9 nights starting with 3 nights in Cairo, 2 nights at Mara House Luxor, 4 nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan.  See the best of Egypt with great guides.  For an experience of Egypt to remember and treasure.  Scroll down the page for available dates.

Egypt Holidays 9 nights, Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Nile Cruise

CAIRO – 3 nights hotel accommodation, 3 breakfasts, transfer from the airport to the hotel on arrival and transfer from hotel to airport on departure. 

Tours to Giza;  go inside the Great Pyramid and step into the Kings Chamber; see the only solar boat on display in Egypt; take a camel ride from the Giza Panorama.  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. 

Egypt is about more than pyramids and pharaohs.   With our knowledgeable and helpful guides you will have a magical time wandering around the totally unique  Gayer Anderson House.    When we take you to Medieval Cairo,  we don’t just walk you down the streets and then sit drinking coffee while you have what is hailed as “free time” on your own.  No, we take you inside those marvellous buildings and tell you their stories.  Included in all tours are transport, certified guide, entry tickets, travel permissions.

LUXOR – 2 nights at Mara House, 3 breakfasts, packed lunch for Abydos/Dendera, Tours to Karnak/Luxor/Abydos/Dendera Temples and the 5 main sites on West Bank, transfer from airport to Mara House on arrival and transfer to Cruise boat on departure day, transport, guide, entry tickets, travel permissions.  You will enjoy the famous SALAHADEEN FEAST at Mara House which we serve ONLY to our own in-house guests.

NILE CRUISE – 4 nights Full Board, tours to Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae, more details

ABU SIMBEL is an optional extra which we will help organise but is not included in the price.

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 a travel agent may say – the heat is not a big issue when your movements are properly planned and air-con is everywhere so you can do this itinerary any time of the year.
  4. Comfort is important – you are on holiday.
  5. 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. 

Please contact Mara for the full information and remember to say in the email you are asking for the 9 night basic tour info please.  You would be surprised how many emails I get that just say “more info please”!

The following dates are bookable for the 9 night package.  I don’t offer private tours.  The number of guests on any tour is between 2 and 8.  Because there is no shopping on my tours you get maximum time possible at every site.  Our only constraint is the travelling time to and from the sites plus the closing times.

Update 27 October 2018if you are planning on taking our Egypt 9 night package in Dec/Jan,  you need to book asap but first you need to check available flights because already domestic flights for some dates/times are sold out and not showing up on the Egypt Air website.

Why is Mara always changing things?

2018 Dates for EGYPT 9 NIGHT Package – Please note these are the ONLY available dates for this tour.

  • 2018 Nov 26 – Dec 5
  • 2018 Dec 3 – 12
  • 2018 Dec 10 – 19
  • 2018 Dec 17 – 26
  • 2018 Dec 24 – Jan 2
  • 2018 Dec 31 – Jan 9 2019

2019 dates for EGYPT 9 NIGHT Package – Please note these are the ONLY available dates for this package.

  • 31 Dec 2018 – Jan 9 2019
  • 2019 Jan 7 – Jan 16
  • 2019 Jan 14  – Jan 23
  • 2019 Jan 21 – 30
  • 2019 Jan 28 – Feb 6
  • 2019 Feb 18 – 27
  • 2019 Feb 25 – 6 March
  • 2019 March 4 – 13
  • 2019 March 11 – 20
  • 2019 March 18 – 27
  • 2019 March 25 – April 3
  • 2019 April 1 – 10
  • 2019 April 15 – 24
  • 2019 April 22 – May 1
  • 2019 April 29 – May 8
  • 2019 May 6 – May 15
  • 2019 May 13 – 22
  • 2019 May 27 – June 5
  • 2019 June 3 – 12
  • 2019 June 10 – 19
  • 2019 June 17 – 26
  • 2019 June 24 – July 3
  • 2019 July 1 – 10
  • 2019 July 8 – 17
  • 2019 July 15 – 24
  • 2019 July 22 – 31
  • 2019 July 29 – Aug 7
  • 2019 Aug 5 – 14
  • 2019 Aug 12 – 21
  • 2019 Aug 19 – 28
  • 2019 Aug 26 – Sept 4
  • 2019 Sept 9 – 18
  • 2019 Sept 16 -25
  • 2019 Sept 23 – Oct 2
  • 2019 Sept 30 – Oct 9
  • 2019 Oct 21 – 30
  • 2019 Oct 28 -Nov 6
  • 2019 Nov 4 – 13
  • 2019 Nov 18 – 27
  • 2019 Nov 25 – Dec 4
  • 2019 Dec 2 – 11
  • 2019 Dec 9 – 18
  • 2019 Dec 16 – 25

FULL DETAILS – please contact Mara

 

Mara

Owner at Mara House Hotel Luxor
Hi - I'm Mara (Marie Vaughan) from Ireland...my aim is to be the best at what I do - not the cheapest so please do not compare Mara House products with others based on price...compare us on quality of service.

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  1. 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!!

     
  2. 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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