The tour rep from the elusive Marhaba Tours had left a message on the answer phone the previous day, asking us to meet him in the lobby at 05.30. His name was Mohammed, and he was waiting for us as planned. It is a very short journey from the 'Port' of Luxor, to Luxor Airport, it was 15 minutes at the most.
At the Airport Mohammed was really helpful, he got us through the security, took us to International Departures to check in for our Domestic flight....I wouldn't have done that!
He even escorted us to the Departure lounge.
We flew from Luxour to Sharm El Sheikh on an Egyptair Embracer 170, it looked like it took about 80 passengers. The flight took 45 minutes, the plane looked new and was very clean. The cabin crew were the most miserable people I have ever encountered on an aeroplane. They did not do a lot, as there was no safety demo, No checking of seat belts, seats upright ect, Actually, I don't know why the Cabin Crew were on board as they did nothing.
The best bit of the flight was that the door to the cockpit was open, so it was possible to see the Flight Deck and what they were up to......its been years since I saw that!
Sharm airport was easy, the baggage came off the plane very quickly and in no time we were on our way to the hotel. The Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh.
Now, if you have not been to Sharm before, don't go expecting long sandy beaches, if you do expect that, you will be disappointed.
Most of the hotels are built into the rocky shore line, and most of them have lots of steps. Our hotel had at least 184 steps, we counted them on the walk from our room to breakfast every day!
The sea was warm and we did not need our wet suites for snorkeling, and on the second day the land temperature was up to 30 degrees, and this was the second week of March.
So now I am home, and thinking of my next holiday! But, it wont be till the end of the year, so apart from Air Emirates rotas and Galley Gossip, this blog may be a little quiet for a while.