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 – depending on travel possibilities

This package is not available for booking currently due to the uncertain situation of covid and the cruise boats returning to work.  I am reworking a new itinerary and substituting the boat section possibly with Alexandria.  Thank you for your patience.

First date is your arrival date into Cairo – no tours.  Second date is check out date in Aswan.

  • 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

 

 

26 Comments

  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. Egypt Holidays package

     
  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 Luxor Holidays 9 night package

     
  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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