Return to the Old Cataract
A special tariff for a week in Aswan at this classic Nile hotel favoured by the British visitor and now fully refurbished
7 nights from £1145
Key VJV Features
• Historic Hotel • Extension Option • Upgraded Flight Option • Guaranteed Departure • Walking Content: 2 • Group Size: 1 - 25
Aswan, the classic Egyptian winter resort, has been somewhat neglected by travellers in favour of Luxor and the Red Sea but in fact the traditional ‘home’ for the British visitor to Upper Egypt has always been the Old Cataract Hotel, which opened in 1899 under the orders of Mr. Thomas Cook for his Nile cruise guests and has hosted the rich and famous including Howard Carter, Tsar Nicholas and Winston Churchill. Agatha Christie’s famous ‘Death on the Nile’ was partly written here and later the 1978 film was partly shot here.
The hotel has recently re-opened after several years’ closure and recent inspection has revealed that the character of the building has been maintained with both comfort and facilities enhanced and updated (photos shown are all new). The hotel has now less than half the rooms but the same area, affording more space both in the rooms and through the hotel. Whilst the hotel now commands a premium price compared with former times, we have negotiated a special arrangement for either more contemporary rooms in the Nile Wing (former ‘New Cataract’ now converted to Nile View junior suites) or classic garden view rooms in the Old Cataract main building. The hotel lies on a promontory with wonderful views over the river and Elephantine Island, afternoon tea or a cocktail on the hotel terrace at sunset is a particularly memorable experience. Enjoy the magnificent, changing views of the Nile and its islands as the light changes through the course of the day. Explore by boat or felucca from the hotel quay or venture to the Nubian museum, Coptic cathedral and souks, close by.