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. Rowena Verdan, USA 9 April 2019 09/04/2019 at 2:35 pm

    Three high school friends found themselves yearning for more adventure after their 9-Day Holy Land tour. Thank goodness I found MaraHouseLuxor on a Google search. MaraHouse delivered on all fronts on our 3-Day Cairo package, and we even added 2 more nights to visit Alexandria. Communication with Mara was quick and answered emails promptly. Even my hubby joined us.
    First and foremost, thank you to Cairo tour guide Ahmed Hasanein, who fetched us at the airport and briefed us daily.
    Thank you Mara for booking us at Steigenberger Hotel Tahrir Square. Location was perfect.

    Travelled as friends – April 2019, Cairo 3 night package

  2. Wilf & Shirl Canada 2 April 2019 02/04/2019 at 11:52 am

    My husband and I toured Egypt Mar 10-20 2019 under the guidance of MARA House, and we had an absolutely splendid time! Her guides were very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and top notch! Our Cairo guide suggested an early visit to the pyramids to avoid the crowds – that was a terrific plan! Cairo museum was Egypt’s history in “one spot”! Old Cairo downtown was an eye opener – be sure to try the Hibiscus drink to lower your blood pressure! Delicious 😋

    Mara’s Luxor house gave us a glimpse into Egyptian homes- you get a chance to see a beautiful authentically decorated home (as opposed to the international hotels) – delicious breakfasts& an Egyptian dinner feast -totally Egyptian! I consider this a major plus to all the ancient history you see.
    The Nile River cruise on the Blue Splendor was top notch the best boat (we got to walk through other boats when we were docked & Our boat was most grand) Mara’s tour was very reasonably priced and the experiences included in her tour were excellent.

    We give her high recommendations and believe you’d be as happy as we were!🤗

    Wilf & Shirl 2019 Canada – Travelled as couple. Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Egypt Holidays 9 nights package

  3. SRobin001 USA, 05 March 2019 05/03/2019 at 12:47 pm

    Truly, it WAS the trip of a lifetime and Mara arranged everything for us. First off, I’d been talking with Mara online for years and while I hadn’t committed to booking with her, I did have tons of questions about visiting Egypt. Mara was great, answering all that I had to ask. Finally, I was ready and booked with Mara for 2019 February.

    We were greeted at the airport by Ahmed and whisked through Cairo to our hotel for check in. Ahmed was there in the morning and he remained on call for our entire trip and encouraged us to call him with any needs. He really came through for us. That first morning he introduced us to our guide Heder and driver Mohamed. The four of us were together all week and just had a blast. We started with the step pyramid, the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid. By the end of the week, we had seen the Giza Plateau, The Egyptian Museum, the Gayer Anderson house, Medieval Cairo, Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo. All while under Mara’s invisible guidance and “umbrella” of service. We were safe and well cared for.

    At the end of our first week, we flew down to Luxor and stayed with Mara for a night, where we met Amr and his staff. We were we introduced to some home cooking and hospitality, par excellence.

    We then transferred to a luxury cruise ship for the next four days, with a new guide and he really knew his stuff just as well as did Heder in Cairo. The cruise included the West Bank, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae, Abydos and Dendera. Wonderful cruise ship and excellent staff, and fabulous temples…what’s not to love?

    We spent the last couple days of our vacation just hanging out at Mara House relaxing. She arranged day trips for us and took care of all the details. While I appreciated the food at the hotel in Cairo and on the cruise ship, I’d rather have Amr’s cooking at Mara house anytime. He sent us off each morning with coffee and a huge breakfast. In the evenings, we had a great dinner each night. Don’t get me started on the Saladin Feast. It’s so good and it’s huge.

    Do yourself a favor and go visit Egypt. The people are warm and welcoming. I can’t tell you how many amazing people we met in our two weeks there. Trust Mara and her staff to know their business and they will take care of all the details, You just show up and enjoy your trip of a lifetime.

    S Robin USA Traveled with family Feb 2019. 9 night Egypt Package Reviewed on TripAdvisor


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