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Elderly visitors to Luxor

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Elderly visitors to Luxor

I'm mulling the wisdom or otherwise of taking a recently-bereaved elderly relative to Luxor.

It's been his lifetime ambition to see the Valley of the Kings, and he's pored for hours over our holiday pictures and videos. A trip could help give him a new focus after 20-odd years as a carer.

I think I would feel reasonably confident we could have a holiday of sorts, knowing (for example) that the Jolie Ville now has golf carts to drive guests around the site, and we could get taxis door-to-door for restaurants and museum trips.

However, he's 85, can get tired quickly moving about and I'm not experienced enough (with just two visits) to know if he could reasonably cope in the VoK, or on the West Bank generally.

We've been too busy with our own sightseeing to notice whether there are carts or similar facilities (beyond the little tourist trains) to get mobility-restricted visitors closer to the action. He's OK with stairs, balance and ordinary movement over shortish distances.

Also any advice appreciated on the best travel insurers for elderly visitors. He's outside the age limits for the company we normally use.

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1. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

Hi mediaskills

Sorry, not sure about the mobility thing as it's not something I normally look at either when on holiday, but I'm sure others will be able to make valid comments. As you'll know though, the ground can be pretty rough and uneven in places which might be a problem - perhaps one of those folding walking sticks may help just as a wee bit of extra support if needed? Or one of the 'shooting stick' type with the small seat incorporated in the handle?

I remembered something on another forum page about insurance and looked at the Age Concern website who have a link to insurance


There's also Saga who specialise in that sort of thing, although I don't know what prices will be quoted.

This link might perhaps help too


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2. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

I love the Movenpicks but I also like to walk around before and after an evening meal. I also find the cost of taxi's add up. So my wife is in wheelchair and we get a hotel in the little Britain area. So you might consider getting a chair for him as it is so much easier at the airports. Got our chair on ebay. The only problem then is having 2 bags and pushing the chair for the short distance once dropped off at the airport and once you have picked your bags up after the flight, but I now have that sorted. As you know there can be quite a walk through the airport and out to the coach or car at Luxor. Also book assistance when you book your flight. I find easyjet are excellent and have always reserved us a seat at the front, about the 3th or 4th row back. I can't comment to much on the sites as my wife went to them before she had problems.


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Another factor that can't be overlooked and would make a considerable difference to things is of course the heat and how well any particular person can handle it (or not) especially as we are now moving into the 'hotter' times of the year.

I remember being in Luxor once and was people watching at one of the sites when a tour group of people of varying ages approached.

There was a young guy in his late teens or early twenties, who I wouldn't say was overweight, was having a terrible time and puffing and panting and feeling faint and continually needing to sit down etc. and holding up the whole group (and it wasn't particularly that hot) and then a small elderly lady who was marching ahead and climbing everywhere and investigating everything and clearly showing her frustratrion at everybody being held back by the young chap.

My Missus spoke to her a bit later and she said she was 82 years old, so age may not be as important a factor as heat tolerance or individual ability !

So that coupled with the fact that walking many places even for the fittest of people can often be a bit of a challenge sometimes in Egypt, as level surfaces are few and far between as you will know Mediaskills.

I have seen people being pushed in a wheelchair before in the VoK, but that wasn't particularly very easy for those pushing it and required a lot of time, a lot of effort and probably a far bit of baksheesh too !

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4. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

HI Media

Dont want to sound to negative but at his age he is bound to have health issues, On our last visit my husand and i (both in our late 50s) found it a struggle in the Vok especially on any uphill walking also going down into some of the tombs.... we both have blood pressure problems and I have some breathing difficulties. We did take out extra insurance to cover our health issues with Staysure Insurance.

Please have a serious think about all the problems you may encounter before deciding.

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If its his lifetime ambition then he should be allowed to do it,. i am sure arrangements can be made to do the VOK trip early am by taxi from Luxor to avoid the heat and with the right help and support he could access some of the easier tombs, but possibly not ones with steep stairs down or up.

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7. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

Hi - I think KV_Explorer has some valid points. I am 72 years, have had knee replacement surgery, also on medication for high blood pressure, under active thyroid, osteoporosis, and asthma. Other than these, and as long as I take the meds, I am fairly fit and manage the sites fairly well, and have even done the cliff walk to Hatchepsut. But it IS up to the individual, and the time of year is important. I insure with Insure and Go, and my next 2 weeks in Luxor (next week - hurray!) cost me about £100. As SetiHay says if it's your relative's lifetime ambition.................

Good Luck

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8. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

I hope you and your relative get to Luxor but the VOK is the one site I would not visit under your circumstances..Getting to the tomb entrances is fine but getting up and down the steep stairways in to the tombs will be extremely difficult and very hard work for you both. I do hope im proved wrong though..

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Hi I'm a nurse & I also have elderly parents (in their 80s), fortunately they're reasonably fit. I would totally agree with everything said on here, particularly that if it's a lifelong ambition then this chap deserves to go. It's probable that he knows his own limitations anyway & you'll be able to play it by ear.

My father visited VOK in his 60s & had a heart attack whilst inside a tomb, we think this was the combination of the heat & restricted air circulation once inside. I'm not trying to scare you with that but just keep an eye out for any giddyness or breathing difficulty if you're in a tomb, not just for the reasons my dad had a problem but a faint or a fall could be am issue. Any of these things could happen to any of us at any time regardless of age so indulge his dream & go!! I think if you're worried about managing yourself then you'd be surprised how helpful people can be. I took my old mum to Venice last year after a knee replacement & she out walked me plus everyone we cane across was so lovely & helpful.

Perhaps get him to visit his GP before flying out just to check his BP & make sure he has enough of any regular medications. Good idea to wear flight socks too. Once you've got all the practicalities out of the way then I'm sure it might be easier than you think.

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10. Re: Elderly visitors to Luxor

Sorry, lots of typos in last post but you get the drift . .

Another thing is to familiarise yourself with any medication he might be on so you know what it's for. It's probably all down to common sense when out & about, carry plenty of water, make sure he wears a hat etc & try to arrange your trip for a cooler time of year. I'd imagine having this trip to look forward to will give him something to focus on after his bereavement.

As far as mobility goes, I'm going with my 21 yr old son who is between two big knee operations & currently has no ligaments in one knee. I've been a bit concerned about the amount of walking on uneven ground so will report back on how that goes . . . If your relative is finding it tough going then you can always turn back but I'd leave it to him to decide when he's had enough. Wishing you a fantasic trip should you decide to go!