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Fly to Assiut with Jazeera Airways

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.

It has great touristic value because of its historical attractions that draws people from everywhere. In fact, 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.

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Tourist Attractions
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Getting Around Assuit

Assiut is a little off the main tourist track, but that adds to its charm with smaller crowds and plenty to see and do.

The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery
The monastery draws hordes of Egyptians every year, particularly in August. The story goes that the Holy Family stayed in the cave where the Coptic Orthodox monastery stands on top of the mountain. The views from here are stunning. The actual cave dates back to the period of the old Egyptian Pharos.

Meir Monumental Tombs
For a taste of ancient Egypt, drive an hour to the Meir Monumental Tombs to see the beautiful hieroglyphics. A visit to these beautiful tombs of the rulers of Asyut is a must if you like Egyptian art. These beautiful tombs are guaranteed to take you by surprise. Tomb 4, in particular, is large with expansive walls that are covered with intriguing drawings painstakingly rendered. It is a bit of a climb to the tombs but well worth it.

Masjid Al-Mujahideen
This is a wonderful place to visit preferably with a guide who will explain the significance in more detail. Since it is a religious place, women are advised to dress modestly.

Deir Rifa Tombs
This hidden treasure tucked away in the mountains of Asyut is a joy to behold. Overlooking the village of Deir Rifa, these tombs and monasteries are spectacularly carved into the mountain rocks. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as the climb is rocky. Here’s your chance to unfold the history of the Pharaonic era with images of gods and kings. The hieroglyphic inscriptions are an artistic catalogue of the lives and traditions of people in that era.

Banana Island
Fancy something different? Then a boat ride on the Nile to Banana Island is highly recommended. The island is quiet and peaceful and an ideal place for a picnic. The island flourishes with fruit trees and herbs and the sunsets are breath-taking. You might even be greeted by crocodiles and monkeys! Once the sight-seeing is done you can settle down to some snacks and drinks before you head back to the city.

Essential Facts:

Visa Requirements

A visa is necessary for most nationalities, excepting nationals of certain Arab countries. Single-entry, 30-day tourist visas can be purchased online ( for approximately US $25, or at the airport on arrival for many nationalities, including Indian nationals.

Citizens of Kuwait do not need any visa for tourist or business trips of up to 90 days. Visa extensions are possible once in-country.

Other Facilities

Being a large provincial city, Asyut has a selection of hotels but sadly overpriced. Transport links make it a popular stopover between Minya and Luxor (as does its reputation for fruit and juices), but you will find better options elsewhere along the Nile.

For money transactions there are several banks. The major ones are National Bank of Egypt, Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt, Bank Audi Egypt and HSBC Egypt. You’ll also find ATMs, mainly along Midan Talaat Harb and Sharia Port Said.

For other services your best bet is to drop in at the tourist office. They can also provide maps of the city and help arrange onward travel.