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.  Bookable all year


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, Antiquities Museum at Tahrir Sq, Gayer Anderson House and Medieval Cairo, transport, guide, entry tickets, travel permissions.

LUXOR – 2 nights at Mara House, 3 breakfasts, packed lunch for Abydos/Dendera, Tours to Karnak/Luxor/Abydos/Dendera Temple 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,  Salahadeen Feast.

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

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 following dates are bookable for the 9 night package.  While these are not group trips there are likely going to be other Mara House guests on some of your tours also.

2018 Dates for EGYPT 9 NIGHT Package – only these dates are available.

  • June 25 – 24 July
  • 2018 July 2 -11
  • July 9 – 18
  • July 16-25
  • July 23 – 31
  • July 30 – Aug 8
  • 2018 Aug 6 – 15
  • Aug 13 – 22
  • Aug 20 – 29
  • 2018 Sept 17 – 26
  • Sept 24 – Oct 3
  • 2018 Oct 15 – 24
  • Oct 22 – 31
  • Oct 29 – Nov 7
  • 2018 Dec 10 – 19
  • Dec 17 – 26
  • Dec 24 – Jan 2

2019 Dates for EGYPT 9 NIGHT Package

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

FULL DETAILS – please contact Mara


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  1. Moira Loader 01/06/2018 at 10:56 am

    My husband and I recently enjoyed 10 days in Egypt on Mara’s 9 night tour. We couldn’t have been happier with our decision to forgo the ‘tour companies’ in favour of the private tour we had with Mara’s team. The itinerary was so well planned and the logistical organisation faultless. Cars, boats, calash and camel rides appeared just as we needed them and we never had to queue for tickets or deal with the obvious language barrier. We felt safe and welcomed the entire time; due to the confident and calming presence of our tour guides, the careful manoeuvring of our drivers, and the talented chef and manager at Mara House. Communication with Mara prior to the trip was personal, efficient and helpful. Communication whilst on tour was also exemplary. Given we both have management/organisational jobs in Sydney, it was so wonderful to be able to truly relax whilst in Egypt and totally entrust our days to this impressive team. Our motto to each other was “Let go and let Mara!”
    It’s a formula that works.
    We highly recommend booking your Egyptian tour through Mara House. We are certainly glad we did.

    Moira and Jamie Loader
    Sydney, Australia.
    Travelled May 2018.

  2. Linda L 25/05/2018 at 12:56 pm

    Best way to experience the wonders of Luxor and Egypt

    My husband and I just returned from the most wonderful journey and experience all thanks to Mara and Mara House. Mara is the maestro who will help organize everything for you. All the pre-planning communication is timely, clear and smooth. Her team at each stop is superb and the coordination is excellent. Our journey started in Cairo where we were greeted at the airport and taken to our hotel. For 2 days her guide Mohamed escorted us to the famous as well as the lesser known sights. His in-depth knowledge, insights and humor enriched every stop.

    Then it was off to Mara House in Luxor for a truly unique and authentic experience. Mara House is a gem. It’s a unique and charming oasis.The accommodations are much better, more personal than a big name hotel. Ahmed the manager is warm and caring, very attentive to any needs. The rooms are really suites with comfortable beds and a separate sitting room with a well stocked refrigerator and literature about the area. The breakfasts were delicious and the Sahaladeen Feast on Friday night was outstanding. Our schedule was well managed and coordinated to maximize our experience and not have us wilt in the heat.

    Our guide in Luxor, also named Mohammed was amazing. He brought the Egyptian history of the Pharoahs and their gods to life with vivid imagery and relevant comparisons to life today. He also accompanied us on our 3 day Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Again taking us to the best sites along the way and revealing their history, meanings and secrets. At the end, he made sure our airport connections home went smoothly.

    My husband and I can’t say enough good things about Mara House and her whole team. So if you’re thinking about traveling to Egypt, this is the way to go.

    Reviewed on TripAdvisor – couple – May 2018

  3. Christina J - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA 09/04/2018 at 11:05 am

    I Was Treated Like a VIP

    Visiting cities vastly different from one’s own, especially when traveling solo, can lead to a sense of imbalance, so it’s important to stay somewhere comfortable and safe. Upon my arrival in Egypt, Mara House was that place for me. Hungry, stressed, and exhausted when I arrived, I realized quickly I was in excellent hands with Ahmed, the manager, who helped me get oriented and called a taxi to take me to a nearby restaurant. Later, after a hot shower, I settled into my cushy, comfortable bed and enjoyed a great night’s sleep. The following morning, after a delicious breakfast, I felt completely renewed, energized, and ready to enjoy the splendor of Luxor’s temples.

    I’ve looked at some of the negative reviews and noticed they fall into two categories: Those who misunderstood something/ didn’t read information sent to them, and those who expect the street and facilities to be like home. Yes, the neighborhood looks very different from my own: Well-off Egyptians spend money on extravagances inside their homes and keep the outside very modest-looking. But the area is safe and provides the chance to see how Egyptians live. For me that made it more special. If you aren’t looking for that kind of authenticity, a chain hotel might better suit your needs, but you’ll be missing out on the unique charm, outstanding customer service, and excellent food at Mara House.

    The facilities and service exceeded my expectations in a number of ways. I normally travel far more modestly, but prices in Egypt are currently so reasonable I was able to afford more. The house is beautiful, spacious, and impeccably clean, and my suite felt luxurious. I was treated like a VIP. Ahmed was incredibly kind and responsive to any question or request. And one evening, after a long day of sightseeing, I enjoyed one of Amr’s sumptuous dinner feasts; Cleopatra herself never ate so well!

    Other touches I appreciated: The bottled water (a must for visitors) and snacks in the kitchen area of my suite cost the actual prices one would pay in an Egyptian shop instead of the usual 3-4 times as much. Also, Mara’s binder of practical information (in your room) is very helpful. She really does think of all the details so you don’t have to.

    If you are considering traveling to Egypt, DO IT! It is a safe and friendly country, and you will be amazed by all the temples. It was the most fascinating trip I’ve ever taken. And while in Luxor, do yourself a favor and stay at Mara House.

    Room Tip: The call to prayer is part of the Egyptian experience, but it may wake you at an ungodly hour! Bring earplugs.

    Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo – reviewed on TripAdvisor 09.04.18


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