Michelle Calpis – Spain Portugal &
Morocco – November 2006
was fine. It would be good if Cosmos could cater also for perhaps the
under 35s or so to the same destinations that u guys go to as u have a
great variety of places that u cover which is excellent as not many of
the other tour companies cover all three countries, and also go so late
in the season. Over all I saw the countries that I wanted to see and
you guys did that great. Thanks for all your help.
Heather & Brigitte Nazar – Egypt – November 2006
many wondrous things in Egypt, met interesting people, and have
entertaining tales of our adventures. M was an excellent guide
and an entertaining and caring person.
Miguel Ruiz-Larrea - Egypt - November 2006
was perfect, the arrangement worked very well and we were taken care
throughout all the itinerary. I must particularly compliment the guide
H, as he is a very enthusiastic person, passionate about his country
and the ancient Egypt and very knowledgeable. Someone that I can
recommend as he is very serious and ready for help in any situations.
Also very serious with time keeping.
that can be better is the organization of the Nile Cruise, I guess that
it does not depend on you but the reality is that the bottle neck is a
lock located half way the river Nile, we arrived at 13:00 one day and
there were more than 60 boats waiting so our turn was at 8:30 AM the
following day that means that the temples upstream the lock are very
busy at one period of the day as all boats stop at the same time, and
all boats arrive to Aswan almost at the same time as well. I wonder if
there is a better way to organize this particular issue.
from that everything worked very well and I hope that I can use A-Z
tours services again in the near future.
Diane and Donald Pedley - Egypt - October 2006
years we have taken many tours, trips and cruises but I have to say
that Israel and Egypt surpassed them all. Thanks for all the work you
did personally to make it such an enjoyable experience.
writing this report on our journeys to let you know how things went for
us during our tours of Israel and Egypt. You may use any part of this
report as endorsement or for advertising, at your discretion.
essence, this was a trip of a lifetime. From the planning and hard work
of Carol to the execution of your people on the ground it was a
resounding success. Throughout, the fact that we are physically
challenged was appreciated and compensated for. The Israel portion went
absolutely smoothly. We were met and helped through the airport
phase and driven to Jerusalem. From there, your Guide took over.
He showed his 32 years of experience over the next four days in
explaining the various sites, their history and their importance while
supporting us physically as necessary around the difficult areas of our
tour. We learned a great deal from him and he is to be highly
recommended as a guide. The accommodation at the Prima Royale was
comfortable and we appreciated the boutique nature of the hotel.
flight to Cairo was quick and simple. We were met as planned and
the visa and entry system worked well. We met your agent who
arranged transportation to the Mena House Hotel. That in itself
was a revelation; probably the most luxurious hotel at which we have
ever had the pleasure of staying. The train ride from Cairo to
Aswan was not pleasant and we would recommend any one else to
met at Aswan by an exceptional guide and very hard worker. Over the
next five days he introduced us to the sights, sounds and history of
Upper Egypt. He knew it all by heart could interpret the
hieroglyphs and did everything possible to make our visit useful and
comfortable. Our hotels at Aswan and later at Luxor were first
class and we had excellent rooms with views at both places. Our Nile
Cruise was just excellent. The cabin was first class; the
restaurant and bar service just great, the guide was with us for the
cruise and for all the side trips. That was an added benefit.
was a great business manager. He arranged all the tips and
favours and smoothed our way in a most professional way. With his
fine driver, he finally transported us to Hurghada and left us there in
the evening to return to Luxor and begin another tour. He is a
four happy days at the Hilton Hurghada before returning to Cairo, great
resort, great views, and great hospitality. It was at the guides
suggestion that we avoid the seven hour drive by coach to Cairo.
I had erroneously thought we would see something of the Suez Canal
which proved not to be possible on the route the bus took. We therefore
gladly allowed the guide to book us a 45 minute flight and were glad
that we did. The Red Sea Golden Voyages Guide, took us from
the Hilton to the airport.
again in Cairo, the Meridien Pyramids Hotel was not a possible
comparison with the Mena House. We obtained a room comparable to
those at the other locations where we had stayed in Egypt and spent our
last tour days in comfort there. Our guide for one day showed us
the Cairo Museum, the Citadel and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. This
was a pleasant day ending with a Sound and light show at the Great
pyramid. For the last days of our tour our guide very accomplished and
educated young man. He showed us through the Sakkara
Stepped Pyramid complex, accompanied us to Alexandria and took us to El
was excellent, the accommodation first class and the guides could not
be bettered. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt we had
excellent value for our money. Thank you,
Rev. Dr. K Bill Dost - Turkey - October – 2006
was wonderful, Jerry’s people took amazing care of us and working
around our foibles and issues. We’ve been dropped off at our cruise
ship extremely happy!!!!!! Seraph and our driver were amazing!
Heidi Chapman - Prague, Vienna & Budapest - October 2006
home safely yesterday afternoon. The trip was wonderful; we had a
really great time! I think we made some lifelong friends as well,
it was really great. Thanks so much!
Lorne Turcotte - Egypt - October 2006
returned to Vancouver this past Friday. Our tour in Egypt was
great. Mohammed was a good guide – friendly, helpful and full of
information. He did a great job of working around the Ramadan
shortened opening hours. All the sites equaled or exceeded our
expectations. I would have no trouble recommending A-Z tours for
this kind of tour. We realize we barely scraped the surface of
Egypt and all it has to offer, but what we saw and did were
incredible. Some day we hope to see more.Thanks
Padmashri - Egypt - October 2006
from one hotel, everything was perfect. I will not even think twice in
recommending your company to my friends and family. And will also keep
your company in mind, when I plan for any of my future trips. Thanks
M Hogg - Italy - October 2006
We had a
very nice trip; the Cosmos tour and our independent traveling all went
well and I am pleased with the choices we made and grateful for the
help you provided in the planning. Thanks! When my finances
recover I’ll plan another adventure!
Hooi K Tho - Canada - October 2006
I had a
great time and thank you for writing to check. Everything went well and
Diane was awesome.
Patrick & Patricia O’Donell - British Isles - October 2006
It was a
great trip. The tour guide was great. My only complaint with Globus was
the dinners provided were mostly the same every time-salmon, poultry
and vegetarian. Thanks again for your help.
Don & Carol Mahuron - Spain, Portugal & Morocco - October 2006
IT WAS AN
ENJOYABLE TRIP. WE HAD A GOOD TIME. THANKS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.
Shirley Lu Bataglio - Italy - October 2006
went good, besides loosing our passports and take our time away by
waiting for a replacement at the US council and police station. Other
wise, it was a nice one. Too much to see and too little
time. And thank you for making this trip possible. You have
been helpful and wonderful. Very patient and not pushy. We
are very happy to have found you. We are looking forward to work
with you again for our next trip. Thank you very much.
Linda Lowrimore - Myanmar & South East Asia - October 2006
were both very enjoyable. Had a very good time. I was the only person
on the Brendan tour of Myanmar, so I was able to forgo seeing the many
temples and pagodas (and there were many!) and choose instead to see
villages and the local haunts. It worked out very well – the drivers
and guides were all extremely professional.
Globus tour had a very congenial crowd of 33. Vietnam is a
beautiful country and I was surprised at its growing economy.
Cambodia is a stark contrast – very poor, but of course, just seeing
Angkor is well worth the trip. Thanks for your assistance. Will
be contacting you again in about 6 months for my next trip to who knows
****************** Fran Bobowski &
Anne Dorrington - Canada - September 2006
went very well. Anne and I enjoyed the trip very much. Anne, coming
from Australia, where it is mostly flat and dry was particularly
impressed with the number of lakes and rivers as well as the large
rugged mountains we have in Canada.
****************** Becky LaGrand
– British Isles – August
you. We did make it home as scheduled. It was a little scary and
delayed but all went very well. It was a most enjoyable trip - must
have done lots because I'm exhausted. We did lots of sightseeing in
London and took advantage of every opportunity to see and do as much as
the time allowed. We appreciate your taking care of all the details for
us and making our trip so memorable.
Stanley Paris – Egypt – August 2006
We had a
wonderful time, words sometimes can never describe your experience, and
this is one of those times. A-Z tours helped fulfill a dream of mine,
which was visit Egypt, Jen and I wish to thank everyone affiliated with
A-Z tours. I am going to use you guys again and again.
Sharon – Europe – August 2006
thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Europe! Everything was well planned and
well organized! (Which I was appreciative of, since I was traveling
with a friend who was over 60 years of age!!) In the
next year, perhaps for Easter, I will be interested in traveling to
Egypt! I would be happy if you can show me various tours of this
country! Thanks a lot! Have a great day!
Claude & Rhoda Houge – Egypt – August 2006
all! This is a bit about our recent trip to Egypt. For those of
you who don’t know about this, we were scheduled to go to Asmara,
Eritrea, last week with an Eritrean man who works in the LCMS World
Mission office and also a good friend. We were routed through
Cairo, so I booked a 3-day tour on the way. Well, Claude wasn’t able to
get his Eritrean visa because of complications, so we had to cancel
that part of the trip, but the tour was already paid for, so we just
took this short trip to Cairo at a very hot time for no real reason,
and it was just great! Kind of an expensive trip the way it
turned out, but still a wonderful adventure.
We landed around
midnight and had to drive through the whole city to get to our hotel on the other side.
Cairo is over 15 million people, and most of them still seemed to be up
and about, enjoying outside cafes, walking on the streets, or driving
in the very close traffic. That was an experience right away, but it
was so exciting to be in Cairo.
was really nice (lobby and pool were nicer than the rooms, but that was
still pretty good), and we were told the pyramids were nearby. But we
didn’t expect to see this when we left our room the next morning:
those are the pyramids of Giza, right from our hotel! (One is
behind a tree on the right.) I almost cried with amazement. It
something. And that pool wasn’t too shabby either – it went all the way
around the central bar with about four bridges. We finally had
time to enjoy it the last two days.
We booked with a
tour company that was extremely helpful getting us through immigration
at the airport, delivered us to the hotel, and then met us the first
morning. Our main guide was a small sweet lady who has a bachelor’s in
archeology and an advanced degree in ancient religions. She can read
hieroglyphs and just knows everything. We were so impressed. Plus she
was so friendly and ready to answer questions. We headed
to the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. The pictures speak for themselves
at the size and awesomeness of these ancient monuments over 4000 years
Can’t tell you how
hot it was out there, but it was hot!! Claude made it inside one of the
pyramids, but I turned around halfway down this tight little corridor
that was stifling. I was afraid I’d faint, and how would they get me
out? People were coming and going all bent over, and at one point
I met another large woman, and we nearly blocked the whole thing! That
was a bit scary. So much for my tomb raiding career!
night we had a dinner cruise on the Nile River, which was really
lovely. (By the way - there were way too many buffets and lots of good
day we went to the Museum of Egypt and saw many ancient statues,
carvings, and such, including the unbelievable display from
Tutankhamen’s tomb. The ornate objects and all the gold were just
amazing. (No pictures allowed, but we bought a book!)
went to the Citadel, a fortress built on a high place in Cairo from
around 1100 AD. There was a huge beautiful mosque there. (There are
mosques everywhere. The country is 90% Muslim.)
We also visited an
ancient Coptic (Egyptian Christian Church) which claimed to be on the
sight where the Holy Family stayed in Egypt.
weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the church, but it reminded us
of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia with many traditions and connections
to the Catholic Church in some ways. We also visited a very old Jewish
Synagogue. Egypt is 8% Christian and 2% Jewish.
visits included a perfumery, a papyrus institute, and a large open
day we went just outside of Cairo to Memphis, the first capital of
Egypt. The buildings there were destroyed long ago, but there are still
some ancient statues.
there we went to Sakkara, the site of the first pyramids from 4000 BC.
We were able to go inside one (a much easier journey) which was full of
night we saw the Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids. It was neat
to see everything lit up against the night sky.
day was mostly relaxing at the hotel with a little local sightseeing
before our midnight departure. The trip was one we’ll always remember,
and we hope to return to go to Aswan and the Valley of the Kings in the
future. Thanks for letting us share!
Nadine Ashton – Egypt – August 2006
of all the upheaval at all the airports, I missed the Casa connection,
but Air France rescheduled me, and upgraded me to Business class, so I
arrived home safe and sound. What a great experience, and all fully
escorted, and the personal bodyguard with his little gun made me feel
like Whitney Houston - without Kevin Costner!
really was a fabulous tour, exceeded my expectations, the sound and
light shows were marvelous, everything was really good, the guides
terrific: I think I must have given them a bit of a hard time; I teased
them a lot, especially when requesting a personal Nubian slave to fetch
me coffee before my early morning balloon ride!
for organizing my tour so promptly, I am off tomorrow for France, three
weddings and relaxation in Lyon before the return to Casa and the long
haul home to Oz. Best wishes,
George & Mary Greenauer – Maritime Provinces – August 2006 Thank you so very
much for your services, they certainly contributed to the wonderful
time we had in Atlantic Canada. You can tell by our smiles in the
attached photos. Know also that
there were several occurrences over the duration of the trip when we
compared such things as brochures, tourist ads, Map quest directions
and the like and always came to the question "what does Nicole say
about this?", whereupon we'd refer to the "Nicole Papers".
put a finger on what or where we enjoyed the most, so I won't try!
Nicole, once again, we really appreciate all you provided for us, and
please know you are at the top of our referral list regarding travel in
the Maritime Provinces.
Delia - Europe - August 2006
continuing with my tour of Europe. The tour was very good. Denise was
an excellent guide. I’m still in Santorini. Many thanks. Cheers,
Lucinda Gilde - Nova Scotia - August 2006
enjoyed our trip and the puffin tour was unbelievable. We saw an
unbelievable number of puffins and we were very close to them so we
were able to get good photographs of them. I would highly recommend the
trip to Machias Seal Island. Thanks
for all your help with this and I look forward to planning another trip
with you in the future. I still want to go to P.E.I.
Dr. K. Bill Dost - Russia - August 2006
were a couple of issues, in Moscow only, but the rest of the trip was
terrific, in Moscow, on the first day we got off the train and no one
showed up to pick us up. We called Julia (the contact you gave us and
she called the driver) he arrived and was extremely rude. Then we ended
up having dinner two nights at the Hard Rock Café and the food
was really bad, we were told that unfortunately the service only had a
contract with that restaurant in the district we were staying in.
finally, we had a car transfer in Moscow from our hotel to the train
station, EXCEPT the train station was literally next door. So it seemed
we had a great time nonetheless and the rest of the trip was absolutely
awesome! Dora did her best to correct things where possible and anyway
the sights and everything were mind blowing! In the Ukraine we almost
had a problem but the guide really worked things out for us twice
actually, apparently St. Andrew’s church was not listed on her
itinerary even though it was on ours, however she said don’t worry
about it, I want to show it to you anyway. Talk about really
impressive, and then when it was time to get on the train, it was
crazy, our actual carriage didn’t arrive and so they were going to
split us up, anyway our guide fought literally yelling at the conductor
until he upgraded us to business class. The guide in Ukraine was
awesome and I recommend her to all of your clients, her name was
Natasha, also our guide in St. Petersburg who was also amazing. Like I
said our trip was amazing! And we loved every second of it!
Marcy Haffner - Greece - August 2006
like to thank you for all of your help in arranging this trip for us.
We had a wonderful time - the tour guide - Rebecca was great.
Everything went very smoothly, and our 17 year old twins gained an
appreciation for travel. We are already thinking about our next trip.
Mae Moroso - Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island - August 2006
safe - a little scary at first but everything went normally and in good
time. The tour was great, although, as a single, I would have liked
more planned functions ie tickets and transportation to events and not
so much free time. As this was my first bus tour, I hope this does not
sound too negative, I did enjoy it and loved the Nova Scotian and PEI
people. The accommodations and meals were great, Thanks for everything!
Ted Zenuk - British Isles - August 2006 (During London’s security
was very good. The guide was excellent & the weather was good.
After the initial panic over the terrorist plot, everything worked out
fine. We only had a 3 hour delay sitting in the airplane prior to take
off waiting for a clearance from the US on our passenger list.
Hollis Miller – Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island – July 2006
for the welcome home. We had a great time! You live in a very beautiful
part of the world. Even better was that we were treated
wonderfully by everyone. I intend to give you a full update once I
catch up. Thanks again.
Joyce Reingold – Nova Scotia – July 2006
We had a
fabulous time, thanks! Wanted to let you know that the Silver Dart
Lodge was a big hit with the kids (I liked it too!) and Baddeck was a
perfect launching pad for seeing the sights in Cape Breton. The Hilton
Garden Inn worked out perfectly the last night, as well, and was very comfortable.
enough (ha, ha!!!) our whale watching trip from Brier Island was
frightful. There were very nice people, nice concession, beautiful spot
but horrible day -- rainy, windy and foggy. No whales and VERY high
seas. The kids loved the roller coaster effect. We tried again the next
day out of Digby, where we stayed and though it was a beautiful day
(calm seas, sunny, no fog), the whales
managed to elude us again. I think this is just our family whale karma.
we did go on a trip out of Pleasant Bay in Cape Breton and saw a large
pod of pilot whales and that was wonderful. The kids were elated,
seeing their first whales in the wild. So while they were somewhat
disappointed they didn't get to see any of the big whales, they were thrilled
with the ones they saw -- plus all the eagles, seals, porpoises,
lobster trap, etc.
shared my love of Nova Scotia ... so green and beautiful, and the
people, particularly in Cape Breton, so welcoming. Thanks again for
Derek Gillies – Cuba – July 2006
went great from start to finish. The flights were good and spot on
time. The rep Edel in Cuba was a great help and everything went smooth.
Thanks a lot for all your help during the booking process...etc and if
we consider a return next year we will keep you in mind.
Misty Zingsheim – Egypt – July 2006
went great! We had a wonderful time. We ended up doing a belly
dancing show instead of the Safari trip. We had a great time and look
forward to going back in the future. Hope all is well.
Keisha Wells – Egypt – July 2006
back and we had a wonderful time. For the most part, everything went
according to plan. The guide was there to pick us up at the airport
(which is what I was most worried about) and our excursions were well
organized. Thanks for being so flexible and organizing our trip so
excursion that was not particularly pleasing was the Desert Safari to
visit the Bedouins. Our truck had mechanical problems so we weren't
able to see any of the Bedouin entertainment. We had to go back in
another group's jeep while they watched the entertainment. Also, I
didn't mind going to the Papyrus shop, Carpet School, Perfume shop, but
it'd be good if the guide presented it as what it is ----- an
opportunity to shop for traditional Egyptian souvenirs --- vs. an
"educational" portion of the tour. Thanks,
Susan Morris - Amsterdam - June 2006
wanted you to know I had a good flight with Martinair. They provided
tasty hot meals and free booze, as well as free headsets. Legroom was a
little small but on my outbound flight, it was only half full and so I
was able to stretch out on three seats and sleep. I found the staff to
be friendly and helpful. I will fly again with them in the future.
Thanks for your service, Michelle.
Dale & Mari Eberhardt - Italy & Paris - June 2006
We had a
wonderful trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Of course we're
almost totally exhausted because we did 95% of the available excursions
so each day was a LONG one! The trip
was well worth it and I'm now sifting through the 500+ pictures I took
(not to mention the 9 hours of video). Ugh. Thanks again for all your
help...it really paid off when we actually got "in country"!
Stan Starrett - Quebec, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island - June
We had a
great trip and we thank you....the hotel in Quebec was just great, and
all went smooth...the train trip is really for younger people than us,
but one night was ok....we appreciate your help.
Caryl Theresa Olson – Egypt – June 2006
back and had a great time. Thanks for helping make it a great trip.
David Christiansen – Egypt – June 2006
was wonderful and I had a very good time. Thanks for all your
help in setting it all up.
Lisa Alvir – Egypt – June 2006
was fascinating and a unique experience for us all. It was
definitely worth every penny. Our guides were wonderful! We
felt comfortable and they took care of everything. We especially loved
S…... Her youthful exuberance was contagious and M…..'s knowledge
seemed to be endless! Rachael even took notes!
is never perfect - the flight over was horrendous - we got stuck on the
runway in Minneapolis for 4 hours so we missed our Amsterdam City tour
and the airline lost Rachael's luggage, but things like that are to be
to follow the tips you had provided concerning dress, tipping etc and
we were treated well. The people were friendly and helpful and so
interesting to talk to. We were very pleased with all of our
accommodations as well. Thank you again. I'm very happy I choose your
Ronald Crump – June 2006
for my wife and daughters. They had a terrific time, enjoyed the tour
very much. They were tired from all the walking. Monograms had the tour
well planned and very good tour guides, ESPECIALLY the one in Paris. He
was very helpful when my daughter-in-law became ill. He promptly
secured medical aid for her. My wife described him as the "sweetest
tour guide". We will be looking forward to more tours with your group
in the future. We are retired now and can travel at will. Thanks again
for all your help in arranging a completely successful trip. The air
travel, scheduled events and accommodations were super!
Susan St. Claire – Egypt – May 2006
was great except the Nile cruise did not have a vegetarian entree until
I requested one. * the
ancient sites were great *
snorkeling and hiking were great * the
trip went well with a few glitches
guides were ok. The best one was the woman in Alexandria. She spoke
good English, she was professional, she was well-educated on the
hotel was the best.
Kyle – May 2006
It was a
great trip. I made some good friends and saw everything I wanted
to see. ******************
Lisa Franklin – Greece – May 2006
enjoyed my trip. Thank you for all your hard work. My tour guide was
very nice. I stayed at Hotel Pan, which is in a wonderful central
location, but the people that worked at the front desk weren't very
cordial. Other than that, everything was wonderful. If I should go back
to Greece, it will be to island hop. Thank you again.
Joseph Andrew Maderick – Egypt – April 2006
February 10, 2006 my son Joseph and I embarked on a package provided by
your company on a tour of Egypt. I would like to take this time
to report on the trip.
begin by saying that overall the trip was spectacular and
immensely pleasurable. If you will I shall proceed step by step
yet shall remain brief.
arrived at Cairo International and were immediately taken back by
seeing armed soldiers standing under the wing of the airliner.
This was to be the case everywhere we went. Unknown to us the
Egyptian Government has a large national police entity called the
Tourism and Antiquities Police. They were omni-present on our
trip. It was explained by the guides that Egypt will not allow a
repeat of the murderous nonsense that occurred a few years ago and have
taken more than appropriate precautions to insure complete
security. All of the tour people and even the policemen
themselves with whom I spoke were adamant about ensuring safety of
this could be communicated to potential tourists, concerned about such
matters. In spite of this presence I must say that at no time,
even in the dark of late night were either of us particularly concerned
about any dangers. We felt at least as secure as one might in Los
Angeles or New York.
the people to be absolutely wonderful and both conciliatory and helpful
in every respect. We were treated more than respectfully by
everyone we met at every location. Almost everyone had some
command of English and when they did not; someone nearby did and
arrival at the airport we were met by two representatives of the
Egyptian Tour Company. The two young men ushered us through
Customs and onto our tour bus which delivered us to our hotel, The Mena
House. To our absolute amazement the Great Pyramid of Cheops was just
across the street from the hotel. It literally provided a
dreamlike backdrop for our dinner. The hotel itself was quite nice with
every amenity. It was very clean and well maintained. The
restaurants were a bit pricey but provided excellent cuisine with
following day we toured the Sphinx and Pyramids and rode a camel. That
evening we had a dinner cruise on the Nile.
representative arrived bright and early with our mini bus driver and
the licensed tour guide. Egypt requires tour guides to be
properly educated and licensed. Off we went to the Pyramids.
provided reasonably good service, though she was suffering from a cold.
We felt a bit pressed for time, but please understand she did nothing
wrong in any way. The representative was instantly at our bid and
service providing us with all of our tickets and the “other” details on
Egypt and Cairo. I highly compliment him on the excellent job of taking
care of us while in his care.
both my son and I opted to skip the camel ride but we were convinced to
try it and went for a short jaunt across the sands. I don’t know
who was more dismayed me of the poor beast that had to bear me.
Yet it was good for a laugh or two.
dinner was nice but did not qualify as a highlight by any means.
The dinner was ample and savory and typical of Egyptian fare. The
fact that a wedding party was seated at the next table made the
experience most pleasant and is the thing that made it
noteworthy. Entertainment included set of “swirl” dancers, a
disco band and female singer, and a belly dancer. Again it was
pleasant but otherwise unremarkable.
day we did the Egyptian Museum, the Christian sites, the Bazaar,
Saladin’s Citadel and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We had limited
time in the museum and had to move briskly through the exhibits.
We skipped the Papyrus and perfumery, as they were traps to buy
souvenirs and wares. We had lunch instead.
bazaar, which is a maze of close and narrow little streets choked with
tourist shops. My son purchased a Hookah, water pipe. When my son
presented the pipe to our representative and was told the price, he
took my son back to the dealer who ended up giving him piles of tobacco
products and a second pipe with no further charge. We advise that
the tour companies should tell the tour participants to beware of
overpricing. As a rule we found that a number somewhat less than half
of the original asking price was usually fair.
us to our sleeper train and saw us off to Aswan. Our blessings go
to our driver whose name escapes me. But he surely has an angel
watching over him and he is blessed with the patience of Job as the
traffic in Cairo is phenomenally bad and disorganized. Typically
there are three lanes painted on the pavement and traffic occupies six
or seven lanes of cars all moving in rhythm like the muscles of a
snake. A car simply joins the movement then leaves the movement
as it crawls along interminably slowly. With all that we saw no
significant accidents. Amazing ! Don’t even think about
arrived in Aswan and were swept away by our guide. This guide remained
with us for the next four days and more or less took care of the tour
representative duties. At no time were we actually left
alone. He took excellent care of us and did a great job with his
narratives and instructions. The souvenirs and such we did
purchase were under his tutelage and guidance. He truly went
above and beyond in his efforts to serve us and to show us as much as
possible. He was far more detailed and knowledgeable than the
cruise should more accurately be categorized as a floating hotel rather
than a cruise as such. The accommodations were again very nice
and quite clean. The food service was adequate and ample.
Unfortunately, both my son and I fell victim to Ramses Revenge despite
drinking only bottled water and having been warned that although the
water is microbiologically clean the chemicals used to purify the water
system are rough on our systems. We probably picked up something
from the fresh fruits or veggies.
was the M/S Hamees. We did not see the quarries but did have an
afternoon to ourselves and visited the Luxor museum. The Karnak
light show was at best novel. It did not compare to the Light
show at the Sphinx which was far more elaborate and entertaining.
returned to Cairo for our last day and two nights. We were met at
the train promptly. We toured Memphis and Sakkara and visited a
carpet school. Our guide did a decent job for the short time we were
night we saw the light show at the Sphinx and as mentioned above was
quite entertaining and beautiful.
now staying at the Meridien Hotel. The hotel was very nice as
would be expected of a higher-class place.
a mix up in our departure time so we checked out of the hotel and had
ten hours before departure. We went to a café and
discussed the problem for several hours over a pipe or two and a gallon
of chai and coffee. Alas, these things happen and we were not the
least angry and undoubtedly felt as bad as they did for us. They
did their very best to make sure we were well served. Finally, I
insisted that we go to the airport where we sat until departure
recommend these young men without hesitation. We had great fun
with them and thoroughly enjoyed their company. They kept us out
of trouble and well fed. They were prompt and
courteous. So with no hesitation and being very objective
in the matter I strongly commend the guides and representatives and
driver for jobs very well done and I thank them for their service,
professionalism and attentiveness.
Jane & Alan Vogel – Egypt – April 2006
We had a
simply terrific time and don't feel like we missed
anything. I must make a point to tell you how wonderful our
guides were. They are now our friends and we communicate via email
cannot come close to describing how great the guides were they bought
us farewell gifts. M…. was equally wonderful and writes us almost
daily, telling us how much he misses us (and we him). They do your
company proud and should be rewarded. They were exceptional. The
drivers were equally good. Just getting us to our destination safely,
considering how crazy EG drivers are, says volumes. Our tour
was everything I had hoped for, and more. We have over 2,000 photos, so
that should give you some idea of how much we enjoyed ourselves. Again,
my thanks to you, A-Z Tours and our guides for memories that will last
Buck & Margarita Keiser – Egypt/Jordan – April 2006
to Jordan was the best part of our trip to Egypt. This was due in large
part to our guide. Our plans had to be changed at the last minute and
he was right at the exit of the ferry to meet us and take us quickly
through the immigration and customs procedures.
our day with the trip to the Bedouin camp and the attention to all the
details that he showed. What I think impressed us most was his
knowledge of a wide variety of subjects, such as history and geology.
This was evident in our jeep trip to Wadi Rum. His help in our Petra
tour was very useful, as he suggested to us that we should climb to the
Monastery, which was worth it.
travels we have used many guides and even though our time together has
been short, he has been one of the best. We are leaving with a
favorable impression of Jordan.
Sarah Fredell – Egypt – April 2006
We had a
truly amazing time. This was the least stressful trip I've ever been
on. It was wonderful to have everything taken care of for us:
transportation, tickets, destinations, etc. I have fallen in love
with the Egyptian people and would love to go back again. Your agents
in Cairo were fantastic and took very good care of us. We have made new
friends, especially with our tour guide in Cairo. We will definitely be
recommending you to all our friends and family. Thanks again for
a great spring break. ******************
Terry Pope – Egypt – April 2006
was fantastic, we had a great trip. Everything was great. Thanks.
Pellegrino – Morocco – April 2006
or almost everything was good. The two remarks we have are that the FES
tour on the second day was very commercial. We spent the whole day
visiting the Souk and going from the carpet sale to the nap sale we
found that excessive. We had the feeling we could of visited more of
the monumental FES, if there is one.
Marrakech the hotel was terrible. We didn't say anything because it was
already paid for but it was noisy and in terrible condition. The tour
manager and guide were really great so that made up for it but we
recommend to tell the supplier to cancel the hotel from the list.
Agadir was great and relaxing. Thanks for your organization
Nick Smith – Egypt – April 2006
great. To our wonderful Guide H….. extraordinary. JFK awful.
Plane from Salt Lake late we were last ones to board luggage did not
make it. Coming home also late and Greer missed his LA flight Thanks
for your help. I was very pleased with AZ.
Marian Green – Egypt – April 2006
- thank you!!!! for the best e-mail of all!! It was a wonderful
trip. All went very smoothly. We certainly have great and amazing
things to talk about. Can't wait to see our video and photos. I bet
they will be fabulous. Again, thanks for handling our trip.
been telling people how our whirlwind trip planning to Egypt went along
without a hitch!!!!!! You can plan and plan and plan and
the....... However, we are seasoned travelers and know what to
expect and what can be left out and we know that that is not what you
judge a trip by. We had a wonderful trip with nary a problem. And by
the way, let's talk, because maybe someone would like to talk to
us personally about our experience and we could share that with them.
Often times, this makes the wary traveler more secure. Have a great
weekend. Will be in touch soon,
Susan and Lloyd Thomas – Egypt – April 2006
you, thank you, thank you. On a scale of 1-10, this holiday was
about a 9.5! We were so pleased with everything. We also met a
guy from Miami who had booked with you and he agreed that all in all,
the trip was great.
going to list (in point form) what we did like in particular, and
things that we either felt could be improved. I do not do this as a
"fault finding mission" or to complain....but, rather to offer
suggestions that might make a similar trip better for others.
24.....great help to be met by polite and helpful guides and "whisked
through", customs, visa etc. and taken right to the hotel and have them
come in and see to it that we were registered and "all was well".
The hotel was great...big room...(a bit "tired"...soiled carpet etc.
etc. and a nice view and good food in the restaurant) Certainly,
the Nile Hilton is 5 star (North American standard) March
25...on our own March
26 we enjoyed our guides and the driver (a better command of
English would have been great...but, we managed)...to Giza pyramids
etc. Picked up on time...good day all around. (would have
been nice to have a bit more time to go into the pyramids...and, to see
the Solar Boat) -- Nile Dinner Cruise was enjoyable.....nicer
than we thought we "might" find it.
had some misgivings about "boats" in Egypt, but, it was well maintained
and we felt safe and enjoyed the meal and entertainment. March
27...museum, Cairo tour, light show at Giza. (a bit too much
shoved into this day) March
28....due to heavy rains last night, we got off to a late start...Still
though...an interesting and enjoyable day. March
29...to Alexandria....after seeing more of Cairo. Hotel in
Alexandria....wonderful...even better than the Nile Hilton! March 30
... new guide (still same guide from Cairo and same driver, but tour
guides were new almost every day) toured Alexandria....great day. March
31...toured National Museum, Roman Theatre, etc. -- great day
....around noon...back to hotel and "free time". April
1st...free day. April
2nd...drove from Alexandria to El Alamein War Memorials...and back to
Cairo. Great to once again have A….'s help to put us and our
luggage right on the train! We really appreciated the attention
given to us. The train was also better than we envisioned.
(supper was so-so...but, breakfast was ok) One
"problem".....we learned while in Cairo....that the ferry would not
sail on the day we had it booked.......our guide helped us by arranging
(at a reduced cost) another night's lodging at the Marriot Hotel in
Hurghada and booked ferry tickets for the next day. April
3....met in Aswan ....taken to hotel to deposit our luggage, then
toured the dams and temples etc. Very nice! Checked into
the cruise ship.....again....far better than our expectations!!! April
4...sailing -- enjoyable....meals were very good! April
5...Luxor....we had this day off instead of the scheduled tours because
the other "tourist" (the one from Miami) was off on another tour and
they said, then we could all combine and see the things we should have
seen today together. We agreed, but, said we at least would like
to do the Sound and Light show at Karnak that evening. Even so,
we found the next day that there was too much crammed into one
day. (the guy from Miami did all we did on the 6th PLUS the light
6...Luxor...checked into hotel.....very nice....again 5 star equal to
North American standards. (however, when we checked out....they
made a mistake in our bill....they corrected it but advise your future
clients to always check their bills. April
7....Luxor...left for Abydos and Dendera. April
8.....Luxor to Hurghada....agents were great. I wanted to get
"more cash" and they took us to a Thomas Cook office and helped us get
our message across and took us back to the hotel. April 9
(extra day in Hurghada due to change in ferry schedule) We took a tour. April
10..too windy for the ferry......so.....once again, they took us back
to the hotel and arranged another night's lodging there (at a reduced
rate) and re-arranged the ferry. April
11....we were taken to the ferry and "put on it" by our tour guides.
Once in Sharm.....picked up and taken directly to the condo and they
helped us get registered etc. April
12......a "problem" occurred.....no-one’s fault.....but....we'd booked
2 tours....however, we did not realize that the condo does not change
their clocks to match EGYPT'S time zone.....so, each time we were to be
met and picked up to go on a tour.......no one came to meet
us......FINALLY, it was discovered, that we were on a different time
"zone" than the rest of the country. Therefore, we'd go and wait
for the pick up....no one would come and we'd go back to our
room......the tour operator would come (an hour later)....not find us,
and then call later to ask where we were! This was a fault of the
condo not explaining to guests that they "run" on a different time
schedule. The tour company was EXCELLENT...they made up for the
confusion.....and were most helpful. We had NO COMPLAINT with the
Tour staff at any time. April
13...14....15 at the condo....our time and some of it on extra tours
booked directly. April
15th checked out at noon....and headed out for St. Catherines. We
were a bit disappointed that the Monastery was not open on Easter
Sunday....but, we did walk around it and saw it. We also opted
NOT to go on the mountain climb. April 16
drive to Cairo -- great driver. A long drive. Great to be helped and
checked into the Nile Hilton again. April
17.....once again...great to be picked up and taken to the airport and
to have them make sure we were okay before they left us.
certainly recommend your company to anyone thinking about traveling to
Egypt. We were also very pleased with you, Carol and all the
assistance, information and help you gave us to get our trip planned
and customized to our needs.
question.....do you do tours in other countries? We are thinking
of a trip (in a year or two) to Australia and New Zealand. Do you
do tours there also?
It is the
only way to travel......someone there to "hold your hand" and help with
any problems that might crop up.....to take you places, explain things,
and yet, let you go where YOU want to go and do what YOU want to do.
enjoyed the experience, the guides and the assistance from A-Z . Thanks
****************** Ali Mor –
Egypt – March 2006
was wonderful. The cruise and the its staff were great. The
guides were friendly. They were very trustworthy. We added
another excursion to our cruise itinerary at the last moment and they
were very accommodating. It was also a very nice surprise that my
friend and I were given our own private guide to the temple
sites. I would recommend the cruise to anybody. Thanks for
helping us with a great trip!
Perreault – Egypt - March 2006
The trip was
spectacular. I’m not in the category of “extensive” traveler, but
I think I’ve traveled somewhat greater than normal (Egypt was my 36th
country), and I truly saw things beyond my expectations. At
first, I was a little thrown off by having a driver, guide, and in some
cases company rep all to myself, but once I got used to it, I learned
to use it to my advantage. The crew in Luxor were particularly
great. My first day in Cairo was
cooler, windier, and therefore sandier than I would have liked – the
weather thing is always a dice roll (Last October I spent a week in New
England when it rained every day and floods washed out some of the
roads). Fortunately I got back to Giza my last day, so my
memories of the plateau will not forever be of squinting into a
sandstorm. I think if I had gone a little later in the year,
Cairo might have been nicer, but the southern part of the trip would
have probably been too hot – so overall, my weather timing was pretty
good. The only constant negative was the cigarette smoke.
I’m highly allergic, and I swear Egyptians must come out of the womb
with a lit cigarette in their hand. My only uncomfortable moments
involved the whole “tipping” culture. I don’t know how you can
adequately prepare people for that situation. I had intentionally
stocked up with small bills, so it really wasn’t much of an
issue. I think the worst part of it was I got to where I didn’t
want to talk to anybody, for fear of an expectation of some
gratuity. Once, I sent a young man away in a huff because I
wouldn’t tip him when he told me to “duck” getting onto a boat.
In hindsight I guess I only got “trapped” twice (trapped meaning
accepting a small courtesy, then having the person ask for a HUGE tip),
and once was at the airport on my way home, and my defenses were
down. There’s an airport employee in Cairo probably still ticked
at the ugly American who wouldn’t give him $30.00 for being led to a
security gate where the ugly American was already headed, and was in no
rush since he had a four-hour wait for his flight. All-in-all, the positives far
outweighed the negatives, and the trip will go down in the “success”
column of my ventures. Thanks again for all your help.
****************** Patricia Barbosa – Egypt –
First, I would like to state
that I very much enjoyed my trip in Egypt and had few problems or
concerns during my month long stay. I do have some suggestions
and comments on some of my travel arrangements and my evaluation of the
services I received: 1.
Itinerary: I made some changes in my trip that costs me
additional money ($200) and changed the sites I eventually saw. I
was scheduled to travel to Saint Catherine’s, a 6-7 hour car trip and
then return to Cairo and then go to Alexandria. The amount of
travel was too much for so short a time, and basically meant I would
spend 2 days in a car. I decided to spend an additional 2 days in
Alexandria, but I would have much preferred to go to Saint Catherine
and then go on to Sharm El Sheik instead of spending time in Hurghada 2. Hotel
accommodations: With the exception of the hotel in Luxor, I had
very good hotels and very good service. I chose to upgrade to the
deluxe hotels and found them clean, safe and very comfortable.
However, I had a very bad experience at the New Winter Palace in Luxor.
Although the hotel is considered a luxury hotel, the room I was given
was hot, shabby, and very below par. The hotel lobby, the garden
and the restaurants are fine, but the room given to your tour company
and assigned to me was far below what I would expect from a 2 star
hotel. I suggest that you not book travelers at the New Winter
Palace as they do not give your tour guests decent rooms, and do not
care if we complain. I complained at least 4 times about problems
and never had my complaints addressed. 3. Tour
operators: I had very good service from the tour operators with
the exception of the tour operator in Luxor. I had some excellent
tour operators that deserve special thanks. First E
really tried to take care of my trip to ensure that I enjoyed the sight
seeing and my time off. He was really a great guide and made the
changes to my schedule quickly and without complaint. Without his
tireless work on my behalf I would not have been able to enjoy the
sight seeing and have been so comfortable during my time in Cairo and
Alexandria. Secondly, A worked very hard to make sure my trip was
enjoyable and easy. I am very thankful for the great work of all
of the tour operators that managed my trip so well. 4. Tour
Guides: I had very good tour guides throughout my trip and had
three especially good guides that should be commended for their good
work. H in Luxor made my sight seeing very enjoyable as she was
not only qualified, but so kind and sweet that my travel with her was a
special treat for me, and made the bad hotel not as important as H
balanced out the difficulties. Secondly, A in Cairo really made
my visit to the Egyptian museum a special adventure. He is very
knowledgeable and a very companionable guide. Last, S in
Alexandria was such a good guide and provided wonderful insight into
the life of regular Egyptians. I did not have any bad guides, but
those mentioned above were far superior and made my trip so special,
much thanks to them all. Finally, I want to thank the
Tour Operator. My trip to Egypt was a trip of a lifetime. I
spent a month in a foreign country and traveled extensively without
ever missing a train, boat or car. I did not lose my luggage, did
not have any bad experiences with any Egyptians and found the country
and its people wonderful. I would recommend your tour agency to
my friends and family. Thanks for your great
****************** Sharon Koch – New Zealand –
Our "native" guide, Robin the
bus driver, was amazing! He was knowledgeable, laid back,
accommodating and helpful, and took us to some places along the way,
that our overall guide, Wanda, had never been to, although she's been
doing this tour for a long time. He was a font of information,
and knew his route so well, he could tell us what to look for up
ahead. He put a lot of energy into giving us a wonderful trip.
Because of him, we experienced more of NZ than some of our
friends. Wanda, our head guide, was a little loud, but she was
okay. She wasn't overly organized.......... We really enjoyed our time in
New Zealand. We had only 1 day of rain on the tour....the rest of the
days were mostly sunny. The Kiwis are very friendly and nice, and we
enjoyed meeting them. The bus was comfortable, and we traveled
with a nice group of people. We had two very long days of travel,
but I understand that Collette has already changed the trip from
Wellington to the South Island. We went all the way to Franz
Josef, and I think it was about 13 hours. The hotels were very
nice, and the beds at the end of each day were very comfortable!
Thanks for all your help prior
to the trip.....
****************** Dr. Rajesh Nehete – Egypt –
After returning from Egypt we
immediately went to India. After coming back from holiday is always a
busy time at work and our wish to write to you is not becoming a
reality. Egypt trip was very nice. We hope to give detailed feedback at
an earliest opportunity
****************** Frances Roux – Egypt – March
The trip was GREAT! We
LOVE Egypt. Our Guide was most personable, professional, and he made
sure everything ran smoothly. S. ranks among the best tour guides we've
ever had. The tours were more that we had envisioned and the weather
even cooperated. The hotel, Pyramida, was perfect: great location and
great facilities. I emailed the hotel before I left to find out about
getting a room with a Nile view. They asked me the dates and tour
company. I gave them that information but did not hear from them again
before leaving. When we arrived, we were given a suite with a Nile
view. We thoroughly enjoyed the view. Thank you very much.
****************** Thomas LaCour – Egypt –
Loved the tour, everything
with one minor exception worked perfectly. The exception being a mix-up
in pickup time to get to the airport on departure.That worked out fine
too, after a phone call, so I hope the gent that took us there didn't
get in any trouble.
Egypt was a much poorer
country than I had expected. I really thought it would be up to the
standards we encountered in Turkey and it comes no where close.
The Tour Operator did a fine
job and I would recommend them, and YOU, very highly. Thanks for all
your efforts Carol.Take Care,
****************** Ivan Milkovich – Egypt –
Thanks for your message. Yes,
everything was fine and I enjoyed the trip. Thanks for a well organized
trip. Best regards,
****************** Marjorie Schnapp – Egypt –
February 2006 The trip was great, and was
just as I requested. Our only hitch was me getting a cough and
losing my voice for a couple of days. I saw an Egyptian doctor
both in Cairo and then again on the Nile cruise and both prescribed
meds that helped a great deal (and were very inexpensive, compared to
the U.S.). We had excellent guides all the way through and
a couple of them took good care of Cameron when I was feeling "not so
active". I feel that we saw all the major places in Egypt and got
an wonderful overview of the country, from Alexandria in the north to
Abu Simbal in the very southern tip. Thank you so much for your
thoughtful arrangement of this trip. Cameron had an experience he
will never forget, and he tells me he left a boy and came back a man!!!
(since he had his 15th birthday when we were in Hurghada). I
can't vouch for that, but I do know he had a great experience, and
through him, I did too. If you ever want to use me as a reference for a
proposed traveler, feel free to do so. Thanks again.
****************** Paul Kuuisisto – Egypt –
Yes I enjoyed my trip.
The Egyptologist in Alexandria was exceptional. The cruise was
great. The tour guide on the cruise boat was terrific. I
did think I was to have my own tour guide at each stop but Robbie was
so good I didn't mind. When I returned to Cairo, I was coupled
with a father and son to tour the Egyptian Museum etc. All said and
done the trip was arduous but stimulating and fun. Thanks.
****************** Jason Fletcher – Greece –
Once I got out of Baghdad
(delayed three days), I had a great time! Antonis met me at the
airport and rearranged the schedule to maximize my time in
Athens. Unfortunately, I missed the Athens tour, but these things
happen. I was pleased with his services. I may take a 2-3 day
excursion to Jerusalem in April or May - I'll be in touch!
****************** Keith Snider – Egypt –
I had a great time. The guides
were exceptional, as was the driver.
****************** John Richard Huff – Hawaii -
Our family of seven were
exposed to a delightful vacation and consequently, to the world. Our
host, Judy, was a real 'Mother Hen'. She saw to every detail. The
weather was great and then we came back to a dreary Cleveland. Thanks
for making all the plane arrangements for Mahala, who had a cast put on
her foot the day before we left. We are grateful for all the care a
handicapped person receives. Never realized that every place now has
handicapped facilities. Thanks again for a great tour.
****************** Lisa Franklin – Egypt –
Thank you so much for such a
wonderful trip. We had so much fun. Everyone there was so
nice. I especially loved our tour guide in Cairo. She was
such a sweetheart. Thank you again.
****************** Jason McAuliff – Egypt –
Trip was terrific. Thanks for
taking care of everything on such short notice. Everything went without
a hitch. Thanks again.
****************** Marissa D’Mello – Egypt –
It was a very good trip - I am
very pleased. There were some areas that I had wished I had known
in advance, but other than that, it was wonderful. Thanks for all
The tour guides and leaders in
Egypt were especially good and helpful and ensured that everything went
smoothly – the guide certainly made the trip very enjoyable and
****************** Janet Tatem – Egypt -
All went well. The Sleeper
Train was not the most comfortable trip imaginable, mainly due to a
very rough track! The ship on Lake Nasser was great and virtually
empty. Once again thanks for all your organization. Until the next time!