Buying sightseeing and other trips in Luxor
International package tour companies
It is possible to buy trips before you leave for Luxor, and after you arrive, from the representatives of international travel companies. Their prices will invariably be much higher than the prices charged by local agents for apparently identical trips.
It is also possible to buy trips from touts who work from the Corniche or similar vantage points. Each tout seems to have his own patch. He will follow you to the edge of his territory, beyond which someone else will try to sell you the same trip. Some seasoned travellers are happy with trips organised by these casual operators. Some are probably better than others and many trips probably work out fine, but there is nowhere to turn if something goes wrong with a trip offered by someone who is unlicensed.
Local licensed agents
There are many officially licensed local agents selling the same trips. The best known are Karnak Travel and Jolley's. The reason they are best known because they are recommended in travel blogs and they have a prime position in front of the Winter Palace on the Corniche. In practice there are many more agents selling the same tours for about the same prices. There is rarely much to choose between them, but if you want to save the last penny it is worth comparing price lists.
It is also worth visiting a few agents to see how responsive they are to price negotiation and how eager they are to redesign a trip to the way you want it. For example, will they do a private tour for the same price rather than including you as part of a larger group? If you do a Nile cruise, will they check out your cabin to make sure you are not too near to the engine? Bear in mind that there is a lot of engine noise even on the top deck if you are at the back of the boat.
Some Local Licensed Tour agencies (in alphabetical order)
Abu Simbel Travel
El Nile Street ( in front of the Winter Palace)
tel: (002) (095) 2372470
mobile: 002 010 1664548
owner: Hagagg Hassany
staff: Mr Ashraf, previously with Jolleys
American Express Travel Services
Winter Palace Building
tel: (002) (095) 2378333
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
El Nile St (in front of the Old Winter Palace)
tel: (002) (095) 2372317
Karnak Travel (Part of Egyptair - Government owned)
El Nile St (In front of the Old Winter Palace)
tel: (002) (095) 2372360
mobile: (002) 0106082840
Misre Africa Travel
(previously Mona Liza Tours)
El Roda El Sharefa St - opposite the Lotus hotel
tel: (002) (095) 2271129
Moon River Travel
Khaled El Walid St (opposite the Nile Palace)
mobile tel: (002) 016745245
(This is a new agency established by Ahmed Balal, who worked for Jolley's for 22 years)
Sheraton Road Luxor (opposite 7Days7Ways, below Jems)
phone: (002) (095) 228 2682
mobile: (002) 0101838894
email: email@example.com or
El Nile Street (on the Corniche next to the Bank of Cairo)
tel: (002) (095) 2377776 (office)
tel: (002) (010) 2508371 (24hr)
2nd email: firstname.lastname@example.org
El Nile street is also spelt El-Nil Street. It is the Corniche - the road that runs along the edge of the Nile in central Luxor.
0020 is the international access code for Egypt. When dialling Luxor from outside Egypt you drop one of the zeros, so the dialling code is shown as (002). This does not have to be dialled if you are already in Egypt. The (095) is the Luxor code and does not have to be dialled if you are phoning from a landline in Luxor.
For information about making calls from the UK to Luxor see the 'Phoning' page in the 'Essentials' section.