Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

Aswan, Egypt

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  • A luxurious 19th century palace with ancient Egyptian and modern French influences throughout the hotel
  • Fantastic location on the River Nile, close to Elephantine Island and Aswan’s attractions
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and an indulgent spa for the ultimate revitalisation
  • A range of room types to suit both couples and families

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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March

Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major vacation. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic vacations. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan is an opulent 19th century palace transformed into a luxury hotel. It occupies a prime location on the River Nile, and has a selection of restaurants and swimming pools which make it a haven for both families and couples.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract enjoys a reputation as one of the most luxurious places to stay in Aswan. A former Victorian 19th century palace, it has been tastefully restored to its former glory by blending Egyptian and European influences. Perfectly located on the edge of the Nile, it commands sweeping views of Elephantine Island and is within walking distance of Aswan’s top attractions. River views are present throughout the hotel from its  bars, restaurants and rooms.

Accommodation is luxurious, where classical elements blend with modern influences to exude elegance. Rooms and suites feature marble bathrooms with deluxe French toiletries and a Jacuzzi. Balconies overlook the river or tropical gardens. Guests can choose from a selection of suites, whihc features separate living and dining areas.

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract’s dining options are copious. 1902 is the hotel’s signature restaurant, offering gourmet French food under the grand Arabian dome. Saraya serves Mediterranean delights beneath Moorish arches, Oriental Kebabgy honours spicy Middle Eastern fare and the Terrace has al fresco dining in the company of Elephantine Island.

There are a number of bars where you can sip cocktails or hibiscus tea in lavish Egyptian spaces, or whilst watching Nile life slip by. The on-site So Spa is pure indulgence with a hammam, Jacuzzi and indoor pool. There is also a fitness center and outside infinity pool, which seems to transport you into the Nile. Families are well catered for with flexible accommodation options, a kids’ club and outdoor playground. There are also a number of dining options that a suitable for children.


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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan boasts a luxurious collection of rooms and suites. Each one effortlessly blends classical style with European influences in its hand-picked furniture and décor. Balconies overlook the Nile or tropical gardens, whilst marble bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi and deluxe French beauty products. Some suites have a separate living space. The signature Agatha Christie Suite is exceptionally large with a separate dining room and offers a passage back in time.


Children are welcome at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan. The hotel has inter-connecting rooms as well as extra beds for younger children. A kids’ club and an outdoor playground provide entertainment and the hotel also offers a babysitting service.


The hotel’s dining options are appetising and elegant. Saraya tempts with fresh, Mediterranean cuisine, whilst modern dishes are served al fresco at the Terrace. Middle Eastern spice dances on the palate at Oriental Kebabgy, and at 1902 gourmet French cuisine is served under the grand Arabian dome. The So Spa invites you to rejuvenate in the hammam, Jacuzzi and indoor heated pool, whilst the outdoor infinity pool blends with the Nile.


  • 4 Nights Nile Cruise

    Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.

  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Alexandria City Tour

    One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.

  • Aswan Dam

    Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.

  • Library of Alexandria

    Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.

  • Nubian Lunch

    Get a taste of local Nubian delicacy, prominent especially in Southern Egypt, while you are in Abu Simbel for an early lunch.

  • Nubian Museum

    The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.

  • Sail Aswan by Felucca

    Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.

  • Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden

    For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.

  • Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel

    Avoid the crowd by visiting Abu Simbel temple late afternoon after the day tourists before finishing the tour with a captivating sound and light show.

  • Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple

    A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.

  • Temple of Dendarah

    Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

  • Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo

    As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.

  • Temple of Philae

    The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.

  • Unfinished Obelisk

    Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.

Location & directions

Aswan, Egypt

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan is located on the banks of the Nile River, close to Elephantine Island. Aswan’s sights, including the Unfinished Obelisk and the Nubian Museum, are a 20-minute walk away.
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