The city of Sohag, 115km south of Asyut, is one of the major Coptic Christian areas of Upper Egypt. Although there are few sights in the city, the nearby White and Red Monasteries, and the town of Akhmin across the river, are all of interest. Police presence here is stronger than in Asyut and Minya and travellers are discouraged from staying. You will be escorted wherever you go and may be banned from leaving your hotel after dark. It may be better to visit Sohag as a day trip from Luxor.