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

 

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26 Comments

  1. Kirsty Nielsen NZ 6 March 2020 06/03/2020 at 8:38 pm

    Being a solo traveler to a country such as Egypt can be a little daunting. Thankfully I found Mara House early in the planning stages of my trip. I found Mara’s blog posts invaluable – I read them all, some of them several times! I ended up booking the 9 night Egypt tour with an extra night in Cairo so I could add on a day trip to Alexandria.

    I didn’t actually have much communication with Mara herself – in fact I only got my actual itinerary when I emailed Mara the day before I left on my trip to ask for it, and she wasn’t in Luxor when I arrived. However all her guides were fabulous! Ahmed was in constant contact making sure my trip was running smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble for him. A BIG thanks to Ahmed for letting me borrow his USB charger for my phone while I was in Cairo!!

    Suzie and our driver in Cairo were both incredible. Thank you for taking us to eat at local places, I enjoyed the koshari immensely 🙂 Driving around Garbage city was a fun experience for me!

    Mohamed took us to Alexandria for the day and was a terrific guide. So full of knowledge and very easy to get along with.

    Once arriving at Mara House in Luxor, Amr took great care of us and fed us until I was fit to burst! The food was sensational – I only wish I could’ve eaten more. Mara House itself is just like staying in someones home. The suite I had was massive, with my own balcony, sitting room and extra large bedroom. I appreciated the suburban location so I could get a real feel for the way regular Egyptians live, however I did miss being able to easily take a stroll along the Nile – it’s a good 20-30 minute walk to the river so wasn’t very convenient to take an evening wander. I also missed small things such as having instant hot water and amenities such as shampoo etc available in the room.

    Mohamed was our guide for our entire time in Luxor and on the cruise. You couldn’t ask for a better person to accompany you on the tour. Full of interesting facts and stories. I don’t think there was one question I had that he didn’t know the answer for. I felt very lucky to have him during my time there!

    I had such an amazing time in Egypt I’m already planning my return, this time bringing a bunch of my family members with me! I will definitely be booking with Mara House again! Thank you for making my trip to Egypt so special.

    Reviewed on Google Maps 6 March 2020 – booked Egypt Holidays 9 nights

     
  2. Jon H - USA, 29 Feb 2020 29/02/2020 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit Egypt since before I can remember, but everyone I’ve known who’s been there has told me that due to the hassle from the touts and the difficulties of getting around Cairo and the country, you really need to take a guided tour. I’ve always traveled on my own, and I’d never been part of a tour group for longer than a day trip, so that worried me. But last year I got serious about going, and while researching, stumbled across Mara House, which turned out to have the best itinerary of any tour I’d found. And after contacting Mara, I was amazed to find out it also had the best price, and her blog had answers to every question I had about traveling in Egypt, and many I didn’t know I had.

    So this month I took the 9-night Egypt tour package, and also did the optional tours of Coptic Cairo, the day trip to Alexandria, and Abu Simbel. And the whole experience was even better than I’d dreamed, seeing everything I ever wanted to see with guides whose stories and explanations made everything more memorable. My thanks to Ayman who smoothed my arrival in Cairo; Suzy who took us to Coptic Cairo, Giza, and the Egyptian Museum; Mohammed who took us to Alexandria; and Mohammed who guided us around Luxor, on the cruise, and to Abu Simbel. Mara House in Luxor is beautiful—I especially enjoyed the rooftop terrace–and Amr was not only an excellent host who answered every request but was also responsible for the incredible meals.

    Special thanks to Ahmed, who not only guided the Medieval Cairo tour, but checked in with us every day in Cairo by phone or in person to make sure everything was going well. Then on my final day, I got to be a test subject as Ahmed did a trial run of the new Royal Cairo tour, which I can heartily recommend. We began at Manial Palace on the island of Roda for a history of the Egyptian royal family. Next we went to the City of the Dead to see two astonishing tombs; one neglected, full of graves, and haunting; the other still beautifully maintained thanks to continual upkeep paid for by a royal abroad who intends to be buried there. We ended up with more royal tombs in the mosques of Sultan Hassan and al-Rifai, which are worth seeing on their own, and since they’re right across from Saladin’s Citadel, Ahmed offered to take me there as well, where I got a last view over Cairo to the pyramids.

    I also want to mention the wonderful staff and service at the Steinberger El Tahrir, and aboard the MS Concerto, as well as the friendly drivers. I can’t thank Mara and her colleagues enough, and will be recommending Mara House tours to everyone who wants to explore Egypt.

    Traveled solo. Reviewed on TripAdvisor 29 Feb 2020 – Egypt Holidays Package – 9 nights

     

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