Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas from Flats in Luxor

I wish I was better at photoshop but you get the idea :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BBC News - King Ramesses III's throat was slit, analysis reveals

BBC News - King Ramesses III's throat was slit, analysis reveals: Dr Zink said: "Before now we knew more or less nothing about the destiny of Ramesses III. People had examined his body before and had done radiographs but they didn't notice any trauma. They did not have access to the CT scans that we do.
Mummy believed to be Prince Pentawere The mummy believed to be Prince Pentawere has unusual marks around the neck

"We were very surprised by what we found. We still cannot be sure that the cut killed him, but we think it did.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fresh fruit at from the garden at Flats in Luxor

 I am enjoying some delicious oranges from our garden. The weather and soil in Egypt produces the most delicious fruit and vegetables.

I bought an avocado in a supermarket in Cairo and I have taken a gamble and planted the seed, it is 5 years old now and apparently they fruit in 7-15 years, fingers crossed.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Lecture on Monday

Just spotted on Facebook Lecture: Francesco Tiradritti the lecture will be about the Wall Painting in ancient Egypt. Monday 19:00 Luxor Public Library

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Tahrir Villa - for rent or sale

Just done an update of the website for our luxury villa, please have a look.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

A walk in the Hills with Mohammed Ismail

Mohammed Ismail is the walking guide for Flats in Luxor tours. Great for those people who want to explore the hills in safety. He is a lovely man with good Egyptology and knows all the tombs in the hills and the paths. He can take people on a challenging path up Thoth Hill or a more gentle walk. He certainly made these guests happy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Live broadcast of Egypt touristic sites worldwide to promote industry

Now this is an excellent idea as I seem to spend a lot of time explaining to people that Luxor is not Tahrir Square and nothing is happening here. Now they will be able to see for themselves. Well done the tourism ministry.    
Live broadcast of Egypt touristic sites worldwide to promote industry - Economy - Business - Ahram Online: "The media has summarised the whole country as the single square kilometre that is Tahrir Square," Zaazou explained. "The rest of the country is safe and ready to receive visitors from all over the world."

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Flats in Luxor (Luxor, Egypt) TripAdvisor 103rd review

Flats in Luxor (Luxor, Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor: Just returned from 3 weeks in Egypt which included a 3 nights stay in Luxor in Jane's flats. We are a family of 3 including a 11 years old boy and this was our first visit to Egypt. The flats we stayed in were clean and spacious and the pool was a real treat at the end of hot sweaty days. The units were kept safe and were well maintained and every time we were seen aiming for the pool, someone was always there to make sure it was clean. The view from the two balconies was amazing particularly taking into account the otherwise business of Luxor. Banana fields with the rising of the sun and the Valley of the Kings at sun set.A real little oasis !
The staff employed by Jan were fantastic, each one of us were touched by their attention to our needs, including when our son got sick and remedies were prepared as well as trips to the chemist facilitated.
Jane was instrumental in helping us plan the days and her enthusiasm in all things Egyptian meant that we packed a lot into our days. She recommended the guide and provided a driver that we were able to relay on. Her recommended guide was knowledgeable and showed great pride in the history of his country and his profession, he was humble and kind and by the end of the 4th tour we did respond to his call... " lets go my family". The driver was well versed in all things in Luxor and by mid morning his sense of humor was well awaken. At the end of each tour day we were treated with an amazing lunch prepared by the chef and served beautifully wherever we wanted it, mostly by the pool. We also had dinner at the units and the food recommended was fantastic.
As a family we would highly recommend the quieter side of Luxor particularly if you dont intend to spend too much time in the center of the town. It took me 20min brisk walking to the Nile to catch a ride into East Luxor otherwise the car trip into town is a good 30min. The walk is lovely however and worth the stroll at any time.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Private tours of Luxor

Flats in Luxor doesn’t just do accommodation, we do tours too and like our accommodation these are top notch. Firstly you get Jane Akshar, Egyptologist and author of Hidden Luxor advising you about the sites to visit. She tries to understand YOU and your interests and bears in mind the ages of the group. Together you work out a schedule that perfectly fits your needs. Then you get a private tour guide who will not rush you. There will be no shouts of “20 minutes and back on the bus”. If you want to spend time getting that perfect shot of the inscriptions you can. If you have loads of questions, ask them. If your child needs to go to the toilet or have a break it is no problem. It is your tour and we do things at your pace.  Hussein Omar is our no 1 guide, with an MA in Egyptology, a delightful man, quietly spoken and knowledgeable. If he is busy he recommends another of his colleagues who like him are highly qualified and experienced. So even if you aren’t staying with us but want a bespoke tour please email us, hotel pick up included.

It is not just Luxor we can organise, we have done tours for guests from Alexandria to Abu Simble, through Middle Egypt (Tell Amarna, Beni Hassan) or the Western Oasis. Flats in Luxor group can do it all.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hundreds witness solstice at King Ramses II temple - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Hundreds witness solstice at King Ramses II temple - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Tourists gather at Aswan's Abu Simbel to witness bi-annual solstice when sun's rays fall directly on temple of King Ramses II

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cheap flights £250 return to Egypt - Skyscanner

Just checked Skyscanner and there is a departure 31st Oct returning 7th November LGW - LXR for £250 return. This is a great app to search for cheap flights

Thursday, October 18, 2012

EGYPTAIR - Plan Travel - Special Offers 20% off!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check the website for a special offer, buy 16-20 October to qualify. Flats in Luxor will match the offer with 20% discount on their accommodation. Book now
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hilton Resort and Spa recognized for outstanding culinary talent | Hilton Worldwide |

Want a special night out in Luxor. I have recently been twice to the Hilton for  a special meal and it is totally fab. This news story confirms their special skills. 
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Goodbye to travellers cheques?

I have heard from two sources now that changing travellers cheques is almost impossible in Luxor. Only Thomas Cook will change them, the banks and hotels are both refusing to change travellers cheques. So I suggest you bear that in mind and look at alternative ways to bring money to Egypt.

Cash is always a good alternative here and you will get a much better exchange rate in Egypt if you bring dollars, Euros or sterling.  ATM's abound in tourist areas and big cites.

Monday, October 08, 2012

not just an holiday, rather an experience - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

not just an holiday, rather an experience - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor:

I've just come back from a wonderful week in Luxor. I'm passionate in ancient history and egyptology, so Luxor is definitely the right place where to spend a great holiday. But when one wants to turn "holiday" in "experience", then the right place where to stay in Flats in Luxor! And Jane (the co-owner) is the best host one can dream of! The flat is large, comfortable, very well located, exactly as it is shown and described in its web page, with the additional plus that it can happen to share the pool or have a cup of tea with some famous archeologist involved in excavations projects, or with the chief director of Karnak and Luxor Museums, visiting his family, which lives just right door! I had the best week I can never imagine and it ticked away in such a simple and plain way that it seems to me as I was living my normal and true life there, and this is why the holiday was really special :-) All my love to Luxor, Jane and his family and staff, and to the South Asasif Project!

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Luxor: Rediscover Egypt’s jewel of the Nile - Daily News Egypt

Luxor: Rediscover Egypt’s jewel of the Nile - Daily News Egypt: home

Luxor: Rediscover Egypt’s jewel of the Nile

As the searing heat of the Egyptian sun releases its grip on Luxor a little, now is the perfect season to venture back to the beginning of time.

Post-revolutionary Luxor has been hit hard. This ancient capital of Egypt has been left bereft of tourists and the economy is struggling. Little else has changed; the temples still stand as they have for millennia and the Nile still enchants.

All the reasons why Luxor has attracted tourists for centuries and why it should definitely be on your bucket list – never has there been a better time to get a reduced-rate hotel room, from back packer’s lodges up to 5 star luxury. And Luxor needs you now!

The city is a treasure trove of ancient Egyptian wonder and has some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights. Luxor has, somewhat unfairly, built a reputation for being the hassle capital of Egypt. It is true, it can be intimidating to have feluccas and caleche rides and West Bank tours thrust at you, seemingly by every person you pass in the street. But greet them with humour and politeness and remember, they are only trying to make a living.

Adrift on the Nile

A felucca trip is obligatory, and at approximately EGP 50 an hour you would be foolish to pass up such a tranquil experience, where the Nile is at its most beautiful. Felucca crews are adeptly skilled at reading the conditions and capturing every ounce of available wind in their sails. Lazily dragging one hand in the water you will see children playing football on islands that appear when water levels are low.

Dust gets kicked up as they race barefoot after the ball and splash about in the Nile to cool off, watched nonchalantly by grazing buffalo, donkeys and camels.

The felucca captain may even entertain you with some Saidi or Nubian songs, done with the genuine warmth and humour that only Saidis can bring. You will be offered a glass of hot tea, half a glass of sugar, half a glass of tea! or a cool soft drink. Hospitality is second nature to Luxor people.

Nile cruises have always been a popular way to explore Egypt’s historical sites, usually with a cruise from Luxor to Aswan. After a 15 year hiatus, the Egyptian government has given permission for an extended Nile cruise to operate between Cairo and Luxor or Aswan, in an attempt to reinvigorate tourism. You will need at least two weeks for this journey and fairly deep pockets – but what a spectacular way to see Egypt!

The beauty of a Nile cruise is that you are literally hand delivered to the most important sites and everything is taken care of for you. Perfect if you are a temple first-timer, otherwise you may prefer to explore at your own pace, in which case a stay in Luxor itself is a must.

For a more glamorous splash of a bygone era, try the recently revived dahabiya cruises. These beautifully crafted, elegant sailboats offer a Nile cruise experience on a more romantic and intimate scale. Dahabiyas offer a taste of luxury with all the mod-cons you would expect of a top class hotel, with a daily changing, unique Nile view.

The more adventurous or budget conscious could consider chartering their own felucca or pitch in with other like-minded travellers to spend two to three nights on a traditional wooden felucca sailboat, experiencing the outdoors with the stars as their blanket. You will sleep on cushions on the deck of the felucca and really get back to basics. No air-conditioning, no showers, no rest-rooms – no frills – all adventure!

Pharaohs and Kings, Temples and Tombs
The mesmerising view of the riverbanks from the Nile Sarah Loat

The mesmerising view of the riverbanks from the Nile
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It is easy to see why the pharaohs chose Luxor as their capital and the city of the God Amon-Ra. The East Bank, with the rising sun, was dedicated to the living and the West Bank was where they laid their kings to rest together with the setting sun. Known as an “open-air museum,” the concentration of tombs and temples is mind-blowing, with new tombs being discovered all the time

Travellers can get temple-weary as one temple begins to look like another, but if you only visit one temple you hands-down must visit the awe-inspiring Karnak temple, dedicated to the God Amon-Ra.

May the evening soothe and welcome you,
O traveller from Upper Egypt.
You will travel no further because you are come.
Here you are at the beginning of time.

With these dramatic opening words of the spectacular after-dark Karnak sound and light show, you are suddenly transported back centuries in time, to the era of Gods and Pharaohs, at the largest ancient religious site in the world. The sheer scale and craftsmanship will literally give you chills, regardless of the outside temperature. It is an enormous complex and a guide is really valuable, especially if it is your first visit. While it will be no less awe-inspiring without a guide, you will miss so much fascinating detail.

The temples have been adjusted and adorned by up to 30 successive pharaohs of Egypt, and still has one standing pink granite obelisk of the only female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. It is huge, and the tallest obelisk standing in Egypt. The inscription begins: “I was sitting in the palace and I remembered the One who created me; my heart directed me to make for him two obelisks of electrum.

“ At the Sacred Lake you will find another fallen obelisk, which allows you to get a really close look at the inscriptions. Also near the Sacred Lake is a statue of a giant scarab beetle and legend has it that it is bestowed with an ancient charm that grants fertility to those that circle it seven times.

Luxor temple is a beautiful temple that stands parallel to the Nile. You will see it from a felucca ride on the river, or it is a short walk from most hotels in Luxor. There has been some updating to the exterior grounds in recent years, with an ongoing restoration of the “Avenue of Sphinxes” which links both Luxor and Karnak temples. The entrance is stunning and one obelisk now stands where there were originally two. Knowing that the other one is in Paris, you cannot help but wish they would give it back.

This temple has been used for worship for thousands of years, and still is today! Part of the Hypostyle Hall was converted into a Christian church and centuries later a mosque was built over the buried temple and still remains today – Abu Haggag mosque – after the temple was uncovered, as an integral part of the temple.

One of the most underrated temples is that of Medinet Habu. It is largely overlooked by tour groups, which means you may get the temple all to yourself if you pay it a visit. It is one of Luxor’s best preserved temples and tells incredible stories of battles with the “Sea Peoples.”

Dendera and Abydos temples are some of the most complete and spectacular temples in Egypt – Luxor is a great base to reach them from. For a full day out visit Dendera on a day cruise on the Lotus boat.

The Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles, aside from Karnak temple, are what most tourists come to Luxor for. Here is the resting ground of the pharaohs and of the fabled boy king, Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun’s tomb can be a disappointment; his is of smaller size and more hastily finished compared to other tombs of superior beauty and decoration.

Choose the tombs you want to visit wisely, as some require quite some physical effort to reach – climbing up and down stairs and ladders in some instances. Not all tombs will be open as they “rest” on a rotational basis.

All of these excursions can be arranged locally for you by experienced agents in Luxor. They offer great deals and take some of the hassle out of your holiday time. Try Mohamed at La Rose Tours for great customer service. Other reputable agencies can be found near the Winter Palace hotel.
A horse gets pampered during a visit to ACE Sarah Loat

A horse gets pampered during a visit to ACE Sarah Loat

Alternative Luxor

One of the most unique ways to experience the Theban Necropolis is by air. Ballooning over the West Bank is an absolutely magical, breathtaking experience that gives unparalleled views of the Valley of the Kings, and the West Bank temples including, Deir El Bahri (Hatshepsut’s Temple), Medinat Habu, and Howard Carter’s House.

As the early light of dawn begins to bleed over the Nile, softly and gradually the balloons begin to rise. Do not forget to take your camera to capture some amazing shots of the sun as it casts beautiful shadows and colours over the Theban hills.

The balloons rise and dip, riding thermals and gaining better vantage points of the temples, as they drift slowly southwards past some of the most mind-blowing sights in Egypt. Unsurpassed aerial views of some of the world’s greatest monuments, coupled with views of the lush green farmland that butts up against the stark pink of the morning desert.

Expect to pay between EGP 250 to 500 per person for up to an hour in the air. Price is dependent on season and which operator you choose. Try Hod Hod Soliman, who has an excellent service and safety record, or Viking Air.

If hot air ballooning does not satisfy the adrenaline rush you are looking for, then try desert quad biking. It is fast, furious and very dusty. If you prefer the four-legged kind of desert adventure then Nobi Arabian Horse Stables has horses, camels or donkeys for your desert fun.

Come back down to Earth and bring the heavens with you for an evening of stargazing in the desert, where the galaxy literally comes down to the horizon to greet you. Enjoy a Bedouin desert dinner and see space up close through a high-powered telescope.

Animal lovers may have a hard time seeing so many skinny horses pulling carriages or caleches. If you do want to use them for a tour around town, choose a healthy looking horse and take it on a trip to ACE (Animal Care in Egypt).

This exceptional free animal care service will bathe and rub down your caleche owner’s horse, while you have a tour of the premises and meet the animals they care for. Do not barter your caleche driver down to the lowest possible price, no matter how the spirit of bargaining has you in its grip; the animal will only be spending a longer day working to make up the shortfall.

Eat Luxor!

While Luxor is no culinary hot-bed, there are a few places you should not miss. All of the five star hotels have a variety of international dining options, including French, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian…and so it goes on. An elegant afternoon high tea at Luxor’s most famous hotel, the Winter Palace is a must. Between 3.30 to 6 pm daily, either on the front terrace or inside in the Victoria Lounge, you can indulge in tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and petite fours, while following in the footsteps of Howard Carter, Agatha Christie and King Farouk.

For a special occasion; a birthday, anniversary, or just an indulgent romantic night of fine dining, the 1886 restaurant in the Winter Palace offer sumptuous colonial surroundings and quality French cuisine. Prices are considerably higher than elsewhere in Luxor, but not unreasonable and worth the splurge.

For a sumptuous seafood feast, the locals know Al Hoot is the best place to dine. (You will find it facing Luxor International Hospital). It is a modest restaurant with seafood to die for. Try the seafood soup and find a whole crab inside. African Queen is also worth a visit along with several more rustic places to eat on the West Bank.

El Gezira Hotel is just a short ferry ride across the river and has a relaxing roof terrace where you can enjoy Egyptian food with the backdrop of the Theban hills behind you.

St Joseph’s Hotel on the East Bank is the perfect spot for a sundowner or a casual dinner on its informal roof terrace, which gives breathtaking views of the Nile and Theban necropolis as it lights up at dusk.

For Egypt’s infamous kushari dish, Sayyida Zeinab in Television Street is hard to beat. This tiny kushari joint offers ladlefuls of the tastiest, steaming hot kusharito give you the entire carbohydrate boost you need to tackle temple-hopping. Al Zaem is another good option, just past Luxor temple.
The Winter Palace takes you back in time Sarah Loat

The Winter Palace takes you back in time
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Sofra, near the train station, offers an experience something akin to eating at your Egyptian grandmother’s house. Set in a beautifully converted Arabian-style house, Sofra is a visual feast. Dine on the covered roof terrace, or downstairs in one of the individual dining rooms – large wooden dining table, portraits and Arabic calligraphy on the walls, candelabras, and authentic tiles. What you get here is standard Egyptian cuisine, think mezze, tagines, molokheya, pigeon, in a uniquely Egyptian setting.

Snobs is run by a talented young chef who used to cook at the royal palace in Saudi Arabia. Dishes are international and Egyptian, all tasty and all served and presented with a flourish. Find it in El Rhoda el Sherifa Street, alongside several other ex-pat owned restaurants.

Pizza Roma-IT is a true authentic Italian kitchen owned by an Egyptian man and his Italian wife. It simply has the best pizza in Egypt, never mind Luxor. Herbs are grown on the roof and ingredients are sourced fresh on the day. The pizza and pasta menu is extensive and salads are always crisp and fresh. Head to St Joseph’s street to feast Italian-style.

Those with a sweet tooth will be in cake heaven at Twinky, located near Luxor central train station. Indulge in oriental pastries, cakes and all kinds of desserts. Once you have had your fill, top it all off with tea and shisha at Om Kalthoum coffee shop.

Luxor life

Modern day Luxor is a treasure in itself. Out in the West Bank villages, people live in the same rustic way they have for centuries. Men work the fields in white galabeyas, faces etched with hard work and exposure to the Egyptian sun. Buffalo lazily doze on dirt tracks, the breeze rustles the sugar cane fields, and life is altogether operated at a more relaxed pace. The West Bank is composed of a number of villages and farming communities that keep it lush and green.

Cross the train tracks on the East Bank and you venture into local’s territory, where the people of the villages will gladly welcome you. Families picnic on grassy verges, women chat in doorways and men chew the fat over a shisha and some dominoes.

Kids scrabble around trying to be the first to get close to the tourists. They love to practice English and will dazzle you with their ability to get by in a multitude of languages. Bring some pens and a bag of sweets to see happy little faces all round.

If you are lucky you may stumble across a local wedding, a truly joyous occasion with copious amounts of singing and dancing, that sees streets decorated with fairy lights and bunting.

Luxor comes alive when there is a moulid, a saint’s birthday, and no celebration is bigger than Luxor’s own Abu Haggag moulid. Floats and crowds fill the streets; kids get dressed up in party hats and throw firecrackers. The finest Arab horses are brought out to parade on the streets and race.

You really can buy almost anything you want in Luxor and if you cannot find it, there are plenty of skilled artisans and craftsmen willing to make it for you. A stroll around the souq will show you gold, silver and precious stones, handmade artefacts, carved sandstone, alabaster and granite, cotton and leather and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Enjoy the thrill of the haggle – the people of Luxor are experts – but pay what you think is fair and consider how much that extra EGP 10 or 50 you just saved would really make a difference to you. Right now, with tourist levels at rock bottom, traders are selling at cost price and below, just to put food on their table that day.

To really experience Luxor, do as the locals do; grab a fresh glass of sugar cane juice from a street vendor, shop where the locals do, play dominoes, smoke shisha, drink a glass of hot tea and watch the world go by, get an invite to a local, raucous street wedding, eat a ta’ameya sandwich in Abu Haggag square behind Luxor temple, wearing your ship-ship – embrace true Luxor life. Get to know the people, friends made in Luxor will stay friends for life, they will never forget you.

There is something unique about the openness, warmth and hospitality of Luxor’s people. They are self-confessed hustlers, but with undeniable charm. Their optimism remains however, and they are convinced tourists will return to Luxor; for them, it is literally in the lap of the Gods; “they will come, InshaAllah, they always have.” And as the street signs implore, “Smile, you are in Luxor.” I challenge you not to.

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Winter Sunshine and Key Stage 2

If you are in the UK you must be missing the sun and if you have kids you want to give their studies a boost. Egypt has year round sunshine and is part of Key Stage 2 so if you want to combine education with sunshine, pyramids and pool, tombs and tanning then Egypt is the the best choice.

To give your kids a start have a look at these books from Amazon, there is a recommended kids section

Sunday, September 30, 2012

South Asassif Conference

Conference speakers and delegates have started arriving at the flats, such interesting people. It is going to be a great conference, you can buy day tickets on the door if you live in Luxor.  Lots of details on the website.   

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Another amazing stay - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

Our100th review on Trip Advisor, so proud of all my people especially Little Mohammed for making our guests feel so welcome.

Another amazing stay - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Just returned from another amazing two week stay with Jane at her Flats in Luxor. The flats are in an ideal location for exploring the monuments on the West Bank of Luxor and you get to experience spending time surrounded by everyday Egyptians who make you feel so welcome and are so happy to see you. It is so sad to see so few tourists in Luxor who are missing out on such a wonderful experience just because they are worried about any troubles that they see in the media - be reassured there are no troubles whatsoever in Luxor or in the 99% of Egypt so don't be afraid or put off - go you will have an amazing time. Jane, her husband Mahmoud and Little Mohammed work so hard to ensure that everyone who stays with them are looked after and Jane's knowledge of all things Egyptology gives all her guests the advantage of pointing them in the right direction during their stay.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What do you get when you book with Flats in Luxor

1)    Opened in 2003 we are the longest established self catering accommodation in Luxor, we have always strived to be the best with the most options.

2)    We have the best reputation, check our Trip Advisor listing, we are the top, we are also listed in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, both the Boston Globe and the Sunday Times have run features on us.

3)    We offer the most comprehensive facilities with large rooms, beautiful views, ALL bedrooms have a/c, communal facilities like free Wi-Fi,  swimming pool, our brilliant chef, Jacuzzi, billiard table, garden, roof terrace, onsite security staff, housekeeping with full Western style bed linen and towels.

4)     Resident Egyptologist. Jane Akshar is well known for her love of Egyptology and her blog on Luxor attracts archaeologists from all over the world. Combine that with her library, the books she has written and her studies with Manchester University and you have access to the best Egyptology advice in Luxor. She knows all the sites intimately and loves to share her knowledge with you either informally or with her lectures (which are available online). She can advise about the best places for children, (her kids tours are great fun) or mobility impaired adults or PhD students, she has helped them all.

5)    Full Egypt wide service, with our long term partners we can provide the full Egyptian tour service
a.    Cairo and the pyramids
b.    Alexandra and the library
c.    Sailing on the Nile, day trips or full cruises
d.    Dessert safaris

Flats in Luxor Group is a registered company, with an international reputation, come to the best and have full confidence that your Egyptian holiday will be unique, special, safe and with a reputable company.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

September £19 sale at Premier Inns - Perfect airport stays if you are travelling to Egypt

Travelling to Egypt and need a cheap hotel room in the UK next to the airport try this deal. 

September £19 sale: Right now, you can book stays from 1st October 2012 – 13th January 2013 for as little as £19 a night! So act fast – this special rate is only available online and with rooms available in fantastic locations, they won’t hang around for long!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Egypt for Winter Sunshine

Egypt has been famous for sunny winter holidays for over a century, it is always magical, come and enjoy.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cheap flights to Luxor in September and November

Great prices from London Gatwick 17th September £368 and £344 in November, spotted on Skyscanner. Get some sun before the winter.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back home in lovely Luxor

If you want to read my holiday report of graduation from Manchester, attendance at Gurob Haram conference, Liverpool Summer school and how I finally cracked glyphs

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Out of Office Reply until 13th August

If you email me that is what you are going to get for three weeks because for the first time for three years I am having a holiday. Mahmoud got a week in the UK last year on condition I got to go to my graduation and summer school this year!

So I fly tomorrow, on Friday I will graduate from the Certificate in Continuing Education in Egyptology from Manchester University after 4 years studying, we get a champagne and strawberry reception and all the lecturers wear their gowns (I have seen previous years graduations). I have managed to get three guests as another graduate is only bringing one guest so my best mate Colette Mason will be there, my daughter Amira and her friend who is driving her there. Posh dinner with cocktails in the evening.

Then I am going to summer school at Liverpool University, 2 full weeks. I get to stay in student digs and the first week is history and the second week glyphs, I hope I can crack these face to face :)

 I am meeting up with a lot of friends while I am there and if you are around Liverpool then get in touch. It is going to be weird to be back in blighty, I gather is has been raining ROFL, I will miss Luxor and Egypt so much.

Then it is back to Luxor on 13th August to several hundred emails, I being given an old I-phone so I expect to deal with any urgent ones while I am there but otherwise it will have to wait until I get back.

Mahmoud is holding the fort in Luxor while I am away.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Guide services - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

Lovely review of our tour guide services from a delightful American family. We have nearly 100 reviews on Trip Advisor now.
Guide services - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Jane set up our guide services while in Luxor, even though we did not stay at her property. We are a family of 5 with 3 young children. Jane set up a perfect day, insisting that we start at 6 am and take a 2 hour break mid-day at her pool. She arranged a fabulous lunch at her property and joined us for a lively conversation. Hussein was our guide. He has a doctorate in Egyptology, was incredibly patient and entertaining. Given that it was 120 degrees (fahrenheit) that is quite a feat! We would recommend Jane and Hussein without reservation.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Felt like home!!! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

That has to be the nicest headline, felt like home, we always try to make our guests feel like they are at home, this our 96th review shows us our hard work is worth it. :) Please come back. 

Felt like home!!! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: I just returned from spending five weeks with Jane at her Al Gezera flats. This was my first time staying there, and what a comfortable, beautiful and convenient location!
Jane made sure everything was taken care of for me and Mohammed was also very helpful and always had a smile.
Safety was never a concern, and it was interesting to be there during the election.
It felt like I was staying with friends instead of being left on my own once checked into a hotel. Everyone was so friendly in the village and the ferry to the East Bank was a short walk down the street. The sites are all very close and easy to get to.
The view of the Theban Hills from the flat is absolutely breathtaking and I often sat on my balcony just watching the sunset.
It was sad to say goodbye to all my new friends and leave Luxor behind, but you can bet I will return again soon!
Stayed June 2012, traveled solo

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Should you eat street food in Egypt?

 YES in my opinion, it is fresh, tasty and if the locals are eating it you can. Which of these two breakfasts would you prefer?

A street breakfast will consist of ful which is a vegetarian dish made from dried fava beans and slow cooked, taste is similar to Mexican refried beans. It is served hot with oil or buffalo butter and mashed. Scooped up with pitta bread and served with pickles, salads, aubergine, eggs all sorts, what ever you choose.

Or you can have a boring hotel breakfast. Your choice :)

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th July

to all American fans, ex guests and future guests. Have a great holiday and we hope to see you again in Luxor really soon.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Egyptian adventure at it's best!!! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

Our 95th review! 

Egyptian adventure at it's best!!! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Staying at the flats was very comfortable and the 'meet and greet' from the airport took away any concerns of 'how do we get there' etc especially arriving on a later flight. Jane was extremely helpful offering help and advice which was very useful as it was a little daunting staying on the west bank as this was a first for me. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would not go back to staying on the east bank, the location of the flats is brillant for the sites, village, and there's a fantastic bakery just around the corner and it's only a 10 min walk to the ferry crossing. The flat was huge and the space and freedom was brillant as although there were 3 of us sharing we were never under each others feet! I couldn't get enough of the view especially in the evening when the Theban Hills are lit up. The swimming pool offers privacy and again the size is very generous and it even has a jaquzzi pool! Little Mohammed is a real sweetie, bless him, and I love his greeing when he see's you 'it's good' He is also very creative and made us smile with the towel art!! My three weeks stay was incrediable-thank you Jane for making it extra special! Pauline-Leicester, UK

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review of my book Hidden Luxor

Just got a great review of my guide book of Luxor (obtainable at

I have visited all the temples and tombs in Luxor over the last 10 years, some of them many times during the past 5 years of living in Luxor full time, but this book has opened my eyes to so much more to discover that is not shown, or possibly even known, by the tour guides. I certainly will be taking this book with me next time I am out and about in Luxor. The author has given clear guides on where to go, what to look for and even included the tiny details such as 'look up', 'look left' etc that the book is a detailed map of the hidden Luxor most people have no idea is there. A must have guide for lovers of Luxor, Egyptologists and even tour guides could learn something new. VW

Sunday, June 17, 2012

An amazing 3 weeks - will life ever be the same again? - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

An amazing 3 weeks - will life ever be the same again? - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Just returned from 3 weeks with Jane - it was like staying with a friend as her knowledge, finger on the button and friendliness knew no parallels. She was in the flat below and we enjoyed many chats both in her falat and ours. Definately NOT 5 star hotel - the glory of chilling, outings and adventure were supported by not having any time shedules to maintain, up when we chose, eating, swimming, crashing out, showers and the freedom to wander around in clothing I wouldn't have dared wear in a 5 starer. Meals to order or self-catering, Water and basic supplies ordered and ready for our arrival with bulk shopping trips on offer if we didn't fancy doingit ourselves. Little Mohamed was a star in his own right, lookingl after our needs and sorting out any problems pronto and without fuss. Jane offered trips out which would have been great but my friends and I were on a work volunteer trip. The space of the flat was amazing and the views of the Theban Hills (just over by Hatshepsut's Temple) were stunning day and night from the massive veranda and the relaxing roof top. The local village was a few minutes walk away and had met all our simple requirements, the ferry was at the other end of the village at the great price of 10p to cross the Nile :). The West Bank sites were a 5p local bus ride away with Jane having explained how to hail and then stop these minibusses wherever you wanted - no "bus stops", Sshe also was able to give us "cultural" tips which also enhanced our stay. Everyone was so friendly it was awful wandering around saying our good byes.
Thank you Jane and I'm looing forward to a return trip :)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flats in Luxor in the new 2012 Lonely Planet

Just been sent a copy of the new Lonely Planet for 2012 and  i amdelighted with our listing, map entry and new this year Resource Box.

I remember when we first got an entry in the Lonely Planet, it was a real red letter day. We were so proud we got a listing and we are still the only apartment owners with a listing. How about that!

Pity they didn't take account of the new phone numbers in Egypt, it should be +20 1003564540

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Purchase of Property in Egypt

There is a meeting with the British Embassy in Luxor today and I was checking the notes from the last meeting. One of their tasks was to update the property advice pages. I was asked for any input I might have and they have used loads of my comments especially  the references, references, references. :) Actually there is loads of good advice on there now, worth having a look.

Purchase of Property: "A very good piece of advice from a property business person in Luxor is instead of location, location, location, think references, references and references."

Now Egypt is moving forward property purchase is picking up again .

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Jolie, Pitt prefer Luxor over Tahrir | Main1

Doesn't everyone prefer Luxor :) ? 
Jolie, Pitt prefer Luxor over Tahrir | Main1: Jolie, Pitt prefer Luxor

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Sad News from Flats in Luxor - the wife of Gamal has died

I heard this afternoon that the wife of our chef Gamal lost her fight against breast cancer and has died. Lots of our past guests know and love Gamal and knew about his wifes illness, some have even sent money for her treatment. We thank you all

They had a large family with some young kids but thanks be to God they have many relatives who will help out.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantastic holiday at Flats in Luxor - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

 Our 93rd review on Trip Advisor from the lovely Christine.
Fantastic holiday at Flats in Luxor - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: Me and my partner and our 2 friends stayed in one of Jane's appartments at Flats in Luxor. The appartments are in a breathtaking location on the West Bank at Al Gezera. It had fantastic views and we loved to sit on the balcony watching the sun rising. In the evening it was just as spectacular looking accross at the view of the Nile and East Bank of Luxor on one side of us and the lit up valley of the Kings on the other side. We were only there for 7 nights and packed a lot into the days. A number of the trips were recommended by Jane and she also arranged for our transport to and from where we were going. We had breakfast made for us by Jane's staff on a number of the mornings which was a great help and absolutely lovely, they also cleared everything up after we had finished. We visited the valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles and another 2 tombs at AL-Khaukha one of which included a mummy. Two of our trips were suggested and arranged by Jane and we absolutely loved every minute of them. One was the day cruise on the Nile which included lunch and a visit to Dandara Temple and the other was a trip on a hot air balloon and we would absolutely recommend both as not to be missed. We had a lovely meal waiting for us on arrival, not only was it delicious but there was plenty of it. The appartment itself was probably one of the largest we've ever stayed in. There were 3 bedrooms all big and one en-suite, a bathroom, large kitchen and living/dining room. We also had 2 balcony's, one that looked over the pool area and the other looked to the side of the property and accross to the valley of the Kings in the distance. We spent quite a bit of time cooling off in the pool when we were relaxing in the hot afternoons. The shops were a short walk up the lane in front of the appartments and along the way we would meet very friendly and welcoming Egyptian families. We absolutely loved it here and we can't wait to return to visit more places in Luxor that Jane recommends and stay in these fabulously located appartments.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Banish holiday worries caused by the Euro, come to Egypt

With Greece undergoing turmoil and the danger of them leaving the Euro, you may well be looking for an alternative holiday destination. Greek attractions are history and sun and Egypt has exactly the same attractions but even better. We have more history, more monuments and in better condition, there are 24 ticketed sites just in Luxor itself.. We certainly have more sunshine, we also have water sports on the Red Sea, easily reachable from Luxor, Nile sailing and cruises in Luxor and even more history on trips to Aswan and Cairo. And we don't have the Euro so you won't have to worry about a collapse affecting your holiday.

Come to Egypt with Flats in Luxor

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jane Akshar | LinkedIn

Lovely review from a guest on my LinkedIn profile. 

Jane Akshar | LinkedIn: “Pleasure and expertise? A beautiful combination in an amazing location.
Please do not rely on media hype or scare mongering.... explore the hidden wonders of Luxor now! and find out a little more about who you are in the process!
Luxor with Jane..........has everything you need.
Someone to rely on, local sound advice, and a passionate knowledge of Luxor. This is linked to an extremely supportive local communitity!
-Jane will listen and tap into what it is that you most want from your stay in Luxor. Enjoy!!”

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Fantastic family holiday is stunning surroundings - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

our 92nd review on Trip Advisor

Fantastic family holiday is stunning surroundings - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor:

The apartments was so spacious and beautiful, spotless,marvellous attention to detail; excellent value for money. The surroundings were completely enchanting. Thinking of the view from the top terrace brings tears to my eyes; it was an utterly magical landscape.

The food was fresh, healthy and delicious . The staff were smiley, helpful and attentive.

We took some of Jane's tours having first checked prices against other recommended companies- hers were around the same price, but we think the quality of what we got was much better and we were so glad we went with her. She is very knowledgeable and put together a perfect itinerary. After the first trip to Karnak and Luxor temples she called us to check everything was ok. she takes a lot of pride in what she does .

Jane, Mahmoud and their staff were so helpful and on hand to arrange whatever we wanted: taxi up the road for pennies or a trip for a pedicure .

We liked it do much that we curtailed our stay at a 5* at red sea to come back and finish our holiday at Goubli. We can't wait to go back and recommend it to anyone .

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Jane Akshar | LinkedIn

A lovely recommendation on my LinkedIn profile
Jane Akshar | LinkedIn: Jane provides a first rate service, and has a great network which enables her to make arrangements all over Egypt, not just in Luxor, in order to ensure any visit there a trouble-free, memorable and enjoyable experience. Not just a Guide; not just a provider of accommodation; she arranges transport where major tour operators have failed, tours of sites away from crowds, and many other activities which make her service unique. Having been to Upper Egypt on many occasions, and having used other local agencies, I can thoroughly recommend her service in preference to the major tour operators who rarely provide the really personal touch.”

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Come back to Egypt, travel Australian CEO pleads -

Come back to Egypt, travel CEO pleads - Wholesaler News - “Egypt is open for business and no one should feel unsafe travelling there,” Mr Reynolds said.

“As somebody who travels regularly and extensively, I think there are no greater risks travelling to Egypt than there are travelling to the UK. People don’t give a second thought about visiting London even though it recently experienced some fairly significant civil unrest.

“It’s time for Australians to return to Egypt with confidence and help rebuild one of the world’s greatest destinations.”

Lots more in the full article
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Travel photos of the week: your stunning images - The Globe and Mail

One of my ex-guests had this stunning photo published in the Globe and Mail travel feature.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hurrah we now have 91 reviews - Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

A great stay in Luxor - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: “A great stay in Luxor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012 NEW

It was a pleasure to stay with Jane in her Flats in Luxor at Al Gezera for 5 nights in March. It is the perfect location, quiet, a short walk to the ferry to take you across to the East Bank and plenty of local shops to purchase food, internet etc. Jane's helper, Mahomed, prepared 2 beautiful lunches for us and we had a great dinner with Mahmoud at his impressive Tahrir Villa. Watching the hot air balloons drifting across the valley while we ate breakfast was a delight. Jane organised sightseeing trips for us during our stay and provided our driver Ahmed who was very friendly and efficient and always available whenever we needed him, as well as our wonderful guide Hussein who we found to be very knowledgeable. Jane also organised a fascinating trip for us through Middle Egypt with a very competent driver, Rageeb. We would recommend Jane and her Flats in Luxor to anyone considering a stay in Luxor.

Great location, great food and great service – Highly recommended - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor: “Great location, great food and great service – Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 NEW

We stayed 10 days in the top-floor Bastet flat at Goubli - with lovely views over the fields towards the Nile - from 2nd to 11th April 2012. This was our second time at the Goubli flats, although we had also used Jane’s guiding services on earlier visits to Egypt.

Our party consisted of two couples and two teenagers, and with three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, and good-sized lounge/dining room we never felt cramped. The balconies provided extra spaces for relaxing, and of course there was always the cool downstairs reception area, rooftop or poolside terrace to escape to.

The apartment was comfortable, good-sized and clean, with bedding and towels provided. Last time we stayed we suggested that it would be good if basic cleaning materials were easily available (i.e. dustpan/mop & bucket) and it was great to find these in the flat. It shows that they really do listen and act upon customer feedback and illustrates how much they care about their guests.

We found all the staff to be very friendly and approachable, and any request was met with smiles and prompt action; great service all round.

We had intended to prepare our own breakfasts, but after trying what was on offer we allowed the staff to prepare and provide breakfast for us each day in the rooftop restaurant with its breathtaking views of the Theban hill; you can even seen Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el Bahri. They have a new cook on the staff, and the meals were truly excellent; as usual we visited the good local restaurants such as Fayrouz and Africa – but in our opinion the meals at the flat surpassed these in quality, flavour and quantity, and were very reasonably priced as well – so we ended up eating at the flats more often than we had originally anticipated!

Although we are ancient-egyptophiles, this was the first visit to Egypt for the other couple and their two teenage sons, so we asked Jane & Mahmoud if they could arrange some typical tourist activities; we enjoyed a balloon ride at dawn, a donkey & cart tour around the local village, a sunset trip down the Nile with dinner, a trip to Banana Island and Quad biking in the desert. The large swimming pool was also very much appreciated by the boys.

Although the flat is a little way from the main road and ferry this was never a problem as we could easily arrange for a courtesy car to drop us off. It was also easy to arrange taxis for our own day trips so that we could visit the sites at our own pace. A big “Thank you” must go to Captain Ali for his excellent services; a true gentleman. Local shopping is easy too.

There are still fewer tourists in Luxor at the moment, but we felt quite comfortable walking around on both the East and West banks. My sister-in-law remarked that she felt safer than walking in London during the evening.

Thank you to Mahmoud, Jane and the Goubli staff for making our stay so pleasant and memorable. We will definitely be back as soon as we can, although we may stay in the new Villa next to Medinet Habu next time – we had a quick peak at this new development, and the high standard of finish is very impressive. Can’t wait until next time.