I have been to Luxor and Aswan, spent their 5 days / 4 nights, I'd like to share this experience with you including all details :)
We moved from Cairo at 11:20 pm arrived Luxor at 11:50 am by train first class 92.25 LE, normal travelling hours should be around 10 hours to Luxor
Stayed there at "Nubian Oasis" hostel two nights for 25 LE / night / single room, quality "good" , accommodation in Luxor easier than Aswan as there are a lot of hotels
Visited Luxor temple entrance tickets for 2 LE Egyptians and 50 LE foreigners, then moved to banana island by microbus then taxi for 10 LE and 10 LE entrance tickets, you can go also by felucca may be for 50 LE
We went to Valley of the Kings and Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut by "public felucca" to the other side of the Nile for 1 LE/person then rent two bicycles for 30 LE and a car for 20 LE to take us to the most far point " Valley of the Kings " then we have to go back by bicycles visiting Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut temple and Valley of the Queens but we couldn't visit the last one coz we were tired and late so if you'd visit all you can take a taxi for around 80/100 LE take you around these places for 4 hours
Third day early morning in Luxor we went in a Balloon trip for 225 LE/person including transportation from and to hotel, breakfast, 30 min Balloon, you have to book this trip one day before as they pick up you around 5 AM
Then moved to Aswan by train first class for 47 LE arrived Aswan after 3 hours, searched for an available hostel along time coz we didn't reserve before, finally found one for 55 LE / double room / night, stayed there for two nights, quality "so so"
Aswan First day just walking in the night
Visited Nubian village "the new one" by public felucca for 1 LE Egyptians 4 LE foreigners, took another felucca from there around an island for 30LE left us in front of botanical garden then came back for us after 1 hour, entrance tickets for the garden 2/Egyptians 10/Foreigners
Started our tour by visiting Abu Simple temple – High Dam – Philae temple - unfinished obelisk, it was an organized trip we booked it by one day before, you can search for it with any tourism company there or a hotel, cost of this trip is 120 LE/person not including entrance tickets start from 3:15 am end 4:00 pm as Abu Simple temple is far away from Aswan "3 hours"
- All prices mentioned before is Egyptian pound
- You can negotiate for better prices
- You are welcome to visit my trip album on FB here
- This prices just to give you budget range but for sure not fixed, depend on time and this trip was in high season "Christmas and new year"
Wish you the best,,
Thanks for very useful information. I will go to Aswan and Luxor this month .
you are welcome
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that's awesome Shady, will try that someday. Thanks for sharing your experience :)