What is a Facilitated Tour?

dscn9310Simply, it is a personal tour that is organised around your needs, what you want to see and for how long you want to stay.

Many tours consist of being rushed around temples at lightening speed with barely any time to catch your breath or being herded into papyrus or alabaster factories to buy things you might feel pressured into buying. Tour guides often spend so much time giving you temple history, most of which goes in one ear and out the other. Not because it is not interesting but because you might be itching to explore the temples yourself.

Then there are the incessant bazaar vendors trying to convince you to buy something, or the temple gafeers trying to tell you the history of the temple, most of which is incorrect and which you then have to pay for. All in all, it can turn, what should have been an enjoyable experience into a very stressful visit.

With a facilitated tour you get to choose everything, where you go, how long you go for, and all with a guide who is there to safeguard you and allow you the freedom to move about without being hassled or rushed. Everything is organised for you, from travel to accommodation and temple visits, etc. all you have to do is relax and enjoy.

dscn9243I accompany you on your trip, providing security and keeping you from the usual problems encountered by independent travellers. I do not pass you over to other people to take you anywhere but will stay with you, picking you up, dropping you off, accompanying you if you wish to shop without hassle, etc, I will stay with you on your temple visits but at a discreet distance, if you prefer, to explore by yourselves. The temple gafeers will know that I am with you and so will leave you alone to enjoy.  I will ensure that you get the most out of your experience.

Of course, you are free to go by yourselves if that is what you wish and that too I can help with. However, I am always available, as I live only a 10 minute drive away from your villa, when I am not in Sahl hasheesh,  so I am at the end of the phone if you need me. Whatever you would like to experience I can organise it for you. I have lived in Luxor all of my life and know it like the back of my hand. img_3619-2

Currently, I operate from the Red Sea area of Hurghada, Al-Gouna, Sahl Hasheesh and Makadi Bay, and of course, Luxor. If you are in Luxor and wish to visit the sea for a couple of days of diving, photography or exploring Hurghada, then we are happy to organise that too.

In travelling together I want you to feel that I am your friend and facilitator both and not an impersonal guide that makes you feel hurried and powerless to make your own choices. This is your trip…not mine.

I look forward to travelling with you.


Recent Trips.

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Pictures from a recent trip to Luxor with two lovely people from Bavaria, Joe and Petra.

They travelled by GoBus, because they were on a budget and stayed in The Masala Hotel, on the West Bank, where we got them a great deal. From their room, they had a perfect view of Luxor temple across the Nile and the room also over-looked the pool.

They wanted to see Karnak Temple, Luxor temple, Hatshepsut’s Mortuary temple and the Valley of the Kings. All in two days, but we managed it, easily!

I travelled with them from Hurghada and showed them everything they wanted to see and in the evening they went over to Luxor, on the ferry, for a meal by themselves. They liked their independence, but I was still on the other end of the phone in case they needed anything. That was fine because it meant I could see my family too who live a couple of KM away.

We had a little theatrical fun in the bazaar too! A re-enactment of ancient times.

Many thanks to Ahmed Elbitaish for being our brilliant Luxor driver.

Looking forward to next time, Joe and Petra.

Happy travelling.


Reiki on The Red Sea.

Reiki classes in Azzurra, Sahl Hasheesh, on the Red Sea, Egypt.Starting this autumn I will be holding Reiki and Gaia Method classes and sessions in Sahl Hasheesh. Classes will be held weekly in Azzurra and sessions will be available for a few hours a week.

The Reiki 1 and 2 attunements will be held on one full day, with regular training weekly. If you want the attunements only then you pay for that only, if you want to continue your training weekly and develop yourself as a healer then each class will be charged as you attend them.

If you choose to continue with the weekly training sessions then you will receive an energy-activation before the start of each session, making your healing channel stronger and increasing the amount of energy you can bring through, both for yourself and others.

The Reiki Master Attunement is two full days and on-going weekly sessions if you choose them.

For the Gaia Method 1st Level, classes and weekly sessions, the same applies but these classes will be held on different days and will involve going to selected sites to do energy-work outdoors.

As part of the weekly Reiki classes, you will also have the opportunity to meet your own guides and learn how to work with them. You will also learn how to work with your own aura/energyfield so that you can get to know how your own energies work, making you a better healer.

For more information or to book a session/class please email me at annmurphy@gaiamethod.com


Hobnobbing…and Name-Dropping

It has to be done!

A few days ago we were up at Azzurra, in Sahl Hasheesh, where we are moving into a small flat. While we were there, playing pool, a couple entered the room and we had a chat. They were a husband and wife team, who work with the fitness and nutrition of famous football players, so, being an Egyptian, I took the opportunity to take a selfie with them!

Me and Martine.


They were lovely people and were having a couple of days break with their sons, who were obviously used to having strange people talk to their parents while they sat around bored! But Martine and Karl very graciously allowed me to write about them and to put my pictures on here, so many thanks to them for that.

Me and Karl.


They obviously work very hard, as some of their clients are in my favourite team, Al Ahaly, and they win most of their matches!!! So I was really pleased to meet them and hopefully will bump into them again sometime.

Needless to say, they were very popular in Azzurra.

If you want to know more about their work check them out on FB.

Their Facebook Page.

Hurghada Fish Souk.

We went into Hurghada yesterday, with Carl and Margot, to visit the fish souk, where you can buy all the colours of the rainbow!  There were quite a few tourists there, buying fish, squid, and shellfish. A few children hung about trying to sell incense and jewellery; sent into the souk by their mothers who are seated some distance away on the side of the road.

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The colours were all so amazing that it seemed a shame to have to eat them. But I did want to try the Parrotfish, which our local young Sahl Hasheesh Osprey seems to love so much. We also bought some other kind of fish, but I have no idea what it is.

At the souk,  the men will clean the fish for you. They also have a barbeque where,  for a few LE, they will cook it for you, coated in spicy flour. Very nice indeed. We don’t often get the opportunity to buy fish because it is always difficult if you want to take it away in a taxi. They don’t want the fish smell in their cars, so going with Carl and Margot made it possible as they had a Cool-bag!

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 We saw a barracuda here too and when I saw its bullet-shaped head I understood how they can move so fast. One had dived out from beneath our feet as we stood on the Marina at Sahl Hasheesh a few nights ago, exploding out into a shoal of small fish where other bigger fish had come to partake of the bounty! Fast and furious they are! It moved so fast the other medium-sized fish didn’t have a chance. Frightened the life out of us, but it was also a rush!

Back at the souk and note to self: don’t wear flip flops to a fish souk!  The floor is awash with water and in some places, you end up virtually wading through it. And stopping to take photographs means that you are standing where the water drips off the edge of the table where the fish are all laid out.  But, it is so hard to resist the fabulous colours that sacrificing dry feet becomes less important than the promised pictures.

El Gouna

We were invited by Carl and Margot, the lovely couple Omar took to Luxor, for a day at El Gouna, a few kms north of Hurghada. Like Sahl Hasheesh, it is an oasis built on the Red Sea, but it was built quite a few years previously to Sahl Hasheesh. And you can tell. The trees, mainly Acacia, and Eucalyptus, Hibiscus and Palm are well established, giving the place a well lived-in feel. Everything feels like it revolves around something else so that you can literally walk ‘around’ places. It is a town in the making, full of shops, many of them tourist shops, a supermarket, bank, butchers etc. It even has a cinema and a university.


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It is a lovely place, although over time it has developed a scruffy look, which in some places makes it look older and sometimes more attractive. It is nicely laid out, with canals and lagoons, fountains, shops and restaurants. Definitely, a good place to spend an entire day in. There is a lot of walking without the possibility of getting lost.

A short drive away is the marina, where the yachts are moored in turquoise waters and surrounded by adobe-style buildings. More cafes and restaurants line the banks of the marina, but these are more expensive than the Downtown area of El Gouna which we had just pottered around.

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It was quite empty when we went as there are not as many tourists in Egypt at the moment, but it still felt alive, however quiet. Yet, it still has that Egyptian feel of decay around it; buildings thrown up quickly that decay equally quickly. We have yet to live in a building in Egypt that is maintained and cared for. It is as though, once the building has been completed, they decide that they have done enough and now it can take care of itself. Needless to say,  it cannot take care of itself. It is an inanimate object, subject to the normal wear and tear of buildings in a hot, dry country with the summer-time high humidity. The salty, sea air rusts exposed metal and the salt, from the soil and ancient coral reefs that the town is built on, creeps up the stone and concrete, covering it in white salt crystals and eating away at it. Sometimes this adds to the rustic feel of the place but more often than not it feels uncared for.

However, if you can ignore all of the decay and focus on the beauty of the place then it is an enjoyable place to spend some time. I still find it amazing that humans can create an oasis out of the desert in the first place!

So, we will go back and spend more time there before it gets too hot to walk around comfortably, have a meal, potter around the shops and explore it further… and I might even buy something!