Luxor, Egypt

Luxor is a city located on the right bank of the Nile, in high-Egypt, located about 700 km south of Cairo and approximately 300 km north of Aswan. The site is visited by lots of visitors per year and is one of the most touristic places of the Egypt and constitutes the southern part of Ancient Thebes. The temple of Luxor, linked to Karnak by a dromos with a long line of Sphinxes, was erected in the 14th century BC during the reign of Amenhotep III. Ramses II changed it after adding six monumental statues and two obelisks, one of them is at the ‘Place de la Concorde’ in Paris (it was offered to France in 1831). The inhabitants of Luxor live directly or indirectly from tourism. To see: the temple of Luxor, Karnak, the colossi of Memnon, the temple of Hatshepsut, the Ramesseum, Medinet Habu (famous for the burial of Ramesses III temple) and the Valley of the kings, queens, nobles, and craftsmen.

Tips

If you prefer to go directly to the site without any excursion, you can go by ‘calèche’ or taxi. Do not forget to fix the price before going on.
A great way to explore the region is ballooning. You can do it early in the morning.
If you prefer, you can also do a camel ride in the fields bordering the Nile.
Go out in the evening, a nice walk throughout the Nile is very nice; you will find bars and restaurants to spend a relaxed evening.
If you like shopping, there is a market just down the street from the station, the first part is for tourists but if you continue a little further, you’ll find the real Egyptian market.

Agadir, Souss, Morocco

Agadir is a city in southwestern Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast, in the Souss region, 508 km south of Casablanca, 173 km of Essaouira and 235 km west of Marrakech. It is a city where there are three languages; Arabic, Berber and French. From 1950, Agadir is a dynamic city with the aperture of a new commercial port and good activities such as fishing, agriculture, canning, mining and tourism course which feels attracted by its mild climate throughout the year and its beautiful hotels. In 1952, the Grand Prix of Agadir was held and after the Grand Prix of Morocco. In 1960, there was a great earthquake that has ravaged the city and it was completely rebuilt with mandatory earthquake standards. The beach is over 10 km with a beautiful seafront promenade of 5 km with the best hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes,white houses or buildings of condominiums, etc. There are 340 sunny days per year and the temperature let you swim at any time, with mild winters and a summer heat that does not choke. Agadir is also the first port of Morocco and it has the role of argument to be the first tourist site in the country with Marrakech. It is a modern, dynamic city with tourists throughout the year.

Tips

It is an ideal city to spend long stays, rent an apartment, there are even with food service and cleaning, staying in a hotel with just breakfast or all inclusive. There are lots of activities to do but it is more pleasant to walk along the sea; the promenade is very wide and you have plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants if you prefer to stop a little bit at any time of day. For the best view of Agadir, go to the Casbah, where the old fortress was. A visit to the souks is also the discovery of a culture. You can buy your souvenirs, spices, typical handicraft products, etc., there.

Sleep in a bivouac, Sahara desert, Morocco

The ‘bivouac’ is still a kind of accommodation for many nomadic people in the world. This set of several “Khima” (nomad tents) offers today a pretty convenient way of accommodation for lovers of the desert. In Morocco, it exists several ones that welcome tourists for a unique experience. Today we refer to a bivouac in the Sahara that was reached by us from Zagora. The tour is usually organized with a dromedary ride that takes around an hour and a half or two hours. When you get to the set of nomadic tents, the Berbers (people) welcome you to their home with mint tea and homemade biscuits. They will show you the tents that are well equipped with electricity and shower service and toilets that are normally outside the tents. There is a very large tent which is the dining room and around it all other tents align making a rectangular space in the middle. You will have a typical meal ‘tagine’ with fruit and local pastries. After the meal, life goes around the campfire with autochtonous entertainment, songs and dance await you as you watch a black sky crowded with stars and even smooth-flowing stars that will take your breath away. You go to bed with the idea of watching the sunrise the next day so you must be prepared to go up the big dune around 5:30 AM; it is really worth it!!! In short, an experience to be lived at least once in life …

Tips

If you do not want to make the trip by dromedary, you can also go in a 4×4 truck.
If you do not do the organized tour, you can take the package with one of the agencies on the desert road. It’s better to make a reservation in the morning.
You can bring a small suitcase or a backpack for your overnight in the bivouac especially if you go by dromedary, so take what is really necessary. Do not forget to bring a coat or jacket a little warmer cause the night temperature goes down a little. In the tent it is not cold.