The trip was well planned and the guides were the best, very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the three countries visited, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. This travel team made sure that we were met at the airports and escorted to our hotels and that we were escorted and properly ticketed on all flights. The itinerary was very full, with the guide starting early so we would miss most of the tourist crowds. Hotel accommodations were great and our drivers fist class. Everything was taken care of, no worries. The overall trip was great and the selected site tours were most memorable. The tour guides were very friendly with suggestions and allowing whatever time we wanted or needed including free time to look and explore. However there are some issues with the transportation portions in Israel (see below)
The whole trip from start to finish was most enjoyable. Seeing so many biblical and historical sites it is hard to say what is most memorable. But standing in front of the great pyramid and then going inside is something that creates quite an unforgettable experience. The drivers and guides made things most enjoyable on a one to one level, they would modify plans based on what we wanted and offed many suggestions and options.
We would include a little down time in the last day and city or one city towards the end to unwind and relax. However there are several this that could or should be addressed by the tour groups. They are mostly in Israel:
The tour group swelled to 36 persons with 5 different hotel pick-ups. At times more than an hour and an half was spent in a bus picking up the group. In addition some were late which meant we waited. Likewise at the sites with this large group many were stragglers which we had to wait again for. This whole episode was very very frustrating!!!
We had to wait until noon for our transfer to Jordan from Israel, then when we arrived it was too late to do the itinerary. We have no idea why we had to sit in the hotel and wait until noon. Luckily our guide in Jordan set an early schedule and long hours so we did not miss anything. Great job in Jordan!!
One overall criticism is that there are many optional items that were not accounted for. These extra costs were not fully listed prior to the tour and require local currency. We were not prepared for all of the out of pocket costs. More recommendations or guidelines need to be given.
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