Our Experience of Luxor

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Our Experience of Luxor

Post by Stu » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:05 pm

My wife and I went to Luxor for the fortnight of end of June beginning of July and promised to report how it all went on here. Here goes an honest account of our personal experiences.

We spent two weeks in the Iberotel where we had a Nile view room on a B and B basis. The staff in the hotel were fantastic and always seemed to be working at something or other. As we were B and B we ate out every evening typicaly at Snobs, Puddleduck, Jewel of the Nile and Maxime's, all of which gave us a very warm welcome and served up some very tasty food.

All of our trips were booked, prior to our departure, through Select Egypt who I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. Indeed, it was great to be taken to and shown the sights with our own private guide and taxi driver. One of the highlights for us was a day at Safaga which was an absolutely fantastic experience, snorkelling at two reefs and dining on the boat. Again the food was excellent.

We also visited Luxor and Karnak temples where we saw many things that we had missed on previous "guided" tours. It was a disappointing sign of the times to find the cafe at Karnak was closed. We also grew a bit weary of not being left alone to enjoy what we had come to see, if I had wanted a guide I would have arranged one.

On the first day we walked from the hotel to Select Egypt office back to St Joseph Street, called in at Arkwrights, took a bit of a wrong turning that brought us out further up Television St than we had planned followed by the long walk back down TV St down a road I don't know the name of that took us past the caleche park opposite the hotel. Apart from the hassle along the Corniche we were quite happy apart from noticing one guy, a supposed tour operator, who followed us for most of our trek. He followed us from about the St Joseph's Hotel, appeared in Arkwright's, even followed us when we took the wrong turning and finally left us when we were close to the hotel.

For the duration of the trip we used one taxi driver and he was absolutely fantastic, he helped with my wife's shopping, took us to see the real Luxor and was there whenever we needed him.

This was our third time in Egypt and we enjoyed every minute of our stay, The hassle that we knew would be a factor got less as the stay went on but some guests who tried to leave the hotel were just bombarded with hassle and never left the hotel again. I think lessons could be learned here.

We felt as safe here as we have anywhere else we have ever been and my advice to any visitors would be to get out of the hotel, ignore the hassle, it doesn't exist downtown, have a good look round and enjoy your holiday.

I hope this is read in the spirit in which it is written but if anyone wants any more info then please just send me an e-mail.

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Post by JOJO » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:19 pm

Thanks for that Stu, it sounds like you and your wife had a good time! :)
It's a shame about some of the tourists not wanting to leave the hotel due to the hassle outside, all being well this issue will be addressed Pro -Revolution after all they managed to sort out the hassle in Marrakesh. :)
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Post by DJKeefy » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:25 pm

Thanks for the report Stu Im glad you had a good time, the only thing I would disagree in your post is:
ignore the hassle, it doesn't exist downtown
It does exist but you were fortunate not to experience it.
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Post by DIANA » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:31 pm

Thanks for posting that Stu. I am off to Luxor as a tourist next month and shall be prepared for all the exra hassel that a trip there obviously entails. Sorry to hear the the cafe at Karnak was closed. Perhaps the tiny number of tourist at the moment means that it's just not worth their while opening it up.

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Post by Lisak » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:34 pm

I think the company that had the cafe, Diana could not afford to keep up the rent with the lack of visitors, so it has closed for good. (unless someone else takes over the lease)

Shame really, it was always good to have a little breather at the cafe before continuing around the temple.

I enjoyed your trip report Stu, and Diana, enjoy yours :)
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Post by DIANA » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:57 pm

So sorry to hear the bad news about the cafe owners. Sadly I guess it's going on in many tourist spots at present. Hopefully things will start to pick up again in the very near future.

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Post by Bearded Brian » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:30 pm

Thanks for the report - I'll have to check on the cafe situation before my next visit and make sure I have a full flask of tea if they are still closed.

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Post by A-Four » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:54 pm

Yer, thanks for the write up Stu, I think you will agree, once you have been to Luxor a couple of times, things are much easier, especially the hassle.

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Post by Chocolate Eclair » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:57 am

Good Post Stu!!!

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Post by Stu » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:55 am

[/quote]]Yer, thanks for the write up Stu, I think you will agree, once you have been to Luxor a couple of times, things are much easier, especially the hassle.
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Absolutely, this was our third time in Egypt. The first visit was by way of a Nile cruise where we only ever left the boat on escorted trips. The second was very similar but we did have a wander about a bit more. This time we booked the flights and hotel ourselves. We did this deliberately on B and B, as it was always our intention to go out in the evenings to dine at various establishments.

The cafe at Karnak was to be a well earned rest as it does get a bit warm there. Finding it closed was a disappointment as we could have refuelled and carried on for a bit more in the midday sun.

Regarding the hassle, I think that most people do not want to be impolite but unfortunately continuously saying "no thank you" just doesn't work. We found that "la shukran" seemed to be much more effective and if that didn't work then we just told them that they were wasting their time and would be better talking to somebody else. I think that they need to understand the word "no".

We are already looking to return as soon as possible but that is likely to be 2012.

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