finda treasure trove of glamorous offerings. There are many bargains to be had on jewellery, perfume and fine cotton clothing if you know where to shop. To avoid hassle from vendors, head to respected shopping venues that will give yougreat quality at even better prices.
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