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Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract
Why we like it
- Gateway to Nubia the ancient province of Egypt
- Famous location that inspired Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile'
- Views over the famed River Nile
- Choose between the Palace wing where heritage is preserved and the Nile wing with its contemporary elegance
- 1902 fine dining restaurant with a 75-ft Qualawun Mausoleum dome
- We recommend the Premium rooms
Exclusive to A&K clients
- 25% discount on spa treatments
- Room upgrade at check-in, subject to availability
- Two complimentary items of laundry
- Personal greeting by hotel manager
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What made the experience so positive was the absolutely top notch quality of the staff and facilities provided by A&K, right the way through from the day we started planning the holiday to the day we returned to the UK. I must thank you for all your hard work in putting together such a great itinerary.
- HW, Gloucestershire
To relax after a day's exploration retire to the Sp Spa with its indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and gymnasium. Enjoy the two outdoor pools, one heated for when the weather is cooler. Experience one of the massages in the So Spa to truly relax before a good nights sleep.
The dreamlike history of the Old Cataract began in 1899. Prestigious guests have honored this place: Sir Winston Churchill, The Aga Khan, King Farouk, and also the former French president, François Mittérand, who often came here for rest and relaxation.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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