Mara’s Group Tours are packed with interest, excitement and awesome experiences from beginning to end. 

Where Will You Visit?

  • Cairo
    • Giza Plateau, Great Pyramid of Giza, Solar Boat, Sphinx, Panorama.
    • Antiquities Museum, Tutankhamun’s Treasure Room, Mummy Room
    • Gayer Anderson House – a truly magical house
    • Ibn Tulun Mosque
    • Abdeen Palace
    • Islamic Museum
    • Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali
    • Mosque of Sultan Hassan and Rifai Mosque
    • Sufi Dance Show
    • Coptic Cairo
    • Medieval Cairo – Bab Al Futuh (Gate of Conquests) & the Northern Walls, Muezz St., Mosque of Al-Hakim, Sabile-Kuttab of Sulayman Agha al-Silahdar, Street of Coppersmiths & Antiques Area, Hammam of Sultan Inal, Mausoleum & Madrasa of Sultan Qalawun, Mausoleum of As-Salih Nagm Al-din Ayyub, Street of the Gold & Silversmiths, Khan Al Khalili
  • Luxor
    • Temples of Karnak and Luxor
    • West Bank – Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Nobles Tombs, Workers Village and Tombs, Temple of Medinet Habu and Colossi of Memnon
    • Abydos and Dendera – best in all of Egypt
  • Aswan -Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, 4 nights

    • Temple at Edfu
    • Temple at Kom Ombo
    • Temple of Isis, goddess of love, at Philae
    • Nubian Village
    • Options extra visit to temples at Abu Simbel.

How Will You Travel?

  • Plane
  • Mini-bus or Coach
  • Boat – Nile Cruise
  • Horse Drawn Carriage
  • Shuttle Train

What Periods of Egyptian History Will You Hear About?

  • Pharaonic
  • Abbasid
  • Fatimid
  • Ayyubid
  • Ottoman
  • Mamluk
  • 20th Century Royal Egypt

What will we talk to you about?

We will tell you about people and places of historic and modern day interest.  Places, buildings and objects mean nothing to me without the stories behind their builders, owners or users.  We continually strive to research and incorporate more and more human stories about the people who lived in our historic places into our tours.

What will we NOT do?

Our tours are not “boot camps” where you are bored to death with dates and uninteresting historic facts for a couple hours and then spend the rest of the day in a factory shop.  We will NOT take you shopping during designated tour time.  But, don’t worry – you will have plenty time for shopping outside tour times if you want.

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.  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.

How many in a group?

Some groups are maximum 8 persons and some are maximum 15 persons

2020 Group Tour Dates:

We are scheduling no group tours at the moment.  However, this itinerary and package is available to anyone who organises their own group of at least 8 persons.

For full itinerary, cost, options and to check availability on the above group tour dates please contact Mara

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35 Comments

  1. Daryl and Maureen from Canada 01/12/2017 at 4:44 pm

    We are a retired couple who like to travel. After reading the intinaries and reviews of a variety of Egyptian tours we decided on Mara’s November 2017, and are extreamly happy we did. We were on the same tour as Weldon, whose comments will be below. We whole heartedly agree with all his comments. The tour was fantastic!

    Along with the great selection of sites we visited – with excellent guides – we wish to emphasize how well organized the tour was. Transportation and rooms just happened with little or no wait for us. Lunch was organized so as to minimize wasted time. (Be it back to the boat, to a restaurant or great Egyptian fast food on the bus.) Breakfast and dinner was (usually) back at the accomodation. Cairo’s streets are packed and slow moving (although often interesting). A well thought out plan for the day was essential.

    One highlight for us was the bus drive from Luxor to Abydos, and back. For a while we travelled along an irrigation canal. There were lots of people to watch. as they started their day. People were heading to school and work. Some had already loaded there vehicle (small truck or donkey cart) with agriculture products (sugar cane, corn, etc). They were dressed in a variety of ways, from western type clothes to traditional Egyptian. Later we drove through desert where we could see modern irrigation projects and new cities. VERY interesting.

    Other highlights we had not anticipated: two exceptional Egyptian meals, and an amazing Sufi drum and dance performance.

    If you are considering a trip to Egypt, then we strongly recommend a tour with Mara!

     
  2. Weldon Casey 25/11/2017 at 8:22 pm

    Our family’s November 2017 Group tour with Mara just ended, and here I sit at the classy piano bar at the Ramses Hilton in Cairo reflecting on one of the most extraordinary adventures our family has taken… the full Egypt tour with Mara House.

    I would highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants a meaningful and comprehensive experience of this diverse and amazing country!

    From an historical perspective, we delved into ancient, Pharonic Egypt in unexpected ways… visits to the ‘mainstream’ sites like Giza were complemented with visits to lessor known and often even more extraordinary sites like Abydos, Dendara, and sites of nobles tombs and workers tombs that provided a spectrum of insight into ancient Egyptian civilization from the mundane and essential to the mysterious and divine. On many occasions our small group had sites entirely to ourselves… that’s due entirely to Mara House planning using their knowledge of local environments from Cairo all the way to Aswan.

    This tour also included historical views of the Greek/Roman period in Egypt as well as ‘Coptic Egypt’ and the impact of 1400 years of Islamic evolution, all the while giving us an experiential grounding in contemporary Egyptian life today. It is impossible to imagine a better way to experience… in a single trip… the enormity of Egyptian history and culture than the experience Mara House provided.

    The guides and Egyptologists that accompanied us brought it all to life with astounding depth and clarity. Our tour guide general manager, Ahmed, managed the complex logistics of this nearly two-week trip with precision that left our group with little to do but be educated, be mystified, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

    A word about Egypt: not once on this entire trip did we ever feel ‘not safe.’ The Egyptian people are brilliant… cheerful, friendly and positive… and uniformly welcoming and warm and eager to share a hello… it is really a joy to meet and interact in Egypt. The street hawkers can be a little annoying at times, but that goes with the territory in most heavily touristed sites around the world. Egypt has been through a lot in the last decade and is really receptive and accessible to tourists and cross-cultural exchange… if you’re thinking of coming to Egypt this is a great time… and if you want a fabulous tour, Mara House has it all.

    Thank you Mara, Ahmed and team for sharing your love of Egypt with us… it was a trip of a lifetime and sincerely: may we meet again!

     
  3. JM C 04/05/2017 at 11:06 pm

    I took the Mara House Luxor group tour in November 2016. Over five months later, I am still in awe of the experience. If you are looking for a trip that is forgettable the next month, you don’t want to use Mara House. However, if you are looking for a trip that you will fondly remember long after the journey has ended, Mara’s House is such a destination.

    As a single female traveler, I was hesitant about safety. Prior to the trip, Mara quickly got back to me on every question that I emailed her. I wondered if she ever slept since I never had to wait long for her replies. Booking that trip was one of the best things I have ever done. Our small group was a joy to travel with on the daily adventures Mara planned out for us. On the first night meetup, she had us go around the group to not only introduce ourselves but ask what we wanted to accomplish for this trip. I was impressed that over the next 10 days, she worked to make each of our dreams a reality.

    There were opportunities some of us took such as a side trip to Abu Simbel and touring the recently opened tombs such as Sety I. For the extra money and the expectation that this would be a once in a lifetime trip, I did it all and have no regrets. The days were busy but not hectic.

    Mara is passionate about what she does and it shows in the exceptional staff that she has assembled to make your stay a pleasurable one. It was also educational not only learning about Egypt’s past but the present hopes and future dreams of its people. I cannot sing enough praises for the staff. They were remarkable! After all, that is what travel should include in being able to get a taste of the culture of the country that you visit.

    Speaking of taste, you will not get any better food than what is prepared at Mara House. The stairs to the various room levels may be a little challenging for some, but I found it not an issue. The room was clean and I had fun using the shower in the bathroom. After all, travel is about new experiences. It is located on a side street and if you are lucky you might get to see the camel right down the road.

    If you are thinking about visiting Egypt, don’t let this opportunity pass to experience the hospitality at Mara House Luxor. You won’t forget it (in a good way)!

     

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