My wife and I had known about Jane’s apartments for a while and, at short notice, had the chance to take a 12 day break 8-19 April 2013. So we started planning for Luxor.
Given that it was short notice, I was hastily firing questions Jane’s way before going and received very helpful and complete answers that made our rushed getaway painless.
Our arrival was at night but we where happily met by Jane and her team and taken to our apartment ordering breakfast for the morning.
We are not Egyptologists but rather people that when we go away like to, within reason, experience what life is like where we are visiting. We did intend to see the main archeological sites but we also wanted to have some simple downtime; to walk slowly about and just take things in plus sit by the pool with a book.
For these reasons we are very glad we opted for the West Bank and Jane’s apartments. It provided just want we wanted. We discussed some simple trips for our first six days and were very happy with the fun donkey ride above the Valley of the Kings plus trips to key museums. Impressed by what we saw, we ended up doing more excursions than we thought we’d do in the second week. We very much appreciated our guide who I am sure must be one of the best.
In the first evenings we ate in and had to ask Jane’s kitchen team to lessen the load! The food was fabulous (recommend the fish tagine!) and plentiful! We also ate out at some of the near-the-Nile restaurants on the West Bank and found these good and reasonably priced. The food at the apartments was never bettered though – the in-house cook was the best we came across.
All in all, we were very happy with what we were able to do based at Jane’s apartment and with her team. We booked a sail-down-the Nile for our final evening there and came home with some great memories.
A final word. It was sad to see the unnecessary way that tourism has been impacted by the less settled situation in Cairo. There were no problems as a tourist in Luxor related to the ongoing political changes. My view is that no one need be put off travelling to Luxor and enjoying what are, at the moment, quieter than normal archeological sites and museums.
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Safety, luxury, hospitality, authenticity and information, what more could a girl want during a much longed for stay on Luxor’s West Bank?
All I found in abundance at Flats in Luxor while staying with Jane, her husband Mahmoud and Lemon the cat .
Every effort was made by my hosts and owners of Flats in Luxor to make my stay on Luxor’s West Bank everything I’d hoped for and much more! Travelling alone I instantly felt welcome, safe and at home. Local information and advice proved invaluable. Jane who has lived on the West Bank for over eight years is also a very well respected Egyptologist, she brims with enthusiasm for her subject and her approach is infectious. Nothing is too much trouble for Jane
Returning to Europe after 3 weeks in Luxor the news about Egypt was all grim and about Tahrir Square, a small patch of Cairo.
For any would be traveller to Luxor the news coming out of Egypt is by no means reflective of my peaceful/pleasureable experiences in Luxor and on Luxor’s West Bank.
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