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Imke Herold

There is nothing more exciting to me than visiting new places and getting to learn about other cultures first hand. I love active travel and I am always on the search for finding the perfect hikes as there is no better way to discover a country than by foot!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Jordan, active travel, canyon hikes, local communities, hikes, nature, Wadi Rum, Petra, trekking, historical sites"

How did you get involved in travel?

"While living in Jordan I was introduced to the Tourism Industry by coincidence but loved it from the very first second! The buzz and excitement you get when creating the perfect trip for other people is what got me hooked!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Many many years ago I did my first 'wet wadi (canyon) hike' in Jordan. After a very hot and very strenuous uphill hike, we arrived at the entrance to the Malaqi trail. We walked into a narrow gorge and within minutes we stood in a small, but fast flowing stream. The next few hours were just mesmerizing! While following the river on its descend to the Dead Sea, we had to climb over rock formations and slide down some pretty wild waterfalls and the winding gorge surprised me over and over again. After this first wet canyon trip, I hiked many many more but I will never forget the excitement of that very first one!"

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Recent trip reviews for Imke

Jordan, Jordan - Jan 7 - Jan 14, 2019

Traveler: Alisoun B. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

Receiving a preset email to ask about my trip is exactly what I got from your service. You checked off the boxes, and didn’t care when I reached out to say that things were not going well.

There are not words to express my anger and disappointment at your services and what I received on my trip to Jordan.

I asked for four and five star hotels. I guess your people thought I would not be interested in five star hotels so they booked me in four stars. The four stars I was put in I were so... read more

Receiving a preset email to ask about my trip is exactly what I got from your service. You checked off the boxes, and didn’t care when I reached out to say that things were not going well.

There are not words to express my anger and disappointment at your services and what I received on my trip to Jordan.

I asked for four and five star hotels. I guess your people thought I would not be interested in five star hotels so they booked me in four stars. The four stars I was put in I were so wholly unacceptable that I actually paid for my own hotel at one of the towns. – It would have been a simple thing to explain that the difference in Jordan between four and five stars is light years, but your people did not, they simply chose the cheap route, either because you make a higher profit, or you were afraid I might not book through you if the price appeared to high.

I was booked to go to Wadi Rum - NO ONE mentioned there were no showers and the toilet facilities were absolutely the most minimal. Not a problem, but I might have come a tad more prepared if someone in your organization had had the courtesy to be a little more specific with the information.

I was booked at the Red Sea in a hotel that was so far out of town it would have taken a helicopter to get back to town. To top it off it was a mile OFF of the water with an industrial complex view.

I spent my last hours in Jordan in a hotel at the Dead Sea that looks like it was built 40 years ago and hasn’t seen an upgrade since. Not only that but it is filled with Russian men, obviously looking for hookers on their holiday. Not what a single woman needs when in an already hyper masculine country.

Then, you booked the least expensive rooms, without even discussing this with me so I looked over the freeway or garbage cans on most that you placed me in. I would have paid for ocean views, but that was again, something you failed to consider discussing during the booking process. Since I traveled during low season and I assume you chose the cheapest rooms and took the biggest profits.

When I realized the inappropriate hotels I asked for upgrades at least 3 days in advance and I was told that wasn’t possible. That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard yet. You are a major corporation with ties to most every hotel in the world, a three day notice would be enough for anyone to change a hotel, unless of course, you booked on booking.com.

I travel over 100,000 miles a year all over the world. I used you in Jordan as I was traveling on a very complicated trip for the 3 months prior and simply had no time to do the arrangements. I also had no time to double check the hotels you put me in as I had no time until my arrival in Amman to actually review the schedule. Your lack of service once I arrived into Jordan, and the horrendous places you put me spoiled, what I had hoped would be a relaxing end to a grueling 3 month travel schedule.

Janette

Tour of petra and most popular tourist spots within 2 days, Jordan - Jul 23 - Jul 26, 2018

Traveler: Janette M. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

We had the most wonderful trip to Jordan, thanks to Imke. She was knowledgeable, very pleasant, had great recommendations, answered all my questions and was very patient with me. We are seasoned travelers but this was our first time in the middle east and were a little apprehensive but not anymore. We were able to see Petra, Wadi Rum, Baptism Site and Dead Sea. The whole experience was breathtaking. We were very happy with our hotel accommodations. A special shout out to our wonderful... read more

We had the most wonderful trip to Jordan, thanks to Imke. She was knowledgeable, very pleasant, had great recommendations, answered all my questions and was very patient with me. We are seasoned travelers but this was our first time in the middle east and were a little apprehensive but not anymore. We were able to see Petra, Wadi Rum, Baptism Site and Dead Sea. The whole experience was breathtaking. We were very happy with our hotel accommodations. A special shout out to our wonderful driver Akram. If I had to rate Akram from 1 to 10, I'll give him a 20. He went above and beyond to make sure that we were comfortable and well taken care of. He was always prompt, looks professional, very informative and always in a good mood. He ensured that we were taken to the places as per our Itinerary. He made our trip to Jordan very enjoyable and definitely one for the books. Our trip to Jordan was only the first leg of our vacation, we went to Dubai and Switzerland after and enjoyed it but our trip to Jordan was our favorite and the most memorable one, thanks to Imke and Akram! I've already recommended kimkim, Jordan and Akram to a few of my friends who are apprehensive to travel to the middle east. I'm now planning our next vacation to South America through kimkim as well!! Can't wait!! :))

Imke Herold, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Janette,

Thank you so much for your kind words and I super pleased that you had such a great experience in Jordan! I hope you have the chance to come to Jordan again some other time. Wishing you a lovely trip to South Africa....how exciting!
Best wishes,
Imke

Jordan in 5 days - amman, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2018

Traveler: Jess H. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

The experience in Jordon itself was fantastic. It is a beautiful country and we enjoyed Petra and Wadi Rum immensely. The experience with kimkim was good at first, but a lot of important details were missed that soured our experience. Imke never sent us the name or contact info for our driver, despite her assuring us that she would and I reached out to her days before we left to get that info. We felt rather lost when we landed, not sure where to find him since there were groups of... read more

The experience in Jordon itself was fantastic. It is a beautiful country and we enjoyed Petra and Wadi Rum immensely. The experience with kimkim was good at first, but a lot of important details were missed that soured our experience. Imke never sent us the name or contact info for our driver, despite her assuring us that she would and I reached out to her days before we left to get that info. We felt rather lost when we landed, not sure where to find him since there were groups of drivers/guides at many different places in the airport. Then we got to one of our hotels and it hadn't been paid for and the host at the desk rather aggressively insisted it was my responsibility to pay. I had to call the emergency line to get it resolved, and the whole process took over an hour from our time in Petra as we weren't allowed to leave the hotel without paying. Then, less important but most disappointing: despite confirming with Imke twice that we wanted to do the hot air balloon in Wadi Rum, she did not make the booking and it was already full when we got there so we missed out on one of the parts of our honeymoon that we were most looking forward to experiencing. And our driver was nice but we felt pressured at times to buy things from the gift shops and restaurants that he took us to (I know this is standard on tours but it shouldn't be). And then on our last day we had planned in our itinerary to explore Amman for a few hours but our driver insisted that we should stay at our hotel until 5pm (well past checkout) instead. We pushed back a bit but he was very insistent and so we felt uncomfortable and just agreed to that. Overall, we liked Jordan but I'm not sure I would go through kimkim again.

Petra with herscu, Jordan - Jul 4 - Jul 6, 2018

Traveler: Ian S. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

We visited Wadi Rum and Petra. A wonderful experience and well organised. Excellent driver and new Hyundai Van. Driver was always on time. The guide that showed us Wadi Rum had personality, knowledge and a joy to be with.

Imke Herold, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ian,
Thank you so much for your positive review! I am glad you had such a wonderful time in Jordan and I hope you get the chance to come back some time in the future!
Best wishes,
Imke

Jordan, Jordan - Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2018

Traveler: Tovah W. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

We had an amazing time in Jordan and all of our reservations/bookings/excursions etc were as we hoped they would be. The W Amman was beautiful. Our driver and guide, Faris, was great and so knowledgeable. He took us to Petra which was a highlight of the trip, then we stayed in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum (I recommend letting people know that the drive through the desert to get to the camp takes about 25-30 minutes. It was after 9pm, dark and we were nervous about why it was taking so long.... read more

We had an amazing time in Jordan and all of our reservations/bookings/excursions etc were as we hoped they would be. The W Amman was beautiful. Our driver and guide, Faris, was great and so knowledgeable. He took us to Petra which was a highlight of the trip, then we stayed in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum (I recommend letting people know that the drive through the desert to get to the camp takes about 25-30 minutes. It was after 9pm, dark and we were nervous about why it was taking so long. Once we got there everything was great but would have been good to know in advance.) The sunrise jeep ride through Wadi Rum was breathtaking, camel ride was a lot of fun and then we made our way to the dead sea. The resort was beautiful and we had a great time getting mud wraps and taking advantage of the hotel spa's amenities and pools. Wadi Mujib was amazing, definitely a challenge, and our driver got us to the airport nice and early for our 5:30am flight to Cairo. It was an excellent trip!

Imke Herold, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tovah,
Thank you so much for your lovely and detailed trip review. I am so happy that you had an amazing time in Jordan and thank you so much for your tip about telling our clients about the half hour desert drive through the desert to get to the camp. We will definitely make sure to include that in our descriptions as of now! Best wishes, Imke

Jordan, Jordan - Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2018

Traveler: Nichole E. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

We had a wonderful time in Jordan. KimKim was very helpful in planning our trip. They were always very quick to respond to our requests or questions.

Imke Herold, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Nichole for your 5 star rating and I am so glad you had such a wonderful time in Jordan!
Best wishes,
Imke

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2018

Traveler: Catarina R. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

I had a great experience with kimkim. The chat is great and made it very easy to book everything. Imke was extremely helpful since the first contact. She accommodated all our changes and answered all my questions. I was quite happy with the support and overall service.

Imke Herold, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Catarina,
Thank you so much for your lovely review Catarina and I am so glad you had such a great time in Jordan! I hope you have the chance to visit again at some point.
With my very best wishes,
Imke