Abydos and Dendera from Luxor
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 2:30 PM Last Post By: egyptophile
Nov 27, 2012 3:20 PM
Abydos and Dendera from LuxorHi all,
1) what would be the best way to visit these two places, by train or by taxi?
2) The hostel has offered the price of 420 Egyptian pounds for two people, is this a reasonable price? (We are actually looking for the price around 300). Plus how easy would it be to find someone sharing the taxi with us?
3) Apart from the hostel we stay, where else, say, tour operator, can we get the reliable quote for a taxi to these two places please?
Thanks a lot.
Nov 27, 2012 8:23 PM
450 EGP is a good rate for a taxi to Abydos and Dendera, especially for 2 people. I always go alone and pay around that much. Its cheap for what is essentially an 8 hour plus trip.
You can try and lower the price by just asking any taxi drivers in Luxor. With so little work in Luxor, you won't have a problem finding a driver willing to take you. You might then get it down to about 350 EGP. Just make sure that the car is in good condition for the long drive. Don't rely on any quotes from hotels, tour operators etc as the price is usually 2 or 3 times more than what you should be paying.
I'm sure you'll meet others at the hostel or in any bar/restaurant who might be interested in going with you.
Don't take these places off your list though. Definitely worth seeing.
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Nov 27, 2012 8:56 PM
Nov 27, 2012 9:05 PM
Nov 28, 2012 11:46 PM
4This is way too much, hidden charges or not.
I'm in Luxor west bank at present and any of the taxi drivers here would take me for a day trip for 200 or less and that's on my own and with no hidden charges.
I'm here until next Wednesday and happy to come along if you're going within that time.
Egyptophile, do you live in Luxor?
Nov 29, 2012 1:58 PM
Nov 29, 2012 11:09 PM
6Thank you egyptophile, yes, the prices are much lower now than those recommended in guidebooks etc. The taxies are asking for 5E£ for trips out to the west bank, the motorboats 5E£ across the Nile, although I still take the ferry. Horse carriages just 2E£, and the fellucas are down to 20E£ an hour.
I booked a balloon flight yesterday for 250E£.
Yes, it's my first time in Egypt, just coming to the end of a month here. It's been great.
I think I could live in Luxor. :)
Nov 30, 2012 2:03 AM
7Last time i took a private car in 2011 it costed 250le going from Luxor to Abyddos then to Dendara then going back to Luxor , but not guide included of course...
Dec 1, 2012 11:05 AM
8what a shame, we are planning to go there on Thursday, otherwise we can share a car!
Is it easy to find someone to share a car in Luxor?
hey you see that's where the problem is, how could you trust a taxi driver you randomly met even if they are offering 200le only? If possible I'd still like to get a taxi driver from my hostel, I got a quote of 300le/car from another guy and asked my hostel if they are ok to do the price-match, then....they never came back to me (ignored my email).
How did you book the hot balloon trip btw, did you just drop into sindbad's office or did you book through someone else?
Dec 2, 2012 5:26 AM
Dec 2, 2012 6:51 AM
10Ah, too bad, yes, you're right, get someone you can trust, at the end of the day, it's not too much more.
For the balloon I went into Viking Air's office. I was taking tea in the Souk and saw it was just opposite and up the stairs.
The balloon ride was great. I don't like saying something is a must, but it'll certainly be in your memories when you remember Luxor.
Good luck with everything! :)
Dec 2, 2012 2:30 PM
11Wow! I can't believe the prices are so low. Sad this is that now these poor people can't afford to put food on their tables.
Glad you loved Luxor. I also feel like moving there every time I leave! Hopefully it won't be too long before you get to go again.
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