Jenny · Traveled June 2023
I found that Egypt & Jordan was a fantastic experience. Tour guides were excellent & helpful, with language, history, etc, whilst travelling in a culturally different part of the world.
Review submitted 26 Jul 2023
PHIL · Traveled April 2023
To the Intrepid Staff:
My wife, Christy Jane Mac Ewan, and I, Phillip Knaiger, (Booking Number 6279946), travelled to Egypt and Jordan on Intrepid Tours from April 12, 2023 to April 30, 2023. The tours met or exceeded most of our expectations; we had a wonderful time.
Thus, we would like to offer some comments on our experiences in the hope that you will find them useful when planning similar tours in the future.
Transfers to and from the airports and to the hotels were excellent, and very much appreciated. We found your agents quickly, and with their assistance were guided easily through visa and immigration.
In Egypt, we were led by Hany Mustafa (leader #20100520) an excellent guide. Hany was very knowledgeable, kind, considerate, and well organized. He provided us with deep understanding of Egypt’s history and insights into life in modern Egypt. Hany created a friendly, inclusive atmosphere, which was enhanced by his gentle humour, and the small size (12) of the group.
Something he did, which we really appreciated, was suggest extra activities and excursions that we could pursue on our own free time.
For example, he initiated and arranged for my wife and another member of the tour to visit Nephartari’s tomb during our rest day on the Nile cruise. This addition to their tour was a highlight for both of them.
Therefore, we highly recommend Hany to you. Also, the drivers were excellent, friendly and reliable; we always felt safe with them behind the wheel.
The cities and sites that were chosen were uniformly fascinating, and the pacing very good, including plenty of rest time in evenings and on drives. The level of difficulty rated for the tour was perfect. We arrived at our hotels tired, but eager for the next day. We often left our hotel very early in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds at the most popular sites, which we appreciated. The accommodations were very good, with the exception of the overnight train. The compartment was filthy and had to be cleaned thoroughly by us. The toilets flushed onto the tracks which was unsanitary. Although we were able to sleep, many of our group were unable to, and there were many complaints.
The Nile cruise was wonderful. The cabins were clean, and the service was good. However, because our cabins were on a low deck the bedrooms were noisy when another ship moored alongside because the other ship’s engines were constantly running. We suggest booking cabins on an upper deck.
The next phase of our tour was in Jordan. Our tour was led by Mohammed Assaff, who was very informed and well organized. We enjoyed his leadership and knowledge thoroughly. The sights we visited were fascinating, the hotels were comfortable, and again the driver was excellent. The only negative experience was the desert camp and “safari” at Wadi Rhum. The desert itself was wonderful, and every bit as beautiful as one could wish, but the camp was shared by a much larger group of teens, which diluted our group experience, and the tent accommodations, with only two toilets per gender in communal washrooms were a disappointment. (On a previous tour of Morocco lead by by Peregrine Tours, we stayed in a Bedouin tent campsite with only our small group. This was far superior to the camp experience in Jordan; and because only our group stayed in the camp, it was a much friendlier experience.) The jeep ride through Wadi Rhum was far too long and uncomfortable. A shorter and more direct route would have been preferable and would still have offered plenty of vistas of the landscape to enjoy.
We hope you will consider these comments as helpful, and aside from the few negative aspects of both tours we would not hesitate to recommend Intrepid to our friends and family. We hope to travel with Intrepid again.
Thank you for our wonderful experiences. We shall never forget them.
Phil Knaiger and Jane Mac Ewan
Review submitted 19 Jul 2023
Michael · Traveled April 2023
Visiting the pyramids in Egypt and Petra in Jordan have been a lifelong dream. This trip essentially consists of 2 separate trips joined by a transfer flight. The Egypt part was fabulous. Well planned and covered all the major sites and places to see. Although Alexandria is very important, there isn't that much to actually see. Maybe add some more time for Cairo instead. The night train from Cairo to Aswan is an experience. The Jordan trip was ok. The itinerary not as well planned as the Egypt one. Nevertheless Petra and Wadi Rum are highlights on their own.
Review submitted 01 May 2023