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

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Linda A.
Cary, NC | May 31, 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

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

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.

Tips for future travelers

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

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

Tips for future travelers

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort

Marriott Dead Sea Resort

Sweimeh

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

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

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

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

Petra By Candle Light

Jordan

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

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

JERUSALEM / Old City

Israel

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

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

Very simple and easy. Thank you!

Amman-Jarash-Ajloun-Amman city tour

Jordan

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

MASADA & QUMRAN

Israel

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

Beautiful scenery. Hotel in Tiberias was beyond fabulous.

STAY PUT JERUSALEM / FREE DAY / OPTIONAL TOURS

Israel

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

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.

Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Amman | May 31, 2022

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

God bless
Samir