I hooked up with a taxi driver at the Luxor west bank ferry jetty to go for Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queen, Deir al-Medina (workmen's village), Medinat Habu temple, Hatshepsut temple, Ramesseum. All 6 places costs 80 EGP for two persons.
In fact, i know that you can bargain to 60 EGP. I started out at 7am till 2pm in the afternoon. The driver is very nice and I even visited is house for tea during break time, something that you need when you move around under the hot sun. His name is Moahmund and his taxi plate number is 1335. See pic of his car, his card and his house. His mobile is as on the card: 0020-10347-4194.
Luxor and the Valley offers some amazing tourist sites such at King Tuts tomb among others. The Happy Land hotel and others offer day tours of the valley and they will chare around 20US dollars for half a day driver who will drive you to the sights and wait for you.
We took a donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings one morning...we had to get up around 4 am so that we could get the donkey ride in early before it got too hot. It was about a 50 minute ride from the edge of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and it was a lot of fun!! :) We all had a lot of laughs along the way...
I took the bus from Luxor to Hurghada. You need to note that the proper bus terminal has been relocated to somewhere about 11 km outside of the city centre and is way out of the airport direction. There are 3 buses leaving in the morning from Luxor, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:00 am (25 EGP). In fact the first 2 (0630 and 0830) are leaving from the main bus terminal. I chose the 10:00am one because it leaves from the city center bus ticket office. But the real situation is that I took a transfer bus (5 EGP) at 10:00 am from city bus ticket office which goes to the bus terminal. At 11:00am, the bus left from the main bus terminal to Hurghada. When I arrived Hurghada, it was almost 5:00pm. There was an half hour tea break around 1:30pm somehere along the way. The tea was 1 EGP. What a trip. But the scenery along the main road was spendid and I mostly enjoyed the last part as the bus passed through the valley of the mountains. I am glad I took the day bus.
See more pics for the bus, tea break, and scenery.
taxi Tariff (as given from the hotel):
from hotel to:
-downtown(winter palace hotel) 10le
-hilton hotel 20le
-luxor airport 20le
-hurghada 200 le
-luxor museum 20le
-sound and light 30le
west bank 60le
note from me (taxi prices are per taxi and not per person so 4 persons are the
dont pay more than that prices as the hotels states that :
"kindly report any problem to the hotel indicating the number of the taxi"
based on these prices you can determine the price you should pay for any other place to another place.
knowing that Movienpick is in a far area from the downtown area nd it's alone on an island.
As part of our tour, we had a cruise boat for three nights of our trip, we travelled from Aswan to Luxor... Our boat was named the MS Rosetta. It was a really nice boat (although a little old in the decor area) and it was a highlight of our trip. The rooms were very comfortable, clean and everyone had a window. They have a pool on the top deck, a bar & restaurant etc.
It was really complicated to travel from Aswan to Luxor. In the morning we took a taxi (5 pounds) to the bus station. There they said the bus was not going until 3.30 pm (Lonely Planet had said there was one every hour). It was too many hours to wait and we asked for the minibuses. There were minibuses going, but they were not allowed to take foreigners and no one wanted to risk getting in trouble with the police. At the bus station they said we could take a train so we took a bus back to town (50 piasters) and went to the train station. After a long time in queue we were told they could not sell us the tickets, but we could buy them on board. To be sure we asked the man checking the tickets at the entrance to the platform and he said he would not let us pass without a ticket. That train was not for foreigners, who are only allowed to travel with three trains a day.
Finally we had to go with the convoy at 2 pm. A taxi driver agreed to take us for 150 pounds, but as we waited another taxi came and an English man and his son in that taxi said we could go with them. We paid our taxi driver some money before he left. In the convoy there was our car and a tourist bus. In the front there was a police car and in the back there was another. During part of the journey we lost sight of the police car, but closer to Luxor they put the sirens on. This way of travelling does not feel safer. It is really a way of telling, “Here the tourists come”. Isn’t it much safer to travel among many locals on the minibus we were not allowed to take?
We've been driven around King's Valley and Valley of the Nobles Luxor by Mohamed Abd el Satar in Taxi with airconditioning (it was always of ;-)) . He was very friendly, punctional and always waited for us (one time we were an hour late ;-( ). He speaks reasonable English and although he cannot resist offering visiting 'papyrus factory' or 'alabaster factory' - it is a kind of reflex, we always declined - he remained very friendly. A good alternative for walking, going by bike our a tour. You can reach him by phone and e-mail.
In order to get to the other side of the Nile, and Luxor, we had to take a boat. It was a small boat, too much decorated, with music that was so loud we couldn't hear each other. As we were crossing the Nile, some of us for the 1st time, we even managed to hit another boat! We'll never know what the 'captains' yelled to each other when that happened.
Cruise ships go up and down the Nile River. They are a good way to catch all the sites in between Aswan and Luxor. Not only do you get transportation but you don't have to worry about hotels along the way.
One way to get to/from Luxor is by plane. EgyptAir fly from Luxor to Cairo, Aswan and Abu Simbel (to name a few places).
Once our Nile Cruise ended, we flew from Luxor to Cairo, which took around 40 minutes.
However, expect delays when you travel in Egypt.......
Our early morning flight was delayed due to smog in Cairo - the airport there was shut.....but the pilot didn't find this out until we had taxied out to the runway. We then turned back, and sat on the tarmac for over 4 hours!!
We were unable to leave the plane, as the small terminal building was filled with passengers waiting to depart on other flights... what fun!
After a brief stay in Aswan, we sailed off into the sunset on a boat, for a 3 day Nile Cruise, which ended in Luxor.
There are plenty of these cruise boats on the river, and the majority cruise from Luxor to Aswan, or vice versa.
Our boat was called the "Nile Bride", and slept about 150 people. There was a restaurant, bar and a roof top with a pool and plenty of chairs to sit in the sun, relax and watch the banks for the Nile pass by.
The staff were incredibly friendly and the whole experience was great - highly recommended!
The motor boat is an alternative way of getting from the East Bank to the West Bank instead of the tourist ferry. If you go on a tour through your hotel or if you buy a 'package' through a tout on the East Bank, you will often travel on their personal motor boat to the West Bank before eg boarding your taxi.
Beware if taking a private motor boat when ascending and descending - children will meet you to help you on or off and expect a tip in return!
Taxis are everywhere - blue and while Peugeots - and you will be aware of them as they often slow down to see if you need to use them. They are useful for getting from one end of Luxor to another (should cost around 20 LE - 2 GBP). It can sometimes be annoying in a taxi though, as they try to find out how long you will be at that particular destination so they can pick you up again. We had one taxi driver telling us how long we should be spending at a sight! A final warning - always check what currency you are dealing in - Egyptian pounds and exactly what you are paying for eg. the agreed fee for all passengers and includes getting in and out of the taxi and no hidden surcharges like the agreed price may suddenly turn out to be for getting in but not getting out of the taxi etc .
We jumped on a cruise ship in Aswan & days later eventually wound up in Luxor. It was a wonderful unexpected bonus to our backpacking trip. We got such a cheap deal we would have been mad not to have done it (£45.00!) .
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