If you have the luxury of being able to spend a minimum of 9 nights in Egypt, this is the perfect itinerary.  You will visit all the important, “must see” and most interesting monuments in Egypt.

The thing that drains the energy out of me when visiting a new place, especially if I don’t speak the language, is searching the net for info and THEN, trying to decide what is the easiest and fastest way to get from one place to another cheaply – oh, and in comfort would be nice!  I have been to New York about 10 times now and every time I found myself thinking “I wish there was a Mara here!”

Trust Mara to Give you the Best Holiday in Egypt

I’m Mara and this is the itinerary I would give to my best friends and family.  But the itinerary is only half the job done when trying to have the best Egyptian Holiday .  So, how can I help you experience the hidden wonder that I find here?

Well, half of it is up to you.  My 50% involves providing you with the space and time to visit the ancient, sacred places in peace.  It involves organising the transport, the ticket buying and the great guides.  It involves keeping you away from as much of the normal hassle tourists experience here as I can.  It involves providing you with nice places to stay, comfortable transport,  good food and a relaxed atmosphere.  We will meet you at the airport when you arrive and see you back there safely at the end of your trip.  You want to know if I deliver on my 50%?  Take the time to read the reviews of our guests at the end of the page.

Egypt Holidays 9 nights

CAIRO – Transfer from the airport on arrival, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 full days tours in Cairo and transfer from hotel to airport on departure.  You will experience Pharaonic, Medieval and 19th century Egypt.

You will visit the Giza Plateau;  go inside the Great Pyramid and step into the Kings Chamber; see the only solar boat on display in Egypt; take a camel ride at the Pyramids.  In the Antiquities Museum at Tahrir Sq. you will marvel at the quantity and quality of the collections, visit the Treasure Room of Tutankhamun and the Room of Mummies. You will visit the Gayer Anderson House and do a walking tour of Medieval Cairo, two places where you will find few tourists.

Your days will be full and interesting – I promise my guides will NOT be taking you to spend half days in perfume “palaces” and papyrus “museums” – they are simply shops.  You will get time to explore the biggest market in the world, which is Khan El Khalili, if you want as Medieval Cairo is in the same area.  Your guides will show you where to find anything you want but we don’t partake in the commission system.  My prices are up front and I don’t make money out of you with hidden extras etc

LUXOR – Stay at Mara House, visit the main sites on East and West Banks of Luxor.  Enjoy the famous SALAHADEEN FEAST at Mara House which we serve ONLY to in-house guests.

NILE CRUISE – 4 nights Full Board, incl tours to the famous temples on the Nile.

ABU SIMBEL is an optional extra overland trip we can do with you.

The itinerary is a busy, yet extremely comfortable itinerary, taking you through the highlights of Egypt in 10 days.  My reasoning for this is

  1. You may only come to Egypt once – there is a big world out there to see.
  2. You should see the best first
  3. Contrary to what you might think – the heat is not a big issue when your movements are properly planned and air-con is everywhere.  You can do this itinerary any time of the year.  Comfort is important and you are on holiday.
  4. Age and health status is not an issue – from baby to 70+ we are here to assist in every way.

The 9 night package is popular as it fits nicely into the amount of time many visitors are limited to.  However, there are several other monuments in Egypt we can take you to, if you have extra time and interest. 

For detailed itinerary and pricing – please contact Mara

 

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 and Mara House is NOT bookable via TripAdvisor nor any other online hotel website.Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
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24 Comments

  1. Sandra B, USA 25/01/2017 at 12:20 pm

    We just came back from a 10 days trip in Egypt with “Mara”, we did the itinerary proposed by Mara from Cairo to Luxor and the cruise on the Niles to Aswan. I don’t think there is a better way to visit Egypt. The tours and the entire 10 days were perfectly organized, and we did not worry at all during the entire trip.

    From beginning to end we were very pleased with the guides, the drivers and the housekeeper. Mara house in Luxor is a fabulous oasis. The room are spacious, the food is amazing and the staff very helpful and friendly. When I think of my trip in Egypt all I think of is “luxury”. For a SAFE and a REAL vacation in Egypt, if you are eager to learn and visit the best of Egypt I highly recommend everyone to book with Mara.

     
  2. Jamie P - Perth, Australia 20/11/2016 at 4:15 pm

    We are a same sex male couple who recently travelled to Egypt.

    Mara House Luxor is off the beaten tourist track in a safe and respectable part of Luxor, Egypt is a country of contrasts and to really experience how Egyptians live, book your stay at Mara House and live amongst those who rely on working in the tourist areas. Simple.

    The staff are unbelievably flexible and are totally dedicated to helping you to have a “Mara House Experience”. Seriously dedicated. Not a fault in sight in this regard.

    If you yearn for Ancient Egyptian monuments and mystery, this is an ideal place to pursue your desires in this regard. Mara and her extremely capable staff have connections with some extremely knowledgeable local guides such as Mohammed and deserving of particular mention (for us anyway), Ahmed, whose mastery of story language will have you mesmerised on the Nile temples and itching to visit the next temple/site. Mohammed is like a walking encyclopedia on the Luxor sites, ask him any question and he will happily provide the information for you.

    You can’t do all this without the support of the stupendous drivers such as Mahmoud (if he likes you you get to call him by his nickname – much easier to wrap those western vowels around, but you have to earn it), whose road mastery was a lesson in diligence and safety. He knows those roads backwards, he has some great shortcuts that will give you photos no-one else could provide. Bonus if you are a smoker and ask to stop in the middle of the desert!

    If you yearn for an ‘authentic’ experience, this is also a place for you. Just discuss with Mara or Ahmed what it is you would like to do and hey presto it is done. An enviable thing to arrange things in Egypt so quickly! If you ask for the moon, be prepared for at least a 12 hour wait while Ahmed and Amr organise it for your next day! Truly amazing.

    The food and service and feeling of secure safety more than compensates for any supposed inconveniences westerners may feel by having a wet room as part of the bath rooms. Don’t compare to western style five star hotels, you will not enjoy yourself if you do, and that will be your own fault, not theirs. Toughen up and focus on why you are there. Mara House becomes your bolt hole from which to experience both Modern AND ancient Egypt. Vital to your stay. Location is great for quiet walks where you can say good morning to the neighbours, have a local coffee and chat with real Egyptians.

    Did we mention already, the food. Incomparable Amr has a real gift of his heart when he prepares your food. My partner was taken shopping in the local markets to gather the ingredients for our feast that evening. That experience alone is more than enough excuse to visit. The food is to die for, really. There are not enough superlatives to describe it, you must visit to experience genius, good simple and wholesome food. (I had a cold while there, was given the ‘cold’ drink – next day boom I felt fantastic.) We in the West seem to have forgotten this and rely on pills and ‘modern’ medicine. The Egyptians have been doing this for millenia, tried and tested.

    Again, did we mention the food ?

    Seriously, Ahmed and Amr were welcoming and we were treated as part of their family. Having a local with you while you walk the streets is invaluable to help you communicate and learn (also to help you avoid being taken advantage of when trading – listen to their advice – it works). As Mara says you gotta walk like an Egyptian – watch how you are then treated compared to westerners who perhaps don’t. Much more respect and people are much more likely to invite you for Shisha or tea, without the hassle. A great chance to kick back, relax, watch life and have some GREAT international conversations that lead to better understandings between the West and Egypt. Ask questions and be prepared to answer questions, it will be revealing I am sure, if you have an open mind and heart.

    Again, did we mention the food ?

    Seriously worth considering, read terms and conditions and have no expectations when you arrive for a mind blowing and memorable experience of Egypt.

    You should know that a mosque is close by so take your good earplugs that first call to prayer in the morning is loud!!

     
  3. SeeTheWorld47 / Portland, Oregon 16/11/2016 at 12:50 pm

    Mara House is a truly special place in the world and much more than a place to lay your head. We have travelled to over 35 countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Europe and have not experienced a better staff, guides, food, and accommodation. It is truly a home away from home.

    The Saladin Feast is one of the best meals We’ve ever had. The cook, Amr, comes from a background of 5 star hotels and personal chef for Egyptian leaders. The host, Ahmed, is personal, professional, kind, knowledgeable and willing to help out in any way possible to make your stay enjoyable.

    Guides Fatma, Manar, and Mohammed are exceptionally knowledgeable (like walking encyclopedias), friendly, kind, and became truly friends. Egyptology is complex and can be overwhelming, but these guys made it entertaining and so much fun to learn the layers upon layers of Egyptian history while visiting the temples and museums.

    Go to Egypt and experience the magic of Mara House! You will be amazed.

     

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