Luxor is located 670 Km south of Cairo and is part of the old "Thebes the Hundred Created". It has often been called the world's greatest open air museum due to the fact that the number of preserved monuments in the Luxor area are unparallelled anywhere else in the world. Luxor is really three different areas : the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile; the town of Karnak just north of Luxor (Thebes )- which the ancient Egyptians called Waset and Ementet Waset - which is on the West Bank of the Nile.
Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists and has been doing so ever since. Luxor attracts thousands of visitors from everywhere in the world who come to admire its antiquities and atmosphere.
Aswan is the ancient city of Swenet which, in antiquity, was the frontier town of Ancient Egypt to the South. It stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist centre. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine. Aswan is one of the driest inhabited places in the world - the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May 13th 2006. The stone quarries of ancient Egypt were located at Aswan and furnished the colossal statues, obelisks and monolithic shrines that are found throughout Egypt including the Pyramids.
Aswan is the best winter holiday destination in Egypt. It provides beautiful scenery, peace, quiet and temperate weather
Cairo is a fascinating place to take time out and enjoy Egyptian Life. It is the administrative capital of Egypt and is located in the north east of the country and surrounded by the River Nile. Wander around the bustling streets of the Souk at Khan el Khalili; take tea at the famous Swiss restaurant of Groppi's - a remnant of colonial days. Eat Falafel and other delicious Egyptian delicacies and drink mint tea or Kharkade (Hibiscus Tea) in many of the street cafes. Take time out to explore the famous Egyptian Museum, The Citadel and the Hanging Church. Visit the famous pyramids situated at Giza (about 1 hour's drive from the city centre), the Sphinx and Sakkara (the famous Step Pyramid). In the evening take a drive up to Elmoatam Mountain from where you can sit, relax and drink in the atmosphere of Cairo from the coolness of the mountain. Eat, Drink and live Cairo. Away from Cairo there is still more to see at the ancient capital of Memphis.