Come and explore Egypt with me.  Let me tell you about the Egypt that has an un-explainable hold on me.  It doesn’t quite fit into any category that I can find.  While my Egyptologists will also be on the tour every day with us, the focus will be on my stories of ancient Egypt, the god of wisdom and keeper of the records – Thoth, the goddess of love – Isis and Hathor the goddess of music and motherhood, Sekhmet the goddess of destruction and healing.

Places, buildings and objects mean nothing to me without the stories behind their builders, owners or users.  Finding the human stories behind the monuments has always driven me and those are the stories I will be sharing with you.  I would like to give you the stories of the monuments and a feel for the people who lived in and used them.  Then, hopefully, when you walk in these places you will have a better feel for them.  Hopefully also my personal tour will give you a timeline of stories about people and places that make sense.  If I succeed you will be forever hooked on Egypt – as I am.

We will visit Abydos and Dendera which are the best temples in all of Egypt and my favourites.  Our interest there will be on Pharaoh Sety I and the amazing English woman Oom Seti

We will explore the ancient connections between Ireland and Egypt, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, Saladin, the crusades and too much more to detail here.

I also want to give you a feel for modern Egypt.  I want you to meet it’s people and get an up close experience of it’s culture and traditions.  If I succeed you will go home, most likely with completely different views on Egypt than those you bring with you.

The cost of these trips do not reflect the value of the experience you will have touring Egypt with me.  If Egypt is your dream trip or on your “bucket list” I advise early booking as the number of places on each trip is limited to 15 – 16.  Ask for full details

All the trips and packages I offer are based on my own personal experience – not because I believe I know what is best for everyone else, but because I do believe everyone deserves a quality and hassle free holiday.  So, while I don’t personally know you, I do presume you would like a trip where

  • you know the full cost of what you are buying
  • that has no hidden extras
  • gives you a real feel for the country and customs
  • helps you avoid the tourist traps.
  • is hassle free
  • eliminates the need for decision making on subjects you have little or no knowledge what your choices may entail.

and those priorities are what my initial planning is based on.  After that I choose the best sites but leave other options open to your personal preferences, provide great guides I can trust and leave you some relaxation time on top of that.

OVERVIEW of Group Trip

  • Cairo – sites include Giza Plateau, Gt. Pyramid, Solar Boat, Gayer Anderson House, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Antiquities Museum at Tahrir Sq., Tutankhamun’s Treasures, Mummy Room at Museum, Medieval Cairo, Khan El Khalili, Islamic and Coptic Cairo etc.
  • Luxor  – sites include West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Nobles Tombs, Workers Village and Tombs, Colossi of Memnon, Abydos Temple, Dendera Temple, Luxor and Karnak Temples.
  • 7 nights Nile Cruise – sites include Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae, Nubian Village etc
  • The above is a brief summary of places included in trip package – please contact me for full itinerary, details and pricing

If you are interested in seeing Egypt with me personally then please try to come on one of the following trips as I am doubtful I will be doing many, if any in 2020.

2019 Dates:

  • 2019 Feb 10 – 23 (6 places available)
  • 2019 April 7 – 20 (FULL)
  • 2019 May 19 – June 1 (8 places available)
  • 2019 Nov 10 – 23 (8 places available)
For full details and to check availability  – PLEASE CONTACT MARA

Mara

Owner at Mara House Hotel Luxor
Hi - I'm Mara (Marie Vaughan) from Ireland...my aim is to be the best at what I do - not the cheapest so please do not compare Mara House products with others based on price...compare us on quality of service.

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  1. Sheridan 15/05/2018 at 1:05 pm

    The tour with Mara was a great way to experience Egypt!
    There’s no doubt we saw the most amazing number of extraordinary things – Mara’s view is we will only be here once so she puts in as much as possible. It was full on, with generally long days with lots in them but I really feel as though I’ve been immersed in experiencing Egyptian history and culture, put together by someone who does tours because she loves Egypt and wants others to love it too.
    The hotels have been outstanding, the cruise ship was fine (although about C grade by European cruise ship standards), the guides were great and I learnt a lot, and the organisation was generally good, except for a few times when things were derailed by the Egyptian way of doing things, and Mara stepped in and got them sorted out.
    The only thing we missed was Abu Simbel, but there were no flights at all from Aswan that day, and after all the temples we’d seen, no-one really wanted to do a seven hour round trip by minibus, getting up at 3 am, for an hour there.
    I would have preferred one less day in Cairo and an extra day in Aswan, so we could have done both the Philae/Nubian Village visits on one day and Abu Simbel either by plane or minibus on another.
    I’m really pleased I’ve seen Egypt and that I did it with Mara. It would be difficult, frustrating, uncertain, and scary to see Egypt without doing it with a good tour company. You would be driven insane, miss a lot and take ages to do it.
    I’m a solo female traveller and Mara and her team took out all the worry and the hassle and I had a great time.
    Thanks Mara!
    Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Travelled with Mara’s May Group 2018. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018

     
  2. Andrew and Linda Fraser 14/05/2018 at 7:21 am

    Many thanks to Mara and her very friendly and professional team for an absolutely incredible egypt experience. The knowledge of her guides was first class and the way Mara and they explained the amazing history and stories of Egypt from the ancient pharaonic period through to the present day was very entertaining and easy to understand. The logistics of the trip from Cairo to Luxor to Aswan could not have gone more smoothly. We felt safe, secure and relaxed during the whole tour. The hotels we stayed in and the Nile cruise boat were of a very high standard.

    Mara bent over backwards to make sure that all our specific needs were catered for and the itinerary was flexible enough to ensure that we always came first. We really enjoyed the more personable approach from Mara and her team that was possible with a smaller tour group.

    Our trip to Egypt was unforgettable and exceeded all our expectations and then some. We highly recommend a Mara Egyptian tour.

    Linda and Andrew Fraser, Melbourne Australia. Travelled with Mara’s May Group Tour 2018. Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018

     

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