Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan

You start with the 21st century levels of luxury and service, but you’re transported back over a century by the graceful Victorian façade, the cool marbled lobby stretching off into the distance, the classic Islamic arches.

The Old Cataract’s restaurants – one of them is actually called 1902 – also echo the elegance of an earlier, more stylish age.

Step outside Old Cataract and you’ll find yourself in the world of the Pharaohs. You’ll be on the banks on the Nile. The Unfinished Obelisk is under a mile away. Elephantine Island, Philae Temple and the Tombs of Nobles are close to hand.

Memphis Barker travelled with us to the Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract and wrote about his experience for The Independent. Read article here >>

Old Cataract, at a glance

  • Overlooking the Nile, minutes away from major sites of antiquity
  • Choose from 76 guest rooms and suites in the Palace, or 62 beside the Nile
  • Four exquisite restaurants plus an exclusive private dining option
  • Range of bars with irresistible river views

For leisure and pleasure

  • Indoor and outdoor heating swimming pools
  • Exhilarating spa experience
  • Fitness centre
  • Hammam
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Ideal setting for tours to Elephantine Island, Kalabsha Temple, Kitchener’s Island Botanical Gardens and the Nubian Museum
  • Ayesha was brilliant - on the phone & by email. Sorted out various dates we wanted very promptly!

    SMA, Sri Lanka, 2016


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7