Located in southern Egypt, Aswan was part of the ancient kingdom of Nubia.
In Egypt, where horses and donkeys are still an important part of local life, there is concern about the treatment of some of the animals.
It is the enduring watery equivalent of the tree of life, representing the story of our world.
With an unsurpassed setting, smooth service and the undoubtedly fabulous history, I rate it this of my top historic stays around the world.
Egypt's archaeological heritage has been carted off to foreign shores for centuries. What remains is extraordinary, but will it last?
'I am going over old ground. Egypt, however, has some surprises in store for me.'
These luxury hotels are linked to momentous events in history, from the unearthing of Tutankhamun's tomb to the birth of the Arab Spring.
Nothing prepares you for the size and greatness of this captivating place. Sites such as Luxor's Karnak temple; the sand-swept tombs of the Valley of the Dead; Abu Simbel or the Great Pyramids are awe-inspiring. But you can also dine like pharaohs on the banks of the magnificent Red Sea after a day's snorkelling on the blue hole; or investigate its history in the fascinating museums of Cairo.