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Samir Bishara

I have been in the tourism field for many years, long enough for me to become very aware of travelers' needs and requirements. My passion for tourism and travel influenced me to switch my career from Mechanical Engineering to tourism.

When I build an itinerary for my travelers, I picture the routes in my mind and see how things can go smoothly and what can be difficult for the travelers - enhancing the good things and smoothing sharp edges. I do my best always to make all trips aspects clear to my travelers so they do not need to worry about any last-minute surprises. It is a way of life for me - I enjoy helping people get the most out of what they paid for, and always ready and happy to go the extra mile to satisfy my guests. My aim always is to let all of my guests go back home, with an outstanding feeling of joy and satisfaction from their trips.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I plan trips to Jordan, Israel, and Egypt and I specialize in archeological, adventure, religious, trekking, and eco trips.
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How did you get involved in travel?

"Seeing the reactions of travelers after each day after they return from a visit. To see the joy and astonishment on their faces, I had to know why! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Over 20 years ago, I took a pilgrimage trip to Jerusalem & Galilee. While it was an eye-opening experience from a religious and historical perspective, it was not a place that I would describe as particularly fun or edgy. But it is an overwhelming experience in all aspects. After that, I knew that I needed to go deeper into this field.

Golden Travel advices :
• Travel without telling anyone.
• If you are not rich, do not accompany rich people on travel.
• Do not travel to reach certain places, travel for the travel itself,
• Sometimes you need to travel very far to find what is closer to you.
• when you travel do not drag your troubles with you. leave them home.
• Do not ever travel with someone you do not like.
• Do not listen to what they say. Go and see by yourself.
• Do not follow the steps of others. Everybody is lost, even if they pretended otherwise.

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Samir is part of the following groups: Israel Travel Agents, Jordan Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Samir

We had a terrific trip to Jordan and Egypt pl...
Jordan | May 5 - May 13, 2024

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Adaire P.
Mexico | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
We had a terrific trip to Jordan and Egypt planned by Samir. The hotels were just what we wanted, the guides and drivers top notch. Samir anticipated exactly the trip we wanted and brought everything together. beautifully. The only disappointment was the car in Jordan. It had some issues that should have been addressed before use. It also was fairly old and probably should be retired from a a trip of this caliber. That said, the driver - Amin - handled the challenges with grace and humor.... Read more

We had a terrific trip to Jordan and Egypt planned by Samir. The hotels were just what we wanted, the guides and drivers top notch. Samir anticipated exactly the trip we wanted and brought everything together. beautifully.

The only disappointment was the car in Jordan. It had some issues that should have been addressed before use. It also was fairly old and probably should be retired from a a trip of this caliber. That said, the driver - Amin - handled the challenges with grace and humor.

Another suggestion would be to remind clients of the need to secure an Egyptian visa themselves. I discovered this quite by accident a couple weeks before the trip.

Overall, we will continue to recommend KimKim and were very happy with Samir and Enjoy Jordan. Many, many thanks for a memorable visit.

Hotel Reviews
Movenpick Dead Sea Spa & Resort
Sweimeh, Amman

Incredible location, team and spa!

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Steigenberger Achti
luxor
Authenticity & Character
Absolutely loved the Middle Eastern restaurant
Location
Staff
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Petra Moon Luxury Hotel
Petra
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Helnan Dreamland Hotel & Conference Center
6th of October City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Laundry was delivered at 11 pm after we were asleep even though we didn't ask for immediate turnaround. Love the service but please be sensitive to the hour.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Petra
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Jordan
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Car in Jordan was sub-par. Egypt vehicle was just fine. Would have been nice to have wi-fi in both
Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Jordan
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Cairo Airport - Cairo (Transfer)
Jordan

So helpful to have someone help navigate this process.

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Giza Pyramids Tour with Sakkara & Memphis
Giza Pyramids Tour with Sakkara & Memphis
Jordan

Our entire trip to Egypt was perfect, largely because of our knowledgeable and sensitive guide, John. John is an Egyptologist who is incredible knowledgeable and passionate. He brough the history and monuments to life. He also carefully gauged how much time and info we wanted and did not tire us out or overdo it. This review applies to the entire trip in Egypt.

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Cairo - Tour3 - Museum & Mosques
Cairo - Tour3 - Museum & Mosques
Jordan

See earlier review of our time in Egypt

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Fly From Cairo to Luxor
Jordan

A quick one hour flight

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Luxor Visit  2
Luxor Visit 2
Jordan

Same as the earlier Egypt comments. So nice to have John with us in both locations!

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(South Egypt) LUXOR /East West Banks
(South Egypt) LUXOR /East West Banks
Jordan

Same as the earlier Egypt comments. So nice to have John with us in both locations!

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Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on May 20, 2024

Hello Adaire

Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that I participated in giving you a nice trip, You are now our ambassador to spread good word about Jordan and about our Services.

Thank you so much for the time you took, and for your kindness of the nice words you put in for me.

I wish you all the best, till we see you again.

Samir

Trip of a lifetime
Jordan | Apr 27 - May 6, 2024

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Casey M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 13, 2024
I started planning this trip with Samir well over a year before we actually went, I had so many questions for Samir and he was always so kind and patient with me! We had the best trip, a trip I had dreamed of for years and it was just perfect! Our driver Mo was amazing and really made our trip extra special in a way we could never have imaged. We will forever be grateful to Samir and to Mo! Thank you both for the trip of a lifetime :) Read more

I started planning this trip with Samir well over a year before we actually went, I had so many questions for Samir and he was always so kind and patient with me! We had the best trip, a trip I had dreamed of for years and it was just perfect! Our driver Mo was amazing and really made our trip extra special in a way we could never have imaged. We will forever be grateful to Samir and to Mo! Thank you both for the trip of a lifetime :)

Hotel Reviews
Coral Tower Hotel - Amman
Amman
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Sharah Luxury Camp
Wadi Rum

Would not stay here again. Camp tents were dirty on the outside, the viewing window which is the whole point was also filthy and you could not really see out. The food was also not the best. Disappointing stay here.

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Double Tree - By Hilton
Aqaba
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
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Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort
Sweimah

Nice hotel but drinks and food are very expensive! Small TV in the room for a 5 star hotel.

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Location
Staff
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Activity Reviews
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Jordan
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Petra
Quality of Experience
Rum Valley CAMELS SUNSET RIDE FOR 01HRS
Rum Valley CAMELS SUNSET RIDE FOR 01HRS
Wadi Rum
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Petra By Candle Light
Petra By Candle Light
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Balloon Ride ( Subject to Weather conditions)
Balloon Ride ( Subject to Weather conditions)
Jordan
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Jordan

This was okay, however our driver barely spoke any English so when we went to the stops we werent really told much about where we were.

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Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on May 13, 2024

Hello Dear Casey .
Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that I participated in giving you a nice trip, You are now our ambassador to spread good word about Jordan and about our Services.

Thank you so much for the time you took, and for your kindness of the nice words you put in for me.

Wish you all the best, till we see you again.

Samir

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Jordan! .
Jordan | Apr 26 - May 3, 2024

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Eliana C.
Lakewood, WA | Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Jordan is an amazing country. So much history and interesting facts in every place you visit. From Amman citadel, Aljun castle, Jarash (a Roman city) Madaba, to Petra, the Dead Sea and so much more, people are very welcoming, friendly, and hospitable.

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on May 13, 2024

Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that I participated in giving you a nice trip, You are now our ambassador to spread good word about Jordan and about our Services.

Hi Eliana
Thank you so much for the time you took, your kindness, and the nice words.

Wish you all the best, till we see you again.

Samir

Excellent experience in Jordania
Jordan | Feb 23 - Mar 4, 2024

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Ines G.
Puerto Rico | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Our trip was amazing. Thanks to Samir for coordinating it.

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Apr 29, 2024

thank you so much Carmen, it was our pleasure and honor.
I am looking forward to hosting you again in our region.
Please get in touch with Kim Kim to arrange your trip to Japan or you can navigate their trips for that matter.
Be well and safe
Sam

My wife already wrote a comprehensive review,...
Jordan | Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2024

Sven
Sven D.
Kuwait | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
My wife already wrote a comprehensive review, including the hotels.
Several weeks before our trip, we reached out to Samir and asked what if there is an escalation to conflict. Samir assured us that Jordan, historically, was not affected.
Unfortunately, my worst fear regarding the trip came to pass. We were asleep when Iran bombed the zionist entity. I do not recall Samir reaching out to us to see if we were OK, how we were feeling/doing. That is a big disappointment. Even while doing the... Read more

My wife already wrote a comprehensive review, including the hotels.
Several weeks before our trip, we reached out to Samir and asked what if there is an escalation to conflict. Samir assured us that Jordan, historically, was not affected.

Unfortunately, my worst fear regarding the trip came to pass. We were asleep when Iran bombed the zionist entity. I do not recall Samir reaching out to us to see if we were OK, how we were feeling/doing. That is a big disappointment.

Even while doing the survey, the first hotel was not updated in the survey to the one we actually stayed at. I have no idea why the change was made and wonder if the Strand would have been better than the Sulaf Luxury hotel.

I loved the overall atmosphere of being in Jordan. As Kathy said, we bear some burden of blame because we did not check the hotels thoroughly enough, however the accommodations overall were a big disappointment. To the point where I question whether or not I would book with Kimkim again.

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Apr 25, 2024

Hello Sven
thank you for your time. and very sorry for any inconvenience happned to you during your trip.
Please accept our apologies. and hope that we would have the chance to serve you better iin near furture.

Be well and safe.
Samir

Wonders of Jordan in 5 Days
Jordan | Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2024

Kathy
Kathy D.
Kuwait | Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024
Overall we had a delightful time in Jordan. We saw all the sights we wanted to given the time we had. It was a busy 5 days. Majed, our driver, was fantastic. He gave us good advice, helped us with some of the locals who did not have good english. He got us guides at a few of the stops we made and was also a resource for our questions. We had decision making power to an extent and made some choices in the moment to make sure we got to see everything we wanted to. He was personable and a safe... Read more

Overall we had a delightful time in Jordan. We saw all the sights we wanted to given the time we had. It was a busy 5 days. Majed, our driver, was fantastic. He gave us good advice, helped us with some of the locals who did not have good english. He got us guides at a few of the stops we made and was also a resource for our questions. We had decision making power to an extent and made some choices in the moment to make sure we got to see everything we wanted to. He was personable and a safe driver. (The Turkish coffee was a bonus!)
Somehow, through some of our fault and a miscommunication through our initial phone call with the representative I think in the US, we did not have the accommodations at the caliber we are used to. The hotel in Amman was ok, our room was clean but the hallway had room service dishes in it for over 24 hours. Breakfast was ok but the coffee was terrible and we were charged for the cappucinos we ordered instead.
The hotel in Petra was barely a 3 star, and old and dated. We were on a non smoking floor but the room had been smoked in and the air conditioning was barely adequate.
The Wadi Rum accommodations were not good at all. We stayed in the Captain's camp which looks really good on the website. The first bubble tent we were given had a dirty bathroom, it had not been cleaned since the last guest. The front desk man barely spoke english so Majed explained for us. We were moved to another tent, and it was slightly better, but the tea cups in the room had been used and had not been replaced. We were the only non Arabic guests in the camp.
After dinner which was really good, we went back to our tent and the music was quite loud from the main area. The next morning, there was no hot water. I understand if the water is heated throughout the day but no one told us. We would have showered in the evening when the water was hot if we had known.
Our final accommodation at the dead sea, the Holiday Inn Resort was lovely. We had excellent service everywhere in the hotel. The dinner and breakfast buffets were fantastic and all dishes had an ingredient list which was great! They even had gluten free bread in the morning for me as I am intolerant.
We have used Kim Kim in the past and even the 3.5 star accommodations on that trip were excellent. I think in future we would consider using them again however, be much more discerning with the hotels and ensure 4 star at minimum.

Hotel Reviews
Strand Hotel
Amman

This hotel was not part of our program. We cannot comment on it.

Petra Palace
Wadi Musa, Petra

The sign outside the hotel says 3 stars from Jordan. Our room was clean, which is the most important part. But the hotel smelled like cigarette smoke almost everywhere. It is very dated and could use renovations.

Authenticity & Character
Renovate the hotel.
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Staff
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The room was clean, but everything from the lobby onward smelled too much of smoke.
Captain Camp - Rum Valley
Disi

Room was not clean - the bathroom even still had shaving whiskers on the sink. We were moved to another room, but in this one the coffee/tea cups were dirty. There was no cold water in the evening and no hot water in the morning for showering. This was a camp where we were the only non-Arabic people. Supper was great, but knowing that culturally many many people smoke is important to know because we had people all around us smoking. Supper was BBQ done underground and we saw the meat and rice being taken out. That was amazing! The camp lights prevented us from seeing many stars.

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Staff
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Clean the bathrooms and do not leave dirty cups in guest rooms.
Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort
Sweimah

Clean. Amazing staff. Buffet restaurant had a huge selection, including gluten free.

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Activity Reviews
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Jordan

Our greeter was efficient but did not explain much or engage in conversation. D

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Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Jordan

Jarash was our favourite! The Roman Ruins are so well preserved (keeping in mind they are 2000 years old) and even have the largest fountain besides the Trevi fountain!

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Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Petra

Our guide Mohammed was super helpful and took lots of pictures for/of us. His English was excellent and he had lots of knowledge to share. And he bought us coffee. And made very good suggestions for gifts to buy.

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Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)
Jordan

Be prepared to get sand between your toes!

Quality of Experience
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You are on a bench in the back of a truck, it is windy and sandy. But the things we saw and the sunset made the ride worth it.
Bethany ( Baptism site)
Bethany ( Baptism site)
Jordan

This was something we wanted to do and added it to the trip. You have to go in a group and ride a bus into the site and then there is about an hour (broken up) of walking. It was 30 degrees and sunny so make sure to have plenty of water and sunscreen.

Quality of Experience
Seeing the site where John did his baptisms and where Jesus was baptized was a moving experience.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was very accommodating for us.
Transport
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Jordan

Unfortunately the church in Madaba is undergoing repairs. But the mosaic was really cool!

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Food
There was no food provided
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Petra By Candle Light
Petra By Candle Light
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Apr 25, 2024

Hello Kathy .
Thank you for yoru time . very sorry for any inconvenience you encountered during your trip. i hope to be able to serve you better in furture.
Be well and safe.
Samir

Firas our driver for the whole time did a gre...
Jordan | Feb 29 - Mar 7, 2024

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Martin B.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

Firas our driver for the whole time did a great job and was extremely knowledgeable.

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Mar 11, 2024

Hello Martin
Thank you so much for your kind words.
Be well and safe.
Sam

We had a fantastic week in Jordan, thanks to Samir and Mohammad
Jordan | Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2024

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Caroline M.
| Reviewed on Feb 25, 2024
We had a fantastic week in Jordan, thanks to our local specialist Samir and our driver and guide, Mohammad - the schedule was perfect and everything seamless, we couldn't have asked for anything to be better. Jordan itself was as incredible as we had hoped, and Petra is one of those very special places, like the Taj Mahal that brings a tear to the eye when you see it for the first time. We were nervous about the situation on the ground travelling at the time of conflict in the region... Read more

We had a fantastic week in Jordan, thanks to our local specialist Samir and our driver and guide, Mohammad - the schedule was perfect and everything seamless, we couldn't have asked for anything to be better.

Jordan itself was as incredible as we had hoped, and Petra is one of those very special places, like the Taj Mahal that brings a tear to the eye when you see it for the first time.

We were nervous about the situation on the ground travelling at the time of conflict in the region but quickly realised this was a misapprehension on our part.

We would definitely recommend visiting Jordan and using Kimkim!

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Feb 26, 2024

Hello Caroline
thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words.
Jordan has been always safe and friendly to our dear guests.
wish to host you, your family, and your friends in Jordan as well.
Warm regards
Sam

One of the best trips we've taken!
Jordan | Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2024

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Lancel J.
Germany | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024
One of the best trips we've taken! From start to finish, everything was carefully and expertly planned. Our driver Tarek went above and beyond to take us to the best spots for local cuisine, added additional stops for shopping and made our stay feel as close to being a local as possible. Special thanks to Samir for his flexibility, thorough explanations and recommendations. I'll definitely recommend them to prospective travelers. Read more

One of the best trips we've taken! From start to finish, everything was carefully and expertly planned. Our driver Tarek went above and beyond to take us to the best spots for local cuisine, added additional stops for shopping and made our stay feel as close to being a local as possible. Special thanks to Samir for his flexibility, thorough explanations and recommendations. I'll definitely recommend them to prospective travelers.

Hotel Reviews
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
Wadi Rum

Glamping with a celestial touch. Exceptional food, amazing views, very hospitable staff in the midst of a surreal landscape...what's not to love!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dead Sea Spa Hotel
Sweimeh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Amman-Madaba-Mount Nebo-Karak-Petra
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Petra - Morning Free
Petra - Morning Free
Petra
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rum Valley SUNSET TRIP
Rum Valley SUNSET TRIP
Wadi Rum
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
RUM - FREE TIME ON YOUR OWN
RUM - FREE TIME ON YOUR OWN
Jordan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Full Day Petra (With Site local Guide or private guide)
Petra
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Feb 19, 2024

Hello Lancel, thank you for your kind and nice words.
it was our pleasure really.
Be well and safe.
Sam

Wondrous Trip to Jordan
Jordan | Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2023

Tomoko
Tomoko K.
France | Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023
We really enjoyed our tour of Jordan with our driver Khaldoun. He is an excellent driver and guide. Based on our itinerary, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea he shared ideas and found opportunities to show us special locations along the way. He was very helpful in managing the itinerary to suit our interests and communicated with the local hotels and jeep operators. Khaldoun was really flexible as we decided how much time we wanted to stay in each location. He was prompt and extremely... Read more

We really enjoyed our tour of Jordan with our driver Khaldoun. He is an excellent driver and guide. Based on our itinerary, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea he shared ideas and found opportunities to show us special locations along the way. He was very helpful in managing the itinerary to suit our interests and communicated with the local hotels and jeep operators. Khaldoun was really flexible as we decided how much time we wanted to stay in each location. He was prompt and extremely reliable.

The Hotels selected by KIMKIM were excellent, Petra Moon Hotel, The Captains Camp in Wadi Rum and the Movenpick Hotel and Spa on the Dead Sea were all fantastic. All the guides and jeep operators were so kind and helpful. Our trip was really special and so memorable for all those f us!

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on Dec 28, 2023

Hello Tomoko
thank you for your nice words and helpful feedback.
wish to host you again in our countryy .
be well and safe.
Samir