Hi – I’m Mara.  In 2003 I moved from Ireland to Luxor and built Mara House.  I first visited Egypt and fell in love with the country in 2000.  Since then I have been bringing groups and helping independent travellers enjoy the best this magical land has to offer.

Egypt is a wonderful country.  However, the language barrier still poses communication problems for international visitors.   That and the difference in business practices between Egypt and western cultures are the main reasons for my success in Egypt.

Mara House began as an apartment complex which morphed into a hotel.  Then over the years since 2003 we expanded into providing accommodation and tour packages in Luxor.  It was a logical step as 99% of my guests also wanted me to organise there time and tours.

In late 2016 and early 2017 it was obvious from the level of enquiries I was getting that Egypt was back on the worldwide tourist map.  However, the demand for a guaranteed great experience in the face of fallout from 2011 was priority in the minds of those choosing to be the first to give Egypt a chance.  I am extremely grateful to all who have put their trust in me, journeyed with me on my group tours and taken my other packages with my wonderful staff/guides over the last two years.  I am thankful in particular to all those who gave us our glowing TripAdvisor reviews and personal recommendations to friends.

OUR SERVICES – 2018 and onwards.
  • “Egypt with Mara” are the group tours (15 pax) with which I also travel.
  • “Egypt 9 nights” package (accommodation + tours) covering Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Nile Cruise
  • “Luxor 3 nights” package (accommodation + tours)
  • “Cairo 3 nights” package (accommodation+ tours)


“EGYPT with MARA” is a group tour which I accompany myself – max 15 persons

Group Tour – 11 Nights – Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Nile Cruise – Accompanied  by Mara and guides

2018 group trips are 11 nights

  • 2018 Oct 3 – 14
  • 2018 Nov 7 – 18

2019 group trips are 13 nights

  • 2019 Feb 10 – 23
  • 2019 April 7 – 20
  • 2019 May 19 – 1 June
  • 2019 Sept 1 – 14
  • 2019 Oct 6 – 19
  • 2019 Nov 10 – 23
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“Egypt 9 Nights” Package – Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Nile Cruise

  • 3 Nights Steigenberger El Tahrir Hotel, Cairo incl breakfast
  • Tours to Giza Plateau, Antiquities Museum + more
  • 2 nights Mara House, Luxor incl breakfast and Salahadeen Feast
  • 3 days tours to Karnak, Luxor, Valley of Kings + more
  • 4 nights Nile Cruise Luxor to Aswan
  • Tours to Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae
  • Optional tour to Abu Simbel.
  • Available dates and more info click here


“CAIRO 3 Nights” Package

  • 3 nights at Steigenberger El Tahrir Hotel in Downtown Cairo incl breakfast
  • 2 full days tours incl Pyramids at Giza and the Antiquities Museum
  • 2 airport transfers
  • This package is bookable any time of the year
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“LUXOR 3 Nights” Package

  • 3 nights at Mara House Luxor incl breakfast
  • 3 days tours incl Karnak/Luxor, 5 West Bank Sites, Abydos and Dendera
  • Salahadeen Feast
  • Calesh ride around Luxor and a Fellucca Sailing Picnic
  • 2 airport transfers
  • This package is bookable any time of the year
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Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan – 4 nights

  • 4 nights Full Board on Luxury Cruise Boat
  • Full Board includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Tours include the West Bank, Abydos and Dendera, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae
  • Egytologist Guide, all entrance fees, all transport.
  • Day 1 boarding in Luxor on Saturday before lunch.
  • Day 5 disembark in Aswan after breakfast
  • Bookable anytime of the year – but arrival day has to be early Saturday morning or any previous day

For full details contact Mara


Mara House is more than just a place to lay your head for a night.  Our mission is to show you the Egypt we love, enable you to have the best possible holiday in Egypt and at the same time give you an authentic experience of a different culture.  Travel is the best educator but successful travel demands good planning based on reliable information.

That is where we come in.   Not only do we provide reliable information.  We have put a lot of thought and planning into the trips we offer.  We have taken the frustration and hassle out of the research needed for a trip to Egypt.   Whether you are coming for 3 days or a month, Mara House is for the independent traveller who wants to see the real thing yet avoid the tourist traps.  Those who trust that we are honestly committed to their best experience are never disappointed.


Owner at Mara House Hotel Luxor
Hi - I'm Mara (Marie Vaughan).I moved from Ireland to Egypt in 2003.I am passionate about providing the best possible experience for my guests - and my staff are even better than I am!Our aim is to be the best - not the cheapest so please do not compare us with others on what we offer based on price, we will lose everytime.But on experiencing the best of Egypt based on transparency, honesty and comfort, we can't be beaten.

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