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, Egypt and I specialize in archeological, adventure, religious, trekking , and eco trips. "
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.
Featured trips & expertise
Check off Israel's most important cultural and historic sites in one trip with this comprehensive 12-day itinerary. Traveling from the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv to the ancient streets of Old Jerusalem to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, you'll explore a bevy of highlights and hidden wonders in between. Look out over the Dead Sea from the clifftop ruins of Masada, take a journey through history on an off-road tour of the Golan Heights, and stroll through colorful market stalls in the UNESCO-listed port of Acre.
The ancient world comes to life on this whirlwind, 5-day journey through Turkey. Starting in Istanbul, you'll visit iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, then see where Europe meets Asia on a sunset boat ride down the Bosphorous. Fly east for a day to marvel at the carved cities and "fairy chimneys" of Cappadocia before transferring to the Aegean coast to tour the spectacular ruins of Hierapolis and Ephesus.
Discover some of Judaism's most important spiritual and historic landmarks on this 8-day journey through Israel. Wander Tel Aviv's modernist squares and museums, visit the home of Kabbalah in Safed, and explore the Golan Heights by Jeep. After some time in the countryside at a traditional kibbutz, you'll make your way through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, where visits to the Western Wall, the Tower of David, and Yad Vashem await.
Ancient sites and natural wonders abound on this whirlwind 9-day journey through Jordan and Israel. Starting in Jordan, you'll travel south along the historic King's Highway to visit the otherworldly shores of the Dead Sea and wander the magnificent canyons of Petra. After an unforgettable night of camping in the "Valley of the Moon," it's on to Israel, where you'll explore desert fortresses and ancient caves before touring the many historic and holy sites of Jerusalem.
From modernist Tel Aviv to ancient Tiberias, this immersive 9-day itinerary introduces you to the many faces of Israel. Visit the storied Mount of Olives and see the Dead Sea Scrolls up close in Jerusalem, then head off the beaten path to explore iconic historic and religious sites like Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, and the Roman city of Caesarea. End your adventure back in Tel Aviv, where you'll have free time to explore its characterful neighborhoods and Mediterranean beaches.
This 9-day journey through Israel and Jordan introduces you to some of the Middle East's most fascinating cultural and spiritual sites. After strolling the ancient waterfront and modernist squares of Tel Aviv, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to soak up the history and atmosphere of the Old City. Head west into Jordan to discover Roman ruins in Amman, then skirt the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo to reach the spectacular Nabataean city of Petra. After a detour into the wilds of the Wadi Rum desert, it's back to Tel Aviv for some beachside downtime before your departure.
Recent trip reviews for Samir
Jordan & Turkey · Jordan - Jun 12 - Jun 20, 2022
We had a great guide in Jordan. He was a true historian. Our driver was also super nice- The car was a bit tight but did not dampen our enthusiasm. We also had excellent guides in Istanbul and Cappadocia.
In retrospect our itinary was quite packed and our children were a bit tired of moving almost everyday.
Thank you for an unforgettable trip. read more
Trip was great · Jordan - Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2022
Our guide for the week, Nader Tayyem was really the person that made the trip for us. I don’t have enough positive things to say about Nader. Between the good work done by Samir and Nader. I would definitely recommend them. read more
Fantastic trip in Jordan. The highlights were... · Jordan - May 17 - May 28, 2022
Fantastic trip in Jordan. The highlights were Jerash, Petra and Wadi Rum. Guides were knowledgeable and provided useful insights on the places we visited. Everything was well organized - good job, Samir! read more
Trip to Jordan · Jordan - May 31 - Jun 4, 2022
We had a great experience with our short but action-backed trip to Jordan planned with Samir and KimKim. The trip was tailored exactly to the itinerary that we had requested which allowed us to make the most of our time. I particularly appreciated the team’s flexibility to emphasize certain parts of the plan as well as flexibility to upgrade certain lodging options when that seemed appropriate. Our driver and guide for the week was a great resource at navigating the country and also learning... read more
Amazing trip · Jordan - May 30 - Jun 3, 2022
Loved working with Samir, he organized the trip in less than 2 days and was always responsive.
Our local private drive also delivered an outstanding service and made our vacation unforgettable. Strongly recommend!
Responsive, Dedicated, Dependable Guides - PERFECT Jordan/Israel Trip · Jordan - May 14 - May 23, 2022
I contacted KimKim late March 2023 regarding a dream trip we had hoped to take in 2020. We basically had to start planning from scratch. And, we just found we needed to go in May in order for this work with our son's internship. For a family who plans far in advance, we didn't if this was even possible. I heard of KimKim and thought I'd try.
They contacted me right away and put me in touch with Samir who also contacted me right away. There was never a time when I had to wait on Samir.... read more
The Jordan Trip of a Lifetime · Jordan - May 18 - May 22, 2022
I loved the entire trip! We built a busy itinerary, but we ample time to experience everything with sufficient time. Im so glad and lucky to have had Ahmed as a driver! He really made the experience what it was and took it to the next level. He made me feel safe and had awesome recommendations and guidance to provide. Samir helped plan the trip efficiently, stayed in contact and was readily available when needed. I would recommend Samir and Ahmed to anyone planning to make a trip to Jordan! Must haves.
Amazing vacation! · Jordan - May 5 - May 13, 2022
Samir was absolutely wonderful to work with in planning our trip to Jordan. He was extremely responsive and answered all of my questions and requests for changes quickly and kindly. While we were on the trip he responded to a few minor questions/concerns we had quickly to ensure our holiday was amazing. We had an amazing vacation thanks to Samir and those wonderful tourism professionals he aligned us with! Thank you! read more
Fantastic five days in Jordan! · Jordan - May 3 - May 7, 2022
I recently did a five-day trip to Jordan as part of a group of four people with Nader as our driver. The trip was a great success due in no small way to having Nader as our driver and guide.
We were met promptly at the airport in Amman and all paperwork was completed without complication. From our first meeting, and throughout the entire trip, Nader was well informed and forthcoming on the history, geography, the general political landscape of the Middle East and current societal norms... read more
Wonderful experience in Jordan · Jordan - Apr 29 - May 9, 2022
On this trip, my wife and I visited Amman (of course) Jerash, the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.
Overall, we really enjoyed the trip, the organization of it by the local specialist, Samir, and the driving and company of Majd, our main driver throughout the trip.
Every place was amazing so it is difficult to say which was best. For sure, Wadi Rum is unlike any other place we have seen. Roman ruins are not unique to Jordan, but Wadi Rum is. Petra was also a fascinating... read more
Israel and Jordan ... an unforgetable journey · Israel - Apr 27 - May 8, 2022
In Israel, our guide Joseph was amazing as he educated us throughout the Old City of Jerusalem. He was knowledgeable and invested in what he was doing. He truly cared and enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Our visit would not have been the same without him.
In Jordan, our guide Wasef was a wealth of information. He was kind, he was informative, and he was passionate about giving us the best experience in our journey. He was energetic, spoke excellent English and negotiated for us on our... read more
Great experience touring Jordan, thanks Samir! · Jordan - Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2022
Samir was great to work with, and both knowledgeable and patient in helping put together an ideal itinerary within my time frame and budget. It made for a well organized and a perfectly paced trip across the major sites across Jordan. Will recommend him to Friends & Family!
Family vacation · Jordan - Apr 8 - Apr 15, 2022
The tour that Samir put together for our family of four (parents and two kids 9 and 11) was fabulous. Samir was very responsive when we had to change our travel dates because of flight changes. We spent a glorious 8 days touring Jordan with our amazing driver Nader (Nick). Nader is kind, generous and very knowledgeable about Jordan. Nader recommended we extend our jeep tour of Wadi Rum to a full day. It was the best decision, the desert is beautiful and my kids loved every moment of it. ... read more
8 Night Trip to Jordan in early March 2022 · Jordan - Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2022
We recently did an 8 night tour of Jordan, visiting Amman, Dana Biosphere, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea. We arranged the tour only 2-3 weeks before we left (as COVID rules eased), but Samir was still able to arrange everything in a few days and communication worked well in terms of figuring out a few options. Overall all the timings and logistics all went to plan and it was a well-put together schedule. Our guide for the week Bassam was great - he clearly enjoys being a guide and... read more
Nothing short of an awesome, awesome trip! What a great team to work with! · Jordan - Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2022
Nothing short of an awesome, awesome trip!
Everyone we interacted with was 5 star++. Each individual really ensured that we experienced everything we had on our list, and there was a bonus...each made sure that we had the opportunity to see/do things we hadn't even thought to mention. Special shout outs to: Bassam our entertaining and dedicated driver who took really good care of us during our six day stay; Nad, our extremely knowledgeable guide who so patiently attended to a myriad of... read more
Jordan discovered · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022
Of course I have returned from Jordan with memories of an incredible experience. This was wholly due to my companions and attentive and responsive guide, Nader. I enjoyed the experience of the pre-travel planning on the kimkim platform. I appreciated having access to a shared itinerary too.
My recommendations: Nader our guide should and could have been the welcoming agent. The welcome agent was pleasant but unsure the purpose of this introduction. We asked where to eat on our first evening... read more
We had the best trip in Jordan! · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022
The three of us had the best trip in Jordan and were exceptionally well cared for by Nader "Nick" T. our guide, advisor and driver. Even a medical emergency was well cared for by Nick with humour and goodwill. Although we never met Samir in person, he checked in with us when necessary, but not overly. The tour was flexible and responsive to our needs and last-minute changes. In advance of the tour the Kim Kim dashboard provided us with a clear idea of what we would see and do, as well as... read more
Had a wonderful time and felt safe and well c... · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022
Had a wonderful time and felt safe and well cared for. Nader was a fun and excellent driver and tour guide. Especially loved Petra, Jaresh and Wadi rum. Would recommend this tour.
Memorable honeymoon · Jordan - Feb 25 - Mar 7, 2022
Our honeymoon trip to Jordan was amazing. Having secured a great deal, Samir managed to book amazing hotels and created a wonderful programme in Jordan. He also was in regular contact with us to make sure everything is up to high standards. He solved some hotel issues instantly and efficiently (we didnt have to worry about a thing). If you want to visit Jordan then Samir is your guy.
We were treated with respect and everybody was very nice and friendly.
Our guide and driver Sulaiman was... read more
Everything was great but I will mention 2 thi... · Jordan - Oct 21 - Oct 24, 2021
Everything was great but I will mention 2 things. The driver on the first day booked me on a ‘boat tour with lunch and swimming and snorkelling’ out of Aqaba (I had told him that I would love to go snorkelling). It was a disaster, do not recommend again. I was the only one on the whole boat going in the water, there is no reason to snorkel as there is absolutely nothing to see…total waste of time!
The Hotel Kempinski was wonderful, recommendation from the driver to dive with Aqaba Shark... read more
Samir was quick to respond and arrange a trip... · Jordan - Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2021
Samir was quick to respond and arrange a trip that fit our interests. All guides were friendly, pleasant, knowledgeable, professional. Everywhere we visited was enjoyable, especially liked Dana Reserve and Wadi Rum.