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    Plane from Cairo

    by Crowe Written Aug 19, 2007

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    We went ot Luxor as independent travellers. Flights from Cairo-Luxor are cheap. The plane we flew on was brand new.

    Be warned that Cairo airport is a maze and make sure you have a copy of flight details, if you can get actual tickets this will be a bonus. We had an expedia e-ticket and trying to get them to validate this i the office was a task. I had the distinct impression that they were trying to con me. If in doubt kick up a stink and they will just want to get rid of you.

    Dispite the usual backhander attitude (dont be put off by this its just they way of things) the flights are excellent. I would def fly Egyptair again.

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    How to get out of Luxor unscathed by taxi drivers

    by Tijavi Updated Aug 19, 2007

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    Taxis are no exception when it comes to having to haggle for everything in Luxor. Why of course, taxis are always a constant source of infamy (amongst tourists) for many cities in the world, and Luxor is no exception. Here are a few suggestions on how to make the experience, less stressful, if not a little bit humorous:

    1) Think twice before hailing that white-and-blue Luxor taxis - within the east bank I find Luxor to be a very compact city with many of the main attractions within walking distance from Luxor temple (for example, Karnak temple is less than a kilometer from Luxor temple), the fulcrum through which all things revolve around - so taking a cab may just be unnecessary.

    2) If you really need to take one, try to learn Arabic numbers - it not only boosts your confidence to negotiate, but also "endear" yourself to the taxi driver, so much so that he'll easily lower down his asking rate. Speaking of rates, I think EGP 5 between Emilio Hotel (where I stayed, near the police station beside Luxor temple) to Luxor Museum (OK, I admit, I didn't follow my first advice above - but hey, it was scorching!), is more than fair enough.

    If you plan to hire a taxi for whole-day tour of the west bank, expect to pay around EGP 120 (~USD 21 as of May 2007).

    3) To resist the powerful urge to take a taxi (plus taxi drivers in Luxor could be VERY persistent, not to mention the caleche drivers), practice saying to perfection "la shukran" (Arabic for "no thank you"). It's a powerful weapon against annoying taxi and caleche drivers, although you may have to say it louder for the more pesky ones. It's like hitting two birds with one stone: you get rid of them AND you get to maintain your sense of courtesy.

    Again, "LA SHUKRAN!"

    Luxor's blue and white cab
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    blue and white taxis

    by egyptionqueen Written Aug 16, 2007

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    some hotels have there own free mini bus servise falling this i would use taxis you can go anyware in luxor and it should cost no more than E5-about 50p but make sure you fix a price with the driver befor getting in taxi it is safe to travel alone as i did when in luxor
    it is also a very safe place to walk about the only problem you may have is from children trying to sell you things on the streets other than that its fine i am 58 and walked into the center of luxor by myself and felt very safe

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    blue and white taxis

    by egyptionqueen Written Aug 16, 2007

    some hotels have there own free mini bus servise falling this i would use taxis you can go anyware in luxor and it should cost no more than E5-about 50p but make sure you fix a price with the driver befor getting in taxi it is safe to travel alone as i did when in luxor
    it is also a very safe place to walk about the only problem you may have is from children trying to sell you things on the streets other than that its fine i am 58 and walked into the center of luxor by myself and felt very safe

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    Boat team

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    The boat had the team numerous enough. It seemed to me, that the amount of sailors and attendants did not concede to the amount of tourists.

    According to for a long time accepted order it is necessary to pay tips at the end of the cruise at once for the whole of 10-15 $. For three days it is not much I think.

    M/S SOBEK Managed by Upper Moon Tours.

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    Onboard embarkation

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 18, 2007

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    Visiting of Luxor for tourists are usually connected with the embarkation on board the boats. The majority of river cruises along the Nile begins in Luxor. The program of cruise usually lasts for 3-4 days.

    For tourists arriving from Hurghada the embarkation on the ship usually occurs after visiting of the Karnak Temple. This excursion usually comes to an end by dinner time. During dinner in the restaurant of the ship a guide distributes tourists in their cabins by means of drawing lots.

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    Luxor Bridge across the Nile

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 18, 2007

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    The bridge was recently constructed a few miles upstream of the main town of Luxor, allowing ready land access from the East Bank to the West Bank.

    Traditionally, however, river crossings have been the domain of several ferry services.
    The so-called 'local ferry' (also known as the 'National Ferry') continues to operate from a landing opposite the Temple of Luxor. The single fare (April 2007) is 1 LE - one Egyptian Pound - per passenger for foreigners.

    Alternatively motorboats line the East Bank of the Nile all day providing a quicker, but more expensive (5LE), crossing to the other side.

    Luxor Bridge across the Nile
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    Excursion Bus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 18, 2007

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    Excursion buses in Egypt were convenient and comfortable enough the whole trip. During travel over Egypt we have spent significant enough time in the bus.

    So, the road from Hurghada to Luxor in view of all stops has taken us about 6 hours. We have spent just those 6 hours in the bus during the excursion to Abu-Simbel. We were traveling from Cairo to Alexandria during three hours and three hours were traveling back. The way back from Cairo to Hurghada took us 8 hours. That means we have spent in the bus in the sum more than the whole day and night.

    The presence of the conditioner in the bus let us being alive! Our bus has been filled with tourists only on two third. Therefore there were empty seats. I took an advantage of this situation and usually occupied two armchairs and settled down with convenience. There always was cold potable water in the bus in cost of 1,5 LE a bottle of 0,5 liters.

    There was an opportunity to show video films, but the video recorder has never been switched on. There weren’t usual restrictions on using of a biotoilet. Two drivers operated bus professionally enough without recklessness and haste.

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    Luxor Carriages

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 18, 2007

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    Tourists often rely on horse carriages, called "caleches," for transport.
    The sizes of "the city of alive" are those that it is quite possible to move on foot around the city. A popular type of transport in Luxor - a fiacre (hantur). However it is necessary to agree about the price in advance.
    You can take this carriage for a ride through the town or for a visit to the Temple of Karnak.

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  • Tourist "Local" costs" June 2007

    by oldswingbluejeans Updated Jun 30, 2007

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    Having just returned from our 5th visit to Luxor I thought you might like an insight to some of the costs by booking through a local travel agent (as at June 2007):-
    West Bank (Valley Kings,Queens & Hatchepsut) - £21; East Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples) - £18; Souns & Light Show (Karnack - £10; Hot Air Balloon - £35; Horse or Camel Ride - £3; Felucca Trip £3; Fellahaa Tent - £28; Trip Red Sea (Hurghada or Safaga) - £23; Aswan (High Dam, Obelisk & Phailae Templ) - 3£7; Denra & Aby Dos - £25; Trip Cario by Train (Pyramids,Sphinix & Museum) - £52; CRUISE Luxor/Aswan 2,3 or 4 nights - £35; Cruise Dendra Day - £28; Lunch/Dinner Cruise - £15; TRIPS BY AIR Ciaro - £110; Aswan & Abu Simbel - £140;
    All the above incl. Air Cond. bus, Pick up & Drop off from Hotel; Guide & Driver.
    Hope this helps some new visitors.

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    Luxury travel

    by yurxlnc Updated Mar 28, 2007

    We flew to Luxor, but have decided that next time it must be by boat from Cairo. The beautiful vessels look so luxurious.People who have been on them say they had a wonderful time, with so much to do on and off the boat.
    Some tours are provided with archaeologists who give lectures.

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    The Easier Way of Traveling

    by Beograd Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    It's much easier and more comfortable by bus... The drive is about 3-4 hours, and you travel in a caravan. The gathering is in Safaga, caravan station. The police acompanies all caravans and you don't have to be worried about being safe.%v*

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    Nile Cruise

    by Childish Written Jan 11, 2007

    You can choose between 4/5-days or 8-days Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan or/and back.
    We took a 5-day Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan.
    The shop stops at Edfu and Kom Ombo, so you can combine the relaxation on the ship with visiting of the places of interest around Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.
    We celebrate New Year's Eve on the ship and I'm going to publish some pictures of the amazing things the cook prepared for us...
    For facilities, price and schedule see the link provided.

    Thomas Cook and Lady Diana's decks side by side Egypt, Nile Cruise Egypt, Nile Cruise
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    Nile Ruby

    by miman Written Jul 19, 2006

    The entire ship is built according to the rules and regulations of the American Bureau for Shipping (ABS) including all safety aspects and insurance. Cabins are sound proof and fully air-conditioned. The complete boat has fire alarms, C02 systems for the engine room, sprinkler systems covering all areas, and video surveillance.
    Length : 72.5 m - Width: 14.5 m.
    Cabins: 72 Junior Suites and 2 Presidential Suites. Private Bath in J. Suites and Bathtub with Jacuzzi in P. Suites.
    Air Condition: Individually controlled.
    Facilities: TV. with internal video and satellite system, Mini bar and individual safe deposit in each cabin, Smoke detectors, Sound System, Phone system and fax for local and international calls. Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Credit Card (VISA), Full Medical Service, Access to International Telephone from Cabins.
    Lower Deck: Restaurants (150 seats), kitchen, Engine Room, Laundry, Guide Cabins, Senior Staff Cabins.
    Main Deck: Reception, Boutique, Gift Shop, Hairdresser, Guest Cabin.
    Upper Deck: Lounge, Bar, Discotheque with special video wall, Guest Cabins.
    Sun Deck: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Bar.

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    Horse & Cart Ride

    by CandS Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    We took a horse & cart to the Karnak Temple while we were in Luxor...it was a nice ride along the streets although some of the horses looked very skinny (others looked quite healthy though). Some of the owners obviously really cared for their horses which was nice to see...

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  • Nov 20, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Was recommended a huge comfortable taxi (Kia MPV) by the hotel charging the lowest possible rates. The leg room and space for long rides is unbeatable. Saved quite a bit of money getting around Luxor and to Sharm El Sheik and Hurgada. The driver is Mr Abou at (002) 01114409007. Call or SMS him. He speaks English and Arabic

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