‘Poirot thought of those words uttered in Assuan…’
Visit some of the key locations from Agatha Christie’s famous novel, Death on the Nile on this 3-day, 2-night tour based in Aswan. Created by an Agatha Christie expert and a tour company with 32 years’ experience in Egypt, you can immerse yourself in Hercule’s world as he solves the mystery at the heart of the novel. Go back in time and experience the elegance and luxury of one of Egypt’s grand hotels, The Old Cataract, where Agatha planned some of her most popular works.
‘She and her son were sitting in brightly painted scarlet basket chairs outside the Cataract Hotel in Aswan.’
Arrive at the famous Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, and enjoy a delicious champagne afternoon tea, in the grand tour style.
‘The terrace outside the Cataract Hotel was softly lit.’
Enjoy your first night in this unique and famous hotel.
Aswan, Philae, Elephantine Island and the Aswan High Dam
‘Hercule Poirot decided to pass the remaining two hours before lunch on the island of Elephantine…’
Our first stop today is Elephantine Island. On the southern end of Elephantine Island you will find the site of ancient Abu, an important ancient trading town. You will also visit the Nubian villages of Siou and Koti making a peaceful change to the bustle of Aswan.
‘Mrs Otterbourne and her daughter had made the expedition to the Dam…’
Our second stop today is to Egypt’s modern example of construction on a monumental scale, the controversial Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest artificial lakes.
Our trip to the Aswan High Dam will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
‘Simon and Linnet Doyle set off on their expedition to Philae…’
After lunch we will take a short boat trip to visit Philae Temple. Built to honour the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped.
Return to The Old Cataract for your final night in this unique hotel.
Abu Simbel Temple
‘Cornelia Robson stood inside the temple of Abu Simbel…’
Today we will travel by luxury air-conditioned vehicle to Abu Simbel Temple, a key location in the plot of Death on the Nile.
The four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art. By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam.
Carved out of a sandstone cliff on the west bank of the Nile, the temples were unknown to the outside world until their rediscovery in 1813
We will then return to Aswan and your chosen location. Other options and extensions are available.