Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Photos Albums

A link to loads of wonderful photos on Picasso taken by one of our guests 

Luxor Photos

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Even more info on the Luxor Pass

We have received a lot of questions, concerning the Luxor Pass: What does it cost, where can I buy it, how can I pay for it, how long does it take to get the pass?
Last Tuesday (22 November 2016), Karin Khalif and Marcel Maesson went to see Ahmed Khalifa, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities Office in Luxor, to get some answers
The Luxor Pass:
There are 4 versions of the Pass:
• The Red Pass:
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Blue Pass:
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs
• The Yellow Pass (For students only):
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Green Pass (For Students Only):
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs.
All Luxor Passes have a validity of 5 CONSECUTIVE days.
What does the Luxor Pass cost:
The Red Pass: U$ 200,-
The Blue Pass: U$ 100,-
The Yellow Pass: U$ 100,-
The Green Pass: U$ 50,-
Where can I buy the Luxor Pass:
To purchase a Luxor Pass, you will need a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport details page. Take these to the Department of Foreign Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities in Zamalek or from the Public Relations Office in the Luxor Inspectorate, which is behind the Luxor Museum on the east bank of Luxor, behind the Museum. The office is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, Monday to Friday.
How can I pay for the Luxor Pass?
In Cash only. Although the tickets are priced in US Dollars, Mr. Ahmed Khalifa told us, that they accept Euros too. The Red Pass (U$ 200,-) will cost you € 180,-. If you do the math, the following prices would apply (although these can be different, depending on the exchange rate $ - €):
The Red Pass: € 180,-
The Blue Pass: € 90,-
The Yellow Pass: € 90,-
The Green Pass: € 45,-
How long does it take to make the pass?
The pass will be made on the spot, so it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
• The pass can ONLY be paid for in US Dollars or Euros. You CANNOT pay in Egyptian Pounds or any other foreign currency.
• There is NO possibility to pay with Credit or Debit Card
• You have to bring your passport and a pass photo. If you do not have a pass photo (which can be easily obtained in Luxor), bring a copy of your passport. This will be attached to the back of your Luxor Pass.
• Students have to bring their University pass or other proof of being a student.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Is Luxor, Egypt a good choice for a holiday destination?

With all the hard work you do you deserve the best kind of holiday, something to enthral the kids, broaden the mind, find out about other cultures and history with guaranteed sun. Luxor, Egypt meets all those criteria, but wait a minute isn’t Egypt dangerous.

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri

Well actually that is more about media perception than the reality. On my Trip Advisor listing you can read independent reviews from real people that have visited recently, and without exception have had a trouble free relaxing and culturally rich holiday. The British gov website reports 865,000 Brits visited Egypt and all the tourist areas are green.

A huge choice of apartment at Flats in Luxor

I have lived here for 13 years running self-catering holiday apartments for independent tourists www.flatsinluxor.co.uk . With my Egyptology qualifications I am able to advise people on the things that will appeal to all ages and interests. Kids that want to see battles, families, animals in tomb scenes. Adults interested in architecture and the arch before the key stone. History buffs who are interested in all aspects from Pre dynastic Egypt to the Golden Age of the new Kingdom, to Greek to even Roman remains.

Tomb of Ay in Valley of King

Lots more are described in my guide book Hidden Luxor.

There are loads of non-historical activities available as well, fishermen wanting to make a big catch, bird watchers, star gazers, horse riders and scuba divers. Whatever your interests and activities Egypt offers it and I can arrange it for you. So for your next holiday contact me jane.akshar@flatsinluxor.co.uk and let me make your dreams come true.

Luxor Temple from a hot air balloon

Monday, June 20, 2016

Guides at Ramadan – Flats in Luxor – Making dreams come true in Egypt

Guides at Ramadan – Flats in Luxor – Making dreams come true in Egypt:

A review from our guest

Jane, Mahmoud and all of their staff went out of their way to make sure my stay went exceptionally well. Very much appreciated. I came into Egypt during a very hot time, which I am far from used to, so Jane made sure that I had the coldest room and right next to the pool so that I could keep cool. The AC worked very well (in Egypt this is not always the case).

I also have food allergies and cannot eat a few other things; fortunately the staff all made sure that my heals were gluten free, and extremely good tasting too. Gluten free eating in Egypt is difficult at best. The driver which they had for me also brought me grocery shopping for snack food as well.

The best part of staying there though was their tours. There were specific out of the way and non-standard places I wanted to see. Fortunately Jane is an expert at such things. Also I wanted to do things such as collect some nile water on the way back, pick up a stone from the outside of each site and so forth, and the staff were just fine with, and even helped out with my odd idiosyncrasies :D. Najar was my driver, and he made sure that I always made it to the places I needed to go, parked in the shade, and offered a stop for water and groceries if needed.

The guide they set me up with was Hussein, and he was very knowledgeable about the temples and tombs, even the newly opened ones. He had more information than previous guides on a couple of places which I had been to before, and had read quite a bit on. I really like the level of his expertise.

They both also made sure to find me the most suitable bathrooms possible during our journeys out of town. This is more important than one may realize in Egypt….

Then Mahmoud and the driver which he found took me on a desert trip to try to find… one particular spot in a wadi. Easier said than done, but we combed the wadi very well. Also a bit of walking and exploring. Fortunately also a lot of patience for the tourist not used to the sun. They both knew the area quite well and were able to check each smaller valley within the larger one. I didn’t have GPS coordinates for where I wanted to go, but through research Jane found the right ones for the area, and then from their knowledge of that part of the desert Mahmoud and his driver narrowed it down further.

I prefer private guides and drivers over the go into each place rushed with 20 other tourists. They were able to do this extremely well. The prices of FlatsinLuxor for these services same or lower than others and their company, drivers, nor guides take a percentage when you purchase items. Yes, most other guides and drivers (even regular taxi) in Egypt, get a percentage of everything you buy, so that the prices are raised accordingly, due to per-arranged deals with the stores and people.

I also noticed I was treated better and with more respect during this time in Egypt, over my last time. This was due to the local people in Egypt thinking well of Jane, Mahmoud, Hussain and Najar. They are seen more as friends and family, instead of just a company transporting tourists in and out.

Btw, their wifi is great (rare in Egypt)

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Map of Luxor:Flats in Luxor using What3Words

Map of Luxor:Flats in Luxor: Luxor does not have names for all its streets which is why we like to meet you and take you to your apartment. If you need an address for visa purposes Flats in Luxor, West Bank, Luxor is enough unless you are staying on the East Bank of course :).

The new app what3words is absolutely perfect for us, here are our locations using that

Nubian Eco Village

Al Gezera

Al Khemia Villa

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cairo, train, camels from Flats in Luxor

Tours from Flats in Luxor
This unique piece of marketing highlights that Flats in Luxor isn't just Luxor nor is it just accommodation. We often arrange entire tours of Egypt for people who want a quality, independent and completely tailored itinerary.

Jane Akshar and Mahmoud Jahlan can work with you to suggest places that fit YOUR interests and time available.

In Cairo we have excellent guides with good Egyptology and can recommend hotels all over the city from 3* cheap and cheerful to 5* dead posh. 

As the picture shows transport from camels to trains can be used for transfers, though most people go for internal flights where available.

The desert, middle Egypt, scuba diving, Nile cruises and safaris have all been options we have arranged for our guests.

And of course Hidden Luxor with Hussein Omar and his team of guides

BTW if you are wondering where the picture comes from it is based on old tourism posters that Jane Akshar stitched in cross stitch

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: THE TOMB OF THE PHARAOH'S ADVISOR.

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: THE TOMB OF THE PHARAOH'S ADVISOR.: we are, for the moment, switching our attention to a fascinating tomb, KV 48, the burial place of Amenemopet, the vizier (right-hand man) of the warrior pharaoh, Amenhotep II, who ruled Egypt for about 26 years (c.1427-1401 B.C.) during the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: LUXOR

A new big blog to watch, from Donald Ryan and his team (who are staying at Flats in Luxor and give us a mention :) ). 

Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project: LUXOR

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Two lovely new reviews from AirBNB

“The villa was absolutely gorgeous - the pictures don't give it justice! I wish we had planned to stay longer in Luxor just so we could enjoy the villa and pool next door. We were greeted warmly by Mahmoud and his cousin Ahmed. They assisted us with a guide for our site seeing, and arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport. My friend Shannon and I were treated incredibly well - we even spent time going out for breakfast with Mahmoud and drinking coffee next to the Nile. I HIGHLY recommend the Nubian Village and Luxor. I can't wait to get back!” Jacqueline

"When we arrived at the airport in Luxor there was someone waiting for us and took us to the flat. Mamood was extremely helpful and made it possible for us to see many more things than we ever thought we would. The accommodations were a little tricky at first as we were on the 4th floor but again Mamood moved us to the first floor once he found out that the steps would be a challenge. Ali our taxi driver was helpful and very informative. He gave great suggestions on what to do and see. When he dropped us at the airport at the end we were sad to say goodbye" Michelle


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Map of the Centre of Luxor (East Bank)

There are three really useful maps on this website. West Bank, Luxor Station area and Luxor Sheraton area and little Britian, very helpful

Map of the Centre of Luxor (East Bank)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor: We stayed at Janes flats on the east bank and it was great. We also visited the West Bank where Mahmoud met us off the ferry (twice) and took us to visit jane, we swam in the pool, Mahmoud took us to Habu temple and drove us right round to show us the tombs of the nobles. Jane and Mahmoud go out of their way to make sure you have a great time, and are very well informed, they are a mine of information. Their caretaker at our flats (haghag) was also very helpful and very friendly. I can't wait to go back!