Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prices of Flats in Luxor Transfers

Our transfer rates have altered to reflect the changed petrol prices.

We have kept the Aswan one day transfer by mini bus the same price $150 USD stopping at sites on route.

Our special Hurghada transfer for people staying at Flats in Luxor is now £40 GBP

Our airport transfer is now £10 GBP or local equivalent

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hurghada pickup to Flats in Luxor

Today was a slightly different airport pick up, from Hurghada to Luxor. My lady guest was very pleased to get here after a long day. We pick up for $35 GBP from Hurghada when you are staying at Flats in Luxor. The drive takes about three and half hours door to door. My guest was very pleased with this cheap alternative using EasyJet to Hurghada and our pick up service to Luxor.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Single ladies in Luxor




I have just had a string of single ladies staying at the flats. I like to put them in the same building as me so they have someone to ask questions of if required or just had a natter. When I say single some are just travelling alone as their partner is not interested in Egyptology.

That was my first lady, Australian, she had been attending a conference down in Cairo and wanted to tag a few days holiday at the end. I was happy to offer her single rates in my three bedroom flat and also to include breakfast. But I had a condition, she had to tell me about the conference. A nice bonus for me. She wanted to do a lot of sightseeing and went out every day. She enjoyed the freedom an apartment gave her and the protection I offer single ladies, no Romeos allowed. She ate at the apartment and out in restaurants.

My second lady, British, was newly single and was looking for a spiritual retreat to catch her breath. Whilst wanting independence she did not want to feel lonely either. So I was available when she wanted to chat. Gosh we had some wonderful chats about the world and life. She had booked for breakfast but also had some dinners, we can do all meals. My husband also introduced her to the Sufi traditions in Luxor which she found fascinating. She meant to do a lot of sight visiting but in the end only visited a couple of places and spent a lot of time relaxing, painting and writing. It was her first time on the west bank and she has fallen in love.

My third lady, American, we do get a lot of nationalities, came for sites and horse riding. Our flats are located in exactly the same place as the stables that belong to Nobi. So massively convenient for riding. I have had some happy guests but she is ecstatic. I love making guests happy but this is special. She had never spent time in Luxor but had lived in Cairo. She thought that was her favourite place in Egypt but is now a Luxor convert. She has gone riding every day, doing hardly any sites but thoroughly enjoying herself. She is already talking about coming back and bringing her father.

So if you are single lady for any reason and want to come to Egypt you can relax staying at Flats in Luxor.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The perfect retreat - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

Our 117th review.

The perfect retreat - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: As a newly single woman on her 7th trip to Luxor, but the first staying alone on the West Bank, I couldn't have been more welcomed and looked after. Jane, Mahmoud and Little Mohammed make your stay safe, exciting and comfortable - anywhere you want to visit, your wish is their command; anything you need, just ask and it appears!........................see more

Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Egyptian cotton bedlinen at Flats in Luxor

We had been putting it off but eventual money or no money we had to get some new sheets. We went to the government shop where everything is fixed price and the best quality. It is still not the best best quality as that is made abroad, from cotton exported from Egypt but it is the best you can get in the country.

We asked for double and single sheets and I had the dimensions 220 x 260 and 180 x 260 but interestingly enough they only sold 220 x 240 and 180 x 240. Which explains why the sheets never tuck in properly top and bottom. But at least they are wide enough.

We also got some tea towels. I then was flummoxed, why on earth do we call them tea towels. Why not dish towels? Well Christine, my friend from Facebook knew the answer ( tea towels originated in the early 19th century in well to do Victorian homes and were only used at tea time to dry or clean the good china, they were also used to cover food). Mahmoud was a bit bemused by that one. The whole lot cost 1800LE for 12 double 12 single 28 pillow cases 18 tea towels and 4 towels.

Monday, April 07, 2014

For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor:



“For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane!”

5 of 5 stars

Reviewed 2 days ago
NEW

Enjoyed our visit to Luxor in late March 2014. I was very glad to have
found Jane on trip advisor after some recommendations fell through last
minute. She responded very promptly and professionally and it was nice
to not have a language barrier, all within 24 hours. The PDF she sent of
proposed outings was very professional and just what I was looking for.

We
used her for two days of guided tours. A driver and guide we made
available to us and we had a very nice lunch at Jane’s home on the first
day.

We did have to pay in full mid-day through the first day, in
cash, but I felt comfortable doing so, and everything that was promised
to us came through with no issue. We had a little issue with the driver
on our first day, but Jane remedied this quickly, when we addressed it
with her and her husband, no problem. While my co-traveler felt we
overpaid, per some of the other comments, I would say as a very frequent
traveler in the third/developing world, you get what you pay for and I
was very pleased with this experience. I don’t mind paying more for a
very professional guide who knows a lot of the history of Egypt, and a
well appointed car.

One of the highlights of our trip was the
private felucca ride we took. Jane arranged to have the boat pick us up
from the Sheraton’s dock and we enjoyed a glorious ride at sunset, this
is a must do! We thought the food on the Nile River cruise that night
was some of the best we had on our trip to Egypt. Would highly recommend
Jane and her tour service. We did not stay in the flats, but they
looked nice.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor

Our 115 review from the lovely Isis and Skouse



Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor:



We had arranged a 12 night holiday to hurghada but wanted to spend 2 night in luxor to visit friends and see some temples, so I asked Jane if she could arrange this for us....... And Jane didn't let us down. A mini bus was arranged to pick us up from our hotel at 8am, drove us across the dessert and drop us on the West Bank luxor, only 3 hours ish later we arrived, welcomed by Jane and settled into our superb 3 bed apartment, with a huge balcony views to die for, swimming pool if we wanted it.

Asked what time we would like breakfast 8am. 7.45 the chef knocked on the door came in and cooked our breakfast in the apartment, yogurt, fruits, cheese, bread, omelette, jams tea and coffee..... Spoilt or what, same again the next day.

The mini bus was arranged for pick up at 8am for our return, we stopped at the ramesseum he left us for about an hour to have a wonder then back on the road to hurghada in time for lunch.

This trip worked out about half the price of the usual tour guide prices you will pay at hotels etc. luxor is a very safe place to visit, and janes apartments are lovely.


Well done Jane. Thank you

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor

Our 114 review from the lovely Val and Jen. 

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor: For anyone that is reluctant to travel to Egypt - don't be! On a whim, my friend and I (both 20 something females) picked a place on a map to travel to around January - February 2014. With a recommendation from my friend's parents, we were given advice to go with Jane if we went to Egypt.....................

Monday, February 24, 2014

Memorial Service 26th February | Luxor Committee

Memorial Service 26th February | Luxor Committee



The Governor of Luxor wishes to announce that on the 26th  February
there will be a memorial service for the 19 victims of the balloon
accident which occurred 1 year ago. The service will be held at the
crash site on the west bank at 10 am.





There will be transport provided from the east bank. The bus will depart at 9am from the Novotel

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Best Place in Luxor - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

Our latest review :- 

The Best Place in Luxor - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Luxor is an amazing place in Egypt, and the west bank is without a doubt, the better place than the east bank. We stayed at the Al gezira flats for 2 times, first for 5 days, and another 6 days after returning from Aswan. The top level flat is as good as it gets, great sun, great panorama; the ground floor flat during our returning visit gets a little cold but. Jane doubles as a great host in Luxor, where she advised on Luxor and promoted my works to others. We would not have stayed in Luxor for all these days without the great accommodation and the great people from Luxor.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A typical Flats in Luxor guest

Abu Simbel on Vimeo



This video was created by Kim Lau who has the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Crosroadz.



Kim is a recent guest at Flats in Luxor and he typifies the Flats in Luxor guest, they are not typical! Because Flats in Luxor is not typical hotel accommodation we don't get typical guests. We get people who want a real hands on experience of Egypt with plenty of culture and history thrown in. They actually tend to be quite interesting themselves and I have made a lot of good friends over the years.



Kim is a travel photographer from Singapore, he actually initially contacted me on the afternoon of his arrival! Had I got room for tonight, luckily I did. He is travelling for several months building a portfolio and he is sponsored by Olympus. Not an Egyptologist at all, he actually described my beloved temples as a heap of old stones, but Egypt has attractions for all sorts of people. As a result he wanted advice about good places to go for great photos, space to work and an internet connection. He stayed for 5 nights and then went to Aswan and Abu Simble for 5 nights. As he needed to catch up on his work he then came back again and is staying for another 5 nights. Taking time out to consolidate and cook, the smells last night were mouth watering. The advantage of self catering.



At the same time we have two young ladies staying who are doing a tour of Egypt with us. They flew in from Canada to Cairo and we arranged their stay, all accommodation, transfers and tours. They spent 2 days in Cairo, then went to the Red Sea to do open water dives. Mahmoud met them at the airport and supervised the start of their holiday, now they are in Luxor for 4 nights and go to Aswan, Abu Simble and finally back to Cairo. All this through Flats in Luxor.



So whether your need is for a traditional tour of Egypt or something more quirky, we can help you have a great holiday in Egypt

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Al Bairat Family Clinic Bring and Buy

Lesley Hulme and a group of other ex-pat held a Bring and Buy in Al Gezera village to support the work of 

The Al Bairat Family Clinic There was obviously a lot of hard work that went on behind the scenes as everything ran like clockwork. Some of the kids that use the centre were there together with their parents which was really nice. I hope a lot of money was raised, I really enjoyed myself, although the climb to the roof was hard work lol. The food was scrummy, the company wonderful and I won a box of Thorntons chocs in the raffle.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Flats in Luxor guestbook

Before Facebook and Trip Advisor we had a guest book, it is lovely reading these old reviews. Hope to have lots more in the future.  



Flats in Luxor Guestbook: I just wanted to thank you for a fabulous time in Luxor. Your
arrangement of our flat, transportation, locations and tour guides was
top-notch. Kicker and I were completely satisfied and very happy with
our trip in Luxor/Aswan. You can tell you run a great travel agency and
that your staff really respect you because I heard from many they have
worked with you for years...You are clearly good to them and having good
employees will help your business continue to flourish! So, just wanted
to thank you. Everyone was great, both meals superb, absolutely the
best! and Hussein, wow, he is just the sweetest man, friendly,
incredibly bright but at that same time very professional. He is the
perfect tour guide, my favorite of any tour both trips. And I forget the
name of our guide for the Donkey overthe ridge, (aswah? or something
like that?) well, he too was fabulous and so bubbly and entertaining!
And Saber and Ali for falluca again, was great! Everthing was so
organized and perfectly planned and I thank you for that ! If (i hope) i
go back to Egypt again I will seek your services again for sure!!! (but
i'll try not to drive you too crazy with planning again :-)

Well, thank you. I will miss you. Wish I had more time to just sit and
drink beers and chat about life. You are very fun to chat with... Keep
in touch and let me know if you need anything from me! Its 1230 am,
which a few days ago I was leaving right about now to ride a donkey, but
instead Im half a world apart, deliriously tired writing on facebook
after working all day from 9 to 8 pm. I better go to bed! LOL. Take care
of you and thanks for everything!!!

Love Teresa and Kicker

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Howard Carter's watercolours


I had a discussion on Facebook about Carter's watercolours and wondered if there was a collection of them. This post is the results of that discussion. Do you know of any more, or a published collection?

Carter started his working life in Egypt as an artist and only later became an archaeologist. His father was also an artist and Carter inherited his talent. Carter; having originally painted an image for the purposes of scientific recording, subsequently  sold images like this to tourists.

1) Griffiths

The Griffiths Institute in Oxford has a big collection of his bird pictures.This is an example of one of them but there are lots more on the website. Howard Carter's watercolours of bird and animals

http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/gif-files/Carter_vii_1_01b_2.jpg

2) Highclere Castle
They have a fabulous picture he painted of the temple of Hatshepsut, this is a poor quality scan of the back of their guide book.

3) The Egypt Exploration Society 
EES have a number published on this link  http://www.ees.ac.uk/userfiles/file/Images%20in%20Word.pdf .

 

4) From the excavation manuals of E. Neville's exploration of the Deir al Ba'hri.Here is one example.






Holidays in Egypt: Taking a baby to the Valley of the Kings is child's play | Mail Online

Holidays in Egypt: Taking a baby to the Valley of the Kings is child's play | Mail Online



What a great way of getting rid of hassle, I had a guest once who used her native Welsh, this is even better.



Having been to North Africa before, I expected hassle from hawkers on the street, but it has been considerably clamped down on. Most offenders are either carriage drivers or, at the places of historical interest, people selling information booklets.



We posed as famous Icelandic archaeologists, which foxed the pamphlet sellers, at least. They have materials in a plethora of languages, but not Icelandic.



Besides, if one is an archaeologist of international standing, who needs a rudimentary pamphlet? 'Haven't you heard of us?' we'd say, leaving the hawkers uncharacteristically lost for words.
If you want more info about taking a child to Luxor, try my book "Hidden Luxor for Kids"


Saturday, January 11, 2014

State Information Services Antiquities Minister opens new archeological sites in Luxor Saturday

State Information Services Antiquities Minister opens new archeological sites in Luxor Saturday: Antiquities Minister opens new archeological sites in Luxor Saturday.



With the Mut temple reopening you may be wondering exactly what there is to see. If you have bought my book Hidden Luxor you know as I included it. The temple has been scheduled for reopening for some time and I have been lucky enough to visit there several times thanks to Mansour Boraik. That is why I included it.

If you want to know even more the following links will be of interest

http://www.jhu.edu/egypttoday/ Dr. Betsy Bryan of the John Hopkins University excavated there

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/features/mut/
The work of Brooklyn Museum at the site

http://www.osirisnet.net/monument/temple_mout/e_temple_mout.htm
Excellent description by the guys at Osirisnet; maps (copied above), photos and description

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/templemut.htm Tour Egypt page on the temple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precinct_of_Mut
Wikipedia entry

 

Thomson Flights – Manchester to Luxor ressumes

Green shoots of recovery on the flights :) 
Thomson Flights – all the assurances and service you’ve come to expect from Thomson - Flight timetable

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sphinx Guest House - Cairo

If you are looking for somewhere cheap and close to the pyramids do check this place out. My recent Australian guests stayed there. they said it was basic, clean and VERY convenient.

Sphinx Guest House - Home

Saturday, December 14, 2013

West Bank, the best place to stay! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

O)ur latest review on Trip Advisor

West Bank, the best place to stay! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

After 3 days staying on Luxor's east bank we decided to spend some time on the West Bank and contacted Jane. We are so glad we did. .... Being within walking distance of the ferry was convenient and the local shops, especially the bakery, were all great. Stay here for an authentic experience of Luxor. You will love it. My husband and I will be back inshallah!!! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

News/rumours about Uk direct flights

Received from a friend and backed up by other similar rumours :)



Was told today that above were supposed to be resuming flying in to Luxor 5th March.

Checked Thomson web site and they are showing taking bookings for that date BUT from Gatwick only - so far nothing from Manchester.

I tried to check availability for flight only - but nothing doing it cruise or hotel with them only so far.


Thought I'd let you know that things look to be moving from UK but before you go into print with good news (for the south of England anyway) would prefer you to check my info just to make sure its correct rather than going off on wrong information and getting every ones hopes up, I'm sure you will have contacts who can confirm if its right or wrong.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

INAUGURATION OF KING ABDULLAH SQUARE, LUXOR

In thanks for the support and friendship the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shown to Egypt, the square near to the Karnak Road and the General Hospital has been renamed in honour of His Majesty, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. These photographs are from the Inauguration celebrations at the square and afterwards at Luxor Temple for a music concert by a local orchestra. We hope that the photos sum up the lovely, happy, friendly atmosphere of a wonderful Friday evening.

INAUGURATION OF KING ABDULLAH SQUARE, LUXOR

Thanks to Theresa Clark for these great photos.

Thutmosis III Temple Project - 2013 Campaign

Good update from the Spanish team with lots of photos.
Thutmosis III Temple Project - 2013 Campaign

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chosing a hotel in Alexandra

A good friend lives in Alex and was asked for recommendations for hotels. Her post was so useful I asked her permission to quote it.

Regarding hotels. The three big ones in the centre are the three old ones. The Sofitel Cecil, and then the Windsor palace and The Metropole all  are on the corniche with sea views.
Everything else in that area is a distinct 3* max and its a case of take your chances.

All other hotels are then spread out along the length of the corniche. In order of distance from centre: the Royal Tulip hotel, Mediterranean Azur, the Plaza (lower 4* similar to Emilio but expensive prices), Four Seasons, Mercure, Hilton corniche and then right at the end of Alex which is an hours drive from the centre is a cluster of Sheraton, Aifu horizon, and Helnan Palestine.

The three in the centre have no beach or pool.
Of the others all have either a beach access or pool except for the mercure and the plaza.

Any of the other hotels would take between 25 mins and an hour to get to the city centre depending on how far out.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Upper Egypt-bound train traffic resumes | Egypt Independent

Upper Egypt-bound train traffic resumes | Egypt Independent: Train traffic resumed on Saturday between Cairo and Upper Egypt for the first time since 14 August, which was suspended following dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thank you to my Danish guests at Flats in Luxor


Just got an email requesting photos for a new Danish Guide book. They said "We are finishing up a new travel guide about Egypt and "Flats in Luxor" is highly recommended in the travel guide."  so thank you to the Danish guests that must have recommended us.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

But Is It Safe? by Doug Baum (copied from Facebook)

But Is It Safe? by Doug Baum (a great post by a great American)

13 October 2013 at 02:47
I’m going to try and convince you to come to Egypt with me in January.

During my recent trip to Egypt and Jordan I posted dozens of pictures on Facebook, as did my travel companion, Lori Waters. These pictures showed us enjoying the Western Desert of Egypt, everyday life in Cairo, visiting Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and more in the country of Jordan.  Still, folks ask, “But is it safe?”

This was my third trip to Egypt this year.

Lori and I both heard “But is it safe?” a bazillion times (actual numbers might've varied) in the month leading up to our trip. To this I say: The day I came home from my March/April trip to Egypt a fertilizer plant exploded in my wife’s hometown of West, Texas. Two days earlier was the Boston Marathon bombing. This time, eight days before I left Egypt the US Navy Shipyard shooting occurred.

Perspective

I understand these types of things don’t happen everyday in D.C., West, or Boston, but the truth is, I’ve never, not once, not ever, been the victim of a shooting, bombing, or explosion in the Middle East. Nope, not once.  (Full disclosure: There was an attempted explosives attack on an interior minister in an area of Cairo Lori and I visited just one day earlier.) Statistically speaking, I am far more at risk eating a meal (odds of choking to death are 3,842:1) than I am in traveling to Egypt guiding a cultural immersion trip. And I eat three meals a day!  Simply put: These types of things don’t happen everyday in Egypt either, I don’t care how much 24-hour news you watch. It’s just not the case.

20 million:1, by the way, are the odds of dying in a terrorist attack, however you define that.

So, as the well wishes, prayers, groovy vibes and whatever else came in I said, “Thank you for your concern,” but I assure you, at every turn Lori and I were in the hands of people who are not just friends, but family to me. Adel and his sons Sayed, Mohamed and Magdy, Dr. Khalid El Bahrawy, my partners Malek, Johanne, Khaled, Abeeda, Eliwa, Ali, and my best pal Dr. Mohammed are all people who live in Egypt or Jordan, know their country, and I don’t give a moment’s thought to the possibility of some sort of incident harming us. Am I foolhardy? I don’t think so, but I’ll never be able to convince those of you who are worried about me being “over there” as long as you characterize it as “over there”, particularly if you’ve not lived among Egyptians as I have for the last twelve years.

Perspective.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to share with you images of other tourists coming and going to bolster my argument. Lori and I were almost the only visitors to Petra. But Cairo (Egypt’s capital) is a very cosmopolitan city with hundreds of thousands of foreigners living there. I know many Americans and Europeans who live in Egypt and haven’t left throughout the entire revolution (many Egyptians don’t like this word). There are trouble spots in a couple of the big cities. We didn’t visit those areas. There are also parts of Waco, Texas I won’t visit. The focus of this trip was desert, desert, and more desert. We saw parts of the country many Egyptians have never visited.

I will say, Syria’s recent alleged chemical attack on its own people created a bit of an interesting situation for Lori and me. Jordan neighbors Syria to the south, for those who are geographically challenged, and if we had only been in Egypt the situation in Syria would’ve truly been a world away, but we did visit Jordan from north to south and east to west. Jordan has received more Syrian refugees than its already-stressed system can handle, but tourism in Jordan isn’t tied to any links with Syria. Folks haven’t visited Syria in any great numbers for quite some time. It’s the perception of Egypt’s instability that has hurt tourism in the region.

There are some hopeful things going on in Egypt. The curfew in some parts of some cities has been shortened, part of emergency law, which is something I experienced during the beginning of the revolution two-and-a-half years ago, and all tourist sites are reopened. Some never closed. The airport has remained open and internet and cell phones, cut off during the early days of the revolution in 2011, have not been affected. In fact just this summer, before being deposed, president Mohamed Morsi used twitter to get his messages out to supporters. Times have definitely changed.

So ask me, “But is it safe?” when I climb a ladder.  Odds are 8,689:1 I could die doing that.

I’m planning my January trip(s) now. Email, call, or send a Facebook message if you’re interested. You can even ask, “But is it safe?” I’ll answer honestly.