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


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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. Paige and Bob, USA 16 Oct 2018 16/10/2018 at 5:32 pm


    I have always wanted to go to Egypt. By accident I ran across Mara House while looking for another trip elsewhere. This was the best accident I have ever had! Unbelievable!

    My first concern was safety. Mara put my mind at ease right away and told me it was very safe. Right she was – I NEVER once felt unsafe or the least bit uneasy. The Egyptian people are so wonderful. They are friendly and always willing to help no matter what you need. A nice place to eat, directions, or just crossing the street.

    My husband and I went on an 11 day tour – This is a small group tour which started in Cairo, went to Luxor, then Aswan with a Nile cruise.

    Ahmed was our tour guide/manager. He was amazing!!! Ahmed met us at the airport with a smile on his face which never left for the entire 11 days. He took us to the Steigenberger Hotel in Cairo and made sure we were checked in and our luggage was in our room.

    The next day we started our amazing/unforgettable adventure. We did it all 🙂 Valley of the Kings- King Tut’s Tomb, Seti Tomb; Giza – went into the great pyramid up to the King’s chamber and had a camel ride, saw an ancient boat, and the sphinx.. Valley of the Queens – Nefertari Tomb … Cairo – Sufi dance, Garbage City, Cave Church, Abdeen Palace, City of the Dead… Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan – Philae, Nubian Village, held crocodiles, went into a classroom for kindergarten; what adorable children. We saw countless temples and tombs – We went to Antiquities Museum which was amazing.

    I could go on for hours talking about how wonderful this trip was and everywhere we went; but it was Mara’s guide, Ahmad who made it special. We were never out of Ahmed’s sight. He went out of his way to make sure our trip was something special and unforgettable – he succeeded!

    There are also two Egyptologists – Mohammad and Mohammad (Mo). They had so much information on each place we visited. Both were amazing and so sweet. The three of them really made you feel like you were family. It was like you knew them for years after meeting them.

    Bob and I were so comfortable at all times. I could really go on for hours telling you about how wonderful this trip is – but you have to experience it to really appreciate how great this trip can be. Don’t wait – Egypt is ready for tourists and going with this tour group is the only way to go.

    Reviewed on TripAdvisor – travelled as couple – Mara’s Group Trip October 2018. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018

  2. Karen H., UK 16 Oct 2018 16/10/2018 at 12:05 am

    Amazing Egypt Tour for 11 days

    As a first time solo traveller, I must admit I was extremely nervous, but knowing I was being part of a group helped make me at ease.

    The Tour manager Ahmed was absolutely wonderful, no job was to small, his multitasking abilities are exceptional.

    The 2 Tour Guides whose names are both Mohammed were in my opinion fantastic, and the knowledge they have is unbelievable. I can honestly say I think I have input overload.

    To be in a group for the tour was also by far the best way to see and explore Egypt’s beautiful and fascinating history. It was just so breathtakingly stunning.

    Thank you very much for putting on these tours, I am truly grateful. I now have wonderful memories of a country that’s been on my bucket list my whole life.

    Reviewed on TripAdvisor – Traveled solo. October 2018 – 11 nights Mara’s Group Tour. Deleted by TripAdvisor 25.10.2018


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