Situated on the fertile plains of the Nile about 375 km south of Cairo, Assiut (or Asyut) was once considered the centre of Egypt’s farming communities and an important commercial and political city.
The city prides itself in having the highest Coptic Christian concentration in the country and one of largest Coptic Catholic bishopric churches in Egypt - the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared here as an apparition.
Assiut has a wealth of historical attractions that draw people from around the world. It is one of the few places in the world that still produces silver appliqué shawls and is home to a big textile industry. You’ll also find excellent pottery, rugs and inlaid woodwork here.
You can also catch a traditional Nile boat for a once-in-a-lifetime trip down the mighty river, or spend your days wandering through the city's Corniche and bazaars to find those special trinkets as a reminder of your holiday to Assiut.