Tim & Gail O’Grady – 2
Sisters Travel to Egypt – December 2009
great time and your tour guides were wonderful. Gail will send you a
more detailed information sheet when she gets caught up on her
It was everything you advertized and more. Tim
enjoyed the trip and the work you did. Escorted tours for women
traveling to a country where they don't speak the language or know the
customs is the only way to go. Although
tours gave us an abundance of information to ready us for the trip, I
was awe struck by the history and hospitality of the Egyptian people.
The biggest surprise was the A-Z staff that made our trip so memorable.
Starting with Carol who spent hours making arrangements for our
personalized tour. Our safety, comfort and enjoyment was always
foremost for our guides and drivers. In Cairo Mona, Mohammad, Hassen
and Osama – saw to our every need. Greeting us at the airport,
escorting us to monuments, and sharing history and personal life.
cruise portion of the trip our guide Mousa, an Egyptologist was
diligent to see we achieved everything on our itinerary. In both
portions of the trip we were greeted in the morning and escorted to our
private van, given knowledgeable tours, fed lunch or tea in local
restaurants, shopping assistance and speedy access and exits to all our
venues. I have never experienced such VIP treatment. Your
spent as many as 12 to 18 hours a day with us and Mousa even
with us on the cruise portion of the trip and was our guide for all our
tours. He made sure that my sister and I were well taken care of on
tours as well as aboard ship. Our trip to Egypt was a trip of a
lifetime. Thank you A-Z tours.
****************** Belinda Louie – VIP
Tour to Egypt – December 2009
We had a
marvellous experience in the Middle-east, and you and your team deserve
accolades for the part you played. Thank you very very much, and
please thank everyone for the
arrangements and execution. I believe also, that Khalid from Egypt is a
friend of yours and Tom's….he is indeed a good friend and has done you
****************** Jane Alexander –
Egypt – December 2009
Mum and I
lovely trip, we really enjoyed it. Our guide in Cairo was superb what a
lovely girl she is, so knowledgeable and caring, a real gem! Mr Hussein
was a good ambassador for your company no matter how late we were and
boy were we late on the last day he was always there and ready to help.
We had a good time.
****************** Richard Knight –
have had the most exciting adventure of my life on this past tour. I
did get to go to Stonehenge
my birthday though it was raining a bit and there was a powerful cold
wind I was still visited by a Raven sitting on top of one of the Lintel
to follow us a bit from place to place but it was not enough to spoil
things. We had a fantastic tour Director and even though it was a lot
of traveling by coach we enjoyed all the optional excursions offered by
Cosmos as well. So we got to see all those things offered on the
regular tour and Mt. Pilatus, and ride on Lake Lucerne, the Cabaret in
Paris which was quiet different by the way, and took part in our
farewell dinner as well.
accommodations were wonderful even though the only bedding arrangement
was proper in Paris ironically. Just one queen sized bed which was
wonderful. The food was delicious everywhere we went and I now know
that if you ask for sweet tea in Germany you have to specify not
sparkling as they also make theirs with tonic water LOL
hard to leave the tour as we had made several good friends and it was
like having to snap back to reality after living a fairy tale of sorts.
I have to
commend Cosmos for even though they had replied that they would get
back to us in six to eight weeks they gave me a complete refund of my
43 pounds upon my return to London. Went out and had a great dinner on
them LOL Also the arrangements were all set to take us to the airport
but a bit earlier then we really needed to be there. We were shuttled
from the hotel around 5:45am and my flight did not leave until 9am and
Roy's shortly after 10am.
again for all your help.
****************** Susan Stevenson –
Jordan – November 2009
this the day after we returned from Jordan but I didn't so before I
completely forget I wanted to tell you how wonderful our trip
Amer, our guide, was just terrific as was our driver. Mahmoud who
helped us through the airport - both arriving and departing - was
charming and very helpful. They all were extremely kind to the
children. The sites were beautiful, beyond our imagination and
only complaint was that we didn't have enough time at any one of
Our time constraints - not your planning. My only
suggestion is that you have your agents provide solid information for
tipping. Your Egyptian agent did that and it was extremely
helpful. We do not want to scatter money around like 'ugly americans'
nor do we
want to under value great effort. The guide books are not helpful
because they address taxi drivers, waiters, etc. but not our
situation. It would also be helpful to know what currency is most
desired and typically used. We were surprised that dollars were
prized than euros even though euros have a higher exchange rate. Please
understand - this is a minor issue and in no way diminishes the
wonderful service your crew has provided my family on our trips to
Egypt, Istantul and Jordan. I have raved about your organization
friends and hope that some will contact you. We are moving back
Francisco in the next month or so but will be planning more adventures
in the future.
****************** Bob & Sue
Goldstone – Egypt – November 2009
line first: we are very satisfied with AZ service and a good "bang for
is really huge. Our trip was broken up into two visits, both at
Sofitel. The Sofitel is quite far to and from the airport, and a
itinerary would have been for us to first stay in a more central hotel
to see the Citadel, Hussein Square, the museum and the Nile river trip
(also making it easier to get back to the airport for the morning
flight to Aswan), and then using the Sofitel for the pyramids, Saqqara
and Memphis on the return. We spent a lot of time just getting
the city to the outskirts. January was really fine weather for that
very happy with the guides and drivers, and everything went as
scheduled. We especially appreciated their services at the
and when checking in to hotels, which, along with their wealth of
information and skilled driving made the entire trip easy. We had
single guide problem, and that was with the very pleasant woman who was
to have been our guide from Aswan, during the Nile Cruise and in Luxor.
She could give the tour lingo, but she simply didn't understand English
well enough to understand any of the questions that any of our group
that day (we were six) put to her. Fortunately you had given us contact
numbers and I did have a cell phone. I called in my complaint,
within an hour she had been replaced on our boat with Temo who was
thinks first of the Pyramids while planning a trip to Egypt, it was
Luxor that blew us away.
information that you provided was invaluable. I showed it to
who had just returned and he commented that he wished he had been given
that by his travel agent.
****************** Shoba Gobin – Egypt –
difficult to find any fault with the arrangements made and also about
your tour person in Egypt. Very courteous young people with a fair idea
of Egyptology who made every effort to make our stay there very
pleasant and informative. Also their ability to cater to our whims was
all very good and do pass on our comments to your tour organiser in
****************** Roxanne & Patrick
Aprile – Egypt – November 2009
just fantastic and we enjoyed every minute of it. Naglaa, our guide was
very knowledgeable. She was great. Yaser, the driver was very good at
negotiating the very busy Cairo traffic and Hassan, was also very good
at his job. We found the Hotel Sofitel Le Spinx to be very good also.
The breakfast was excellent as was the service of all departments. We
would not hesitate to recommend your company to others and we thank you
for your prompt and efficient replies. This was really a time to
remember for us all.
****************** Richard Burry – Egypt
– November 2009
amazing. First off Hassan was great. He really organized
and was there to help us the entire time. A very nice man. The staff
are more than tour guides, they are baby sitters and do everything they
can to help from getting me medicine, getting my bank card back from
hsbc, waiting with us at the train stations, lending me money when I
had no change, the list of things they did is exhaustive.
an incredible guide. He is very knowledgeable and equally helpful and
generous with his time. The trip itself was jam packed with things to
do. The ride in the desert at 2am for 4 hours to Abu Simbel was a bit
much for a couple hours to look around and then return another 4 hours.
Then try to do more stuff the same day. Overall it was spectacular and
for the price an amazing value. I would recommend your tour and your
guides to anyone wanting to go there.
****************** Ron & Diana
Lassley – Turkey – November 2009
I am not
sure how we did it, but it seems we saved the best tour for last.
took several tours this last year; each very special. But Turkey
extraordinary. The country held far more interesting visits than
could have imagined. The guide was superb with a scope of
unparalleled by any of the other guides we had on the other
hotels were far better and for the dollar spent, we got much more than
we anticipated. We are
the U.S. now after more than a year and it will be some time before we
travel again, but we really cannot thank you enough for all the
wonderful advice, support and extra service you gave us. I am
sure we would not have been able to accomplish all we did if it had not
been for you. I have told several people about A-Z Tours and I am
hoping they will take advantage of the quality service you have always
given to us. We have
our trip (although I am about 3 months behind on entries at the
moment); here is the link: http://rootless.tokenwebsite.com/ or
can google "route of the rootless" to get a location listing. If
get a chance to look at any of the posts, please give yourselves a pat
on the back for contributing greatly to our trip and giving us memories
to last the rest of our lives. After
goes by and we get settled, I expect we will be looking to take another
tour. You can bet I won't look any further than A-Z Tours.
****************** Kim Tieszen – South
Africa – November 2009
from an awesome trip to S Africa. Three weeks was a perfect
it allowed us to see lots of great stuff. I will give you the
highlights and the lowlights so you can better inform your clients OK? 2 night
London as a stopover on the way to Cape Town was fabulous. We
at Hotel 41 right behind The Palace and from there were able to walk
everywhere. The hotel was small and quaint with excellent
found everything in London to be pricey, but I guess that's to be
expected. Hotel 41 is part of Ruebens hotel. They took the
of the hotel and made it into an exclusive boutique hotel with it's own
entrance and staff etc. Rooms were small, but I hear that is the
in London. 2 nights
Cape Town was not enough. We arrived late afternoon, did a
tour the next day, then had to leave the next morning. One more
would have been great. We did the sightseeing with a company
"Rhino Tripping" and had excellent service. The owner's father
tour guide and I liked the fact that he went with us on all the stops,
he didn't just sit in the car like some guides do. He also had a
wealth of info on the history of SA which we talked about as we drove
to our destinations. All in all excellent. Franschoek
2 days was wonderful, and again one more day was needed. Stellenbosch
is only a 25 minutes drive with more wineries and we would have loved
another day. We stayed at "The Franschoek" which was a small
rooms which was part of a hotel group for which I cannot remember the
name. You might be able to find it on-line. This hotel had
staff and a very homey feel, but we felt it fell short of the 5 star
category by a fair bit. Rooms were spacious but not much sound
proofing especially out into the shared hallway, and the street appeal
was sadly lacking as the hotel is set back off the main road, hard to
find and a nasty gravel driveway. There were better choices in
Franschoek. The food in Franschoek was fabulous! We then
day driving "the Garden Route" which was a complete waste of a
long and tedious. I suppose if you had time to stop off and visit
some of the small towns, you could make a better time of it, but we
would have been better to fly from Cape Town to George and would have
saved a day or so in transit. Tsala
was a great experience. Fabulous private suites, all at least 15
above ground in the trees with private plunge pools, tree top decks,
and very cool jungle type lodgings. The baboons are a problem
they are in many places in SA so you have to be vigilant and always
keep your doors and windows locked. The Hunter family also
Hunter's lodge, which I think is more of a five star resort also on the
same property. I would give Tsala a 4 1/2 star rating. They
do have a
beautiful main lodge and outdoor/indoor dining with a fabulous
restaurant. Elsewhere on the property, the Hunter's have recently
built a new restaurant, I think it was called Zinzi or something like
that. Chef is a very young go getter of about 22 years old. She runs
the show, and had a hand in every aspect of building the
She does a fine job of both managing and cooking. It has a wonder
covered outdoor patio with a fabulous fireplace. Despite the
we ate outside with heaters and the fireplace. Fabulous. Did I
the weather???? It was so terrible and nasty almost our entire
vacation. No really.......it was bad. Tons of rain, and
cold. Plett Bay
Knysna were fabulous. Golfing was great at Pazula, as was the
fine Pazula hotel and Zachery's restaurant. This is truly a five
experience which I could go on and on about. The hotel is just
stunning and the meal was like a king's feast complete with at least 4
servers for one table. Crazy. There are several fabulous 5
hotels in this area, lots to do and incredible beaches. Did
the weather??? Would have liked to experience the beaches
Maybe next time... We then
Londalozi in the Sabi Sands. This was truly the highlight of our
and again, I could have had 5 nights here, instead of 3. The
Lodge at Londalozi was very special, only three suites for a max of 6
guests. We were waited on hand and foot, food was fabulous and
quit. The first two nights we were joined by a pair of loud and
obnoxious peeps from Boston society. Need I say more. The
a honeymoon couple arrived from Seattle, as well as a lovely couple
from Australia. We had a super time with these couples and
fabulous final night dinner together that is very memorable. We
entertained by staff each night. The suites were just incredible
huge with an amazing view out to the river where wild life roamed at
will. The game drives were spectacular and within two drives, we
seen every animal more than once, including the big five. Just
fabulous. I can't say enough about this place. Next we
some little puddle jumper to Zambia and onto a hotel called
Tongabezi. This place was about 20 years old and getting very worn and
did have a cool room, but it was challenging as there were only three
sides to the structure and open out to the Zambezi river the entire
front side. Crazy. Lots of bugs which no mosquito net could
and we had visits from the baboons into our room at night. Sweet. I
am missing a bikini. Go figure??? Maybe they liked the
well, with the bad weather, I hardly got a chance to put it on
anyways. Again, the staff here were great but the wine list was
hurting and everything just needed an update. Observation......in
SA, every lodge or hotel was managed by a white S African. When
were in Zambia, that was not the case and I think that the blacks just
don't relate to the level of comfort that the rest of the world is
looking for. They are very happy people and will bend over
to serve you, but as they haven't seen the way the rest of us live,
they can hardly be expected to understand what we are looking for in
terms of creature comforts in lodging. The little town, I think
called Kasane, was very third world and very much a developing type
country. It was pretty rough and you have to go there in order to
Victoria Falls. On that
could have skipped Vic Falls and looked at it on-line instead. It
quite an amazing wonder, but at this time of the year, the falls on the
Zambian side are dry so you have to use your imagination. The
where you go to view the falls is rather dangerous with very little
safety rails, and the ones that are there are broken and badly in need
of repair. I would never go here with children or elderly
too dangerous. You can also view the falls from the Zimbarbwee
but relations between the two countries are somewhat tense right now
and so we didn't go over the border. Lastly we
crossed the border into Botswana and stayed for two nights at the Chobe
Chilwero Lodge on the Chobe National Park. This place was pretty
I'd give it a 4 star, maybe a 4 1/2. Run and managed by a white
from SA and well run. A beautiful main lodge well appointed and
to receive some updates. It was situated high on the banks
the Chobe River Delta which separated Botswana from Namibia. The
is just huge and we could see wildlife out there all the time. Because
of the rain, the game drives were non eventful, although we did take in
a wonderful river cruise where we watched an Elephant swim across the
river. Saw some Crocs and tons of Hippos, but other than that saw
of the big five. I would
Botswana again although it is a much more progressive country than
Zambia. I was still uncomfortable there, had some money stolen
room and we both found the food lacking in taste and
presentation. Aren't we just the critical bunch?? To sum it up, I
would go back
SA again and especially to Londalozi and the Kruger National
was just amazing, but I would not go back to any of the other countries
unless I was looking for a true African adventure where I lived and
moved amongst the locals and appreciated things their way. Hope
that's helpful!! Oh,
Airways didn't really score any points. Despite our "Club"
it was a bit of a cattle call at the best of times. The layflats
a bit tight and once your neighbour bedded down for the night, it was
tough to get out to the bathroom unless you crawled over their sleeping
body. Very awkward. One of the bathrooms did not flush and
the crew was aware of it, they did not shut the toilet
down. I would
not by choice fly BA again if there were other options.
****************** Jim & Cyndi
Crutchfield – Egypt – October 2009
it’s people, sights, and history were a perfect fit for someone who’s
favorite song as a kid was “Faraway Places”. Our guide was
knowledgeable and the ship “Sapphire” and its crew went the extra mile
for us. Our guide “Hani” was knowledgeable and generally helpful.
****************** Diana & Ron
Lassley – Greece – October 2009
fantastic. We had a WONDERFUL guide and we absolutely loved the
country. The hotels we very good as well. Thank you for all your
getting this set up for us. Again,
many thanks for all your SUPER help - because of you are travels are a
SO much. This is exactly what I needed.
****************** Kirt Nichols –
You’ve been wonderful and a great help with the BI tour. We will
definitely use your service again when we’re ready to go to the Greek
****************** Stella & Ming
Quan – Scandinavia – October 2009
We had a
time in Scandinavia. Everything was more than expected. The tour
director, Lynette was very helpful. We had a wonderful time.
****************** Darlene & Dennis
Simpson – Vacation Planning Service – October 2009
returned safely and thoroughly enjoyed our trip! Loved the
the people. We drove almost 4000 km which, although a lot, did
a good overview of the area. Our
accommodation was fine - we really loved the atmosphere of the Kindred
Spirits Inn and the location of the Brigantine in
attraction that was not on your list that we found very interesting was
the Wyatt House in Summerside - we had an excellent tour of that. Thanks
for your help!
****************** Susan Stevenson –
visited Istanbul - a trip that I arranged with your help. We
our guide, Omer, was one of the best - extremely knowledgeable, easy to
work with, articulate, everything you could ask of in a guide. We
of another group that is going to Istanbul and I wanted to provide
****************** Maria Gawin –
Scandinavia – September 2009
was awesome! Scandinavia is beautiful specially Norway, but relatively
eeeexpensive! The first hotel Comfort Osterport is in great
but it was noisy. The room I think is a converted warehouse,
we have no windows, just a little door. Even the door was closed,
can still hear the train running. If we open the door (no AC)
sleep because of the noise. Thank goodness we have to stay only
****************** Fran Martin & Ann
Palmer – September 2009
We had a
wonderful time. Saw so much. Ate well, experiencing local foods, along
the way. (Ann tried the Haggis, in Scotland, too !!)
driver, Ron, was great. Helpful and thoughtful enough to have ice water
available at a reduced rate-very nice. Our tour
Paul Fleming, was OUTSTANDING. A wealth of knowledge. Wish we could
have absorbed it all !! He made the trip very interesting. He ran
"tight ship" which was necessary if we were to fit it all in. As you
spent the last few night abroad with friends. It really put the
finishing touches on our trip. We are both tired but happy with our
special memories of the UK. Our
"dream" of thirty years has come true, at last, and it couldn't have
been better. Thank you
much for making all of the arrangements for us. We know it is your job,
but you did it very well. We feel that you went "out of your way" to
accommodate our requests.
Bachoo Master – Central Canada – September 2009
enjoyed our tour of Canadian capital cities. It was very well conducted
and the guide was excellent I will recommend it to my friends.
****************** James, Petra and Alex
Konow – Egypt & Jordan – September 2009
taking so long to get back to you about our Jordan and Egypt trip. It
was a great trip, and everyone was very helpful. In fact, I have
recommended you highly to a colleague who, after looking at your
website, is now planning a trip to Egypt this summer with her family. We really
appreciated the materials you provided about preparing for the trip.
That was really useful. That shows you go beyond the call of duty.
Nicole was very patient in getting the facts and adapting the trip to
our specialized wishes. When our flight was delayed and we lost a day,
everyone was great about rescheduling the first Jordan part of trip so
that we missed very little. We want to thank everyone sincerely for
that. Our three
guides were extremely knowledgeable and very kind: Talking with them
not only gave us a wealth of knowledge about the lands, but also about
the cultures and the people. We obviously only heard a small fraction
of what they know. They are very good and decent people, and we valued
the attention and guidance. We appreciated the way people speak very
frankly, and it gave us important insights into other countries. The
same was true of the Egyptians we encountered elsewhere. Westerners
should know they need to get used to the way people sell goods and
services aggressively, which is different from what they are used to,
but, otherwise on a personal basis, people are very kind and
respectful. The restaurants they used were good and reasonably priced.
I'm sorry not say more about the guides individually at this point, but
I'm a little rushed, they were excellent. In terms
general structure of the tours, we were also quite happy. Things ran on
time and the sights were well chosen. We feel they hit the most
important and interesting spots.
pleased with the accommodations. We did some research, as you know, on
our own and requested some specific hotels. I can highly recommend
those hotels to others (mostly current or former Moevenpick hotels).
The program was perhaps best designed in Jordan, where it went from
morning till night. There were some gaps elsewhere, where the only
reasonable alternative seemed to be to buy an extra tour. It is not
that the guides pressured us, but we might have simply preferred to
take a little longer at the morning sights.
line is that we had a very good time. We found the people and the
sights fascinating and enjoyable and are recommending Egypt and your
agency to others. I hope this is helpful.
told my wife about writing you, and she said she has also recommended
your agency to a colleague who is planning an Egypt trip, so hopefully
something comes of that.
****************** Jeanette Weeks –
Ireland – September 2009
I'll pop in this week to fill you in. Thanks for all your help getting
us to Ireland. It was like a scene out of a comedy truly but then you
know this with the travel business.
****************** Kurt Ross – Egypt –
great, thank you very much!
****************** Gillian Holland – Atlantic
Maritimes Tour – September 2009
I felt I
must just let you know how much I had enjoyed my recent trip to New
Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Cabot trail etc .It was well
organised and the tour guide Jonathan Riley, and the driver Don Spence
were both excellent. So polite and helpful.
once again for all your assistance. I will be saving to make another
trip as soon as possible.
****************** Jeanette Nicholls -
Nova Scotia &
P.E.I August 2009
was fabulous, and the Hotels were especially very nice. the young Tour
Guide Heidi was especially very hard working and put a lot of effort
into the Tour prepeparation. She always had a smile and nothing seemed
to phase her. We would not hesitate to use Caravan again. Everything
went very smoothly.
Judy Lockhart – Egypt – August 2009
promised I want to highlight a few things that I really appreciated
about your company. You company was recommended to me by Rob Roy in New
Glasgow Pictou County. I will also pass this web site along to anyone
interested. Carol I
was very pleased with the organization of the company. They were on
schedule and very prompt at all times. The
information that you sent ahead of time was very helpful to me even
though I have been in Egypt before and Brian who has never been there
really appreciated the information. Our
guides, Mohammed Zakarya in Cairo and Abd el Hamid Migally Mohammed in
Aswan and Luxor were fantastic. They were very knowledgeable and spoke
very good English. On my last trip to Egypt my tour groups were large
and the guides were good but the English was limited and it made us
very tired straining to understand. I also appreciated that Mohammed
and Abdo were very personable. They were also very flexible,
accommodating us when we wanted to make alternate arrangements. I would
like you to pass along this information about the guides to the Cairo
office if you can and I will e-mail as well so that they can be
credited for their professional work. Most of
our drivers were great except one. We spoke to Abdo about this. Abdo
did not go with us to Abl Simble another young guide went in his place.
The guide was ok but we were not pleased with the driver. It in no way
impacted on our overall trip. The
hotels were excellent, we were spoiled. The cruise ship was good, the
food good. We did wish that we could have had a pool to swim in on the
ship. This ship had a pool but it was just a wading pool more for kids. The
Itinerary was good however we found that it was very rushed on the
first day. We were so tired and jet lagged that we really wished that
we could have had a day to adjust. I realize that it was all do to how
the cruise would fit into the schedule. . Well I
think that I have covered everything. I really do appreciate every
thing that you have done for us. Once again the trip could not have
gone smoother or better. We had a great adventure and met many new
Linda Ekizian – Nova Scotia and PEI – August 2009
was wonderful! the tour guide Olive was a natural: friendly,
enthusiastic and informed. We learned quite a bit about the history and
landscape of the region and its people, as well as its present. Bus
driver Gordon brought us safely to our many destinations with good
humor. There was a perfect balance between free time and tour
time. The local experts were terrific - engaging and educated.
accommodations were comfortable and centrally-located. The stops along
the way were interesting (if not simply to stretch our legs at a rest
stop). The group size was ideal with a good mix of people from
throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada + one couple from Australia.
Diana Lassley – UK – August 2009
is just beautiful. The tour was quite good and we did enjoy it. I am
afraid we were a bit spoiled by both a superlative tour director and
driver on our Central Europe tour and found the staff on the Taste of
Britain tour not quite as good. But, even still, it was such a treat to
see all of these beautiful places. Again,
thank you for all your help with this tour and all the others you have
arranged for us. We are really a very lucky couple of people.
Iris Berke – Atlantic Maritimes – August 2009
Nicole. The Maritimes trip was really excellent. Enjoyed the
itinerary, guide and driver were terrific, and other participants were
an easy-going, interesting, and cohesive group. Thanks so much
for getting me booked on this tour. Particularly as a last-minute
option, it exceeded my expectations - especially when I saw "Grey Line."
John – Iceland – August 2009
absolutely fantastic! Thank you for your assistance. Iceland is
Ann Ward – Vacation Planning Service – Nova Scotia and PEI – August 2009
and I had a great time last week. All of the accommodations were great,
and the car was very comfortable. I’m glad we kept the full size car
(we had a Chrysler Seabring). Dinner at the Blomidon Inn in Wolfville
was the best meal we had. It was delicious. The best breakfast was at
the Oak Island Resort, where I had eggs benedict. We went whale
watching with Captain Mark as you recommended, and we were not
disappointed! My Dad loved seeing the whales the best of everything we
did. The Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck was interesting, and
the Cabot Trail was inspiring.
to Gespeau winery, and had a fun tour and tasting. We also stopped and
explored Ross Farm. We enjoyed the drive down to Peggy’s Cove, but
Daddy couldn’t really get out and walk around. We went to a piping at
the Celtic College in Summerside, PEI, and that was great.
all, it was a great trip. I didn’t get lost but a few times, and I knew
almost immediately that I had messed up. I thought I did pretty good
driving and navigating.
people of Nova Scotia were very friendly and helpful. I hope to return
some day and enjoy the wealth of outdoor activities. I think Cape
Breton was my favorite part of the trip.
for all your help and hard work. It was a great vacation.
Lori Leo – Britain & Ireland – August 2009
We had an
excellent trip! I would recommend and would use Cosmos
again. There were a couple of times we wanted more time - The
Cliffs of Mohr and Stonehenge, Bath, but understand can't work it
perfectly in a schedule like that. They did make special
arrangements for us to see Lion King and appreciated that. There
were many things to see that we would have had to pay for to go into
which I wasn't expecting - cathedrals, Roman Baths, just various
understand why they charge and why they didn't automatically purchase
them for the whole group, but it was unexpected and maybe could
be a little bit clearer in the advertising. You did mention $30
per day spending money but not really that it would be needed to get
tickets into sights. Anyway, I had enough money but was surprised
that everyday we had to spend money to see things or just see the
outside of something. Overall, wonderful, wonderful trip! Thanks
for all your help.
Angela Gagnon – Vacation Planning Service – Nova Scotia and PEI –
wonderful week, the weather was awesome. I've fallen in love with PEI.
The colors there are out of this world. When someone says the grass is
not always greener on the other side... Well it is. The contrast of the
green grass and the red soil is indescribable. The only place I
was not impressed with was Halifax. I wouldn't go again. To commercial,
it's just another city. The hotel room "Delta" was over priced for what
they offered. No continental breakfast and the room was not ready until
2 hours after the check in time. No apologizes given either. However
the beds were comfy and we had a good view of the bay.
You did a
great job on the travel time and destinations! Could have used 2 weeks
to accomplish everything. Loved the old villages.
W. Kirt Nichols, MD, MHA – British Isles - August 2009
to Chicago an hour late and by time cleared customs missed our flight
to St L. In general all your arrangements were "spot on".
was both enchanting and magical. I believe Keegan is a reincarnated
the angst over the switch in March it had worked out well. Keegan
celebrated his 14th birthday in Killarney and Michael our Globus tour
guide even saw to it that he had a cake at the hotel that night. Tour
consists of Australians, Americans and Canadians.
got internal clock reset. Trip was GREAT but of course extremely busy.
On/off bus several times per day with leg “Storm trooper boot” as my
youngest daughter called it was tiring but wouldn’t trade experience
for anything. The people on the tour for a random group of strangers at
the start were fantastic! What a group. About ½ from Australia,
close to ½ from US and remainder (5-6) from the wonderful
country of Canada.
country we visited was wonderful and unique and we both learned a lot
about each country and the heritage of each of our home countries.
Spent most time in Ireland and least in Wales. Ireland was absolutely
ENCHANTING. Keegan celebrated his 14th birthday at a pub in Killarney
(drinking Coke) but the Irish folk singers made a big deal of it and
everyone on tour sang him happy birthday. Our wonderful tour director
arranged a BD cake at the hotel that night for dinner. Then about a
week later in Scotland upon learning he just celebrated his BD, the
Master of Ceremonies had him up front in the Scottish club and
recognized his BD all over again. He milked that BD for everything he
could. Edinburgh was great even though I had been there before learned
guide and driver were great. Extra events along the way though
expensive were great…….for example saw Billy Elliot in London on return
there before homeward journey.
general were good to good+ with an excellent in Bristol and London.
Others were a bit tattered and threadbare. In Glasgow several of our
group had filthy rooms with virtually no ventilation. Complaints got
some changes but the experience was unsettling to everyone
varied to very acceptable to excellent at the various hotel venues.
I have no
frame of reference except for a surgical group tour by bus my wife and
I took through Italy. I think this trip was comparable in a favorable
way to that one in 1995
again for all your assistance. Your attention to detail was greatly
thoughts re: next summer for my/our “bucket list” of places to see.
Mitch Balaban – Egypt – August 2009
for asking. We had a great time. Egypt was great. Iman was as good as
it could get. When he started reading the hieroglyphs we were
amazed. Lunch was also great, although we all had stomach troubles two
days later but that could also have been from the ship. The pyramids
were a dream come true and the camel ride was lots of fun. Thanks so
much for all your help. I will forward a picture when I get things all
Mary Gross – America’s National Parks with Badlands Extension – August
does a great job with
their tours. We didn’t know it was a Globus tour until we got the
information, and was pleasantly surprised. The bus held 50
passengers and there was only 33 on the tour, so we had plenty of room
to stretch out. The meals were good; some of the hotels were not
quite up to date. The Alex Johnson hotel in Rapid City, SD needed
to be renovated. Even the beds were falling apart! But it
is a hotel with plenty of history and charm.
We had a
great time. Touring
was strenuous at times, but with the vast amount of territory that we
needed to cover, this was the only way to go.
we will be off
again next summer. Thanks for all your help. You made
planning this trip very easy for us.
Diana Lassley – Cental Europe - June 2009
It was a
WONDERFUL tour. We learned and saw so much and our tour mates were
great. Both the driver and tour director were SUPERLATIVE!! We felt it
was money very well spent and all your help with the arrangements was
invaluable. We can
hardly wait for our Taste of Britian Tour starting August 10th. (I must
say, this retirement thing is working extremely well!!) . Thanks
for all your great help and take care.
Jeanette Hortiz – British Isles – July 2009
granddaughter and I had the best time on our trip to England. We now
have to decide where to go next. Everything went well from the hotels
the bus driver (BARRY) and the tour guide (JOHN). John was very
informative and made everyone feel welcome.
Francisco Castañeda – England – July 2009
just coming back from England. Frankly speaking everything was
excellent, I appreciate your assistance. If we travel again to Canada
or England we will contact you again Thank you
Gina Bremar – Africa – July 2009
much for the update - I've mentioned your site to quite a few people in
BERMUDA - they find your tours very interesting. Who knows I may just
have company on my Safari next year! :)
Neil Cannon – Vacation Planning – Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick –
was great. The only exception was the Driftwood Inn which didn’t
fit our needs. Too remote. It might have been better in mid
season when it was busy as the unit itself wasn’t bad. The good
news is that we moved on, found the “Maple Inn” (lovely) in Parrsboro
for the same price and got the manager of the Driftwood Inn to not
for all your help!
Marianne Feissli – Newfoundland – July 2009
everything went well (except the fire alarm in the hotel in St. John's
- fire in an engine in the service elevator - and the unexpected
landing in Gander - a passenger had health problems - on our flight
back) I enjoyed sunshine, fog, rain ... everything. the landscapes in
Newfoundland and Labrador are beautiful, I was impressed by the
icebergs and many other things (whales, puffins, flowers....).
the holiday is over, Thank you for your help and your emails.
Marcia Watson - Vacation Planning – Nova Scotia and PEI – July 2009
see, if this is Tuesday, I must be home! We did arrive home safe
and sound yesterday after a wonderful trip - thank you so much for all
of your help and knowledge sharing. Everything went extremely
well until I lost my camera on Sunday - discovered as we were almost to
Peggy's Cove. To make a long story short, when we got back to the
Cambridge Suites, the front desk young man came running up and said is
this your camera? I had left it in the restroom off the lobby
when we ducked in after visiting the Maritime Museum on our way to
Peggy's. He had looked at the pictures and recognized me when he saw
me! They saved the day for me! I will be sending them something from
Wisconsin as a thank you. The
weather did not cooperate, but that did not deter us at all. We indeed
made it to Springhill on the 25th, and met Anne Murray! She was so
gracious to everyone and stood for about 1.5 hours posing for pix and
signing autographs. She is such a Canadian Jewel! We
enjoyed all of the sleeping accommodations but the B&B at Baddeck
was our least favorite. There just was never anyone around to ask
questions of, get the local color, etc. I guess the owners are involved
more with the restaurant. Anyway, when we left, I could not rouse
anyone in the B&B so we left the keys, but I would have liked to
get a receipt. I'd say the Sonata was our favorite - Michael was
extremely accommodating and obviously loves what he is doing. Thank
you, again, Nicole for all of your friendly assistance. We will
certainly keep you in mind for any future trips.
Greta Brooks - Vacation Planning – Nova Scotia & Prince Edward
Island – July 2009
the Maple Inn is fantastic! I'll send a trip report when we're home,
but this place is wonderful. Steve could stay a week. Mom's room is
luxurious and the boys have a room in our suite that has two double
beds. And the owners are great too. Thanks for finding this gem!
Elsa Versino - France - July 2009
ok in the tour. Thanks for your wishes.
Laura Tinkham - Egypt Jordan & Isreal – July 2009
back, and our trip was great! Thank you so much for planning and
helping us out along the way as well. We had such a great time!!
Marcia and Eric Birken – Vacation Planning – Nova Scotia & New
Brunswick – July 2009
our trip. Everything was great. We really enjoyed the New Horton
Lakeview Inn in Alma, NB. It was a little out of the way, but so
charming that this made up for the extra driving. The Inverary
Resort was also lovely - they put us initially in a room with only one
queen bed, so they upgraded us to a suite at no extra charge.
of Fundy was fantastic, Cape Breton Peninsula, Cabot Trail, and park
were amazing, and we saw moose (lots of pix) and bear (too fast for me
to get a picture). One of the highlights (totally unexpected) of the
trip was the Miners' Museum - absolutely wonderful and overwhelming
experience going down into the mines. The only hotel we didn't care for
was the Brigantine Inn and Suites in Lunenberg. It was "seedy 1950's."
Halifax was so crazy with the Jazz Festival, the tall ships, and
pouring rain, that we ended up doing very little there - couldn't find
a place to park anywhere!
weather was great - only one day of rain until the last day of the
trip. We did a whale watch in St. Andrews by the Sea and Donelda's
Puffin Tour in Cape Breton. Both were good - not great, but much better
than I expected. Didn't get any great puffin pix - they are way, way
too small and fast - but did get some great eagle shots.
for everything - the itinerary was well balanced, interesting, and
very, very enjoyable. And we are happy to recommend you to future
Shahnaz Vakil – Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – June 2009
went well. The tour was great. The tour operator Blair and the bus
driver George were very good-hospitable, polite, humorous and extremely
helpful. Had a marvellous time. Thanks again.
to Canada was wonderful. My husband and I had a great time. All the
arrangements were perfect. Canada is a beautiful country and I am very
happy to have had this opportunity to visit this ruggedly beautiful
part of your country. Thank you and Caravan for everything.
Bob and Dar Beaudry - Magnificent Europe Cruise – June 2009
wanted you to know all arrangements for subject cruise went very well.
The trip exceeded our expectations, and though pricey, was well worth
it. We were 75 on board the POETRY, so had lots of room and very good
service, had an excellent cruise director, and were extremely lucky
with the weather. We think the Budapest to Amsterdam direction that we
took might be better than the reverse - it is busy at first, then is at
a quieter pace towards the end. We are recommending the trip to
our friends. Thanks for your work on this.
Alan Li - Quebec City, Rail, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island –
been experiencing a relaxed and enjoyable trip. We decided not to
stress ourselves by pushing us through an early journey back to Halifax
to catch the Peggy Cove tour.
and I enjoyed thoroughly the captioned tour organized by A-Z Tours
International and Cartan Tours. The arrangement of the itinerary,
the accommodations, the city tours and the rental car was all good and
satisfactory. We also found good seafood restaurants at the
designated cities and towns and along the sightseeing routes. We
appreciate your help before and during our trip to deal with the
unexpected incidents. We would like to thank Stacey for her
special efforts in rearranging the Peggy's Cove tour .We crossed over
to PEI via the Caribou Ferry. On the return trip from
Charlottetown to Halifax, we left the hotel at 9:00 a.m., crossed the
Confederation Bridge to get to New Brunswick and visited Moncton and
then Peggy's Cove before arriving Halifax in the evening.
That was an interesting drive as well. Once
again, we must thank you for your efforts and we would very much like
to recommend this tour to our friends. As for Mr. & Mrs.
Poon, they may consider the similar package in the future when Mrs.
Laurie and Miyo – Newfoundland – June 2009
I had a
great time - loved Nfld. and Labrador, and the spots in Halifax we
managed to get to on our own, and took nearly 900 photos. (will do a
lot of deleting!) The tour
guide, Annette, was really wonderful, the bus driver was very friendly
and helpful, and the accommodations were just fine. We were sorry
to have to leave the group early. Thanks
for all your help.
John Cowley – Egypt – June 2009
short note to let you know again that our two tour guides on our trip
to Egypt were what made the trip so special. Both guides did a
fantastic job of explaining not only the sites, history, and culture of
the ancient Egyptians, but also the Egyptian culture, religion, and day
to day life of the present. Mark and I came to understand the
beauty of the Egyptian culture as it is today, and to appreciate its
differences with our culture. It was like being in school again
and learning things from the beginning. And even threatened to
give us test for graduation.
wanted you to know they are both special and to highly recommend both
of them for future use with your company. Thanks Again. John Cowley
Kathy Jacob – China - June 2009
thousand THANKS to you and to Myra!!! What a
fantastic trip we had! Every single participant is calling it THE trip
of their life!!! - and we know these folks have gone lots of places... Forget
complaints of hotel rooms too this or meals and buses too that or even
not enough shopping/free time. The typical remarks go something like
this: ''Yeah the hotel in Beijing was not up to par but I don't care,
it was a great trip'' or ''I really don't want to have Chinese food for
the next 6 months but I wanna go back to China'' or ''I wish I could
have had more time to just hang out but when I go back I want to have
Rocky again as my guide''. At the
end of the day, everyone agrees this was a wonderful journey into a
different world. They all want to go back and they are all telling
their friends. And we now have all sorts of people asking me to put
together another trip to China! Congratulations
on the selection of M Shi Jun Yan - aka Rocky Stone - as our guide. He
was the perfect host and ensured we had a grand time throughout. He
shares his knowledge in the most relaxed fashion and his sense of
humour is delightful. Attentive in subtle ways, patient and most
certainly a gentleman, he is happy to share his culture with
''foreigners''. Everyone want Rocky again! By the
way, even those who had to be dragged on this trip - a few husbands -
have come back enchanted and are calling it their best trip...
Aïsha had a fabulous time. As for me, it is a dream come true. I
just have to go back and see the rest of the country now ;o)
clients were overall EXTREMELY pleased with this trip!!! I have added
some of their comments below. 1)
The group decide to check into the hotel upon arrival in the early
morning though Rocky had warned us that if we chose to do so the best
rooms might not yet be available, therefore the few who ended up in a
room not to their liking -bedding obviously not changed, carpet
seriously stained, etc- did not complain about it but instead, asked
for the situation to be corrected when possible, mentioned to me how it
was for them and hoped for better luck at the next hotel. Anyway, we
spent so little time in our rooms... My room
and the other family rooms were absolutely great! All appreciated the
non-smoking rooms and even those which did not specify non-smoking had
no smoke aroma left behind. 2)
Personally, I feel that when in China...you must eat Chinese food! The meals
were the ones to obtain the lowest review by all, but no one rated them
below satisfactory. Perhaps simply offer a couple Western choices when
possible and some child friendly options - though disconcerting, the
fries in Shanghai were a huge hit with the kids. Some with more
adventurous palates wished they could have tried more "far-out" food -
scorpions etc- but all enjoyed the specialty meals - Peking duck,
noodles, dumplings, farmer's lunch, etc. Further, Rocky never had a
chance to sit or relax as he spent our mealtimes explaining the dishes
to us, which we greatly appreciated. I think this culinary exploration
should be part of the deal!!! It means a little foray into local
culture and an unusual chance to develop our taste buds. 3)
The drivers were very skillful and the buses were just fine. No one,
not even one passenger, complained about the buses. Which is a first
for me! And we have gone to many many countries in Europe and
elsewhere. In my previous email, when I wrote "buses being too that" I
was referring to the usual complaints and CERTAINLY NOT ON THIS TRIP.
Yes, our groups have experienced the best, but being military and
having gone on certain missions they also experienced the worst, which
is why I like to deliver a comfortable vacation for them. As far as
China is concerned, they have said only good things about these buses
and their drivers. Comments
from group: "Thanks
for everything Kathy. The Trip was fantastic!!!" "The
China Trip was an incredible experience that we will never forget. Our
teenager thought this was far most the best trip ever and to be able to
meet interesting people felt as a privilege." "Thanks
Kathy for providing us a trip way beyond my expectations. It is
something I will remember for years to come. Like you, I now want to go
back and explore a whole lot more. Lets hope we will get the
opportunity." "It was a
good trip and I told others here it was well worth it. It was a well
coordinated trip and Rocky did a fantastic job. We were kept busy
every day and could have possibly used the odd night off to relax
and/or shop. Overall a very good trip and I wish my son would have
come. He would have really enjoyed it. Thanks."
trip I ever had. Loved it and I would love to go back to
China. Maybe Hong Kong or Tibet. It was worth the long time
travel. Hopefully with the same guide Rocky."
Dawn Fadely – Egypt – June 2009
was great! Amany in Cairo is an excellent tour guide! She
was so much fun and she knows SOOO much about the Egyptian history and
Islamic religion. We had a blast. I really like my driver, for
Cairo. He was funny. My tour guide for Luxor, Aswan, Kom Ombo,
Edfu, was fun too but there was a little bit of a communication barrier
some times. Muhammad out in Hurghada was excellent and very
helpful. I really
appreciate the tour company accommodating me of some issues that I had
on the tour. It really made up for a couple of inconveniences. The
hotels on the trip were great. The Nile Cruise was awesome. I was on La
Terasse and I would definitely recommend that cruise to other tourists
in the future. Thanks to
you, Khaled, the tour guides, drivers, and A-Z for giving me a
memorable trip to Egypt! I really enjoyed it
Archana Aliyar – May 2009
went very well-we enjoyed the trip and all went smoothly!
Dave and Wendy Beenie – Egypt – May 2009
trip was a great success with many highlights, the mix of history,
snorkelling and desert was the perfect mix. Everything ran smoothly and
our fluent English speaking guides, Asmal and Mohammad were wonderful.
A few minor hiccups are not even worth mentioning. However we have a
few suggestions, no complaints! -
The Hotel upgrades to Pyramid/Nile views were well worth the extra. We
suggest all clients be aware that they can upgrade. This absolutely
made our holiday! - Camping
in the desert was a wonderful experience and we appreciate Mohammad
making this available. Clients should be aware that the 4 wheel drive
vehicles are unroadworthy by Western standards, may not have seat belts
and the AC is winding the window down. - The Hot
Spring Hotel is ok for a stop over but when included in 4/5* trip the
client should be aware that the rating does not apply here and there is
no AC. - It was
unfortunate the sand storm prevented our day trip to Abu Simbel. We
were well entertained on the day with alternative visits. Thanks
for organising the trip. All the best.
Bodil and Erik Eriksen – San Diego & Golden West Adventure Tour –
you we had a wonderful tour in California. It was a rather strenuous
experience, but it was worth all our efforts. The guide was very good,
he knew all about the route, and also the driver
showed great skill.
California-tour was fine in all respects, and also when it comes to the
San Diego trip, we were very satisfied. However, we must say that our
stay on Doubletree Club Hotel, 1515 Hotel Circle South, San Diego was
not very smart. The hotel was fine, but its position to Downtown, was
most inconvenient, when you don't have your own car. Too
troublesome to get to town!
liberty in recommending you to choose another and more suitable hotel
for your other carless-clients in future. But San Diego is a wonderful
place. We are happy that we took that extra trip.
again we thank you so much for the way you arranged the tour. You were
Michel Jacques – Egypt & Jordan – May 2009
let me say we had a great trip. There is not much we would change
and the only surprises we had were good ones. The weather was
fine, not too hot, but a sandstorm led to the cancellation of a few
excursions. Other than that and a little change we made for
the visit to Ste-Catherine, everything went according to plan:
hotel reservations were respected, guides, planes and cars were on time
and food was appropriate (although one does not go to Egypt to enjoy
gastronomy – the desserts in Jordan are quite nice though). Egypt
is all and more than one could imagine. Generally speaking one of
the discoveries was that Jordan is a `more comfortable country` to
visit than Egypt. It is cleaner, with little dust, more green
with grass and some trees, the infrastructure is in better shape,
drivers are not as crazy, hotels and the food were better. We did
not care much for the visits to the carpet, perfume and alabaster
factories included in our program but the people were nice and not too
pushy - we told our guide outright that we did not want to spend
much time `souvenir hunting`.
some more detailed comments, which I wrote to help you and fellow
portion: the Mena House is a fine hotel (our rating 5*) but
we could have stayed only 2 days rather than 4 and still have a
satisfactory palace experience at a lower cost. We did get a
pyramid view and the room was modern and very chic. The Movenpick
Pyramid hotel (our rating 4*) is very good and our room was OK.
Although we would recommend to combine the visit to the Gizeh pyramids
with the ones in Sakkara in a single day. We visited the Citadel, the
Coptic area, the Egyptian museum and the Khan al Kalilli all in one
single day: that is too much and we would have like to spend more
time in the museum and in the Coptic area.
have been nice to see modern Cairo or Heliopolis, which we only
glimpsed at as we drove to the airport on the last day. We
enjoyed the dinner cruise on the Nile not for the food or scenery but
for the Dervish and belly dancers. The light and sound show at
Gizeh was a good experience but we should have brought warmer clothing.
and the White desert: the White Desert was a highlight of our
trip. Had we known we would have planned to stay overnight in the
desert and witness the sunset and sunrise…. Must be absolutely
fantastic! The Hot Spring hotel (our rating 3*) in Bawiti
is OK, not fancy but clean. The visits of the Golden mummies
museum or the tombs in Bawiti are of little interest and deserve just a
few minutes, which we gave them.
cruise on the Nile: Our ship La Traviata was very good (our rating 3*+)
and probably from what we could see walking through others, one of the
best in its class. Our cabin was small but clean and well
located. The ship is getting old however. Food was good but
a little repetitive after a few days. The 4 days from Aswan to
Luxor is the right length of time for such a cruise.
Aswan portion: We did not particularly care for the visit to the High
Dam but the visit to the Philae temple was great – the approach by
boat, the land visit and the surroundings. The visit to the
Botanical Garden was disappointing but the ride on the Nile to
Kitchener island was very enjoyable, as was the minutes spent in the
souk in Aswan on the way back. We could not make the felucca ride
because of strong winds. We could not go to Abu Simbel as the
roads and airports were closed because of weather conditions. We
used the available time to see the Nubian village (worth a quick look)
and climb a giant sand dune along the Nile (not as easy as it
the Nile: the stop at Om Kombo was interesting but the real treat
was the visit to the Edfu temple. That day cruising was very
pleasant and a nice way to relax and recharge. We were glad to
overnight on a larger vessel and not on a felucca (I guess we are of
that age now)..
Luxor portion: We visited the Luxor museum on our own and
can recommend to include it in the standard itinerary. The light
show at the Karnak temple was very different from the one at Gizeh and
well worth it. We enjoyed the visit of 3 tombs in the Valley of
the Kings, and enjoyed just as much if not more the visit of 2
tombs in the Valley of the Nobles (not initially in our program but
added as we missed Abu Simbel). The visit of the Karnak
temple was a true discovery – this one is huge! The Steinberger
hotel (our rating 5*) in Luxor is excellent, well located and first
class service and accommodations.
Sharm el Sheik portion: One should not expect much ‘Egypt’ in Sharm –
this is a new, bland tourist zone with little if any Egyptian
content. We could have been in any large, very large resort
town. The Crowne Plaza (our rating 5*) is a great hotel and
benefits from direct access to one of the best snorkelling areas on the
Red Sea. We arranged an optional snorkelling excursion thru
AZ Tour – and had a great day at sea. However it must be said
again that we did our best snorkelling right in front of the Crowne
Plaza. Food and taxi prices in Sharm are on a different level,at
least twice the levels of elsewhere in Egypt.
excursion to Mount Sinai and Ste-Catherine: The climb to the Mount
Sinai (Moses’ mountain) was another highlight. What a sight
as the sun slowly burns its way in the sky. We were happy we had
decided at the last minute not to stay in Ste-Catherine but to keep our
room in Sharm and leave directly from Sharm in the evening to begin our
climb. We had breakfast at the Catherine Plaza upon our
descent. This was also a much better use of the time since there
is little to see in Ste-Catherine other than the monastery, which
we visited in one hour.
Amman portion: Jordan is very different from Egypt and
surprisingly to us, appears to be much more modern and developed.
Amman is a new city and there is not much to see other than the Citadel
and the roman theatre, but the small archaeology museum at the Citadel
contains fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls and some very old sculptures
– worth a stop. On the same day we visited the old roman
city of Jerash, which is most impressive and again a nice
discovery, and the castle at Ajlun, some old ruins from the
middle ages. The Royal Amman hotel is the best we have seen
during this trip ( a true 5 *+) and we had one of our best meals at the
Kan Zaman restaurant just outside Amman.
Sea, Petra and the Wadi Rum: We spent two days criss-crossing
Jordan. The visits of the old Christian church and its mosaic at
Madeba, the castle of Karak and the stop at Mount Nebo were
interesting but our dip into the Dead Sea and the mud bath were another
highlight of our voyage. It was well worth the few hours we spent
there. Now Petra! We enjoyed Petra more than anything else
in Jordan – what a site! We have fond memories of the Petra by
Night excursion and can recommend it. There is much to see in
Petra but one day was fine for us. Luckily we were well rested
and in good form because we walked here more than anywhere else during
this trip. The views from the Monastery and the surrounding hills
is a fair compensation for the arduous climb. The Movenpick hotel
is first-class (5*), with the best location just 100 meters from the
entrance to the Siq. The excursion in the Wadi Rum was
probably too short to do it justice but it was somewhat ‘ordinary’
after seeing the White Desert in Egypt. This is a place to
experience more than to visit quickly and our opinion would surely
change if we explored it more thoroughly and slowly.
additional remarks in closing. We had 3 guides over our
stay. They were all very helpful, punctual and well
organized. We now appreciate better how important the guide is to
the travelling experience. Mohammed, who accompanied us for our
Egyptian travels except the Sharm portion, is most knowledgeable and
has a great personality, which we tested thoroughly. He made a
huge difference! Ahmed (not sure of the spelling), who climbed
with us the Mount Sinai (a Bedouin guide is mandatory so tour guides
generally do not make the climb) was alert to all our needs and truly
wanted everything to be perfect. Lastly Rami, our guide in
Jordan, was very professional, well organized but we spent less
time with him. We also had very good drivers… and that is most
important in those two countries. The driver Ahmed for our jeep
excursion in the White Desert and Afram Michael, our driver in Jordan,
in particular were top class, made us feel safe and kept us on schedule.
want to mention that the Australian couple who joined us to the Nile
cruise and the Sharm portion were most pleasant and we got along very
well. I hope they agree! They added to the enjoyment of our trip.
in Egypt and Jordan is and will remain I am sure one of the best. We
discovered and learned a lot, had the right mix of comfort and
adventure and met with the unexpected but in a managed way.
to thank you for your help.
Maria Perez Lee – Egypt – May 2009
and I arrived safe and sound yes. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and
found the accommodations and the food of the highest standards. We also
enjoyed the company of Hepa, the tour guide who was like our
`governess' during stay at Luxor and for the duration of the cruise.
She proved herself to be an exceptionally caring and attentive
individual and we felt safe the whole time we were with her. NO
problems with any of the pick-ups or drop-offs with any of the
guides/drivers too. We trusted A-Z so much that we actually booked
another city tour with your company which was handled expertly by
another guide by the name of Mona. Rest
assured that you will be hearing from us in the future for any special
travel needs! Thanks again for a truly memorable trip!
Avril can rest assured that A-Z Travel will be highly recommended to
family and friends should the opportunity arise. And I do intent to
contact you in the future for my other travel needs. Thanks again for
your part in making my 'first' trip to Egypt so memorable and I hope
A-Z continues to prosper despite the state of the world's economy right
now. Now I have to start accumulating vacation days again :-).
Victor Feder – Nova Scotia – Vacation Planning – May 2009
itinerary was great with good balanced use of our times. The
reservations worked well and we were pleased with the accommodations.
We really enjoyed the trip and your service was very good. I wish
I'll have similar services when I travel to other places.
Dr.Ann Langlois - Palm Beach Atlantic University Group – April 2009
for a wonderful visit in Egypt. The students and faculty continue to
talk about the Egypt Business and Cultural trip as amazing and
outstanding. Your efforts in ensuring that the trip ran smoothly and
the experience the students gained will be life long memories.
enjoyed learning first hand experiencing Egyptian business, culture and
political environment. Thank you for sharing information on your
business and the challenges in doing business in this dynamic and
28, the students and faculty will host a Global Forum on Egypt. We will
share with the university our experiences, the business visits,
and warm memories.
I hope to
contact you in the summer since Kim and I am interested in writing a
case on “Doing Business in Egypt.” We would mirror the case on
your professional experience as we discussed during our
for making this business trips a success. We will be in contact
Eldon Sheirer – Egypt – April 2009
great time—we are all “templed” and “tombed” out—The trip home was a
bit daunting, but it was what it was—Had a great time with our Daughter
in Dubai and then Egypt was an experience not to be forgotten—now to
get over the jet lag
you and your team in Canada and Egypt—they treated us great!
Donna Preece – Egypt – April 2009
I had a
wonderful time. The climb up Mt. Sinai left me with very sore legs but
I made it. I just opted out of the tour activities on the following day
which was my last in Egypt. I stayed at the hotel and had a massage and
sauna and early dinner so I'd be ready for my 5 a,m. pick up the
following day. I enjoyed everything.
Sharon and Margaret Schooley (mother) – Egypt – April 2009
wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip, and appreciated
your help, advice, and scheduling. Our accommodations were top
quality, and the sightseeing was amazing. The trip exceeded all of our
expectations. We especially liked our guide in Cairo, Mona, and our
guide in Luxor, Mahmood. Mona was charming, intelligent, and
informative, and Mahmood made everything fascinating, and had a lovely
personality. All of our guides and drivers were punctual and helpful.
The included sightseeing was outstanding. Thank you so much for all
your assistance with making our trip such a wonderful experience.
Manuela Torrijos – Egypt, Syria & Jordan – April 2009
all, I would like to thank you for all our effort. We very much enjoyed
our trip to Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
like to spend some time giving some feedback that I hope it is useful
to A-Z Tours.
Syria We loved
the city and the Sheraton hotel was excellent. Our tour guide and the
driver were very friendly and made us feel very welcome.
felt we should have spent a bit more of time in Damascus. One day
didn’t feel enough to get a flavour of this remarkable piece of
history. Definitely we will go back!
the Jordan leg of the trip and it was all thanks to our driver
(Mahmoud) and our guide (Ali), who made our stay very memorable. The
country is very beautiful and very welcoming to tourists.
was very well planned and we felt we saw loads of interesting and
varied monuments and sites. .
the Movenpicks hotels were a real treat, especially the one in the Dead
Sea. Beautiful location, outstanding service and remarkable decoration
Egypt Based on
fantastic experience with the guide in Jordan we thought we would have
plenty of time to stroll around by ourselves and being able to take it
all in. This was not the case in the pyramids.
to say, however, that Mona as a guide was very knowledgeable and very
passionate about Egyptian History and Culture.
in Luxor – Answan, Mauwa, was lovely and very knowledgeable. She really
made us feel very welcome and helped us a lot understand the history,
the culture and modern Egyptian life. We really enjoyed her company and
cruise, Sherry Boat, was excellent. The cabins were very clean and were
serviced regularly. The boat staff was very professional, very
welcoming and the food was outstanding.
visited the Botanical garden on a felucca, which was really absolutely
fantastic, visited the dam and eat in a Nubian restaurant. It was all
fantastic, very well planned and organised.
extra for the Abu Simbel trip and I thought it was worth the money
although it is a very tiring trip for a mere 1 hour visit. We
understand that it is due to local regulations as the convoy has to
arrive and leave at certain times. .
last day in Aswan we had some spare time so we suggested Mauwa whether
we could visit the unfinished obelisk. .
arrived back to Cairo at 6am and were delighted to see that we were not
driven straight to the airport but to a hotel to freshen up. .
our trip was truly amazing and we are now back to London with a lot of
great memories that we will treasure forever.
thanks to you for organising everything and to A-Z Tours for making it
Lourdes Ruiz – Egypt – April 2009
I had a
splendid time during the trip. I would really like to thank you for all
of your assistance.
Jroish Kanippilly – Egypt – April 2009
to Egypt was fabulous. We didn't have any problems anywhere. It was a
well organised tour, thanks to you and your team. The weather was also
favourable so didn't get tired at all. Our tour guide, Mona, was also
good. She was like a teacher to us, explaining everything in detail.
Mohamed was also good. Egypt is such a beautiful place and it’s sad
that we couldn't cover the entire Egypt. We had an entirely different
picture of Egypt before the visit. The restaurants where we were taken
for lunch were all good and we enjoyed the Nile cruise too. All in all
it was a memorable trip. Thank you once again for everything you did
Margaret & Richard Shurack – Egypt – April 2009
for planning a wonderful trip for us. We enjoyed every minute Everything
went as planned but a few things we might suggest when planning future
trips are: 1. At
first we were disappointed when we found our trip was not starting in
Cairo as originally planned. But after experiencing it, we are so so
happy that we did not start in Cairo. After experiencing all the sights
we were able to comprehend and appreciate the Cairo museum to the
fullest. There is so much "knowledge" that you acquire on tour that it
made the museum a complete experience. If we had gone there first we
would not have been able to comprehend all it offers. 2. A
suggestion: I would recommend staying at a hotel at the airport for the
one night if catching an early morning flight. As you know traffic is
horrendous in Cairo. 3. When
going to the Karnak Temple Sound & Light a flashlight is a must.
The walking is difficult in the dark. We
enjoyed all of our guides and drivers. Azizza was inspirational and had
a wealth of knowledge on all Egyptian subjects. We were very
disappointed that we were only able to have her as a guide for two days
. Thank you
again for an exceptional tour. We look forward to booking with you in
Kathy Jacob – Egypt – March 2009
So I am
sending just a quick THANK YOU for now. You have worked very hard and
been very patient and I truly appreciate it!!! The group
was and still is very happy about this experience. Hopefully I can
write more soon.
Egypt and enjoyed our trip very much. We agree with all the summation
comments sent by Ken and Phyllis and want to emphasize how much we
enjoyed Mohamed as our main tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about
Egypt's history, answering all our questions. We enjoyed learning from
him and appreciated his comments and suggestions, throughout our trip.
I was also impressed by how well he spoke English and how timely and
organized he was. He made our trip and I would heartily recommend him
to others! The hotel
and cruise met our expectations for the "deluxe" category that we
booked. We were so busy that we didn't seem to spend much time in the
rooms, but appreciated especially the comfortable bed, fridge for
keeping our water cold and hearty breakfast, that we had at the Sofitel
Sphinx in Cairo. The hotel Isis Island in Aswan was very scenic and we
did have a brief moment to enjoy the grounds and pool. We also
added to our trip the Nubian Village in Aswan. It was a fun afternoon
and well suited for our small group. The Hot Air Balloon Ride was also
an add on and one that I am glad that we did, even though we had to get
up early in the morning for it, with a full day of sightseeing still
there is not much I'd change about our trip.
Corry and Kelly Lodders – Amsterdam - March 2009
wanted to say thank you to you for all your excellent help in regards
to our trip to Amsterdam, to visit my ailing and very sick parents.
back and really are happy we went. It was very tough to say goodbye and
to leave them behind. Mom is still with us but not for long any more. A
few surgical procedures have prolonged her life with a few more weeks,
which was very nice for us. We could visit and spend some valuable time
passports came on time and the flights were absolutely beautiful and so
was the service.
thank you once again for all you did, because you made it easier to
travel. Just to know that you were available!
again from the both of us and hopefully when we travel again we will
approach you again.
Evelyn Wakeforde – Previous Client – March 2009
travelled very successfully with your company in Egypt in 2004 before
returning to Australia. I was a single mum travelling in Egypt with my
three children and your guides gave me the most wonderful support and
journey when I was very nervous taking 3 children alone. I loved the
guides Hassam in Luxor and his scottish wife Lyn. He was so supportive
and when my son Michael got sick his wife and he did everything to
support us and he took us back to his families home where Lyn kept him
safe while we continued our tour of Hatshepsut temple. He bent over
backwards to make our journey special. I also
had the immense pleasure of meeting Hamdan who was our guide in Cairo.
Again he was so perceptive in his understanding of my needs as a single
parent and three young children. He went out of his way to support our
trip in Egypt being just as knowledgeable and happy to support my 10
year old fascination of Egypt along with my 16 year old son who just
wanted to check out the railway line...nothing was too much trouble and
he assisted us, laughed with us, cried with us in a very personal and
professional manner that made us befriend him as part of our family
fondly remember him being most concerned that my 10year old daughter
Tamara who was riding solo on a camel in the desert in front of the
pyramids....(the ultimate dream of mine! to ride in front of the camels
on my 40th birthday). I thought he was going to run along beside the
camel when she took off so excited behind the camel guide at a gallop.
I was still plodding along at a snails pace watching my darling
daughter disappearing over a sand hill with a huge smile on her face.
It was Hamdan that took a beautiful photo of all four of us sitting
astride the camels with the pyramids in the distance. One of my most
precious memories with my children. Please
pass on these thanks and stories to Hamdan and Hassam as appropriate. I have
written this to you to thank you and of course thank those wonderful
people including Mr Islam who supported our arrivals and departures in
our tours from Hurgahda. I often thought how I was an Australian
visiting England on a teaching exchange sending an email to Carol in
Canada and paying money to meet with unknown people in Egypt to take us
on a magical journey. Wow the world works in such mysterious ways. I
was so blessed to trust and have such an incredible experience of a
lifetime and dream with my children and your wonderful guides. Again I
want to thank your company for the integrity in which u supported me
and my beautiful children to witness and experience such joy in Egypt.
My children now 14,19 and 22 all still love Egypt and I think it has
given them the gift of the travel bug!
Jan Sumner – Egypt – March 2009
We had a
wonderful time. I was afraid we would be joining a large tour group but
was so pleasantly surprised when it was just us and our guide and
wonderful drivers. Our usual driver in Cairo was the BEST driver. I was
never nervous when he was at the wheel, an astonishing feat given the
way the driving is in Cairo.
Manny and Sonia Nijjar – Mexico – March 2009
things are well, just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our
stay at the Dreams resort in Cancun - it is a great family resort.
Everything was great - beach, water, pools, friendly staff and the
weather was just right. Thanks
for recommending it and look forward to chatting with you for our next
Chantal & Maurice Aucoin – Egypt – March 2009
We had an
absolutely wonderful experience during our Egypt trip. We were
very well taken care of from the time we arrived until our departure.
The guides were knowledgeable and interesting. Considering the
jam packed itinerary that was planned for us, we were impressed that it
went so well which speaks volumes of how organized A-Z Tours is in
planning trips to Egypt. We are extremely pleased with what we
saw and experienced in such a short time - we have already recommended
the programme to many of our friends. The staff
onboard the Cruise was very friendly and the food was great. When our
guide couldn't get a cabin onboard she made arrangements for us to be
met by local guides at the ports and this always happened without a
hitch. A-Z Tours was prepared for all eventualities and that was very
appreciated. All in
all, we were very happy with the programme and we will cherish the
memories of our trip. An incredible experience!!!!!
Phyllis Newkirk – Egypt – March 2009
was wonderful. Our time in Egypt was very busy and full of
interesting activities and sights. I will give you some thoughts
about our itinerary below. We also returned safely and with no
itinerary was almost perfect. We enjoyed almost everything and
wished for more time at many sites. There were a few items you
might want to consider: The Pharonic Village was not very
useful. The place is almost like an amusement park, and we went
after we had seen most of the real sites. The one part of the
village visit that was somewhat interesting was the Nasser museum.
If we had
fully comprehended the length of the drive to St. Catherine’s and Mount
Sinai, we may have decided to forego that excursion. The climb
and camel ride was fun, the monestary very interesting.
to the Suez Canal two days later was a duplication of much of the trip
we had just made, so we toured Islamic Cairo instead and had a
wonderful day. The only other “complaint” was the short time
allowed us in Abu Simbul, especially after the early and long drive to
get there. It was not enough time for us to see everything.
If we were to go again, we would ask to spend the night in Abu Simbul
and have more time viewing the temples. Everything else was
terrific. We added the Red Pyramid on our first day after
arriving, and enjoyed that very much. We believe it was worth
doing and were glad we had the opportunity to visit that area.
guide was wonderful. Mohamed was very knowledgeable, very
organized and interesting. We were fortunate enough to spend 16
or our days with Mohamed. We could not have asked for a better
guide. Mona went to the Red Pyramid with us, and again to the
Pharonic Village and Cairo Tower on a day when Mohamed second son was
born. She did a nice job and we enjoyed her perspective and
information. We also had a guide by the name of Sharif who
accompanied us to St. Catherine. He was friendly, he was adequate
and got the job done, but was not the same quality as Mona and
Mohamed. He was just young and a bit unfocused.
several drivers, but the most frequent driver was a young man named
Ashrof. He did an excellent job and assisted us when
appropriate. All drivers were professional and pleasant, but
Ashrof was our favorite.
hotels were all good. St. Catherine’s hotel was the least plush,
but was clean the people friendly. The Isis Island in Luxor had
free internet in the lobby which was a delight to my husband.
Internet connection in the other locations was very expensive so we did
not use it. The hotel we spent the most time in was the Sofitel
Sphinx in Cairo, and it was very acceptable. They had the best
breakfast of all we stayed in, and once we found the quiet side of the
hotel was very comfortable.
We got a
bit tired of the lunch/dinner buffets. They all tended to be the
same fare, whether on the boat or on land. Mixing a few meals in
restaurants offering ordered meals was a relief from the routine.
On our day in Islamic Cairo we ate lunch at the Koshary Abou Tarek
restaurant and found it delightful. Mohamed was careful to take
us to restaurants with approval from the Minister of Tourism, but
looked for a bit of variety at our request. The only other
comment about meals would be about the Nile cruise in Cairo. We
enjoyed the cruise, but happened to be one of only a handful of small
groups there not affiliated with a huge group of Chinese and Japanese
tourists. When the food was served they swarmed the buffet like
starvation was just minutes away. We and several other small
groups from Europe waited until they had finished seeking our
dinner! That is not critical of A-Z, or the cruise ship, just our
luck. It does illustrate one of the problems with large groups
and trying to feed them in a timely manner.
pointing out our few problems, but do not wish to give you the
impression we were unhappy with our trip. We truly enjoyed it
very much, found everything very well organized, and appreciate your
efforts to put together a trip to meet our requests. Thank
you. Having the luxury of a very small group of only the four of
us was also a bonus. We enjoyed the couple who joined us for two
days in Cairo, and they were from our state so we felt like
friends. It was a very good trip.
Toni Visconti – Egypt – February 2009
got back today and wanted to give you feedback on our trip. It was
terrific. The itinerary was perfect; every guide was a pleasure to have
with us. They made changes in schedules for us in Cairo with no
problems and no one was late or left us unattended at any time. It
would not have been the trip it was without your help.
recommend using your company to anyone!!!
cruise was great as well.
the pleasure of going to a free performance of musicians and whirling
dervish entertainers in Cairo that was in our guide book, it is put on
by the Egyptian Tourism Council, and it was wonderful.
the tour guides we had in Luxor was able to get us on a hot air balloon
ride over the Valley of the Kings for a very inexpensive price; we had
an amazing sunrise trip on our last morning.
rave enough about the guides and drivers you hired for us. They were
much again for making our trip a very memorable one.
Susan Stevenson – Egypt – February 2009
was absolutely fabulous and everything worked so well.
particularly impressed with the guides and the drivers. The guide in
Cairo [I believe his name is Mohammed] was wonderful, very
knowledgeable and helpful. The Cairo driver was just the best. Marwa
was wonderful in Luxor and Aswan and the kids just adored her.
Everybody was on time and where they were supposed to be for which we
cruise was lovely - my only suggestion would be that they serve
Egyptian food rather than more 'English' type food. A minor thing at
We had a
camera disaster and lost our pictures from Giza so we asked Marwa is
there was some place in Aswan that we could ride camels. She arranged
for us to visit a Nubian village for the after noon and we had just a
marvellous time - what a fun and unexpected adventure. Thank you
so much for your help in arranging this - we all had a wonderful time.
Rupali & Rohit Vidwans – Egypt – February 2009
went very well, enjoyed every minute of it. The guides were very good.
Especially we liked Mona who showed us the Cairo museum. Thanks for
making the arrangements for us.
Robert Goldstone – Egypt – February 2009
permits I will offer you a fuller "debriefing", but it was, overall,
very good, and essentially as promised by A-Z.
Richard Stevens – Egypt – February 2009
was fine overall. I have some feedback to pass on to you - mostly
positive. I'll try and send it out in the next few days.
Michelle Tsui – Egypt – February 2009
enjoy the trip & we would like to thank for Mr Ahmed's care &
follow up every time we arrived at a new city, his call would arrive
few minutes right after we met the guide, we appreciate a lot &
send our best regards to him. He assured us we were 100% take cared
& we had to behave ourselves as we were under his supervision...
(just kidding) Overall
the trip is great except some of the guides we had difficulty to
understand the English they spoke. You know people travel to Egypt is
to know more about the history of the country it's very important the
tourists fully understand the language the guides speak. We would
also like to say thanks to the guide went to Abu Simbul & Luxor
with us, she is great & her elaboration is super details & her
presentation is very interesting which greatly enhances our curiosity, Thanks
again for the whole crew take caring us when we were in Egypt without
which our trip wouldn't be that memorable.
Maureen Orr & Bob Linden – Egypt - February 2009
the anticipation of the journey always seem so much longer than the
actual event? Anyway, we had a wonderful time. All the arrangements
were great with pick-ups, deliveries, guided tours, meals, etc. Chrissy
and Marlin also enjoyed themselves. We
especially enjoyed Luxor for its history and the temples. The Giza
pyramid sound and light show was awesome. Definitely recommend the
Dinner Nile Cruise if just to see the "twirling dervish". Just so much
of the week had us smiling and listening to the fascinating history of
Egypt. Definitely would consider a trip back to the country. Just a
couple comments: Aswan was
just okay but then we get to see huge dams in our country - wonder if
Alexandria would have been more interesting? We
especially enjoyed the hotel in Luxor - beautiful setting on the Nile
and very nice rooms and restaurants. Seemed
like we weren't quite sure how much to tip and when to tip. We
had so many different drivers, guides, managers to get us around and
couldn't remember who we actually gave a tip to and who we didn't - I'm
sure we got everyone but maybe twice. Thanks
again for arranging everything. It was just what we needed for our work
break and an opportunity to meet some of our kids in an interesting
part of the world.
Christina Cyr & Alan Page – Egypt – February 2009
back (although a bit tired), and we had a wonderful time. Thanks for
taking care of everything and arranging such a great trip for us.
for being such an excellent guide for our tour through Egypt. We
thoroughly enjoyed learning all the information and especially you
giving us a "test" at the end! Attached
is a photo of a hieroglyph of a woman nursing a baby, which I was
excited to share with my breastfeeding education group.
It was so exciting for us to learn
about ancient Egypt and we can't wait to return!
Bob Goldstone – Egypt – January 2009
great. We are not "home" as we are now in the south of Spain
untill the weekend. Will send you a more detailed debriefing when
Dave Cates – Egypt – January 2009
We had a
great time in Egypt and were very well taken care of. We
particularly enjoyed the upper Egypt portion of the trip.
Anne Schaefer – Vergilian Group Egypt – January 2009
was quite an experience, an adventure. I enjoyed it very much and we
had a most congenial group of people. Our guide was pure gold. He
seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Egypt past and present and
was of immeasurable help in navigating the in's and out's of everyday
life. All the sightseeing and traveling went off without a hitch.
so very much for all your hard work in putting it all together. I know
that I am greatly appreciative and I'm sure all the other tour
participants feel the same way. A-Z Tours did an excellent job.
James Lawrence – Vergilian Group - Egypt – January 2009
I want to
congratulate the fine program you presented to your participants.
EVERYTHING we did, visited, saw, or ate was exemplary.
was a superb guide and knowledgeable Egyptologist. You would do well to
keep him in your employ. Khalid and Avril were charming hosts and made
us feel very welcome in Egypt. The itinerary we took was in every way
edifying. How else can I compliment the wonderful program! Good luck in
the future and keep me informed of other Egypt trips that I would enjoy.
Ron Ross - Tanzanian Safari – January 2009
been in touch since our return from Africa, but wanted to thank you and
your agency for setting up such a wonderful trip.
Safari staff, especially our guide and friend, Enock, were outstanding!
Please pass on to the Simba management how nice a job he does. His love
of, and his knowledge of, the amazing wildlife shows through in all he
does. He was courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to do
anything to make our trip one of the most memorable we have ever taken.
He is a
real asset to the company. If (when) we plan a return trip, we will
request him again. I certainly hope they appreciate what a great
employee they have.
Deborah & George Olsen – Vergilian Group - Egypt – January 2009
we had a great time. We were impressed with the organization and
efficiency of A-Z Travel and would recommend the agency to others.
Mohamed was an absolutely WONDERFUL guide (superb English and extensive
knowledge of every site), and Mona (who guided us through Islamic and
Coptic Cairo) was very good. Our guide to St. Catherine was friendly
and kind, but his English and general knowledge was not at all at the
level as our other guides. All our drivers and guards were very good,
and we felt very safe.
I know we
were trying to cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time (and
there was the unfortunate cancellation of the train to Aswan), but in
future, we would not want to begin a trip with two consecutive VERY
early mornings (one to catch the plane to Aswan, the other to catch the
bus to Abu Simbel). We would also prefer to stay in somewhat more
commodious places, though I understand that the budget price of the
Vergilian tour made choices limited. The Victoria was fine. We enjoyed
our accommodations at St. Catherine Village and were very pleased to be
able to visit the monastery (unfortunately it was only open one hour on
our second day)
impressed with all the staff from A-Z who met us punctually and were
always friendly and well organized.
anticipated, Beverly Berg’s lectures were excellent, and her advice and
guidance always superb. She and Mohamed worked very nicely together.
for all your assistance with our trip!
Billy Gwin – Dominican Republic - January 2009
ground package went very well. I enjoyed myself and the great weather.
The property was great. I would definately recommend the property and
the GoGo/Prieto staff.
return trip was terrible - stranded on the ground due to a twin prop
plane stuck in the middle of the single runway at POP which delayed me
getting into EWR. Coupled with losing my First Class seat from EWR to
SEA there was also an overnight stay in freezing weather which I was
not prepared for. I know you have nothing to do with the air portion,
but thought you should know anyway.
Valerie Schaire – Egypt – January 2009
was for most part very, very enjoyable. Today and probably most of the
week I'll be very busy but by next week I'll send you my detailed
comments. Thanks a
lot for these beautiful memories.
Beverly Berg – Vergilian Group Leader - Egypt – January 2009
program went fine. There were no real hitches. It was too bad the
sleeper train was cancelled Cairo/Aswan but good that Khaled found
flights for us. The participants had a great time, although there was
some tourista and a few colds (I remained healthy). Everyone loved the
guide, Mohammad. I would definitely recommend doing Egypt through A-Z
to others, and would opt to use it again for another Vergilian Program.
People liked the accommodations except for the Kaoud hotel in Giza, but
I hope that soon your Canada House will be a good alternative in the
area. Thanks for all your work making the program happen.
Delia Kang – Jordan – January 2009
for recommending us a reliable agency. They provided us with 2
excellent people. Jordan is a tip happy country and we did our best to
oblige. (over 150US$ in tips in 3 days) The food
was excellent and in no way did we feel unsafe at any point of the
tour. Our guide was an ex-military colonel.
gripe is that the (restaurants) do make you order a set meal where
ever you go and with the dinar the same as the one euro, you are eating
a parisian meal every time. My only
regret was not bringing a solid winter coat thinking desert equalled
heat - it was freezing! The night in the desert in Wadi Rum
temperatures were near zero. And no hot water at the camp.
Daniel and I had a great time in this whirlwind trip before whizzing
off to Egypt.
Allison & William Blines – Egypt – January 2009
We had a
great trip and returned to Australia just in time for Christmas. Egypt
was a highlight as you probably anticipated. We had a great time on the
tour. Ashraf was a fantastic guide and was so patient and thoughtful
with the children. Ahmed was also great and really looked after us.
Nice driver too. The tour was perfect for us and exactly what we had
been looking for.
I have a
colleague planning a similar trip at about the same time this year,
also with 3 children and have recommended the tour and your agency very
was top stuff and we had an amazing time.
Kathleen Hoenig – Egypt – January 2009
well on the trip.
Stephanie Cini – Egypt - December 2008
quite some time now that I wanted to send you how our trip to Egypt
was. Well I
would like to tell you thanks as you made our dream come true. We had
always wanted to go to Egypt and everything so organised so perfect.
All the Guides were great and all places we visited were great too. Thanks a
lot for all the help.
Dilip Rajagopalan – Egypt – January 2009
We had a
lovely time in Egypt. Everything went very well - all the arrangements
were great. We were very impressed by how A-Z seemed so well organized,
and things went so smoothly.
be happy to recommend A-Z to other folks interested in traveling to
for all your help.