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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, 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.

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Samir is part of the following groups: Jordan Travel Agents
Views over the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Essential Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Tiberias - 12 Days

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.

Incredibly preserved ruins in the ancient city of Ephesus
Turkey's Ancient Wonders: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Kusadasi - 5 Days

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.

The Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City
Israel's Jewish History & Heritage Tour - 8 Days

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.

Sunset over the desert surrounding Petra
Journey Through Jordan & Israel: Amman to Jerusalem - 9 Days

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.

Tel Aviv's ancient & eclectic port of Jaffa
Essential Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Tiberias - 9 Days

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.

Jerusalem's skyline from the Mount of Olives
Discover Israel & Jordan: Jerusalem, Amman, Petra & Tel Aviv - 9 Days

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

Traveler: Huyen C. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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.

Hotel Reviews

Sultania Hotel Istanbul

Sirkeci, Istanbul

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Very attentive staff. We live breakfast- the best in our entire trip. We also love the boutique feel

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Can walk easily to pier to catch ferry

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Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Ayvalı/Ürgüp/Nevşehir

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Unique setting- such wonderful surprise! We had the biggest room and wish we had more time to enjoy

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Have to eat dinner at hotel since it’s far away from town

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Sulaf Hotel Suites

Amman

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Our room had intense smoking/cigarette smell despite it being a nonsmoking room. At 6am- someone walked into our room and quickly excused himself and left. We brought the issue to the front desk who did not take it seriously. Breakfast was terrible

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Petra Moon Hotel

Wadi Musa

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Great location. Very attentive staff. Close to restaurants and Petra

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Mazayen Rum Camp

Al Dissi

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Amazing experience. Dinner was fantastic

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Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort

Sweimah

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Hotel was very busy and service was so so. We had to go down to reception 3 times because we keep waiting for notification that it was ready to move in but the front desk never called. Then they forgot to install an additional bed despite acknowledging twice. Food was indifferent Appreciate the private beach

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ISTANBUL Full Day City Tour

Istanbul

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Perfect full day tour

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CAPPADOCIA Tour

Cappadocia

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It was very fun and informative. We wish we knew some of the tour included a sale- heavy portion where the presentation was followed by a heavy , pressured sale pitch

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Courteous. Ontime
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Our guide bd a lot of energy and was very personable
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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Huyen
great to know that i participated to give you a nice trip. thank you so much for yoru kind words.
looking forward to see you and your friends in Our Region.
Be well
samir

Trip was great · Jordan - Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2022

Traveler: Charles S. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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.

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Sulaf Hotel Suites

Amman

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Very nice

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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Quick and painless

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Petra Basic Visit

Petra

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Really interesting

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Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)

Jordan

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Sunset truck tour was pretty and enjoyable

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Charles
thank you so much for your kind words.
Wish you all the best and surely to see you and your friends again in Jordan.
Be well
Samir

Fantastic trip in Jordan. The highlights were... · Jordan - May 17 - May 28, 2022

Traveler: Mihai N. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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!

Hotel Reviews

Crowne Plaza Amman

Amman

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Decent hotel, but room was a little tired and also we had issues with toilet flushing - it did not have enough power and water so it clogged at some point. Every time we had to flush we were concerned it might get clogged again (we would prefer to relax in vacation not getting stressed each time we had to go to toilet).

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Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa, an IHG Hotel

Sweimeh

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Good hotel, but a little bit too crowded - especially at breakfast, In 2 days we were not able to get a capuchins at breakfast - we asked but they said they don’t have - for a 5 star hotel I don’t think this is acceptable. Another issue was the beach - it was not well prepared - especially the entrance in the water - based on the layout there is a lot of work which needs to be done to bring the beach at 5 star hotel level.

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I suggest to go to another hotel such as Movenpick.

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Petra Marriott Hotel

Wadi Musa

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Fantastic location, excellent breakfast (including very good cappuccino which was not available at Crowne Plaza on Dead Sea) - the best hotel on Petra area even if it is not close to the Petra site - you can see a magical sunset from hotel’s backyard or terrace.

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Book this hotel if you need to stay overnight in Petra.

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Fantastic sunset,

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

Wadi Rum

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Luxury in the middle of desert! Very clean even if remote location and high turnout of travellers (most travellers stay 1 night) makes keeping cleanliness difficult. The only suggestion I have is to find a way to provide Internet access (I know it is extremely difficult due to remote location, but maybe a solution can be found.

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Book this hotel if you need to syay overnight in Wadi Rum.

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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Amman half day City tour

Jordan

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Amman-Umm Qais-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman

Jordan

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Madaba & Mount Nebo Visit

Jordan

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Bethany ( Baptism site)

Jordan

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Karak Citadel

Jordan

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Shoback Castle

Jordan

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

Petra

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Too many beggars - government should not allow them inside Petra site. You have to constantly fend off or hassle with beggars. The site is spectacular, but experience is marred by beggars and dirtiness of certain places - we tried to enter one of the caves carved in the mountain and there was an awful smell of urine.

Little Petra ( Beidha)

Jordan

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There were less beggars than on main site, but we still met a few.

Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)

Jordan

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MASADA & QUMRAN

Israel

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Mehai
Thank you . Very happy that you enjoyed your holiday.
All the best to you .
Samir

Trip to Jordan · Jordan - May 31 - Jun 4, 2022

Traveler: Kirk S. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 lots of the local culture along the way.

Our only snag came with a booking in Wadi Rum that I believe resulted more from the eco lodge getting overbooked but made for a slight deviation of plan.

Overall incredible experience and look forward to using the team again in the future.

Hotel Reviews

Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Resort

Dead Sea

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Movenpick Petra Resort

Wadi Musa

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Perfect location and appeared to be the nicest hotel in Petra.

Sulaf Hotel Suites

Amman

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Nice hotel on the outskirts of city center so not much to walk to or see from here. Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Amenities were that of a nice but not luxury hotel.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kirk
So happy to see your nice words , that uyou so much.
i will look forward to host you and your friends again in Jordan.
Stay well and safe.
Samir

Marialisa

Amazing trip · Jordan - May 30 - Jun 3, 2022

Traveler: Marialisa B. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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!
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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!

Hotel Review

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

Wadi Rum

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This is a crazy beautiful place, it feels like you are walking on Mars. Local people are so kind and helpful, the rooms are gorgeous

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you So much Marialisa
It was our honor and pleasure hosting you in Jordan
Wish you all the best
Samir

Responsive, Dedicated, Dependable Guides - PERFECT Jordan/Israel Trip · Jordan - May 14 - May 23, 2022

Traveler: Linda A. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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. Any time I had a question, there would be a response back from him the next day. Samir was also very knowledgeable of the area, culture (providing advice/recommendation upon request regarding clothing, tipping, etc.) , and political climate/safety issues. THANK YOU SAMIR!! I should also know that ALL the tours arranged and guides were PERFECT!!

Hotel Reviews

YMCA Three Arches Hotel

Jerusalem

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This place is one of (if not the) most architecturally beautiful buildings in East Jerusalem. It is also conveniently located close to the Old City, great dining locations, and tour group meeting spots. The rooms were simple, but more than adequate. The breakfast each morning was one of the better ones we had.

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We picked this place because the website implied they had self-service laundry. They don't - this service stopped because of COVID so we had to find a place, but that worked out fine.

La Locanda Boutique Hotel

Amman

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Charming, clean, extremely friendly hostess/owner, great location, and a great restaurant on site.

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The restaurant on property is great. I tend to avoid restaurant hotels, but this is one of the better ones with one of the better settings.

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Marriott Dead Sea Resort

Sweimeh

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Place was absolutely BEAUTIFUL in one of the most beautiful settings. However, if the sign didn't say "Dead Sea" I would not have known I was in the Middle East. American music was playing by the pool. Front desk also did a poor job checking us in.

Old Village Resort

Wadi Musa

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Amazing hotel; location secluded - that is either a pro or negative depending on your style.

Tips for future travelers

Just know that you will not be in the main town of Petra where you can walk around, etc., but the property itself is beautiful. Great for one night, but if I were staying there 2 nights I would be bored unless I booked a spa package at night.

Sun City Camp - Martian Tent

Wadi Rum

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LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED it. Highlight of our trip. So peaceful and unique.

Tips for future travelers

Stop thinking. BOOK! Do the 4-hour sunset tour.

Scots Hotel

Tiberias

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Amazing hotel. My only regret is that we were there only one night. This is a place where you want to spend more time and have a hotel day. Next time!

Tips for future travelers

Allow yourself some time at the hotel, but also allow yourself time to walk around the town- see you do need at least a weekend.

Activity Reviews

Petra Basic Visit

Petra

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Petra By Candle Light

Jordan

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We skipped this (Thanks for not having us pre-pay) as we were exhausted! (It would not let me move on without giving a rating so I have it a 3 to try and be neutral.

Wadi Rum (2-3 Hrs Jeep ride)

Jordan

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Would just go ahead and make it a 4-hour jeep ride as the defalut.

JERUSALEM / Old City

Israel

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This day was the highlight of my trip. Part of the reason I wanted a 'free day' was that I wanted to go into Ramallah to see where my family grew up. Our tour guide was instrumental in helping me find both my parent's home and we even met a family member living in one of the homes. Everyone we met in the area was great!

TIBERIAS / HAIFA / CAESAREA / ACRE / TEL AVIV

Israel

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Jaffa was great! I wish I had allowed more time for Haifa and Tel Aviv. I was focused on the older part of Israel and underestimated these two amazing cities. I guess I have a reason to return.

Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Very simple and easy. Thank you!

Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour

Jordan

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Jarash and Ajloun were great, especially Aljoun. Sulaiman made everything super simple and we knew we were in good hands after he picked the most amazing lunch spot!

Petra - Morning Free

Petra

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MASADA & QUMRAN

Israel

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I should have noted on the review the day before that our guide arranged our COVID testing perfectly so that the physician met us at the hotel. We passed! And crossing the border into Israel was a breeze. Masada was great, but the hike down is tougher than you think. Maybe it was the heat, or maybe we are out of shape. My guess is both were part of the equation. So thankful we didn't hike up but paid for the ride. We skipped Qumran. We were too tired and just wanted to get to Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM / CANA / NAZARETH / TIBERIAS

Israel

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Beautiful scenery. Hotel in Tiberias was beyond fabulous.

STAY PUT JERUSALEM / FREE DAY / OPTIONAL TOURS

Israel

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A lot of things were closed because Sabbath started that evening. Watching what was going on that day was interesting, but we ended up finding First Station and had fun, but lively streets and markets were empty.

TIBERIAS - TEL AVIV

Israel

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Overall, the car for the long grips was small for 3-people in the back seat. I'm short so I was fine, but my husband and son are very tall.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda
What an encouraging words :-)
pleasure was mine - very happy to know that you enjoyed your holiday .

God bless
Samir

Katelyn

The Jordan Trip of a Lifetime · Jordan - May 18 - May 22, 2022

Traveler: Katelyn L. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you Katelyn for your kind words.
Be well
All he best to you.
Samir

Amazing vacation! · Jordan - May 5 - May 13, 2022

Traveler: Kay L. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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!

Hotel Reviews

Petra Guest House

Wadi Musa

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Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

Wadi Rum

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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kay
Thank you so much for your kind encouraging words.
was a real honor hosting you in Jordan.
Be well
Samir

Fantastic five days in Jordan! · Jordan - May 3 - May 7, 2022

Traveler: Niamh D. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 in Jordan. We felt immediately welcome and safe with Nader.

Our vehicle was comfortable, drinks were always available and Nader went out of his way to make sure that we tasted the best snacks and food that Jordan has to offer.

Checking in to each night’s accommodation was seamless due to Nader’s attention to every detail. He was there each morning waiting for us, and did not leave at night until we were fully settled in, and plans for the next day were clarified.

Nader’s warmth, sense of fun and desire to please added an extra layer to the trip which we, as a family group, really appreciated. Our memories are so much more than the amazing places that we visited because of Nader’s contribution. I would highly recommend Nader as a driver/guide and I thank him for making our holiday the wonderful success that it was.

I also thank the Samir and the tour company. Samir proposed an excellent itinerary, which covered all the sites we wanted to see, and was flexible in accommodating any requests for changes.

Hotel Review

Movenpick Dead Sea Spa & Resort

Sweimeh, Amman

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Dorothy for your kind words.
Looking forward to see you again in Jordan

Godspeed
Samir

S.

Wonderful experience in Jordan · Jordan - Apr 29 - May 9, 2022

Traveler: S. G. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 place.

Interacting with Jordanians was wonderful. They are so kind, helpful and welcoming. We were asked multiple times per day, by many people, whether we liked Jordan.

It was also interesting to see the range of hand-made goods for sale, from woven Bedouin cloth and handmade knives to the mosaic work.

Hotel Review

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa

SWEIMEH

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Fantastic location by the edge of the Dead Sea. We did not go for the resort experience but, rather, to spend some time in and beside the Dead Sea. The hotel had multiple options for eating as well as room service, of course. We upgraded our room to one which had a balcony overlooking the Sea which made our evening at the hotel that much more pleasant.

Tips for future travelers

Ask for a room with a balcony on a higher floor, overlooking the Sea.

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Staff were great everywhere
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It is a Hilton Hotel, so not "local" in any sense.
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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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This was really helpful as it saved us a lot of time going through immigration and obtaining our visas.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Stephen for your Nice words.
Hope to see you again in Jordan
God bless
Samir

Gloria

Israel and Jordan ... an unforgetable journey · Israel - Apr 27 - May 8, 2022

Traveler: Gloria L. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 purchases. He helped save us money by his ability to communicate on all levels.

There were so many highlights during our stay, it was absolutely amazing.

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Enjoy Desert camp

Wadi rum

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Amazing place, excellent food, wonderful people. A great experience! Highly recommended, it was a highlight of the trip!

Tips for future travelers

This is a must see... enjoy the camel ride!

Cleanliness & Comfort

I loved it all!
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Location

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JERUSALEM / Old City

Israel

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Guides, drivers and staff

Our guide was name Joseph and he was intelligent, kind, had passion for educating, and was overall one of the best guides we had. He was born inside the Old City and so was his father who is also still living there.... it was a very special experience!
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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Gloria
Was our pleasure hosting you, glad to know that you had a peasant trip.
At your service anytime.
Warm regards
Samir

Great experience touring Jordan, thanks Samir! · Jordan - Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2022

Traveler: Irvinderpal G. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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!

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you So much Irvind
Was pleasure to us .
Wish you all the best
Samir

Family vacation · Jordan - Apr 8 - Apr 15, 2022

Traveler: Gianna D. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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. If I had more time I would spend two days in Wadi Rum taking a jeep ride. Also, if I had more time, I would have spent two full days in Petra as opposed to the one day we had. Petra is just too big to properly see in one day. Overall, this was a memorable trip for all of us.

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Strand Hotel

Amman

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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Gianna for the nice words, will consider your recommendations for sure.
Godspeed
Samir

8 Night Trip to Jordan in early March 2022 · Jordan - Feb 26 - Mar 5, 2022

Traveler: Sam W. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 telling people about Jordan and showing them a few extra places and things they wouldn't find by themselves. He was also a very safe driver. We didn't feel rushed at all and the trip felt relaxed, even though we only spent 1-2 nights in each location. This trip lived up to our expectations and thanks again to Samir and Bassam.
Sam & Grace

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sam & Grace
Was our pleasure to host you in Jordan . thank you so much for your kind encouraging words, i would certainly love to see you again in Jordan , you can always recommend Kim Kim to your friends and families , and i will be so happy to help at any time.
Have a great day , Godspeed.
Samir

Nothing short of an awesome, awesome trip! What a great team to work with! · Jordan - Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2022

Traveler: Robin D. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 questions at Jerash; Basil, who made sure we got the very most out of our day in Petra; Mustafa, who effortlessly managed our bumpy start due to a split arrival; Samir, who pulled the whole trip together with apparent (at least to us) ease.
Highlights of the trip? Oh, there were so many: "Wheel of Fortune" in Arabic on the hotel television; the well-preserved ruins of Jerash; the Citadel overlooking Amman; a traditional Jordanian meal in Amman's bustling city center; the exquisite mosaics and ancient history in the area of Madaba and Mount Nebo; Petra by candlelight; trekking all of Petra by day; the entire Wadi Rum experience (the beauty of the desert, accommodations in "bubbles" and oh...the delicious entrees and preparation); becoming familiar with Bedouin culture; the incredible Dead Sea; the beauty of the region as viewed during our daily drives.
What a truly special - and extraordinary - experience! Deep gratitude to all who made it so!

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Robin. Glad all well at your side, thankyou so much for your kind encouraging words. so kind of you. looking forward to see you and your friends in Jordan
Have a lovely day
Samir

Jordan discovered · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022

Traveler: Penelope32@icloud.com A. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 and told to walk in a certain direction to many restaurants. This was not the case. We walked across 6 lanes of traffic to only one offering for food. We didn’t see Amman that evening this was an oversight. The souq the ruins traditional Jordanian women clothing could have been seen.
Once Nader was actioned and arrived at the hotel on day 2, the adventures began.
He is interesting and interested in his clients. He assessed our knowledge and needs throughout the trip, responding with information and experiences that added another layer of value to the trip.
Accommodation: night 1 and 2 fine. Wadi Rum accommodation excellent! Petra hotel was cold and toilet broken. Hotel was very shabby. But staff were responsive and made immediate repairs. Final nights were in a hotel which was cold again no extra bedding on request as staff were at home I believe. Breakfast was outstanding but coffee undrinkable.
Tours: I only want to mention Petra guide. He was very patient and very quiet. More information was shared going around petra sights. We then took pre arranged walk through back door as it was called. This was where problems started and confidence in the group dropped. We traversed around dangerous rocks and mountainside. The guide clearly got lost at times, calling out to a passing bedouin boy for directions. The hike/climb got very dangerous in parts and we ladies had to use our experience to support each other. Three times the guide was asked to slow down and walk at the pace of the slowest. Many times he was asked to keep us updated but he didn’t. Many times we had no internet connection and not able to connect with Nader. Once we could we felt assured that someone was looking out for us.
I want to highly commend Nader individually as a guide, an experienced human who purpose was to deliver a trip to Jordan we will never forget. Nader is solution focused and no request was too much. Please acknowledge him in your organisation as a lead guide. Thank you

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Penelope , thank you for the nice words, And sorry for the inconveniences you have encountered. as you know i have provide you with my contact and was checking with Stephanie on daily basis. i really wish you have mentioned anything about that.
But i all cases i am glad that you enjoyed your trip.
thank you again for your kind words and for you trust .
Wish you all the best.
Samir

We had the best trip in Jordan! · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022

Traveler: Sue G. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 what we could expect from the hotels. The dashboard is a good communication clearinghouse as well for three participants in different parts of the globe to prepare in advance their tour. We requested a moderately priced tour and that is what was delivered. The weather was exceptional and made for perfect hiking conditions which is what we did most days. I wish we had had more time in Jerash, Amman - but we spent too much time enjoying the Ajloun forest hiking... Wadi Rum hospitality was great, and the places and spaces are magical. I appreciated our cook and our bedouin guide at Enjoy camp. The boulder-climbing/hiking at Dana Reserve was an experience we won't forget at all. Petra... Totally amazing. We hiked 20 km that day, then returned for the evening candlelilght (2more Km). The candlelight evening was another magical experience -- even if touristy, the place is redolent with mystique and deep history. Jordanians are so hospitable and rightly proud of their magnificent heritage sites. We felt safe everywhere we went, and at the same time felt we were out on an adventure beyond the average.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Stephanie
Thank you so much for your kind words
All the best to you
Samir

Lauretta

Had a wonderful time and felt safe and well c... · Jordan - Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2022

Traveler: Lauretta M. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Lauretta , How are you ?
Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that we participated to give you a nice trip,
Be well and safe , and looking forward to see you and youyr friends again in Jordan

Samir

Memorable honeymoon · Jordan - Feb 25 - Mar 7, 2022

Traveler: Ahmed Z. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 very friendly and knowledgeable as well as flexible. What ever questions we asked about regarding history, shops, coffee, diving, etc.. he always had the answer.

Visiting Jeresh, Petra (one of the seven wonders), camping in Wadi Rum and diving in the red sea in Aqaba were the highlights of our trip.

Hotel Review

Sulaf Hotel Suites

Amman

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Amazing, very friendly

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Authenticity & Character

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Meet & Assist - Queen Alia Airport

Jordan

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Very professional, smooth process

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Dr. Ahmad

Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that I participated to give you a nice trip,

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

Samir

Everything was great but I will mention 2 thi... · Jordan - Oct 21 - Oct 24, 2021

Traveler: Joyce B. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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

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 diving and Talal was a wonderful experience. Thanks.
The driver that picked me up for my flight back to Amman arrived early, had not been to the airport in over 2 years so not quite sure where to go. He dropped me in a parking spot from where I could not see an entrance. There was nothing happening. The first set of doors that I found, no one there, the nest set were locked. Finally, I followed another van coming in and walked to where they were and found the departures entrance. Nothing was open. I was picked up at 3:15 pm for a 6:25 pm flight and the airport was not even staffed until after 5:15pm. I should have stayed at the hotel and I should have had a driver that knew where the entrance was. I realize that tourism is just reopening but I do think that these two things could easily be improved. Thanks for organizing, thanks for listening. I very much enjoyed my 11 days in Jordan.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Joyce
Very happy to hear from you, I am so happy to know that I participated to give you a nice trip,

Thank you so much for the time you took, and for your kindness to update us with these kickbacks. We will surely do more than our best to avoid them.
Thank you so much for letting us know about them. highly appreciated.

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

Be well ,
Samir

Terri

Samir was quick to respond and arrange a trip... · Jordan - Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2021

Traveler: Terri H. - Local specialist: Samir Bishara

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.

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Samir Bishara, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Thank you so much for your courtesy and the nice words you put for me, it always helps me to keep going on, helping our dear guests,
thank you so much Terri for travelling with us.
It was our pleasure and honor.

I am looking forward to see you again in Jordan, you will always have friends that you can depend on, be sure.

Wish you all the best, and happy days

Samir