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Flats in Luxor/Trip review

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Flats in Luxor/Trip review

I got back about a month ago from a trip to Egypt after soliciting a lot of advice off of this forum, and I just wanted to post a few responses for future travelers.

We traveled to Luxor via the overnight train from Cairo. It was very nice, and easy to sleep on (for a train) and felt very safe. It was a few hours late but it seems everyone in Luxor knew that would happen.

While I am usually an independent traveler, I only had two days in Luxor so I decided to book through Flats in Luxor. I think this was a very good decision, because it allowed us to see all the sights without tons of stress. We would have not been able to do it without an organized private tour.

I would like to emphatically recommend our tour guide, Hussein. He is a freelance tour guide that Jane hires at sometimes, but I would whole heatedly recommend requesting him. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable, I have taken college courses in egyptology and he was really able to expand my knowledge. He was also very nice, friendly and not pushy at all. He never brought us to a "perfume shop" or "alabaster shop" or what have you (though offered to take us if we wanted). He also knew everyone working at the sights and had friendly relationships, making the experience very positive. We found that one of the most difficult parts of traveling this region is constantly having to say no to people, creating a general negative vibe with everyone competing for your money. Hussein protects you from all of that and allows you to have a really lovely trip.

Over the two days we saw 6 sights. Honestly, my favorite places were tomb of the nobles and tomb of the artisans. We were in those little tombs alone, and they hadn't been ruined by vandals or used as churches. Not to diminish how amazing the valley of the kings is, but these were really mesmerizing.

I enjoyed having lunch at Jane's it was one of the few good meals I had on my trip. Make sure to remind her if you are vegetarian. Also note that she expects her payment in cash when you arrive. Although, I would wait until the driver she has arranged for you picks you up and ask him to take you to the bank so you feel safe. (Perhaps she wouldn't like this, I think she was annoyed, but as a young woman I didn't feel comfortable walking around with that huge amount of cash)

It was really great but not somewhere where I would want to spend a week. However, maybe people who did stay longer found lots to do.

Have fun!

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Hi and welcome back ;-) There doesn't seem to be many reviews on Jane's flats that I have noticed. Totally agree with you about the Nobles and Artisan's tombs...absolutely amazing.

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There are less reviews because at last Trip Advisor responded to my requests to put a listing for us. It was hard work because they prefer hotels but eventually they agreed. We wanted to do it honestly and not pretend so now we are under specialist lodgings. So you can read all about us here tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294205-d117414…

Thanks Emma for the lovely comments about my guide Hussein, if he is available he is my favourite but I have a pool I use and not only English but all the other languages as well. I prefer to make sure my guides have good Egyptology, I am a bit picky about that but I like the less in your face types who are a bit more sensitive to guests needs

I know some people like to do Luxor in a day and if that is the time you have I will help but I love it so much I think it deserves more time.

I do state in my replies to bookings cash on arrival, but occasionally people miss that. But no problem

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Congratulations Jane for making it on to the list and for doing it honestly:)

Emmajoy, glad that you enjoyed your time there & your guide. I've been to Luxor three times and going back for a week in October, when Im leaving Luxor I wish I had just one more day...sigh

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Yes well done Jane, I am sure you deserve it.

Emmajoy if you have time would you do a review on FlatsinLuxor?

If you do here is the link....

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294205-d117414…

Thanks

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Hi Emmajoy, agree entirely about the tombs of the artisans .. exquisite and hardly visited. T

he morning we had the village to ourselves at 0600 was a highlight of our stay.

Following up your review I was intrigued to see Jane promoting a "quiet tour" round sights where there are few tourists; maybe we're not the only ones to hate crowds with a vengeance. If there's a money back guarantee on 3 sites with no-one else there I'm signing up now LOL.

Don't think we're independent enough yet tho' to try a flat rather than an hotel - certainly for a fortnight.

Though if it means proper interaction with real locals and my money direct into the local economy I can see the attraction.

I'll watch the reviews :)

So long as Jane resists the temptation to try beating the Jolie Ville and the Nile Palace on the 'best hotels' list she stays on my list of options.

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My thoughts exactly!

I am going to book my hotel and flight separately this year but I have already decided that I want to spend a few days staying on the West Bank first. The other hotels there don't really interest me but maybe a flat. I am currently researching it on here and a few other websites so who knows.

I am also looking into staying 3 days at the Winter Palace so I am central..then I will probably go to the JV and relax for the rest of my time there...with a nice ice cream and a dip or two in the infinity pool;-)

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But Karen, if you do that itinerary your Winter Palace ballgown will get crushed up in your West Bank backpack .....

Seriously I'd be unsure about staying on the West Bank (even for a few days) because of the relative scarcity of restaurants etc. Is there anything to compare in standards with the Sofra, for example? The only reviews I recall seeing seem to say "not bad considering" or words to that effect.

Does anyone have any recommendations? We don't want pie and chips - rather local cuisine well cooked.

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If you knew me Richard the ballgown wouldn't even come into it!

Read good things on here about food on the West Bank. I have only ever eaten in one place there and it was very nice.

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We do have our own restaurant at the Goubli building but there loads of places to eat on the West Bank. Ok it is not cuisine but it is tasty wholesome food and cheap. And most places serve beer or wine

Tutankhamen gets good reviews

Fayrouz has a good meze menu

Zamzam good for fish

Nile Valley with views over Luxor temple

New pizza place at the old el Basha

El Nakhil, Sherazade, El Gezira, Gezira Gardens, Blue Sky, Mara Tonga, Habu Hotel, Three Jackals, and loads loads more, just yesterday my hubby took me to a new one and we had lovely duck

For posh El Moudira much nicer than Winter Palace

So yes we do have loads of restaurants on the West Bank

ALL my guest talk about the lack of hassle on the West Bank and how relaxed they feel hear. And we are the real Egypt

Read this www.touregypt.net/featurestories/myluxor.htm it is something I wrote ages ago about the West Bank

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Great article, Jane - you make the West Bank sound very appealing - and thanks for the info on the restaurants.

I take it the ones you name would serve authentic Egyptian dishes, but would also have a menu I could understand? I certainly don't want English cuisine, but I want to know what it is I'm ordering!

One query regarding "street food" (which figures heavily in the linked article) -

Are sweets on the ferry wrapped in newsprint, nuts from a street vendor or anything not actually boiled, fried or stir-fried in front of your eyes actually safe for a non-acclimatised European stomach to take?

We arrived in Luxor on Moulid el-Nabi and the piles of nuts looked so tempting round town but we wuzzed out of tasting anything out of fear of bugs ....