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


Owner at Mara House Hotel Luxor
Hi - I'm Mara (Marie Vaughan) from 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 us on quality of service.

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  1. Jo A, Gorokan, Australia 21/09/2018 at 3:54 am

    Great value for Egypt

    We did our tour with this company. We were met at the airport at 4.30am by the smiling caring tour manager despite the fact that he’d been transferring people since midnight.

    Our hotel was amazing and Ahmed, our tour manager, arranged for us to get into our room by 7am! Not many places will do that for you. Mara, the owner of the tour company, met us all before the tour started to explain how things would be.

    We spent 4 days in Cairo and then a relaxing cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswen. Here we got to have dinner at Mara House which was amazing! The Egypologists, Mohammed and Mohammed, we’re both amazing. They had so much information to share and were so pleased to do so.

    Ahmed, what an amazing man! He was soooo helpful. I got a bit sick with an upset stomach and he regularly checked on me, making sure I was well hydrated and up to the next bit of the tour. He even escorted us back to the airport at a ridiculous hour of the morning! Nothing was a problem for him. Every request, he forefilled. He was waiting at our hotel about one hour before pick up every day! Apart for the history of Egypt, Ahmed is the jewel in the crown of this tour. Thank you Ahmed. Your professionalism was greatly appreciated!

    We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The fact that the group is small is fantastic and would happily give it a 5* plus rating.
    Thanks Mara House Luxor

    Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Travelled with Mara’s Group Trip Sept 2018

  2. Lynda G Wollongong, Australia 17/09/2018 at 3:06 pm

    Touring Historic Egypt

    We toured with Mara and her amazing tour leader Ahmed and guides, both called Mohammed. The organisation of the tour was meticulous but allowed for minor variations to suit the group. Additional activities were added where possible including a felucca ride in Aswan.

    We especially enjoyed the temples in Abydos and Dendera which are seen by very few groups. We were also taken inside the pyramids and some rarely opened tombs in the valley of the kings which were amazing.

    The hotel accommodation was great, and a dinner in Mara House a highlight of the trip.

    Reviewed on TripAdvisor. Travelled with Mara’s Group Trip Sept 2018. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018


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