Traveling with Children

 
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Traveling with children:
Egypt, Mediterranean Cruise and Greece


In a message dated 7/6, jwalker writes:

OK, I have had enough work today and am anxious to give you my feedback, so here goes:

Arrival in Greece we were met by Costas and he was wonderful and made us feel very welcome. His sign was very professional and big enough for us to see, although my daughter missed him the next evening. This was definitely not his fault. Dimitri met us at the hotel and made sure we knew about everything that was going to happen from that point on. Again, he made us feel welcome and comfortable, which made us relax. The hotel we stayed in was terrific. We loved the roof top restaurant and the view. Service at the hotel was great and the food was average.

Dimitri did an excellent job of getting us on the cruise ship and of picking us up from the cruise ship. We never were worried about any of our connections. He made sure the cruise ship knew we had to get off early and the cruise ship was very accommodating to make sure that happened.

The cruise was terrific and we loved everywhere we stopped, especially Turkey and Santorini. The service on the ship was very good and the employees were terrific. The food was average at best.

Our two day excursions from Athens were definitely worth our time. We loved Delphi and really enjoyed Argolis as well. Again, Dimitri made sure we got picked up both days and were delivered back to our hotel by the tour we were on. Dimitri again met us in the evening to get us to our early morning flight to Egypt and we got a chance to meet his lovely wife. He did everything he could to get us checked in and going in the right direction in the airport. We absolutely think he and his brother were wonderful and did an outstanding job taking care of us.

When we arrived in Cairo we were met by Memo (spelling) and Michael. Again, Memo did an excellent job of greeting us, getting us our Visas and getting us and our luggage through the airport. This was very important to us as this part of our trip was the most concerning for us. He got us on a bus to our airport and made us feel very comfortable and very welcome to Egypt. I was incredibly impressed by his ability to anticipate our needs. He had already changed our tour, which was to begin at 8:00 AM to begin at 10:00 AM since we were getting in so late in the morning. The additional two hours sleep was very well needed by all of us. He made sure we were checked in properly in our hotel then took care of our wake-up call. We literally had to do nothing but go to our room and go to bed. Our tour to the pyramids was outstanding and probably our highlight of the entire trip. Our female guide did a superb job explaining everything we were going to see and talking about what we were seeing when we were there. We had no idea we would be riding camels, going to a perfume store, stopping by to shop for gold and silver and then finishing up with a trip to a local shop that made rugs. All of this was unexpected and was a wonderful way to see some of the local areas. Lunch was superb, although I couldn't tell you where we ate. It was very close to the pyramids and definitely in Giza. We were also made very comfortable with the additional security that accompanied us everywhere we went. Our safety was never in jeopardy, at least we thought so. Arriving back to the hotel after a long day we were very tired and wondering how much fun the dinner cruise was going to be but again Memo anticipated this and had already changed the dinner cruise to the next evening, which made all of us very very happy. Again, I was blown away by his ability to stay one step ahead of our needs and really knowing what we were thinking. The dinner cruise was again more than we expected. The food was good, not outstanding but the entertainment was superb. Although we were expecting the belly dancer we were not expecting the whirling dervish or whatever he was, but he was incredible and a memory we will never forget. Michael accompanied us on the cruise and he made sure we were well taken care of. He also did an outstanding job of making sure we had a wonderful time. He was very service oriented and we were blown away that he had only been with the company for three months and that we were his first group to go solo with. If he hadn't told us, we would have never known. Michael met us in the morning to take us to the airport and along with him and Memo made sure we got our luggage checked with very little hassle. Everyone in Egypt did everything humanly possible to make sure we were taken care of.

I would do anything necessary for references for either Athens or Cairo. The people you are working with there are absolutely first class and made sure we had a wonderful vacation. I would love to write letters to both locations if you think that is appropriate. The only bad news is what myself and daughter brought back with us from Egypt and that is being sick. We both have spent way too much time in the bathroom the last five days. Other than that our vacation was simply the best! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!
 

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