Great Info about Egypt and Fantastic Quote
Here is the link to a really great website (blog): https://egypttravelblog.com/ I came across today about traveling in Egypt.
It has wide ranging topics organized under a variety of areas and subject matter. Unfortunately topics are not always in the most logical place so you might spend time looking for a topic. Make sure you note the links to additional pages at the bottom of many pages. You may not always agree, and he doesn't cover everything. Also, in his overview of he often leaves out important details, e.g. under Luxor, he doesn't even mention the fabulous tomb of Nefartari in the VOQ- you need to go to the specific VOQ pages. But it is still one of the best single sources of info I have found to date.
It is generally up-to-date with sections about the recent discoveries in Saqqara, Luxor, etc. The information is especially helpful if you will be spending time on your own before, during, or after your Tauck tour. Make sure you read what is said about the "right" taxis, "super aggressive Taxi Jumpers", camel and other scams, on the second page of the "Travel Advice" section: https://egypttravelblog.com/category/advice/page/2/
Under the "Cities & Regions" / "Luxor" sub-section about Luxor temples, VOK/VOQ, etc., the author talks about hotels (and his favorite- Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa). We stay on the river boat, but his discussion includes this quote which I found not only humorous, but I think near universally true:
"First, Now here’s an insider tip about all hotels in Egypt – if you come across a hotel named after a pharaoh, that’s a pretty consistent hint that it’s a dump. Anything called the King Tut Hotel or the Cleopatra Resort or the Ramses Inn… avoid those. Those are just fictitious example names I came up with and not the names of actual properties I know about, but hopefully you get the point."
The blog spell-check isn't always the best, but the writing is clear, very informative, includes color photos, and includes humorous observations like the one above and photos like the one below which rivals holding up the tower of Pisa.