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How Should You Prepare For Your Trip To Egypt?

A trip to Egypt can initially seem intimidating to some, but rest assured that its not nearly difficult as you might think. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when traveling in and around Egypt:

Safety: Some people question the safety of traveling in Egypt. However, Egypt is a very safe country. Travel in tourist areas, especially those along the Nile River (including Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel) are safe according to the majority of Foreign Consulate Offices. Feel free to check our FAQs for more details. It’s worth pointing out that Egypt as a country, according to the international crime index, has a lower crime rate than USA, France, Italy, Greece, and many other countries!

Transportation: While in Luxor, getting around in quite easy. When on the West Bank, you can walk to many major attractions while, on the East Bank, it’s worth hiring a taxi to take you to locations such as the Karnak Temple. Taxis in Egypt are typically based on negotiation, rather than a meter. We are happy to give you general advice on costs or, if you’re interested, we can arrange a private taxi or tour around Luxor.

Currency/Money: It is easy to exchange most major forms of currency (USD, EUR, GBP, etc.). Bringing cash is always a good idea, as ATMs, while available, are likely less prevalent than you’re used to.

Water & Food: Tap water is heavily chlorinated. Local people’s stomachs are used to it but yours is probably not. It is okay to use this water for brushing your teeth, but not for drinking. Bottled water is readily available and recommended.

Food in restaurants is usually safe to eat. Local restaurant and hotel owners have learned from the disaster stories of years ago and follow western-style hygiene practices. There may be individual instances of problems with food, but remember that that is the case in any city. In general, you want to make sure that the food is cleaned with purified water, has been stored properly and that meat is cooked well and served hot.

Seeing the Sites: Luxor is full of beautiful historic sites. Depending on much time you have, you’ll want to plan accordingly to use the time wisely. First and foremost, it’s always good to do your research ahead of time. We strongly recommend Lonely Planet Egypt by Anthony Sattin. Organizing a driver/guide is fairly easy and will help you cover more ground in a short period. However, we recommend not rushing to see everything, but rather take your time and enjoy each site. We recommend two full days in Luxor, at a minimum. We are happy to help you arrange tours.

Flights

Flight Tips: Getting To and Around Egypt

Flights to and around Egypt are frequent and often relatively inexpensive. The major airports that you should be aware of are Cairo (CAI), Luxor (LXR) and Aswan (ASW).

Most international flights on your way to Luxor will require a stopover/transfer in Cairo. Once in Cairo, the flight time to Luxor is less than an hour. EgyptAir is the primary airline servicing Egypt. Intra-country transfers are quick and affordable, typically costing roughly $100 USD each-way.

One should be aware that it is not unheard of for EgyptAir to change the departure times of inter-country flights, so be sure to check your flights the night before and/or day of the flight to be sure you don’t run into any problems.

For additional tips, please see the drop-down menus to the right.

Our guests have found that the best way to book both international and inter-country flights are via these popular flight search engines:

  • Hipmunk: Very easy to use flight comparison website that allows you to sort by filters such as: “Agony”, “Price” and “Duration”.
  • Kayak: An alternative to Hipmunk if your travel dates are flexible. Typically helps you find the cheapest tickets.
  • Google Flights: Allows you to easily click on your departure city and view the cost to various cities around Egypt and the world.

We provide our own airport taxi transfer service at a cost of €25 (total). If you would like to book a pick up, please fill out the following form:

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Tours & Taxis

Need to Arrange a Tour or Taxi?

Visiting Luxor’s many beautiful sites is often the first priority of our guests, prior to boarding the cruise. As a result, we’re providing some useful information here on organizing tours and taxis around Luxor.

Organizing a driver, with or without a guide, is often a good idea around Luxor, given the plethora of sites to visit. Your first decision is whether to visit the West Bank, East Bank, or both, in any given day. If you have more than a single day, we recommend splitting the two up. Additionally, Nour El Nil is happy to arrange a driver and guide.

Finally, we are happy to arrange Airport Pick-ups or taxis around Luxor. You can request these from by e-mailing us at info@beitsabee.com.

 

Food & Restaurants

Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Restaurants Around Luxor

For those who haven’t experienced it before, Egyptian cuisine is characterized by dishes such as Ful Medames, mashed fava beans; Koshari, a mixture of lentils, rice, pasta, and other ingredients; ‘Molokheyya, chopped and cooked bush okra with garlic and coriander sauce; and Fetir Meshaltet. Egyptian cuisine shares similarities with food of the Eastern Mediterranean region, such as rice-stuffed vegetables, grape leaves, Shawerma, Kebab, Falafel, Baba Ghannoug, and baklava.

Luxor has many great Egyptian restaurants. Here are a few worth highlighting:

Hotels

Looking for a place to stay? Try our favorites:

Where you stay in Luxor very much depends on how you like to travel. Do you prefer a quaint guesthouse which provides you closer contact with the country and people? Or do you prefer luxurious and historical hotels that provide you with all the best amenities? There’s no right way to experience Luxor, so here are a few recommendations from us:

  • Hotel Al Moudira (from €200/night): Ideally suited who those who prefer a luxury hotel experience off the beaten path. On the West Bank, you’ll find yourself surrounding by authentic Egypt. Please let them know you were referred by Nour El Nil!
  • Beit Sabee Guesthouse (from €40/night): Set in a traditional-style two-story mudbrick house, the fifteen bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are effortlessly chic and stylish. On the West Bank, near the farms surrounding Medinet Habu, it offers quiet accommodation, a closer contact with rural Egypt and fabulous views of the desert and Medinet Habu from the rooftop.
  • Winter Palace (from €120/night): A stunning example of Victorian architecture, this prestigious East Bank hotel is a short walk from Luxor Temple and features high-standard facilities.