Above: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

For decades, Egypt was a classic destination for American travelers. The Arab Spring naturally hurt tourism, but it's picked back up again. At the end of last year, we visited the classic sites of the Nile Valley — in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan — to assess the situation for ourselves. We found increased security, a wonderful hotel and a wealth of Ancient Egyptian treasures that never fail to astonish.

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