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Travel in Style Reviews
Trip to Egypt April 2010

From: William Situ
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Subject: Reflections on Egypt Trip

Dear Omar, Azza, Fatima & Team
It's been a few weeks since we returned from our trip to Egypt, and I have finally settled down back to the hurried pace of life in New York. Just wanted to express my thanks to you and your team for planning a wonderful 12-day trip to Egypt. Throughout the trip, we were impressed by the professionalism of your staff, and the level of care and planning for each day's activities, travels and meals. The tour guides are educated in their field and they gave us a good explanation and tour of the different sites and temples that we visited. The travel between different sites was well executed as we were shepherded by private vans, and your staff made sure we arrived at the airports early, and got picked up on time. Egypt is a large country, and we went to many different sites, and the transition and travel in between was smooth. The hotels you picked were very nice and relaxing, especially in Aswan and Luxor. We had good experiences dining in chosen restaurants in Cairo. The cruise was relaxing and efficiently took us to the different temple sites between Luxor and Aswan.

Ever since I was a kid, I had wanted to visit Egypt and see that all the country had to offer. I have read a lot about the history and mythology of the sites before the trip. And with your team, you had fulfilled that dream of mine. Words cannot express all that I had experienced and seen, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. I have uploaded all of my travel photos on Flickr which you can feel free to look at. What I cannot capture in words, I have captured in photos.

And for images from Abydos Temple and the Ancient Egyptian Abydos Helicopter:

Best regards,
Travel in Style Reviews
Morocco and Egypt

Subject: Werchick Egypt report

Omar -
First, as with our Morocco tour which you prepared for us, I want to thank you for your outstanding personal attention to our Egypt itinerary. Your help at the planning stage resulted in a customized itinerary that made sure we saw and enjoyed everything an Egypt visit should cover. Your selection of hotels for our luxury tour was superb. I must particularly compliment your use of the Four Seasons in Cairo for us; this is definitely a world class hotel in every respect. The use of personal drivers and guides every day (other than on our Nile cruise, which was with a group of a dozen) meant that my wife and I frequently arrived at phenomenal antiquities ahead of the group tours to permit us to enjoy them as if they had been reserved for us alone. In particular, including Habu Temple and Dandara Temple as side trips from Luxor (which most tour companies regrettably omit because they don't budget enough time to include them) provided us with an astonishing experience.

Even with the inevitable small glitches that may develop along the way, your attention to our on-going satisfaction was nothing less than amazing. When there was a question about one part of our itinerary and I sent an e-mail to your Cairo representatives (in the evening after their office was closed for the day) with a copy to you, I was blown away by getting a call from the owner of the Cairo agency not fifteen minutes after my e-mail to San Francisco to tell me you had called and discussed the matter with him. Everything was resolved within minutes. This kind of service is extra-ordinary in the travel planning business.

Having your local representatives meet us at each airport – even inside customs in Cairo to help with the formalities – made us feel like privileged diplomats. At the other end, when they took us to departures and handled our luggage and all check-in formalities while we waited comfortably with not a single long line was a particular treat. I know they say, "you get what you pay for," but unfortunately that's not always the case with travel planning in general; with Travel In Style our experience suggests you work hard to make sure that happen.

We certainly will recommend Travel In Style to anyone planning a special trip to Egypt. Thanks again for all your help.

We believe you have done an outstanding job making Egyptian history and antiquities accessible to us, and we will be forever grateful.

- Arne

P.S. To finish this commentary on a very positive note, our arrival in Jordan couldn't have been handled better; we are absolutely delighted with Nadine, our guide, and are having a wonderful time. I will report more later.