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 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.  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. 

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.

  • Jan 27 – Feb 5
  • 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 11 – May 20
  • May 18 – May 27
  • 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

For bookings please contact 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


  1. Teresa Glick USA - 2 March 2019 02/03/2019 at 10:52 am

    Our whole experience with Mara House was excellent. We did the 9 day Egypt tour and were in good hands the entire trip. Mara completely put me at ease about traveling in the winter (in the event we had flight delays on our end) and was happy to answer any questions I had. Her blog posts are VERY helpful for planning the trip and to also understand the locals and customs.

    I am so glad that Mara included visits to Abydos and Dendera temples, and to the nobles tombs and workers village in the itinerary. They were so beautiful and not to be missed! Ahmed took care of us in Cairo and gave us great advice on how to navigate the city upon arrival (including getting across traffic). He made sure we had everything we needed, knew our schedule for each day, and handed us off to our very capable guides while in Cairo. (We had so much fun with Suzy!) Arriving in Luxor was a breath of fresh air compared to the bustle of Cairo.

    Mara House itself is clean, quiet and beautifully decorated. Amr took great care of us during our stay and all of the food was delicious. Do not miss out on the salahadeen feast! I don’t know where we will find Egyptian food in the states, but it will be a quest well worth it. Mo was our guide for the last half of the trip and was very knowledgeable about all the sites and happy to answer any questions we had. He was great at helping us navigate the busy sites and gave us plenty of time to explore on our own too. We appreciated that he would take the time to point out things that were unique to each site.

    I still think that there are parts of the trip that are still sinking in. It was a once in a lifetime trip, and Mara House made sure that the whole experience was unforgettable!

    Teresa Glick USA. Travelled as couple. Feb 2019. 9 nights Egypt package. Reviewed on Google Maps and TripAdvisor

  2. Zihua Wang 30/01/2019 at 4:11 am

    My family booked the 3 nights package at Mara House during the 2018 holiday season. My twin daughters and my wife really enjoyed visiting the ancient tombs, temples, and the sunset sailing on the Nile. We are very impressed by Mohamad’s knowledge of these ancient temple, and he made the visit a very enjoyable and educational experience.
    Amr is very caring and considerate and made our stay very enjoyable, arranging transportation to local restaurants and the Luxor museum. In additional, the meals he prepared were delicious. We also had our breakfast at the roof-top garden, which was beautifully arranged with succulents and flowering plants. .

  3. Matt & Amelia, Sydney 18.01.19 18/01/2019 at 12:55 pm

    Amr, thank you for such a lovely stay! You have been so helpful and kind and have made our stay very stress free. The breakfasts and feast was delicious.

    Thanks to Mara, Ahmed and Amr for organising our 9 day Egypt tour – absolutely fantastic!

    Matt & Amelia, Sydney, Australia. Traveled as couple. Jan 2019 9 night Egypt package (From Mara House Guest Book)


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