Travel Guide to Egypt

  • What is the real cost of my Egyptian holiday?

    What am I REALLY going to pay for my Egyptian Holiday?

    Mara

    Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
    Mara

    “What am I REALLY going to pay for my Egyptian Holiday?”   This question is worth paying a good deal of attention to. “Am I going to pay the quoted price?” or “Is that just the starting price?” I’m writing this […]

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    Tipping in Egypt

    Putting the tipping in Egypt into perspective – when to tip, whom to tip and how much to tip

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  • Mara's group tour - outside Abdeen Palace, amazing museum

    ABDEEN PALACE

    Mara

    Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
    Mara

    Palaces – I love Palaces!  If you grew up listening to Cinderella, Snow White and graduated to historical novels as I did, then they conjure up romance, mystery and images of the good life for you too. I waited and […]

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    Islamic Museum of Art

    Mara

    Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
    Mara

    The “Islamic Museum of Art” is a much too limiting name for this outstanding museum in my opinion.  When I first visited it, I could not believe I had lived in Egypt for over 8 years and had never heard […]

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  • 200 Le Note Egyptian currency

    What is the Best Currency to Take to Egypt?

    Mara

    Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
    Mara

    The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE).  Don’t change your money before you come to Egypt.  You will get a better rate for your dollars etc in Egypt.  Euros, dollars and sterling notes are accepted.  However, your money […]

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  • Communication Problems in Egypt – how to converse

    When people speaking different native languages come together misunderstandings are common – sometimes you don’t know you are having two different convesations in Egypt!

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  • Photo by kind permission of Bev Padlewski Topolo at the Sonesta - Feb 2018

    Relaxation in Egypt

    Mara

    Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
    Mara

    When I first moved to Luxor in 2003 and wanted to buy material/cloth, curtains, sheets, house furniture etc. I had to go to Cairo for them.  Anything available in Luxor was NOTHING even remotely near what I needed.  Finding a […]

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  • Yes, Egypt is not only safe - it great fun and magical!

    Is it safe to go to Egypt?

    updated Nov 2019 Safe holidays in Egypt – what to do and what not to do

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