"Bravery not necessary" Taking the TIme Tip by lovejoysh

Taking the TIme, Luxor: 6 reviews and 1 photos

Favorite thing: Did tour including boat trip from Luxor to Aswan for first visit to Egypt:found it too organized, guides in a hurry to return you to boat for meals, time at sites was limited, wasting time waiting for others to return to bus/from hotel rooms,those factory visits(guide gets a commission), given no time for own shopping,missing out on places e.g.Khan el Khalili in Cairo due to traffic.Told ofsome very interesting places," but we won't be going there" e.g. in Luxor(Museums, Tombs of the Nobles, Artisans Village, Medinet Habu to name a couple) Tours are great for some people but not for me.Frustratingly brief glimpses in Valley of Kings etc so went back in 2009 and stayed in Luxor West Bank with a friend:did it ourselves: found it was much cheaper,more relaxing,more time at sites,met locals not view them from the insular atmosphere of boats/buses. Bookings best made there - do your homework-I have picked up many hints on how to get around Luxor with no hassles or problems. Bravery not necessary.

Fondest memory: Apart from the amazing variety of places in Luxor (many not on tour agendas), the people and food are high on my list. Eating traditional food with a family in their home is fantastic as are some of the restaurants. It took me four trips to Luxor to find a family with sons who are taxi drivers/tour drivers. These brothers, whilst not running a business together co-operate with each other if one is already booked and ensure that a driver will be available for short or longer trips. They are a good example of close family members helping each other out - they are all quietly spoken with good English(capable in other languages), not 'in your face' or aggressive or pushy as some . They can arrange a family meal as well as trips or activities within and out of Luxor. It was so good to find that they can be trusted and are genuinely honest and sincere people. They live on the West Bank and contact can be made with Ahmed Adly on 002 0127582764 or by email: ahmedadly2010@yahoo.com I had to share this with readers and hope they get the opportunity to visit Luxor soon and experience what I found.

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  • Written Sep 20, 2010
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