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

This package is available to couples, families etc. and bookable for all dates throughout the year. 

This package is also bookable for individual solo travelers.   However, our group trips (4 scheduled for 2020) may be better suited and cheaper for solo travelers.  See our Mara House Group Tours info and dates here.

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 to take me around the best places to see.  There is just so much advice and data on the internet that it becomes overwhelming”

Trust Mara to Give you the Best Holiday in Egypt

This is the itinerary I would give to my best friends and family.  But the itinerary is only half the job, when trying to have the best Egyptian Holiday.  So, what do we do on this 9 night trip to enhance your experience?

  • We give you the space and time to visit the ancient, sacred places in peace.
  • We organise the transport, the ticket buying, permits where needed and great guides. 
  • We protect you as much from the normal hassle tourists experience here. 
  • We provide 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 we deliver on all that?  Please take the time to read the reviews of our guests at the end of this 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 you that 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 there are no hidden extra expenses.

LUXOR – Stay at Mara House, visit the main sites on East and West Banks of Luxor. 

  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Temples at Abydos and Dendera which are the best in Egypt
  • 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings (+ 3 extra tombs which are special and only open for a short time probably)
  • 3 tombs in Nobles Tombs
  • Temple of Medinet Habu,
  • Hatshepsut Temple at Deir El Bahri
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Workers Village and 2 tombs at Deir El Medina

Enjoy the famous SALAHADEEN FEAST at Mara House which we now serve ONLY to in-house guests.

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

  • Temple of Horus at Edfu
  • Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Isis, goddess of love.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to take the package to do these tours.  Many visitors to Egypt would like to use their hotel points.  If this applies to you, but you have heard how great our tours and guides are, we are happy to have you on the tours and you can stay in your own preferred hotel.

9 Night Package Available Dates for 2020

First date is your arrival date into Cairo – no tours.  Second date is check out date in Aswan.

  • Feb 3 – Feb 12
  • Feb 10 – Feb 19
  • Feb 17 – Feb 26
  • Feb 24 – Mar 4
  • Mar 2 – Mar 11
  • Mar 9 – Mar 18
  • Mar 16 – Mar 25
  • Mar 23 – Apr 1
  • Mar 30 – Apr 8
  • Apr 6 – Apr 15
  • Apr 13 – Apr 22
  • Apr 20 – Apr 29
  • Apr 27 – May 6
  • May 4 – May 13
  • May 25 – June 3
  • June 1 – June 10
  • June 8 – June 17
  • June 15 – June 24
  • June 22 – July 1
  • June 29 – July 8
  • July 6 – July 15
  • July 13 – July 22
  • July  20 – July 29
  • July 27 – Aug 5
  • Aug 3 – Aug 12
  • Aug 10 -Aug 19
  • Aug 17 – Aug 26
  • Aug 24 – Sept 2
  • Aug 31  – Sept 9
  • Sept 14 – Sept 23
  • Sept 21 – Sept 30
  • Oct 12 – Oct 21
  • Oct 19 – Oct 28
  • Oct 26 – Nov 4
  • Nov 9 – Nov 18
  • Nov 16 – Nov 25
  • Nov 23 – Dec 2
  • Nov 30 – Dec 9
  • if you want the 9 nights package for dates between 7 Dec and 11 Jan 2021 please contact Mara

For all above booking dates please contact Mara

Most Common Questions Asked About 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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26 Comments

  1. H & J, New York 15/09/2018 at 12:21 pm

    It has been a dream of mine to come to Egypt since I was a little girl. When we were deciding on a honeymoon location, it was a “no-brainer” So glad we stumbled across Mara House and the programs you offer.

    Throughout our trip we have felt so well taken care of and looked after. Mara and Amr, you have been one step ahead the whole time making sure we have the best experience possible and we can honestly say we have.

    We will be back to Egypt and to Mara House
    H & J – New York, USA. 15 Sept 2018 (Mara House Guest Book) Egypt Holidays package

     
  2. A & K , Canada/Singapore 25/08/2018 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Mara, Amr and Ahmed,

    Thank you so much for your hospitality! We could not have picked better hosts for our time in Egypt. Thank you for sharing your love for this beautiful country with us.

    The Salahadeen Feast was, hands-down, the best meal we have had in Egypt!!! Everyone needs to try this once in their lives. Wish we could hire Amr as our personal Chef forever! 🙂

    A & K , Canada/Singapore. 25 Aug 2018 (Mara House Guest Book) Egypt Holidays package

     
  3. Justin Vaughan, USA 05/08/2018 at 1:15 pm

    Honeymoon, and Literally a Dream Come True

    My wife and I were planning our honeymoon in January. Initially we were thinking about touring the British Isles. But then I asked her: “Is this the one place you’d like to go in the entire world, if you could choose any destination? Because this may be our only opportunity.” She replied, “I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt, ever since I was a little girl. But I guess it’s too dangerous.” Being a graduate student of middle eastern history, I have kept abreast of current events in the region and therefore immediately dismissed her fears. (If that is a concern, let me tell you that I felt safer there than I do walking around Denver.) I then proceeded to research Egyptian tourism. Mara House came up once I got away from the major booking websites. Encouraged by the reviews I found on numerous travel websites and the descriptions on marahouseluxor.com of the tour packages she offered (and seeing that she has the same last name as me, which is utter coincidence but I saw it as a sign), I requested information on the 9-day tour package she offers. The moment I saw the price my jaw literally dropped and I immediately booked the trip. We arrived the last week of May.

    Everything went incredibly well, and our expectations were either perfectly met or —more often than not— wholly exceeded. Her staff was courteous and attentive, going above and beyond to make our stay in Luxor absolutely joyous. Mara has spent years vetting the people with whom she entrusts her clients and that was evident in every way. The hotel in Cairo and the cruise ship Mara booked for us were more luxurious than I’m used to. The tour guides were extraordinarily knowledgeable — and believe me, I tested them with some rather esoteric questions, particularly during the Medieval Cairo portion of the tour since that’s in my wheelhouse. For that reason I’m confident that the entire tour presentation was based in fact, as opposed to some tours whose guides, I think, would prefer to make something up rather than admit they don’t know the answer. If they were expressing an opinion or didn’t know the answer to a question (which was rare) they said so. Moreover, they were excellent at running interference and warning you about unpleasant encounters with locals who, and this is no secret, can be very aggressive. It simply can’t be avoided so be prepared, but also know that the guides won’t leave you to be harassed if you follow their recommendations. Or you can just be a total mark like myself and end up buying way too many souvenirs… I mean, gifts for all my friends back home because I totally intended to do that.

    The group we were in was small; the difference that made on the experience was apparent when we encountered other groups at the sites comprising dozens of people following around one beleaguered guide. And I will say this: when booking, you have to decide if you want cooler weather or fewer crowds. The peak season is from October to April. Personally, I can attest to the fact that the heat was difficult at first, but you do get used to it quickly and there are strategies for coping with the heat that really help. Regardless, the tour buses and drivers Mara arranged for us all had powerful air conditioning, as did her hotel in Luxor, the cruise ship, and the Cairo hotel.

    Now I’ll address some concerns from other reviews I’ve read.

    First, if anyone complains about Luxor House itself, they must not have looked at the website very closely because Mara does not conceal anything. The hotel is very nice, clean, and has a really authentic feel. Breakfast is served before the tours and it’s terrific in my opinion. On one evening you will be served a traditional Egyptian feast and it was the best meal of the entire two weeks my wife and I were in the country. And, if you just got married a couple of days before arriving, the staff may surprise you with a small little something special, but that’s just me saying that so you better not insist that “well this guy on TripAdvisor said….” My point is just that the staff is simply terrific and will go well out of their way to make your stay very enjoyable, even magical. Our room did not have a television, and we weren’t expecting one because nowhere on marahouseluxor.com does she say that the rooms have TVs. Just as well anyway; why would you want to watch TV on a trip like that? Mara House is not in a central, touristy area. Its pretty much right in the middle of a densely populated residential area. Honestly, my wife and I liked that better than the super-mega-luxury hotel in Cairo (though I’m certainly not complaining about that either.) It is not in a “construction zone,” as some people complained about years ago. The bathroom was just fine, very spacious, and exactly as described. Everything in the room worked and it was, of course, as clean as can be.

    Next, things than be a bit complicated concerning arriving at the airport, traveling throughout the country, local customs, tipping; etc. Mara gives you everything you need to know up front. If anyone was caught off guard by any part of the process, it was their fault for not reading her informative emails carefully enough or for failing to do their own research and consequently having completely unrealistic expectations. For instance, if you think that tipping is not a part of the expenses of traveling in a place like Egypt, you have only yourself to blame if it surprises you. Seriously; who travels to a foreign country like Egypt without doing their due diligence and finding out what to expect before they go? Fortunately, that is one of the things about which Mara provides detailed instructions, and for that I was extremely grateful. I don’t want to have to guess at things like that.

    Mara herself was not in the country when we were there, which was a bit disappointing simply because my wife and I were looking forward to meeting her as she had been so helpful in planning our trip. However, she and I had some terrific conversations on facebook messenger during our time there, sharing my posts on her page and what have you. She is perfectly accessible even if she isn’t there in person (she was in Ireland, which I plan on visiting someday myself) and as someone pointed out, if the staff is extraordinarily capable then what does it matter if the owner of the hotel isn’t present? All of her staff speak perfectly adequate English. Amr, Fatma, Ahmed, they speak better English than many people born and raised in America. Some minor changes were made to the itinerary (that honestly worked out better for my wife and I, but I can see how that might be an annoyance) but they weren’t done out of convenience or sloppiness; there were legitimate reasons why they needed to be made and basically out of the hands of Mara House.

    Upon our return to Colorado, everyone wanted to hear about the trip. The most accurate thing I could say was that it was indescribable, and then proceed to describe it as best I can. I’ll just say the same thing here: Egypt is indescribable. The next thing I say to people is that seeing as how there is no other place like it in the world, if you have even the slightest inclination to go I strongly suggest that you do, and don’t hesitate. You never know how future events may prevent you from taking the opportunity, whether they be political events in Egypt or here at home, or just in your own personal life. And then I tell everyone that they should contact Mara Vaughan in Luxor. I cannot possibly conceive of a better way to experience Egypt. If you would like to hear from me directly, find me on Facebook.

    – Justin Vaughan in Colorado. Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018 Egypt Holidays package

     

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