Egypt & Luxury Nile Cruises

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Travel in Style Reviews
Egypt, Morocco and Jordan

On the subject of Morocco I was going to e-mail you separately to tell you how pleased we were. Youssef Soudy, who was the driver and travel assistant assigned by the agency was a real find. He was cooperative, efficient yet flexible and understanding of our personal needs. Generally the guides in each location (we had the one driver throughout and a different guide in each city) were top quality. We learned a great deal, ate much too much excellent food, and had a wonderful experience. At the very end we went to the airport hoping to check in early and relax in the Air Maroc business class lounge only to find that the check in for the flight wouldn't occur until 9p, two hours before flight. So Youssef insisted on buying us a beer -- I had used all my Moroccan currency for tips and purchases -- and wait with us. No sooner did we sit down in the cafeteria when he spotted a friend who worked for the airline; after much conversation in Arabic, Youssef announced that his friend would see to our check in and would escort us directly to the lounge -- three hours ahead of scheduled check in. We felt like visiting royalty or diplomats as we whisked through security and downstairs to the lounge where we spent a very quiet and relaxing evening.

Again thanks for all your good work so far.

Travel in Style Reviews
Egypt: Alexandria and Petra Tour

Subject: mention in Newsweek International

Dear Grand Flying Carpet Magician (AKA Omar the magnificent)….

We are at home and all settled. It took a few days, but we are back on sleep schedule etc. All the many items we got in Egypt came through very, very well – not one piece was broken nor chipped. We have some very beautiful bowls, plates, other ceramics, and textiles to remind us of our wonderful second trip to Egypt and amazing Petra.

If you go to the international Newsweek of March 1, 2010, in the article beginning on page 51 ("Dancing the Trip Away"), then turn to page 52, middle column and right column, you will see what I read while in Cairo -- what a delightful surprise:

For those eager to learn the ancient art of belly dancing, there are a number of options…And in Morocco, offers a nine-day belly-dancing tour, where guests stay at the plush Sofitel Essaouira Medina & Spa and take daily two-hour lessons as well as sightseeing excursions in Marrakech ($5,860;

You are known world-wide – of course!!!

I know I have the belly for the dance lessons but not the flexibility to do the moves.

Hope all is well for/with you and yours.

Your very appreciative traveler…