Travel Guide to Egypt

  • Luxor Hassle Capital of the World?

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    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
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    Luxor is referred to as the “hassle capital of Egypt” and sometimes the “hassle capital of the world” frequently on the net…..and to some degree that is true……the hassle at Luxor Train Station drives me nuts (when I think about […]

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  • No control whatsoever over hawkers or horses

    Bad Day on the Giza Plateau

    You definitely do need a guide at the Giza Plateau because the hassle and tourists traps are just too intense there – not a moments peace without a guide to try and shield you somewhat.

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  • Vaccines before going 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
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    VACCINATION You should ask your own doctor because he knows you and your medical history best.  What they will recommend for Egypt will be polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid.  Some people think they have to get anti malaria medication but […]

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  • Shopping 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
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    CAIRO – More or less all shops have fixed, marked prices (but in Arabic so learn you numbers before going shopping).  The markets or souks such as Khan El Khalili do not have fixed, marked prices so you have to […]

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  • Should I bring my mobile phone 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
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    Bringing your mobile phone to Egypt is a good idea but go to your local mobile phone store at home and check that your phone is unblocked for roaming in Egypt. You can also get your cell phone unblocked before […]

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  • Hospital in Luxor

    Where to go in Luxor if you need medical or hospital treatment

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  • Travel by Train and Plane in Egypt

    Train schedules for Egyptian trains and how to book your tickets – internal flights with Egypt Air

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  • accommodation in Luxor for the independent traveler

    Where to stay in Luxor

    Far from home “Ireland” and family it would be fair to say that Mara House has been my life since 2003 when I moved here. What I love about Egypt is intangible and indescribable….. If you are looking for that special experience that is the heart of Egypt – you will find it at Mara House…..

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