Aswan, the ancient cities of Swentet an Elephantine Aswan, Egypt
Egypt's sunniest city with its distinctively African atmosphere is an ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life there is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
In Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. View the spectacular sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel (named for the Nile's first waterfall located there). Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century and it's still a perfect place to get away from it all.