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Shoestring Travel Sale 2019

Travel the world on a budget

Amazing tour company with attentive and informative guides, comfortable 4* hotels and so so many inclusions!!!! Can't wait to do another tour somewhere else in the world!!!

Erina, 17 Dec 2013

Shoestring Travel Sale 2019


If you'd like to explore an exciting new destination on a lower budget, then our shoestring tours are perfect for you. Larger maximum group sizes, a generally lower base accommodation level, and options for hotel upgrades help to make these tours more cost effective.

Itineraries concentrate a little more on the main highlights of a country that everyone will want to see, but may miss some of the more out of the way places, experiences and activities that can only be done with lower numbers.

Some of our shoestring tours work on a “point to point” basis, allowing you to continue exploring a destination after you have completed the tour with us.


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The Garden Route - 7 days
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Traversing the South African coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, this 7-day tour takes you along the famous 'Garden Route' mixing amazing wildlife, wine tastings and beautiful scenery along the way.

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7

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$910.00

$1010.00


 
Limited offer 15% Off
Nepal on a Shoestring
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This 8-day tour of Nepal gives travellers a great introduction to their time in Nepal. It includes time in colourful Kathmandu, wildlife safaris in Chitwan NP, rafting options and the stunning mountain scenery around Pokhara.

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Shoestring

8

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$805.00

$940.00


India on a Shoestring
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This budget India tour takes in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra as well as the Rajasthani town of Bundi. Travel is mainly by train, with some included tours mixed with free time for independent exploration or to take an optional local tour

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8

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$835.00


 
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Morocco on a Shoestring
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This budget Morocco tour gives a fantastic introduction to the imperial cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Fez and Marrakech, with busy medinas and amazing historic sites to explore and great opportunities to try local Moroccan cuisine.

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8

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$565.00

$745.00


 
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Egypt on a Shoestring
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This 9-day tour explores Egypt's Nile Valley on a budget, staying in 3-4 star hotels and enjoying 2 nights on a Nile felucca sailboat while touring Pharaonic sites, and exploring Egypt's modern day culture, food and entertainment.

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Shoestring

9

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$610.00

$905.00


 
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Jordan & Egypt on a Shoestring
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This comprehensive Jordan & Egypt tour covers Petra & Jerash in Jordan, and the Pyramids, Sphinx and Karnak temple in Luxor. Other highlights include a jeep safari & camp in Wadi Rum, Dead Sea swim and a Nile felucca cruise.

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14

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$1055.00

$1505.00


 
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A Week in Jordan
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This Jordan tour explores the country's scenery, history and culture, adding special experiences in Salt, Bethany and the Azrac & Shaumari desert nature reserves to the classic sites of Jerash, Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum.

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Shoestring

8

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$850.00

$995.00


 
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Taste of Greece
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This short 5-day budget Greece tour provides a great taste of the ancient history, culture and spectacular scenery the country has to offer, concentrating on Athens, Delphi and the amazing mountaintop monasteries at Meteora.

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5

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$705.00

$785.00




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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often use on these tours. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Atlantic Point Backpackers

Cape Town


Atlantic Point Backpackers is located in the trendy Green Point area of Cape Town close to the V&A waterfront, shops and cafes. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, a BBQ area, lounge, self-catering kitchen, entertainment area, and a range of room types.

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Atlantic Point Backpackers is located in a recently renovated 3 story mansion in the trendy Green Point area of central Cape Town, just 1km from the waterfront and 750m from the new Green Point stadium. There are shops, restaurants and cafes within a couple of minutes walk. It has all the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpackers including free Wi-Fi, a BBQ area, lounge, self-catering kitchen, bar and entertainment area. 

A variety of rooms are available including mixed or female dorms, single bed dorms, and private rooms – some of which are en-suite for added comfort.

Cape Agulhas Backpackers

Struisbaai / L'Agulhas


This is the most southerly Backpackers in Africa, located in the picturesque harbour town of Struisbaai, 300m from the beach. All rooms have fans and heaters with towels provided. There is a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, pool and bar.

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This is the most southerly Backpackers in Africa, located in the picturesque harbour town of Struisbaai just 300m from warm Indian Ocean beaches.

There are a range of room types including shared dorms and private en-suite rooms. All have a ceiling fan and heaters, with towels provided. There is a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, swimming pool, garden, bar and bonfire area.

Backpackers Paradise

Oudtshoorn


This is a family-run hostel, located within walking distance of Oudtshoorn’s restaurants, shops, and museums. Offering gorgeous mountain views, the hostel’s facilities include a bar, restaurant, pool, WiFi, kitchen, and travel desk.

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This is a family-run hostel, located within walking distance of Oudtshoorn’s restaurants, shops, and museums. Offering gorgeous mountain views, the hostel’s facilities include a bar, restaurant, pool, WiFi, kitchen, and travel desk. Room types include doubles, family, and dorms.

Afrovibe Beach House (backpackers)

Sedgefield


This comfortable beach hostel is found in the seaside town of Sedgefield, home to unparalleled pristine beaches. Several room types are available, from family to dorm.

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This comfortable beach hostel is found in the seaside town of Sedgefield, home to unparalleled pristine beaches. Several room types are available, from family to dorm. Facilities include en-suite bathrooms, bar and restaurant, WiFi, and an Adventure Centre offering opportunities to book a variety of thrilling activities.

Parker Cottage (upgrade)

Cape Town


Located in the heart of Cape Town, this beautiful guesthouse exudes elegance and graceful charm. It is close to Table Mountain and other attractions, and offers a variety of accommodation types.

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Located in the heart of Cape Town, this beautiful guesthouse exudes elegance and graceful charm. It is close to Table Mountain and other attractions, and offers a variety of accommodation types.

Avoca River Cabins

Addo


These charmingly rustic cabins sit on the banks of a river, just 20 minutes from Addo Elephant National Park. Surrounded by a beautiful citrus farm, there are a variety of room types to choose from.

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These charmingly rustic cabins sit on the banks of a river, just 20 minutes from Addo Elephant National Park. Surrounded by a beautiful citrus farm, there are a variety of room types to choose from. The owners personally welcome you and see to your needs.

Mermaid Guest House (upgrade)

Struisbaai / L'Agulhas


This charming guesthouse is situated just 400 metres from the beach, and is close to all the main Cape Agulhas attractions. The delightful ocean-themed accommodation features all essential modern amenities.

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This charming guesthouse is situated just 400 metres from the beach, and is close to all the main Cape Agulhas attractions. The delightful ocean-themed accommodation features all essential modern amenities.

Hlangana Guest House (upgrade)

Oudtshoorn


This small 4-star lodge offers high-quality accommodation and excellent facilities, just 1km from the Oudtshoorn city centre. It is within an easy 30-minute drive from the famous Cango Caves

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This small 4-star lodge offers high-quality accommodation and excellent facilities, just 1km from the Oudtshoorn city centre. It is within an easy 30-minute drive from the famous Cango Caves

Dover on Sea (upgrade)

Sedgefield


Located in Sedgefield, this is a quaint little bed&breakfast guesthouse with glorious sea views. 4-star accommodation, modern facilities, delicious breakfasts, and personal touches from the owners ensure a delightful stay.

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Located in Sedgefield, this is a quaint little bed&breakfast guesthouse with glorious sea views. 4-star accommodation, modern facilities, delicious breakfasts, and personal touches from the owners ensure a delightful stay.

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel (upgrade)

Cape Town


Enjoying a prime location in the Cape Town city centre, Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel is an excellent accommodation option in the Mother City. Affordable yet luxurious, the elegant hotel has all the facilities necessary for a relaxing stay.

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With nature on its one flank in the form of Table Mountain and Clifton Beach, and the famous V&A Waterfront and International Convention Centre on the other, Cape Town Hollow is the ultimate boutique hotel. It features 56 rooms that cater to singles, families, or couples. A full range of facilities is available to ensure your comfort. Enjoy delicious cuisine in the a la carte restaurant, sip on cocktails at the bar, take a dip in the pool, and enjoy the tranquil mountain views. A range of useful services are available, including a concierge; 24-hour reception, security, and shuttle service; complimentary transfers to the V&A Waterfront; and a doctor on call for emergencies.

Hotel Moonlight

Kathmandu


Hotel Moonlight is located on the edge of Thamel, less than 1.2 miles from Kathmandu Mall and Times Square Mall. It offers a rooftop terrace with lovely views of Kathmandu.

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Hotel Moonlight is located on the edge of Thamel, less than 1.2 miles from Kathmandu Mall and Times Square Mall. It offers a rooftop terrace with lovely views of Kathmandu.

The colourful rooms at Moonlight Hotel offer a choice of air conditioning or a fan. Each room has a TV, a small seating area, and a laptop-sized safe. The private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and shower.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi and free airport pick-up. A tour desk offers travel assistance and car or motorbike rental. Staff can also assist with currency exchange and laundry services.

Open 24 hours daily, the restaurant and bar serves local and international dishes. Guests can also order room service.

Hotel Moonlight is 20 minutes' drive from Tribhuvan International Airport. Royal Palace Museum is just a 5-minute drive away.

Thamel is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, sightseeing and food.

Hotel Orchid

Pokhara


Offering a tranquil escape, Hotel Orchid is a 5-minute walk to Fewa Lake and offers views of the Himalayas and Peace Pagoda. It offers a roof-top garden restaurant, 24-hour room service, and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi.

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Offering a tranquil escape, Hotel Orchid is a 5-minute walk to Fewa Lake and offers views of the Himalayas and Peace Pagoda. It offers a roof-top garden restaurant, 24-hour room service, and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Rooms feature wooden flooring and come equipped with a 24-inch TV, desk and en suite bathroom with a bathtub.

Guests can enjoy trekking in Annapurna, which is an hour's drive away and boating in Fewa Lake. Pokhara Tourist Bus Stand is a 15-minute drive away and Pokhara Airport is 1.2 miles from Hotel Orchid. Kathmandu is 124.3 miles away.

Guest services include laundry and ticketing. A transfer service from the airport to the hotel can be arranged upon request. The roof-top garden restaurant serves Asian and Western dishes and offers views of the surrounding area.

Hotel Mona Lisa

Chitwan


Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest.

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Hotel Monalisa Chitwan is situated in Chitwan and is close to the area's popular attractions. It provides comfortable rooms, designed to suit the requirements of any guest. The hotel houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests can unwind of an evening with a meal and a drink. For guests who enjoy exploring local dining options, there is a great selection within walking distance.

Bundi Haveli Hotel

Bundi


Bundi Haveli is a small hotel located on a small quiet street beneath the Fort in Bundi. Rooms are individually designed and decorated, with great views of the old town, palace, fort and lake from their window seats.

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Bundi Haveli is a small hotel located on a small quiet street beneath the Fort in Bundi. Rooms are all en-suite, well furnished and individually designed and decorated. They also have feature window seats providing great views of the old town, palace, fort and lake.

The food is good, with buffet breakfasts and a la carte evening meals available. The hosts are friendly and overall we find this one of the best budget options available in Bundi.

Haveli Kalwara

Jaipur


Haveli Kalwara is a friendly local homestay/guesthouse property located in a quiet location in the heart of Jaipur. The en-suite rooms are simple but comfortable with local art on the walls. Yoga, meditation and cooking classes are all available.

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Haveli Kalwara is a friendly local homestay/guesthouse property located in a quiet location in the heart of the M.I. District of Jaipur The Ajmeri Gate is around 800m away, and the Jantar Mantar observatory just over 1km.

Rooms are simple but comfortable, all en-suite, with some having balconies and sitting areas. A couple of rooms are in the main house, with others in a separate building. An interesting variety of local artworks are featured throughout.

The hosts are extremely friendly and helpful, with yoga, meditation and cooking classes all available on site. The Ajmeri Gate is 800 yards away.

Sleeper train


Travelling by train in India is a great way to see and experience more of the country on one of the world’s most extensive railway networks. On our small-group tours we aim to book seats in the AC2 class (2nd class air-conditioned carriage).

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Travelling by train in India is a great way to see and experience more of the country on one of the world’s most extensive railway networks. On our small-group tours we aim to book seats in the AC2 class (2nd class air-conditioned carriage). This is relatively clean, comfortable and not overcrowded. You get a padded seat during the day which the carriage steward will convert into a flat padded bunk with pillows, sheets and blankets in the evening. There are no separate self-contained compartments, with the layout more open plan with curtained bays of four bunks on one side of the aisle (two upper and two lower) and two arranged along the wall of the carriage across the aisle from there. Meals and drinks are available on board.

Due to the huge distances some trains cover, Indian trains are subject to delays and on an overnight journey of around 12 hours a delay of an hour is not unusual. Delays can be longer in the winter months if the weather is foggy.

Tickets are issued 120 days in advance and are subject to full cancellation fees after you have arrived in India (US$10 up until that point). If you book within 120 days of departure we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated a berth next to other people in the group, though the carriage stewards are generally very helpful in arranging to swap you with another traveller. Flight upgrades are available on some journeys on request.

Light House Hotel

Agra


Located approximately 2 miles from the Taj Mahal, the Light House Hotel offers guests comfortable accommodation in the heart of Agra and just a stones throw away from all of the major attractions.

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Located approximately 2 miles from the Taj Mahal, the Light House Hotel offers guests comfortable accommodation in the heart of Agra and just a stones throw away from all of the major attractions.

All of the 32 air-conditioned guest rooms feature free WIFI, Flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool available to guests and also an onsite coffee shop, bar and restaurant.

Rockwell Plaza

Delhi


The Rockwell Plaza is a good budget hotel located in the popular Karol Bagh district of Delhi, close to New Delhi Railway station and Connaught Place. Rooms are all en-suite with flat screen TV, fridge, safety deposit box and free WiFi.

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The Rockwell Plaza is a good budget hotel located in the popular Karol Bagh district of Delhi, with plenty of street markets, shops and restaurants within walking distance. New Delhi Railway station is only 10 minutes drive away and Connaught Place is also nearby.

Rooms are not large but all are en-suite with flat screen TV, fridge, safety deposit box and free WiFi.

The hotel has a roof-top restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and European dishes.

Rihab Hotel

Rabat


Hotel Rihab is a sleek new hotel with air conditioning. It's located in the neighbourhood of Hassan. It boasts clean and well furnished rooms.

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Menzeh Zalagh Hotel

Fez


Situated in 10 km of the airport in the heart of the new city, in a green and peaceful district, the hotel enjoys an exceptional sight of the Medina of Fez, which we can achieve on foot in 15 minutes.

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Mogador Kasbah Hotel

Marrakech


This locally rated 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.

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This locally rated 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.

Combining a Moroccan and contemporary style, the rooms are air-conditioned and include satellite TV. They also feature internet access. The Mogador Kasbah restaurant serves international food in an evening buffet and and guests can also enjoy a snack in the poolside bar and relax in the tea lounge. The hotel also offers room service and a selection of light meals, served until midnight.

Alcohol is not served in the hotel, but if you'd like a drink there are several other hotels within very easy walking distance.

Ibis Casablanca City Center

Casablanca


The Ibis Hotel Moussafir Casablanca City Center is located in the city centre right beside the Port of Casablanca. It offers satellite TV, a restaurant and a bar.

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The Ibis Hotel Moussafir Casablanca City Center is located in the city centre right beside the Port of Casablanca. It offers satellite TV, a restaurant and a bar.

It is just a few minutes walk from Casa Port Train Station and close to the old Medina, the Hassan II Mosque and Casablanca's Corniche area.

This Ibis hotel has air-conditioned rooms with direct telephone and Wi-Fi internet access available for a supplement.

Wok and Co, The Ibis Hotel Moussafir Casablanca City Center's restaurant, offers Asian, Italian and local dishes as well as the option to design your own recipe.

Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel

Aswan


Situated on the banks of the River Nile close to the centre of Aswan, comfortable 4-star hotel offers a wide range of services and friendly staff.

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Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

The Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel is a medium sized hotel located right on the banks of the Nile in Aswan. It is rated in the Egyptian 4-star category. Overall however, hotel standards throughout Aswan don't live up to the rest of the country, but we are happy to use this hotel for tours with our Standard comfort rating.

Built in 1982, this hotel is under new ownership and therefore has a welcoming feel, with different types of rooms available and a good level of service, making it a friendly and relaxed hotel for your time in Aswan. Its location on the banks of the Nile means that all the feluccas used on our standard tours can simply pull right in and pick you up direct from the hotel.

Location:

This hotel has one of the best locations in Aswan, perched right at the edge of the Nile on the Corniche. It is only a 5 min drive from the train station and only a 30 minute drive to the Philae Temple and the Aswan Dam. The swimming pool and bar areas look out across the Nile and this is a great place to watch feluccas on the Nile basking in the setting sun.  It is just over the road from the main bazaars and there are some good eating options nearby and ATM’s within easy walking distance.

Accommodation:

The hotel has almost 100 rooms and many of these have either Nile views or pool views and are available as twin beds or doubles. All come complete with Satellite TV, en-suite, phone, mini-bar and Air-con. It is usually no problem for us to arrange triple rooms. There are also electrical sockets in each room for charging phones and cameras.

Bars & Restaurants:

There is an Italian restaurant on-site as well as the main Hotel restaurant overlooking the Nile where a comprehensive buffet breakfast is served every morning. Egyptian and Western food is available. A fully licensed bar is also available to enjoy the perfect sun-downer looking out over the river after a full days tour.

Facilities & Services:

The hotel has a great swimming pool that looks out on to the Nile as well as a well equipped health club with sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, steam bath and gymnasium all with very reasonable prices where you can unwind and relax. The hotel also has a business centre where you can access computer treminals with internet access or make use of the wireless connection.

Other services include:

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Laundry Service
  • Luggage Storage
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Feluccas on hire

Zayed Hotel

Giza


The Zayed Hotel is a small and friendly 3-star hotel overlooking a square and gardens in the respectable Mohandiseen district of Cairo.

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The Zayed Hotel is a small and friendly 3-star hotel overlooking a square and gardens in the respectable Mohandiseen district of Cairo. There are plenty of shops and cafes in the immediate vicinity, and the hotel has its own pub/café area and restaurant. It is around 15 mins drive from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, and 20 mins drive from the Pyramids area in Giza.

Rooms are spacious and en-suite with air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, safes and minibars.

Etabe Hotel

Luxor


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Sleeper train

Cairo, Luxor & Aswan


On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included.

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On the sleeper train you have a private twin-berthed cabin, which features two large seats; fold down beds with mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket; storage locker and wash basin. An airline style evening meal and breakfast are included. The carriage steward will make up and put away your beds in the evening and morning. All transfers between your hotel and the station are also included (these may well be separate to the main group if train times are very different on your dates). Single cabin supplements apply.

Note: We can arrange an internal flight upgrade for anyone not wishing to use the sleeper train.

Felucca Sailboat

Aswan


Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river.

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Felucca Sailboats

Feluccas are simple boats without cabins or electricity and you sleep on deck on mattresses with blankets and cushions provided. Canvas walls, mosquito netting and a roof are erected at night. You may want to bring a sleeping bag or extra blanket during the winter months (November to February) when it can get cold a night. Mosquito repellent is recommended for the evenings and early mornings, and wearing long sleeves at night is a good idea. Life jackets are provided for non-swimmers. Unfortunately, swimming in the Nile is not recommended both for health reasons and due to the strong currents - there are pools to enjoy in your Aswan and Luxor hotels.

Our Nubian crew will man the boat and prepare & cook all your meals on board or on our facilities boat. The food is simple but varied and filling and they will also serve Egyptian tea and Nubian cake. Water, soft drinks and beer can also be purchased. You keep a tally of what you've had and then pay for them at the end of the trip. The crew will also entertain you in the evenings when we may sing songs or just sit and chat around a camp fire.

Feluccas are dependent on the wind, and occasionally if the winds are too light or strong we may need to adjust the itinerary slightly.

Facility Boat

Our felucca suport boatOur new facilities boat makes the whole felucca experience more enjoyable, with a clean toilet and hot showers on board, as well as massage beds and a hygienic kitchen.

The boat doesn't shadow the felucca all the way, as we don’t want to spoil the peaceful experience of sailing down the Nile. It will however join up with you as and when required through the day and moor with you at night.

As well as the toilet, showers and kitchen facilities, there is also a sun deck where traditional Nubian massages are available.

The boat also helps us ensure that we do our bit to protect the Nile and its surroundings. Over the years, some areas on the banks of the Nile have been somewhat spoiled by the number of people staying overnight on feluccas and not using proper toilet tents or being respectful to their local environment.

We've had some great feedback from travellers using the boat so far, and we feel it really improves the experience of what is already many people's highlight of their trip to Egypt.

Zayed Hotel

Giza


The Zayed Hotel is a small and friendly 3-star hotel overlooking a square and gardens in the respectable Mohandiseen district of Cairo.

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The Zayed Hotel is a small and friendly 3-star hotel overlooking a square and gardens in the respectable Mohandiseen district of Cairo. There are plenty of shops and cafes in the immediate vicinity, and the hotel has its own pub/café area and restaurant. It is around 15 mins drive from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, and 20 mins drive from the Pyramids area in Giza.

Rooms are spacious and en-suite with air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, safes and minibars.

Etabe Hotel

Luxor


coming soon

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Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel

Aswan


Situated on the banks of the River Nile close to the centre of Aswan, comfortable 4-star hotel offers a wide range of services and friendly staff.

Local rating

Our rating

Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

The Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel is a medium sized hotel located right on the banks of the Nile in Aswan. It is rated in the Egyptian 4-star category. Overall however, hotel standards throughout Aswan don't live up to the rest of the country, but we are happy to use this hotel for tours with our Standard comfort rating.

Built in 1982, this hotel is under new ownership and therefore has a welcoming feel, with different types of rooms available and a good level of service, making it a friendly and relaxed hotel for your time in Aswan. Its location on the banks of the Nile means that all the feluccas used on our standard tours can simply pull right in and pick you up direct from the hotel.

Location:

This hotel has one of the best locations in Aswan, perched right at the edge of the Nile on the Corniche. It is only a 5 min drive from the train station and only a 30 minute drive to the Philae Temple and the Aswan Dam. The swimming pool and bar areas look out across the Nile and this is a great place to watch feluccas on the Nile basking in the setting sun.  It is just over the road from the main bazaars and there are some good eating options nearby and ATM’s within easy walking distance.

Accommodation:

The hotel has almost 100 rooms and many of these have either Nile views or pool views and are available as twin beds or doubles. All come complete with Satellite TV, en-suite, phone, mini-bar and Air-con. It is usually no problem for us to arrange triple rooms. There are also electrical sockets in each room for charging phones and cameras.

Bars & Restaurants:

There is an Italian restaurant on-site as well as the main Hotel restaurant overlooking the Nile where a comprehensive buffet breakfast is served every morning. Egyptian and Western food is available. A fully licensed bar is also available to enjoy the perfect sun-downer looking out over the river after a full days tour.

Facilities & Services:

The hotel has a great swimming pool that looks out on to the Nile as well as a well equipped health club with sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, steam bath and gymnasium all with very reasonable prices where you can unwind and relax. The hotel also has a business centre where you can access computer treminals with internet access or make use of the wireless connection.

Other services include:

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Laundry Service
  • Luggage Storage
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Feluccas on hire

La Maison

Petra


La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra.

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La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra. The 76 en-suite rooms have been recently rennovated and all ll have air conditioning, free internet and TVs.

The hotel has a lobby lounge and bar, a restaurant and an Arabic styled roof terrace where you can enjoy traditional Jordanian snacks, drinks and shisha pipes. 

Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

Wadi Rum


In Wadi Rum we use a Bedouin camp located on the desert sands and against the rocks and cliffs. You sleep in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds, mattresses and all bedding provided.

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In Wadi Rum we use a Bedouin camp located on the desert sands and against the rocks and cliffs. This may be Captains Desert Camp or other similar camps subject to availability at the time.  You sleep in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds, mattresses and all bedding provided. Bathrooms and toilets are shared, though en-suite tents are available on request for a small upgrade fee. You can also sleep outside under the stars if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag).

Guest House Amman

Amman


The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel. The property has a good selection of dining outlets just a short walk from the hotel.

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The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel located in central Amman. The property has a good selection of restaurants, cafes and shops just a short walk from the hotel. There are 30 en-suite rooms, all of which feature modern amenities such as Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, bathrooms with rainfall showers and a safety deposit box. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant/coffee shop.

La Maison

Petra


La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra.

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Our rating

La Maison is a comfortable, mid-range hotel in Petra with an excellent location less than ten minutes walk from the Visitor Centre and entrance into Petra. The 76 en-suite rooms have been recently rennovated and all ll have air conditioning, free internet and TVs.

The hotel has a lobby lounge and bar, a restaurant and an Arabic styled roof terrace where you can enjoy traditional Jordanian snacks, drinks and shisha pipes. 

Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

Wadi Rum


In Wadi Rum we use a Bedouin camp located on the desert sands and against the rocks and cliffs. You sleep in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds, mattresses and all bedding provided.

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In Wadi Rum we use a Bedouin camp located on the desert sands and against the rocks and cliffs. This may be Captains Desert Camp or other similar camps subject to availability at the time.  You sleep in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds, mattresses and all bedding provided. Bathrooms and toilets are shared, though en-suite tents are available on request for a small upgrade fee. You can also sleep outside under the stars if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag).

Al Fanar Hotel

Amman


Al Fanar Palace Hotel is a family-owned and operated hotel located in the heart of classy modern west part of Amman, the capital of Jordan.

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Set in a contemporary building with glass façade, Al Fanar offers modern accommodation along Queen Rania Road. It features a pool with a hot tub and a well-equipped gym with sauna.

Rooms at Al Fanar Palace Hotel are decorated in European fashion with plush beddings and wooden furnishings. They are all air conditioned, equipped with satellite TV channels and a spacious work desk.

Facilities at the Palace Hotel include free Wi-Fi access and private parking. There are a handful of shops within the property and upon request a shuttle from Queen Alia Airport is also available.

Guests can enjoy a fusion of Jordanian specialities and international classic dishes at the restaurant of the hotel. Guests can enjoy shisha in the outdoor covered terrace all year round. Amman's Old Town is famous for its traditional food stalls and is 4.3 miles away.

Guest House Amman

Amman


The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel. The property has a good selection of dining outlets just a short walk from the hotel.

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The Amman Guest House is a comfortable 3-star hotel located in central Amman. The property has a good selection of restaurants, cafes and shops just a short walk from the hotel. There are 30 en-suite rooms, all of which feature modern amenities such as Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, bathrooms with rainfall showers and a safety deposit box. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant/coffee shop.

Titania Hotel

Athens


The classically designed Titania is conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial centre of Athens. It has soundproof rooms and an award-winning rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.

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The classically designed Titania is conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial centre of Athens. It has soundproof rooms and an award-winning rooftop restaurant with panoramic city views.

All guest rooms are luxuriously furnished, and equipped with self-regulated climate control units and outlets for computer and fax modems.

Titania Hotel's rooftop Olive Garden Restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean dishes, along with a stunning panorama of the Acropolis, the Lycabettus and the city beyond. La Brasserie Cafe Restaurant proposes light Mediterranean dishes for lunch or dinner.

The Acropolis, the University and the Academy of Athens, the National library, and the Greek Parliament are within easy walking distance of the front door. Cafe and bars surround the hotel.

Titania is 18.6 miles from the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. The hotel is 15 minutes walk from Syntagma.

Divani Meteora Hotel

Kalambaka


The contemporary Divani Meteora Hotel is located in Kalambaka, just a short distance from the Monastery of Agia Triada and the Theopetra Cave.

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The contemporary Divani Meteora Hotel is located in Kalambaka, just a short distance from the Monastery of Agia Triada and the Theopetra Cave. At the hotel you’ll find a full-service spa, restaurant and indoor swimming pool. Kalambaka town is just a short walk from the hotel.

Rooms at the hotel come equipped with modern amenities including air-conditioning, satellite tv and minibar.




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Posted 19th of Dec 2017

Very good value for money.

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Posted 9th of Jun 2017

I enjoyed the trip. Only issue is that the tour guide changed a part of the trip because he didn't want us to do something. Not the fault of encounters. But otherwise the trip was great. I would like to say that travelling from Fez to Marrakech should be on a plane or train. Driving was too long and wasted a day.

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Posted 16th of Apr 2016

The driver and guide on our tour were both excellent and my whole party very much enjoy the tour. The hotels are not very central which particularly in Marrakesh made free time sightseeing especially at night less appealing. That would be my suggestion to make it perfect but it was excellent overall.

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Posted 8th of Feb 2016

Most of the included meals were hotel meals and were quite bland. Breakfasts were good, dinners were not. Especially considering this was Morocco which is know for its flavorful cuisine. I would have liked more of the meals included to be at local establishments. I ended up eating out and paying for most of the "included" meals instead of eating the inclusive fare, just to have a good meal. For me the food is an important element of travel.

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Posted 7th of Feb 2016

Felt rushed at times

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Posted 6th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 9th of Jan 2016

wonderful and knowledgable tour guide. We saw all we wanted to see and the hotels were great.

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Hotels were all very nice with friendly helpful staff, our guide communicated well with us informing us of pick up and drop off times etc, The tour was well planned out, The tour guide was very knowlegable, and did well at communicating in 3 different languages to our group. It was a good way of seeing many different places in Morocco that we would not have seen had we not done the tour

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

Excellent trip, amazing sights and good crew

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Posted 11th of Sep 2014

My friend and I went on the Thailand on a Shoestring tour in July and we loved every minute. Our tour guide, Tanya, was incredible and all of the activities were excellent. We particularly enjoyed staying in the floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park, it was beautiful! I would definitely recommend this tour to those looking for either a quick whistle stop tour of Thailand or to those starting off their travels. 10/10, we had the trip of a lifetime and made so many fantastic memories and friends!

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Posted 13th of Aug 2014

Nepal on a shoestring is your basic tour in Nepal. I was expecting a more adventurous tour but I did get to see some truly incredible things. the mountains,valleys,waterfalls and endless fields of rice were truly magnificent. Nepal is an amazing place with amazing people.

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Posted 12th of Aug 2014

Excellent

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Posted 16th of Feb 2014

Guides were truly exceptional - made the trip most enjoyable

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

The route was awesome. Some better than others (Cape Town being the highlight) along with the safari. All in all, a good experience especially for those planning to visit South Africa over the course of a few days.

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

This may seem contradictory but the experience was so good it overshadowed the hiccups that we experienced. Elroy was an EXCELLENT tour guide, he made our trip so fun and tried hard to please everyone. The Country was beautiful and the activities were great! My only critique is the occasional lack of communication between our guide and the group which seemed to stem from last minute changes to accommodation that he had no control over. Instead of explanations about why we drove into one property then drove out to a new one, we were left wondering. This sparked frustrations especially since the placed were taken to was judged too harshly because of it's outward appearance (It was actually a lovely place to stay and on par or better than other places that we stayed). I knew the nature of the trip and I took the "you are in Africa, things can change" idea to heart so I rolled with the punches but others did not which may have affected how they viewed the entire trip. Overall I had a great time and I have already recommended the tour to others.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

The itinerary was okay but need improvement. The cheetah stop was rather dismal. The wine stop would be better if it included a wine tour. The safari was disappointing. Wasn't afforded enough time at the bungee stop to do any shopping

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

The tour itself was great, our driver and tour guide were friendly, flexible and readily available to help out when needed.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Best vacation ever!

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Gertrude and Martin was wonderful. They both took such great care of us. There were only 13 people on the tour which was perfect. Too many more and it would have been impossible for the group to come to consensus.

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Posted 10th of Aug 2016

Excellent

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

This tour program was excellent in value for the price. I would recommend to all who are interested in touring these countries. Tour guide and other staff were all friendly and responsible. Two thumbs up!

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Posted 29th of Mar 2019

Important Egyptian sites were available to visit. They were visited.

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Posted 27th of Mar 2019

This was a great trip and worth every penny. Our Egyptologist tour guide was 'Big Mo' which made all the difference. He was knowledgeable, kind, and hospitable. He made sure we had a solid introduction to each tour site and then was available for more detailed information if we wanted. Book a tour with 'Big Mo' if at all possible!

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Posted 27th of Mar 2019

Excellent value—I purchased it initially on Groupon and Encounters Travel allowed us to make additions.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

The trip was amazing. Just like I said overpriced

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Excellent tour. From the moment we landed in Cairo until we left, we were well taken care of. We experienced so much of Egypt -- from temples and pyramids and tombs to a bonfire dinner and sing-a-long on an island. Our guide (Waleed) was exceptional. His love and knowledge of Egypt was evident throughout the tour. He helped Egypt come alive for us. We were very pleased with the tour.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Perfect adventure! Food, Tours, Service, Guides, even transportation!

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

With all we did and the amount of travel, I was shocked at how cost effective the tour company made it. You get your money's worth after you think about busses, felucca sailboat, overnight train, hotel rooms, and the amazing tour guide.

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Posted 26th of Mar 2019

Good value... guides are awesome!

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Posted 17th of Jan 2019

Great value for the price!

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Posted 17th of Jan 2019

Great value for the price!

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Posted 7th of Jan 2019

My Egyptian tour was the trip of a lifetime, The Egyptian and Nubian people were friendly and welcoming. The food and hotels were fantastic and the country of Egypt was stunning!!!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2019

All the sights were great and our tour guide explained and told History on all we saw.

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Posted 5th of Jan 2019

Worth every penny! Go to Egypt with Encounters Travel!

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Posted 4th of Jan 2019

Really enjoyed the various excursions especially the overnight felucca, hot air balloon, abu simbel and Camel ride against the pyramids

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

The tour for the price was EXCELLENT!

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

Just amazing affordable price.

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

We had knowledgeable tour guides who really gave us a the context within which to visit the ancient sites. We were there during the off season, so much less crowded but operating hours for the sites were shorter. Meals and accommodations were all good quality.

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Posted 3rd of Jan 2019

The price was great and the people wonderful!

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Posted 2nd of Jan 2019

Bucket list experience. A must.

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Posted 21st of Aug 2018

Exceptional tour and value!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2018

Very good value for money.

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Posted 13th of Aug 2018

Hotels and amenities were great. Ours was a small tour group which made it much better because we were older and would have slowed down a large group.

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Posted 13th of Jan 2018

Our trip went off without a hitch and it was absolutely magnificent! We got lucky and no one else booked the same dates we did so we got our guide, Dipess, all to ourselves! Dipess was the most caring soul and we loved spending our time with him! He always made sure that we were well taken care of and he always had a smile on his face! He took care of everything, including our accommodations and meals. Our porter, Razkumar, was also absolutely amazing and never complained about helping us with our bags. We couldn't have done it without either one of them and we were so thankful to have them both! We saw many other trekking companies and guides, but we were convinced that we had the best! It was an amazing experience and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!

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Posted 19th of Dec 2017

Very good value for money.

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Posted 4th of Dec 2017

Amazing value for the price. We loved our guide, Big Mo!

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Posted 22nd of Nov 2017

Loved, loved, loved this tour. Everything was top notch. The accommodations, the sights, the people.

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

Wonderful trip made even more enjoyable by efficient arrangements and a very informative and helpful guide.

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Posted 21st of Nov 2017

A fabulous trip. Wonderful experience being part of a small group touring a truly amazing country. Sami, our guide, was fantastic - superb knowledge, delivered in a fun and relaxed style. A really outstanding, memorable trip.

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Posted 15th of Sep 2017

We really got to see a lot for the time we spent in Egypt and Encounters made sure no time was wasted in waiting for transportation and rooms and things like that. We had a great group, a great guide, and really learned a lot. All accommodations were exceptional and we couldn't believe how we did everything for such a good price

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Posted 15th of Sep 2017

Good itinerary, good guides.

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Posted 18th of Jul 2017

Sights were great. Easy way to see Jordan and safe.

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Posted 6th of Jul 2017

Great tour and a great value

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Posted 12th of Jun 2017

There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

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Posted 9th of Jun 2017

I enjoyed the trip. Only issue is that the tour guide changed a part of the trip because he didn't want us to do something. Not the fault of encounters. But otherwise the trip was great. I would like to say that travelling from Fez to Marrakech should be on a plane or train. Driving was too long and wasted a day.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2017

Incredible trip; our guide was really knowledgeable and answered all questions regarding history.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2017

Well worth the money! We would use Encounter Travel again!

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Posted 7th of Jun 2017

Great tour! Safe, comfortable, and fascinating. It was a joy to travel to so many wonderful places and always know I was in good hands.

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Posted 7th of Jun 2017

As stated before it was a great trip

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

The whole experience was wonderful.

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

Amazing trip. It was well layed out and guided. We also we're lucky to have a great group in which we all got along really well.

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Posted 6th of Jun 2017

Exceed expectations and very professional.

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Posted 10th of Apr 2017

excellent value on all aspects - tours, transportation, accommodations and included fees

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Posted 9th of Apr 2017

Price was excellent! Very affordable for 2 people.

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Posted 6th of Apr 2017

The tour was exceptional for the price I paid. Really saw and did so much.

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Posted 5th of Apr 2017

Prices were great. Our US dollar went a long way.

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Posted 5th of Apr 2017

Did not like the overnight train, but enjoyed everything else. We did not spend the night on the sail boat, but enjoyed sailing in the afternoon and retuning to the hotel.

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Posted 18th of Mar 2017

Very well organized with knowlegable guide.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

This tour is incredible - we saw all the major sights in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, and enjoyed several days at the Jaz Makadi Resort in Hurghada. The tour is arranged more or less chronologically and you have the same guide the entire time, so you really get a great experience following the cultural/religious/political development of ancient Egypt over several thousand years.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Sights coverd and seen breath taking. Total enchament.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Amazing and surreal. We found the gorillas within an hour and the experience of being up close and personal with gorillas is a once in a life time adventure.

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Posted 16th of Mar 2017

Good value for price just be aware of additional tours.

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Posted 14th of Oct 2016

Discover Egypt was very educational. I learned so much about Egypt that left me yearning for more. I would love to visit again. Thank you Encounters

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

all Nepal people were great, would love to go again

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

Awesome!!!

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Posted 9th of Oct 2016

Great time in Egypt, thanks especially to Waleed

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

I've traveled extensively and never had a better trip. They met my son and I at the gate coming off the plane and stayed with us til we were at our gate leaving and everything in between. Sheriff was an excellent guide and much fun. I can say I will never go back to Egypt because I was shown everything I wanted to see and more, and I was expecting a lot. Completely satisfied! Egypt is a safe place to travel now and your crazy not to book this trip. The Egyptian people are friendly and fun. You will thoroughly enjoy it.

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Posted 6th of Oct 2016

The time spent with the locals was the most enjoyable portion of the trip. I feel there was entirely too much packed into a short amount of time. The vacation felt more like a school trip as opposed to a vacation. I did not enjoy the 4-5am wake-up calls and obligations during vacation.

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Posted 13th of Sep 2016

Excellent

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Posted 30th of Aug 2016

Bolivia is fantastic, such an amazing country and stunning landscape! The tour was good fun and had a wonderful rage of activities and good accommodation. The hotel in Sucre was lovely. Be aware that on the 3 day salt flat trip it gets really cold and the accommodation, as stated is basic. We could have done with a bit more tuition/ advice on how to take the photos on the salt flats as ours were not really successful. Marco was a very knowledgable guide and knew of some good places, but could have imparted some essential information in a more timely manner (eg on climate conditions/ the need for a torch etc). Overall it was a spectacular place to be!

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Posted 13th of Aug 2016

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

Encounters Travel arranged for us the trip of a lifetime.

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

My only complaint was that the first hotel we stayed at in Jordan, the JAD Hotel was not the hotel in the itinerary. It was supposed to be the Imperial Palace, which looked like a substantially better hotel

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Posted 8th of Aug 2016

I would look at changing some of the hotels. A lot are outdated and need a massive makeover.

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Posted 6th of Aug 2016

All I know is Sheriff was one fabulous interesting, educational guides I will ever encounter. The choices of sites could not have been better.

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Posted 6th of Aug 2016

Rather busy but was a good amount of time and saw lots of incredible things

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Posted 28th of Jul 2016

Good

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Posted 11th of Jul 2016

See above

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Posted 12th of Jun 2016

A fantastic tour with a great mix of education and free time. A great taste of this amazing culture

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Posted 10th of Jun 2016

Except the first day of arrival without giving a briefing about the meeting time and gathering spot, everything else was excellent. I was a little bit lost on my first day of arrival and had to ask the hotel front desk about what time I should come down the next day to meet my group. If there can be a debriefing session, that would be nice.

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Posted 10th of Jun 2016

The only issue I had was with the hotel in Cairo. I really did not like how there were many men smoking heavily in the lobby area. Especially as it was often unavoidable as our meetings and gatherings were located in the front lobby on numerous occasions.

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Posted 10th of Jun 2016

Very efficient, helpful and knowledgeable tour leaders and guides, we learnthink alot!! Loved.our tour, we wished we had booked a longer tour though as we loved Egypt so much! Would 100% recommend this tour to others. Felt safe in Egypt the whole time!

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Posted 9th of Jun 2016

Got to see most the main sites.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2016

Excellent

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Posted 8th of Jun 2016

For the Egypt part - shout out to Aboudy, the best tour guide ive ever experienced! His passion and care made the trip!

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Posted 8th of Jun 2016

The tour on the whole was fantastic hotels were well above what was expected for the price paid the sites were amazing and the guide was knowledgeable but i did feel he rushed through things a bit compared to other tour guides I've encountered in the past. Unfortunately the tour was totally let down by the desert camp experience we were virtually abandoned at a so called desert camp at 11am with no tour vuide nobody who spoke English told us what was happening or what to do. At no time were we offered any excursions ie camal ride as stated in intinery. It was a complete waste of a day sleeping unxer the stars could of made up for it if we weren't next to a busy road. I definitely wouldn't recommend the desert night. However the rest of the tour and Jordan are spectacular.

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Posted 8th of Jun 2016

Great service; suburbly planned & organized

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Posted 16th of Apr 2016

The driver and guide on our tour were both excellent and my whole party very much enjoy the tour. The hotels are not very central which particularly in Marrakesh made free time sightseeing especially at night less appealing. That would be my suggestion to make it perfect but it was excellent overall.

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

Excellent itinerary. So much to do and see. Best trip I've done so far

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

Again, great tour.

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

A little rough and ready in places, overnight train and sleeping on the felucca, but still these and others are experiences that I would never have normally opted for but I am glad I did as I completely enjoyed them. The optional balloon ride, even if you are frightened of heights, like me, is a must.

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Posted 15th of Apr 2016

We did not get all our meals as specified. When we did the meals were very low budget and equal to street food.

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Posted 10th of Feb 2016

The structure of the tour was great and very well paced, pickup at the airport/ drop off were amazing and the hotel in Petra was amazing. The only reason I am not giving it an Excellent rating is the hotel in Amman, which was 1 star at best - for an "on a shoestring" tour I wasn't expecting 5 star, however I truly felt unsafe in the hotel in Amman.

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Posted 8th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 8th of Feb 2016

Most of the included meals were hotel meals and were quite bland. Breakfasts were good, dinners were not. Especially considering this was Morocco which is know for its flavorful cuisine. I would have liked more of the meals included to be at local establishments. I ended up eating out and paying for most of the "included" meals instead of eating the inclusive fare, just to have a good meal. For me the food is an important element of travel.

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Posted 7th of Feb 2016

Felt rushed at times

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Posted 6th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 5th of Feb 2016

This tour hit all of the major attractions, was an excellent value and I truly enjoyed spending time with and learning about the Nubian people

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Posted 5th of Feb 2016

The trip was good. The first hotel was not up to standards. Perhaps it would be best to stay at the airport and skip Casablance althogether.

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Loved in. The guide made it what it was-so many thanks to HK for Sangay and Jigme's efforts. For a first trip, the tour covered the best things to see to be introduced to Bhutan.

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Excellent

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Great tour guide

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Posted 4th of Feb 2016

Good

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Posted 19th of Jan 2016

It was the greatest trip of a life time! I wish I could have stayed longer, I wouldn't have changed anything.

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Posted 18th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 18th of Jan 2016

I thought they selected a wonderful guide for the trip. The one part that I really hope that they change is the night at the Bedouin Camp. It was not authentic and it was so out of the way. I think that people would prefer to spend the extra money for a night in a hotel with a bed and your own bathroom.

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Posted 17th of Jan 2016

I loved all the people on the trip and our guide Waleed was wonderful.

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Posted 16th of Jan 2016

I can't say enough good things about Sheriff and the rest of the guides and organizers who took care of us during our tour!

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Posted 14th of Jan 2016

We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

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Posted 12th of Jan 2016

This was a great way to see all the primary historical sites in Egypt efficiently and with ease. I can't imagine how slow and difficult it would have been otherwise. It was also a good jumping off point to then spend a few weeks on or own seeing other parts of the country and focus on modern day Egypt

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Posted 10th of Jan 2016

Don't miss out on this opportunity.

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Posted 9th of Jan 2016

This was a holiday I had longed for since I was 5 years old. The Grand Adventure was certainly that! I managed to go inside the large pyramid and King Tuts tomb, visit Abu Simbal, Karnak, Edfu, Aswan, Luxor, Cairo, Petra, the Dead Sea, cruise on the Nile, ride camels, a donkey, horses, quad bikes, spider cars, shuttle boats, an hot air balloon and horse drawn carriges, swam in the Red Sea, got spoiled at spas and generally had a brilliant time. Saw and did so many things that had only been a dream before. Special thanks to tour organisers Ant in London, Khalifa in Cairo, guides Big Mo (our hero), Mohamad at Hurghada and Manseur David in Jordan. Thank you for the holiday of a lifetime ** Carolyn McKay

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Posted 9th of Jan 2016

wonderful and knowledgable tour guide. We saw all we wanted to see and the hotels were great.

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Posted 8th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

It was a wonderful time and I recommend this to all of my friends and family.

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Would (have) recommended to friends

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Excellent Tour guide, Waleed K. is the best!

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Morocco was lovely and I enjoyed the souks, massages, etc.

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Posted 7th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I loved our guide Mohamad. He did an excellent job of explaining the history and current culture.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

All the guides and services were excellent!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Wonderful trip. Quality accommodation especially given the lower cost of the adventure. Well paced, very well taken care of by all staff. Amazing tour leader, Waleed Khamouna, PhD in Egyptology ... couldn't ask for more. Felt very secure the entire trip.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Trip was great, Guide could have been a little more informative.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

great

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Nubian Adventure is not a tour for relaxation, but really, who goes to Egypt to relax? I really felt like we saw as much as we possibly could in the time we were there. And our Egyptologist, Waleed, was the star of the trip. He was so knowledgeable, so kind, and so smart. We all cried at the end of our trip. We felt like we had known him forever. For those who are concerned about safety in Egypt, I never once felt unsafe. There are police and security guards everywhere and more importantly, smiling faces everywhere. The Egyptians so very friendly and very happy to see tourists. I can't express how magical this trip was. I can't wait to go back.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Great itinerary and fantastic tour guide- Aboudy. It would be better if they planned for more meals. Going 10 hours without food is a bit tough. Also, we loved the felucca ride but please remind the boat staff to provide blankets if they have them on board! More time at each place would be better for photos.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I would not have been able to explore Egypt this way on my own. Words can't describe.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

My wife and I had limited time so the 9-day tour seemed perfect. I still can't believe how many sites we were able to see and activities we were able to experience. Sheriff's knowledge of Egyptian history and sense of humor made this trip informative and fun. We did many of the add-ons so the schedule was hectic, but that's how we like to travel when our time is limited. I especially recommend the hot air balloon and Abu Simbel!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Excellent

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

Again, everything was excellent!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

PURE MAGIC! Thank you so much!

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

This was an amazing introduction to Egyptian history and culture. The tour was very informative and yet, fun.

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Posted 6th of Jan 2016

I had a great trip! I don't think it would have been half as nice if I hadn't used Encounters!

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Posted 28th of Oct 2015

An amazing experience! Great for the adventurous at heart! Was wonderful to see all of the sites, would have preferred a little less time on the falucca and perhaps Abu Simbel being included.

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Posted 27th of Oct 2015

I could not have wished for a better introduction to Egypt than Encounters Travel/Egypt Uncovered tour. The Egypt Experience tour is very comprehensive, excellently designed and efficiently ran by the local staff. Accommodation included in the tour is superb; the tour guides are knowledgable and enthusiastic; all key sites that should be visited on a first trip to Egypt are included in the package; and local travel runs extremely smoothly. Moreover, enjoying a private tour of such quality has made of this trip an unforgettable experience that I hope to repeat soon. Thoroughly recommendable!

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Posted 26th of Oct 2015

We had a wonderful time in Egypt and made some great friends while we were there! Our only concern was that everyone got food poisoning at the end of the trip so food hygiene standards may need to be addressed at places the tour visits. Our guide Maghed was the best! He became a genuine friend.

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Posted 25th of Oct 2015

As above

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Posted 24th of Oct 2015

We had been with Encounters Travel before to Jordan which was excellent, so our expectations were high. We were not disappointed. The hotels were very good, the guide extremely knowledgeable with excellent English, and food plentiful and excellent. We visited all the places We remembered from the bible at Sunday school, and then some. I would recommend this holiday to anyone. It was fantastic. I shall definitely book another holiday with Encounters Travel.

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Posted 23rd of Oct 2015

Good

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Posted 23rd of Oct 2015

Takes in some amazing places: Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia among others. Amazing, especially the hot air balloon over Cappadocia.

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Posted 23rd of Oct 2015

Overall loved my trip

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Posted 4th of Sep 2015

great experence

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Posted 19th of Aug 2015

There is room for improvement on the Nubian adventures.

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Posted 18th of Aug 2015

Excellent made so in part by a brilliant guide

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Posted 17th of Aug 2015

Awesome holiday! Fantastic experiences in a absolutely wonderful country. Truly enjoyed the people, their culture and history. *On this particular trip, I would advise taking in-country flights over rail travel for overnight transit based on price and amenities.

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Posted 17th of Aug 2015

It was an amazing holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Posted 16th of Aug 2015

A brilliant tour. Guides excellent, nothing to criticise.

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Posted 16th of Aug 2015

Just fabulous from beginning to end.

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Posted 16th of Aug 2015

Loved the tour and thought we experienced the best Turkey had to offer. At times would have liked just a little bit more time to explore at our own leisure. Particularly would have like to have stayed closer into the township of Cannakkale .

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Posted 15th of Aug 2015

This tour was amazing! It had the perfect amount of free time vs. planned activities. The quality of the included excursions was extremely high and I think that the tour is excellent value for money.

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Posted 15th of Aug 2015

Is a great holiday for those people who have limited time but are wanting to see as much of Jordan as possible. I liked the fact that you could book the optional extras prior to going as opposed to being surprised with them during the trip.

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Hotels were all very nice with friendly helpful staff, our guide communicated well with us informing us of pick up and drop off times etc, The tour was well planned out, The tour guide was very knowlegable, and did well at communicating in 3 different languages to our group. It was a good way of seeing many different places in Morocco that we would not have seen had we not done the tour

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Maggs our guide was low key, knowledgeable and fun to be with. I would insist on using him. Abdul our driver was always there, safe and worked hard. Using Egyptian Encounters MADE the experience!!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Amazing sights, a well organised tour!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

I loved Jordan. It is such a beautiful country!

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Been twice with them in 6 months. All perfect

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Posted 14th of Aug 2015

Excellently designed tour beautifully delivered

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Posted 15th of Apr 2015

One of the best experiences of my Life.

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Posted 5th of Feb 2015

Very well planned and good arrangements.However since we missed out part of our trip we expected some discount for not using facilitiesfor about 6 days.

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Posted 16th of Jan 2015

Turkey was amazing,hotels were really great,nice group of people on the trip, the tour guide was fine, not too amicable,in fact kept to himself mostly, did not liaise with anyone one, I have travelled quite a bit,and found that the trips that are the most pleasurable are the ones where the guides mingle with the people! We hardly sampled local foods, which was disappointing!

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Posted 12th of Jan 2015

I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

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Posted 1st of Nov 2014

100% couldn't have been better. Superb guides, good hotels. Tatty room on the boat but after complaining got a different one.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Fantastic tours and guides with good knowledge - the holiday does go at a pace however, to get everything in - no lie-ins if you really want to see everything! Egypt is a place I wouldn't really want to negotiate/navigate through on my own - Encounters saved a LOT of time and stress.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

some hotels were not up to the star rating given general complaint was food being served cold

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Our guide Salah was excellent throughout the tour, tour bus was very good as well. Only minor problem was with our Amman hotel, which was a bit out of the way, but that's the downside of chosing a 'shoestring' holiday.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Other than the hiccup with the hotel on the first day, the tour itself was excellent. Our guide Yuksil was great - very helpful and knowledgeable. Really well organised and run.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

Guide was very good and knowledgeable about Turkey, past and present. However, he failed to deliver on our expectation of the folklore evening in Cappadocia, despite telling him of our preference for that tour 'extra' on the second day of our tour, I.e., plenty of time to make arrangements. We were told it wasn't going to happen only a couple of hours before the expected performance time. By then it was too late to arrange a hot air balloon ride, which would have been our second choice because that had taken place the same morning. Tour sites were well chosen and hit all the highlights.

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Posted 22nd of Oct 2014

The tour was fantastic. The guide and the driver were friendly and accommodating. The places that were seen were brilliant. Only issue was to try and cram 8 adults into one 4 WD to go to the Sahara was NOT comfortable. Those in the "boot" had no leg room and heads were hitting the roof with every bump. Would have walked if it wasnt for the distance. The guide advised we should have had 2 4WD's and didnt know why only one was available. Apart from that would love to go back and travel more in depth especially Fez and Marrakesh.

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

The tour was well organized and the tour guide and driver were excellent. Being a small group everything ran smoothly.Really appreciated the cold water being provided on the bus as we had some warm days.

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

Excellent trip, amazing sights and good crew

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

all very good indeed

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

Exceeded expectations, great guide, a comfortable, hassle free, interesting and informative tour in a wonderful country.

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Posted 21st of Oct 2014

A wonderful experience- would recommend it to anyone

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Posted 11th of Sep 2014

My friend and I went on the Thailand on a Shoestring tour in July and we loved every minute. Our tour guide, Tanya, was incredible and all of the activities were excellent. We particularly enjoyed staying in the floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park, it was beautiful! I would definitely recommend this tour to those looking for either a quick whistle stop tour of Thailand or to those starting off their travels. 10/10, we had the trip of a lifetime and made so many fantastic memories and friends!

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Posted 13th of Aug 2014

Nepal on a shoestring is your basic tour in Nepal. I was expecting a more adventurous tour but I did get to see some truly incredible things. the mountains,valleys,waterfalls and endless fields of rice were truly magnificent. Nepal is an amazing place with amazing people.

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Posted 12th of Aug 2014

I had a brilliant time although I car with working seat belts and possible without upholstery full of holes would have been better. The holiday itself was brilliant.

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Posted 12th of Aug 2014

Excellent

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Posted 12th of Aug 2014

Provided a bunch of feedback to Fez Travel at the end of the tour but will give the cole's notes: - Was confused when we got into town because the tour was not called "Turkey Encounters" as we purchased but instead "Flying Carpet Tour" run by Fez Travel not Encounters Travel. - Tour guides were not the ones advertized on the Encounters website but one of Fez' guides. -Guide was very personable and helpful so far as helping is with what we needed. His English was good enough to this extent however when it came to relaying historical backgrounds of the sites we were visiting his English was only "adequate". He tended to tell us everything he knew (or could communicate) up front and then send us to roam the grounds on our own. I was a little bit envious of some of the tours who had native English speaking guides who were going into more details; especially where dealing with ruins like Ephesus, Aphrodisias, etc. - On the flip side the local guide got us places I am not sure we would have otherwise visited (i.e, cave family's house). - Some of the visits to the craft industry shops were awkward. The fashion show / leather stop was out of place (i.e., nobody was interested, the fashion show was a bit contrived, and the sales tactics were a bit agressive given nobody showed any interest in leather). - All of the hotels were excellent with the exception of one. The Best Western Khan in Antalya does not belong in a higher priced "comfort" tour. It is old and run down. It was the only hotel in which we were given separate beds as a married couple. It also seemed odd that the Istanbul (TRYP by Wyndham) gave us a large room with a nice view on our initial visit (starting the trip) and then a very small room with no window at all on the night before we left (almost as if they were trying to impress us on the way in but it didnt matter so much on the way out after the Fez feedback had already been provided). As a sidenote, the whole selection of Antalya as a two day stop seems poor. There was very little to do in this town and it seemed like more of a stopover required as a result of the time required to get to the next stop in Capadoccia. - The optional visit to the Turkish bath needs to be better vetted by the tour company and Encounters. The place we were taken to seemed a bit unsanitary and run down. I think we went here because the tour guide knew the family. This should not be a reason for selection of a location. *** - They did not properly separate them men from the women and one of the girls ended up being bathed by one of the male attendants... we were told later that the man was noticably aroused by this exchange which was reported to the tour guide. The tour guide apparently returned and the attendant was summarilly dismissed. I did not let it impact my rating of the tour as the latter bit didnt impact me personally or my wife (other than the cleanliness part) but the fact that that choices in these places is left up to the nepotism/cronyism of specific tour guide is HIGHLY questionable. I would never do something like this again unless it was at a new, clean, and highly rated establishment that I pre-vetted. Sadly I was not given the option to check the location in advance. - Our bus broke down a couple of times over the course of the tour. Once due to flat tire and once because I believe the clutch or gearbox needed servicing. These resulted in delays and unexpected stops in our itinerary. - We skipped Ankara as the guide asked us to vote on whether we wanted to get into Istanbul early. We voted for this since we had an early flight the next day. They seemed a litle rushed to get rid of us that day though. I have brought up a lot of constructive items here but I want to be clear that we did really enjoy the trip and the guide worked very hard to make the tour a good one for the rest of us.

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Posted 11th of Aug 2014

The local guide and driver was very friendly and informative. The only problem was that some hotels were in a bad condition, especially the one in Bandibur Nepal.

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Posted 11th of Aug 2014

Excellent

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Posted 12th of Jul 2014

The tour was a good mix of organised activities and time to relax or do our own thing. The jungle trek was amazing. Hotels were reasonable for the price. One thing I would suggest is that for the days after the night train journeys that an early check in could be arranged at the hotel as it was it was hard to just keep going until the afternoon having had little sleep and not being able to have a shower or change of clothes. or book travellers into a first class train carriage where they are more likely to get a reasonable nights sleep.

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Posted 9th of Jul 2014

The tour was very good and our guide from Fez travel Can was very knowledgeable and kind. His sense of humour and realism was refreshing. The breakfasts and dinners at some of the hotels wwas not of the best standard except for in Istanbul when it was excellent. The food stops on the tour were also not fantastic and could be improved. The food quality has brought the tour from an excellent standard down to a good.

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Posted 19th of Jun 2014

Very good service and travel arrangements on tour, good hotels, good guide for visiting interesting places

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Posted 18th of Jun 2014

Turkey was much greener and more modern than I expected. The historic sites were impressive and the tour went at the right pace. The hotels were all good quality, in good locations and had some impressive buffets. Of course there are plenty of ancient ruins, but each tells a different story so there were plenty of wow factors. My only regret was not giving myself more time in Istanbul.

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Posted 18th of Jun 2014

The trip as a whole was interesting, giving us a taste of the Morocco culture, plus the differences of landscapes from mountain to dessert. The Sahara camp out was disappointing, it reminded me of a tourist KOA camp site in the States and the food was not very good. But, I felt it was an educational and eye opening experience.

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

Some minor improvements would benefit the tour. Having said that we had an excellent guide and a very good time

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

The non-hotel portions of the tour were great value for the money. Highlights included the camel ride and the 4x4 driving. Our tour guide, Idris, was FANTASTIC. Truly informative and treated us like kings and queens. Our driver Moustafa was also excellent, one of the kindest folks I've ever met. The hotels were generally, in a word, disappointing. While I think at some level they were commensurate with what we paid, the Berber camp was truly subpar. There were waterbugs in the shower, the lights didn't work, and the tents were just dirty and tired. In general with the hotel rooms, we only wanted 3 things - working A/C, hot water and clean linens. Generally speaking we were lucky if we got 2 out of the 3. Recommend upgrading from the Golden Tulip to somewhere else in Marrakech, there are so many better options at the same price. The one truly awesome hotel we stayed at was the Palais Asmaa. The rooms and the grounds were just outstanding. Everything else was very tired.

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

The tour was comprehensive and the guide full of information

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

Nubians part good. Hurghada hotel good but a bit too focused to the all inclusive package market

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

The tour is great, thoroughly enjoyed it. Only comment would be if there was possibility of making it a day longer so that can enjoy last few days of the trip. The long drives between Cappodocia and Istanbul and (from memory) Pammukale to Cappodocia aren't the best of days and a lot of time spent just in transit on the bus. If there was a way to include another stop some to break the long trips up and allow more time to visit somewhere else in turkey I think would be much better. Other than that an excellent tour will recommend to anyone going to turkey!

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

Was a great tour! Visit nice places. Only the park that we visit one day I would not reccomend - maybe they can do something else in the Parks Place.

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Posted 17th of Jun 2014

Lots to see but a little too much time spent travelling. Lots of time in hotels which is not super appealing to me.

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Posted 2nd of Jun 2014

Excellent

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Posted 1st of Jun 2014

This tour was delightful, we were very impressed by the places we visited. The only negative was that more free time would have suited us, but that is just our personal preference

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Posted 30th of May 2014

Brilliant value for money. Excellent guide. Good hotels

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Posted 29th of May 2014

I found our guide to be very good. I did think the extras we had to pay for where ridiculous. I have read the documents again and it reads as if our Abu simbel trip is included and we only have to pay entrance fees but in the end we have to pay 65 pounds for this trip.

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Posted 27th of May 2014

I was really impressed with my guide, Deepak, who was very knowledgable and managed to answer all my questions no matter how obscure they were! He also interpreted for me when I wanted to ask local people questions, which was wonderful. I gained a really good insight into the country, it's people, and it's history. The tour covered several areas of Nepal, each part very different, and every day was an amazing experience. Nepal is an extraordinary country, and I would thoroughly recommend this trip. The only down side is when you have to leave it to come home.

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Posted 25th of May 2014

The hotel was very good with excellent facilities but the restaurant in the evening was dire - a dead give away. It was nearly always empty which is a real pity as they got the much harder bits right. Tour itself was good and well organised with a knowledgeable guide. Usual chaos with traffic but beyond anyone's control. A great 4 day break.

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Posted 24th of May 2014

lifetime experience!

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Posted 24th of May 2014

I wish we could have done this years ago! The small group concept works so much better than a big coach tour, providing both flexibility, good use of time and more personal attention from a first rate guide.

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Posted 24th of May 2014

The welcome agent and drivers were excellent in Egypt. The Egyptologist guides superb, especially with including our two children, aged 7 and 9 years. We had a private family tour as went March 2014 when few tourists were visiting Egypt but found everywhere safe and everyone so friendly.

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Posted 24th of May 2014

What a beautiful country

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

I would take this opportunity to communicate our experience from this trip. I will sum it up in one word -- GORGEOUS. And the BIGGEST reason for this was the tour guide -- Mr. Zouhair Mohamed. He was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of things (culture, cuisine, dance, music, locations, history, geography, local services, in short everything that was essential for us to get a full experience from this trip), and he was proactive at all times to provide us the best experience possible. He was very entertaining throughout the trip, and he made sure we were engaged in the various aspects of the tour at all times. He was also patient, flexible, and effective in managing the diverse group of people who were on the trip. He was successful in satisfying the different needs and interests of the various people in the group. He deserves to be much more than just a tour guide.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

Absolutely amazing tour. We were lucky to have a very knowledgable and passionate guide. Some of the hotel rooms were quite uncomfortable, but a part from that - absolutely enjoyed it.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

GREAT TOUR! Ilker was a great tour leader and we met some amazing people.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

It was good but felt rushed... guides gave little information about important tourist sites like Gallipoli. At one point we were sitting on the bus listening to irrelevant stories while we were all dying to get off and know a bit of history... Cut into our time and meaning :-(

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

In many respects this was an excellent tour giving a good insight into much of what Israel has to offer. My criticism would be that it was very 'whistlestop' and I think too much is crammed into too few days. The time allocation at a number of the sights was insufficient and we were not able to see things completely or have free time to experience it on our own. On a number of days we did not have a lunch break until mid afternoon, having had breakfast at 7.30 am and there was not always time to grab refreshment mid morning. The bias of the trip was very much Christian; it would have been more balanced if we could have visited a synagogue and mosque and maybe Greek/Russian orthodox. It'really a 12 day tour squashed into 6. I have no regrets about going on this trip, I just would have liked more time.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

It was really good and loved the trip to the village where no other tourists go. The tour guide gave us a real Morrocan flavour. A map of Marrakech and also of the tour route would be a great welcome touch.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

A fantastic trip with a great guide and driver and a perfect itinerary. A wonderful country

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

My guide did not speak great English and really didn't do much more than guide me through the hike....he didn't explain much unless I asked and he spent most of the time talking in Nepalese to the porter, who did not speak any English. It was at times lonely. Also, when I compare what other guides did and how involved they were with their groups it was hard not to notice how mine were inexperienced. They were kind, just rather uncommunicative is all.

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

Fun trip, organized well

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Posted 23rd of May 2014

**

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Posted 31st of Mar 2014

I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

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Posted 23rd of Mar 2014

The tour was everything I expected it to be and I enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was excellent.

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Posted 17th of Mar 2014

I was a little surprised to see that the tour was actually provided by ExPat tours. They did a good job though.

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Posted 15th of Mar 2014

I enjoyed the way the Jordan portion was organized but Cairo was lacking. Next time I would like to shorten the time spent in Cairo and extend more in Jordan.

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Posted 15th of Mar 2014

We thought this tour was excellent overall; my feedback has been emailed previously to Anthony separately, and a review placed on Trip Adviser.

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Posted 15th of Mar 2014

The tour well and truly exceeded our expectations. Credit definitely needs to be given to Prakesh, our guide, who was very knowledgable, funny and a pleasure to spend two weeks with. Ishwor, our porter, was also great! We had the time of our lives :-)

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Posted 8th of Mar 2014

We had an excellent time in Morocco! Our guide Zuzu was amazing and show us so much of his beautiful country.

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Posted 28th of Feb 2014

Food items and menu could be better

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Posted 27th of Feb 2014

good value for the amount of ground covered, but the trade-off is much much less detail. encounters trip notes should have made it clear that at sites eg pergamum the tour only goes to the forum and not the aesclepion, arguably the most important bit; also, at pamukkale that swimming in the antique pool is extra, and at topkapi, extra for harem visit. this is slightly clearer in the trip notes provided locally - by which time it's too late. there was a bit of pressure from our local tour guide to pay extra and fly back from aksaray instead of bussing to ankara and back to istanbul - made sense because visit to ankara only included visit to ataturk mausoleum, not the more important museum of anatolian civilisations. overall though, it was an enjoyable way to see so much more of turkey.

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Posted 25th of Feb 2014

Again guides and drivers made the tour impactful....

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Posted 24th of Feb 2014

This tour gave me the most incredible view of Morocco, its people and culture. I loved it.

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Posted 22nd of Feb 2014

Fantastic experience, good value, great guides.

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Posted 15th of Feb 2014

I really loved this trip! Our guide was wonderful and the mix of people, perfect.

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Posted 15th of Feb 2014

Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Activities, accommodation, sights and food were great, but a lot a of travel time which did not allow much time to wind down or spend time out in the evenings.

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Posted 15th of Feb 2014

Excellent

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

historical interests were well met

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Idris was fantastic! We were so glad to have him as our tour guide. He really made the trip great and seemed to know everything about his country. Loved the sights we were guided to.

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Wonderful tour!! The only criticism I can give is the large amount of driving, which was totally worth it to get to the Berber camp…job well done!

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

A great country to visit,

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Guide in Hurgarda was very good and an asset to the organisation

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Tour Guide could have done more to keep to the timetable and to control members of the group. Group was larger than that specified as the maximum for the company

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Intimate tour of the country. Great tour. Really felt immersed.

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Posted 14th of Feb 2014

Overall very good, but at times a bit haphazard. The enthusiasm level of the group participants varied widely, by person and over time, in part for that reason. Some explanations of what was going on would at times have been helpful, despite it all working out okay.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Despite the fact that our guide was not good we had a wonderful time. Gary the bus driver saved the day.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

We were met at airports by sub-contractors as arranged by encounters every time. Guides were supplied that had extensive local knowledge. Hotels were good quality.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

too much of a road trip with insufficient time allowed to visit important ancient Greek and Roman sites, museums et al; hotel buffets did not provide water at meals rather wanted to sell beverages; uncomfortable hard sells after visits to rug, leather, jewelry factories

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

I loved it! Staying on the different islands and getting a look at real life rather than just a resort was wonderful.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

We thought it was a good tour but did not particularly enjoy the two full days at the seaside. It could have been cut back to one. We did enjoy the snorkeling and swimming. We would have also liked an extra day at Hulong Bay as it is a long journey each way and we barely had 24 hours there. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful in the tours and hotels

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Had a great time.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

The tour guides were amazing! They really wanted to show off Morocco and its deep history. The one draw back was the food. It was not what I expected and I feel like we could have had better. Overall everything was great and I couldn't have been more happy with my experience.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

The tour overall was wonderful, I had no major issues. The itinerary was packed full of wonderful places to see and things to do, however, I do have a few complaints in regards to the food venues and attractions. Many of the choices for food became repetitive but I understand this may also have been a result of the time constraints. Additionally, a number of the stops on the tour led me to feel pressured about making purchases from local vendors Ex. the herbologist and carpet shop I felt that this time could have been better spent touring other places along our journey. Overall though, I would not take back this trip for the world. This was one of the best experiences I have had in my entire life, and Encounters made it all so simple. I will be booking another tour with this company very soon. Special thank you to our tour guide Idris for a fantastic time!!!!

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

There is no way I could have seen all that I saw on tour on my own in that amount of time! It was certainly well worth it, however - the stops (both the rest stops and the tour stops) were too rushed and two out of the three buses were cramped. I'm very fortunate I made it onto the big bus, given my back and knee conditions. I wish there were more walking tours available. More time in Marrakech would have been lovely as well - I kind of wish I had extended my stay a bit longer. I met some new found friends in the marketplace. And I made friends with all the people on the tour. It was a real treat to be with such an amazing group of people.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

The tour and all the the local guides were excellent

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

This was a budget tour so the hotels and what meals they provided were OK. But taking us from the airport to Greenwich on what they called public transportation and involved their metro system with our luggage was a disaster. They knew in advance the ages of their customers(mostly seniors). A bus should have been supplied. We took a cab at the end of the trip back to the airport and were told we would get the cost of the metro back but never received it. I could write more but I would not use Encounters Travel again or recommend it.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Our guide was very helpful and I couldn't speak highly enough for him. He answered all of our questions and really helped us delve into the Moroccan lifestyle

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

would definately recommend

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Very good tour guide, visits and most hotels good.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Some of the hotels and food could've been better.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Some of the food provided was a bit disappointing. Obviously the hotels are all to a certain Moroccan Standard but the food quality on 2 occasions was well below standard.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Mersmerised by the beauty of Morroccan history and landscape! All captured through my lenses and shared to all my friends and circle. Now, more want to experience the wonderful journey I made through the deserts and mountains of Morocco and the Moroccan people.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Absolutely amazing. Our guide and his team were fantastic and I would definitely recommend trekking with them.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

For what was spent.

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Posted 13th of Feb 2014

Good

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