This is primarily a review of the tours organised by the hotel, although I did see the hotel and its rooms, which were beautiful. The place really is lovely to look at and very peaceful.
I organised a 3 day 2 night tour with Christine, the hotel's English manager. The itinerary included a night out in the desert as well as visits to a bedouin camp, an ancient islamic village, an ancient egyptian temple and a couple of oases out in the Sahara desert.
Organisation through Christine was extremely easy. She answered all questions and was very helpful and quick to sort everything out. From the the off everything went smoothly and simply, which was a pleasant change in Egypt! I was collected from the train station by a man with a card and taken straight to the hotel for breakfast. Then it was out onto the open road. The two managers, Mohammed and Christine, came with me. They were extremely friendly and good company as we covered hundreds of kilometres across the desert in no time at all - the roads are surprsingly good!
The trip is to be thoroughly recommended. My particular highlights were: 1) Spending a night right out in the desert all alone under the stars (despite a minor sandstorm!); 2) Enjoying a feast (seriously) at an archaeologists' camp out in the desert next to a ruined ancient egyptian temple complex; 3) Taking a dip in a 'magic' hot thermal spring the morning after a cold night in the desert - on stepping out my body was more relaxed than it had been in years!
It was very well done, and in particular, once it was paid for I could forget all administration and cost. All food, police bribes (not really) (no, really) (not), accomodation and baksheesh were taken care of. This was such a pleasant contrast to the rest of Egypt where you spend so much time on guard against scams and schemes designed to waste your time and part you from your money. You have a chance instead to relax and take the place in for a moment!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sheherazade is ideally located far from crowds & noise, an oasis of calm in a green & shady garden. The building, in the style of Hassan Fathy, reflects the designs evoked in The Book of a Thousand and One Nights, Sheherazade being the name of the beautiful storyteller. As well as local tours, the hotel is pleased to offer desert safaris and Nile cruises on its own sailing boat, Sindbad. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheherazade Hotel Luxor