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Travel Betty’s 30-Second Vacation: Nile Sunset In Aswan, Egypt

July 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

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Ease yourself into a seat on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, Egypt (as famous for its views as its relation to Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile). Musicians seranade you as feluccas drift lazily by and the sun slips down behind Saharan sands.

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Tags: 30-Second Vacations · Egypt

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    • 1 // Oct 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

      he Old Cataract Hotel is perched atop a granite hill at the Nile river’s edge in Aswan, Egypt, and takes its name from the rivers First Cataract (rapids) at the traditional northern border of Nubia.. It was Thomas Cook, the grand tour manager of Egypt who had the hotel constructed, mostly for the tourists that his company was escorting down the Nile at the end of the 19th century. Unlike many historical hotels in Egypt, it was never a royal palace or lodge. It has always been a grand hotel. Today, under the management of Sofetel, it remains one of the finest hotels in Egypt. Truly wonderful, it is a privilege to stay there; an unforgettable experience”. Another guide simply points out that it may be a place that one cannot afford to not afford, while yet another calls it the finest place to stay in Egypt. Certainly others have thought the same. The Cataract’s guest list includes Czar Nicolas II, Howard Carter, Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, the Duke of Connaught, the 3rd son of Queen Victoria, the Aga Khan III, King Farouk of Egypt, the Shah of Iran, Nahas Pacha, Khedive Abbas Helmi Soverein of Egypt, Mohamed V King of Morocco, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Helmut Kohl, Queen Noura of Jordan, Lady Diana and the Princess Caroline of Monaco.

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