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Feb262012

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Private Amman City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Arabic Mezze Lunch and Turkish Bath

Amman, Jordan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Interesting tour. My wife and I are pretty spontaneous and this seemed like a unique twist on a basic tour. We were picked up on time from our hotel and driven via private car around Amman. We found out that our guide was actually not a tour guide, but rather the brother of the owner of the car and simply doing him a favor by driving us around the city. It felt more like a friend showing us around his city. Not much structure or history provided but this was fine with us. The dinner was absolutely fantastic. I advise you to skip lunch because there is a ton of amazing food. We also asked to start the tour at 5pm instead of 6pm because we wanted to see some of the sights during daylight. The Citadel was closing when we arrived but we were able to talk our way in for some beautiful pictures. Most of the remainder of the tour was driving around the upscale areas of Amman. I do not recall seeing the Radhadan palace but I may have forgotten. If you are interested in a laid back "tour" of the city with some great food, this would be good for you.

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Feb192012

Tour/Activity

Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Jerusalem, Israel

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Our tour started out on the wrong foot but ended up positive. Our printed confirmation stated that the tour started at 7:15am and Jerusalem hotel pickup would commence "prior to this time". So we got up at 4am in Tel Aviv and paid a private taxi $100 to drive us to Jersualem so that we would be there in plenty of time. We were not contacted by the company to specify a time and my e-mails were unanswered. We waited at our Jerusalem hotel for 3 hours and we were finally picked up around 9am. We were later told that there was Tel Aviv pickup at 7.I asked to use the bathroom before we left and the driver actually tried to drive away. My husband had to literally jump in front of the bus to stop it. Also, on the tranfer bus, there was no communication about what was going on. This initial bus took us to a general meeting place where we hopped on another bus. We were then frustrated with the fact that this was a multilingual tour, not just English. Although our tour guide was great (Hyaa), she gave the tour in English, Spanish and Italian. This meant that the tour took 3 times as long so that she could explain in each language. It was very difficult to keep up with her flipping back and forth between the languages. There were about 30 people on the tour and it was cold/rainy (of course, outside the control of the tour) but all of this dampened our experience. In the end, we were able to see all that we wanted and we felt fulfilled. We also met some really cool people from around the world and had a fun evening with impromptu dinner plans.

Feb182012

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Cairo Airport Private Departure Transfer

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely highly recommend this. We were picked up from our hotel and taken directly to the airport via a comfortable and clean van. Our guide escorted us within the airport and even helped us check in. I also recommend the airport arrival transfer.

Feb172012

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Private Tour: Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, Khan el-Khalili

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour. We had Hani as our guide and Zeku as our driver. Both extremely friendly and courteous. Hani is very knowledgable and willing to go outside the tour itinerary to personalize our tour. It was sad that the museum was so desolate (given the low tourism in Egypt right now) but I have to say that it was really nice to have the place pretty much to ourselves. Breathtaking to see King Tut's posessions. Khan el-Khalili was fun but be prepared for very pushy vendors. The mosque is gorgeous.

Feb162012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The most AMAZING tour I have ever been on. We had Hani as our guide and he was phenomenal. Extremely knowledgeable and overly willing to go outside the basic tour itinerary to personalize this tour. It was fantastic to have a one-on-one guide with us at all times. Never once felt concerned for our safety. Both Hani and our drive Zeku, were extremely friendly and courteous. The bus that we drove around in was comfortable and clean. We were able to go inside the great pyramid in addition to King Titi's pyramid at Sakkara. The Sphinx is really amazing. Definitely recommend one ride on the camels but trust the guide's recommendation for the vendor, as you will be inundated with camel owners trying to rally your business.

Feb152012

Tour/Activity

Cairo Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely highly recommend this. We were picked up directly from our hotel and taken directly to the airport via a comfortable and clean van. Our guide escorted us within the airport and even helped us check in. I also recommend the airport departure transfer.

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