From landing in Cairo January 7th to leaving January 17th 2013 all arrangements were attentive and seamless. Jim & Arlene's proficient arrangement skills were displayed as they professionally scheduled tours & eating plans perfectly. In addition, tipping charts was provided to avoid any confusion or missteps with our tour guides and or local Egyptian workers.
Abraham, Trip to Egypt, 2013
Their proficient preparation resulted in making my experience a breathtaking and an extraordinary one. Scheduling tours for well over ten site viewings in over six cities including checking in and out of four hotels (plus a cruise) and two flights within Egypt in a matter of ten days should not go without mentioning. Jim & Arlene provided a worry free trip to a country I was foreign to. A major factor that plays a frightening role in peoples "traveling lives" is communication and relationship with locals.
In addition, Egypt's current political and governmental structure is currently fragile and vulnerable to a people's rebellion at any given moment according to Western Media. This can result and create a dangerous atmosphere and environment for tourist. This being broadcasted at home does not give anyone a lift or buzz to visit Egypt. Weeks and days before departing to Egypt, Jim & Arlene did an excellent job reporting to us and endorsing our protection because of the safety measures taken into consideration. Therefore, providing a worry free trip is not only impressive but exhibits their excellence in their professional field.
I would not only travel again through Jim & Arlene's advice and guidance, but I will love to revisit Egypt.
There will never be enough words to express our thanks, love and appreciation to all of you. Thank you for making this Big World our Beautiful Adventure. All our love.
Sue, Mckenna, Becca, Josh and Emma (Texas) after their 365 day around the world trip.
Destinations & Adventures pays a lot of attention to detail and picks excellent guides. They have very good connections.
Ruth Pennycook Chairman, Santa Fe Council on International Relations
What Destinations & Adventures brings to the industry is something that really is missing in many large companies today — a hands-on creative approach.
David Morris President, David Morris International
The team at Destinations & Adventures is the greatest I've ever met. They are so bright and creative, their knowledge is extraordinary.
Sue Turner President, Vacation Boutique
Destinations & Adventures opened doors for us that would be closed to others, giving us a very special tour.
Butch Philipsborn President, International House of Travel
Unrivaled expertise and local knowledge. 5-star agency hands down.
I think destinations and adventures is a phenomenal company and the people who work there are passionate, intelligent, and have amazing contacts all over the world. They have helped me go through south east Asia, Croatia, and a Mediterranean culinary cruise. All were life changing experiences.
Destinations and Adventures International provides excellent service. I have gone through them for my trips to Egypt in 2013, Abu Dhabi & Dubai in 2014 and Bali this past October 2016. From the beginning to the end, planning a trip with DAI is so simple and stress-free, makes my experience much more enjoyable. The guides and drivers provided are true professionals and definitely know their history and culture, adding so much value to the overall experience.
We had an extraordinary adventure! Thank you for organizing such a wonderful voyage; it was pure magic, even with the heat. However the hot weather afforded us such unique and rare scenes, such as literally being the only people in the Valley of the Queens to see Nefatari's tombs.
All the details in Cairo were perfect...we got met at the airport, transferred here and there without a hitch. Eman, our guide, was an encyclopedia of knowledge. And even better, she presented her facts in an orderly and thoughtful fashion to bring the history to life for us. The Solar Boat was incredibly impressive and unexpected for us! And her excitement about all the reliefs especially with Mereruka's Mastaba that told of life in the day was great. Really incredibly all the way around. The hotels were perfect as well even though we were only in them a short time.
Thanks so much for all your help in organizing and helping us with all our questions for travelling there. We felt quite safe as he stated even with the presidential election on the day we left! I bought a small rug/wall hanging from his friend outside of Sakkara! He looked good in the ad the owner showed me in the magazine from years ago!
This is my second trip planned by your company, (my first one was planned by Gail Berkeley to Peru), and it was equally amazing and spectacular. Each and everyday was delightful. Each of the 4 guides were very knowledgeable, extremely welcoming and a pleasure to be with. The domestic flights and airport transfers were seamless (and good departure times chosen so as not to wake up too early etc.), with the hotel selections and recommended activities absolutely perfect. We were very lucky to have good weather, so the Estancia Cristina to the Upsala glacier was extra special. If we had to pick only one favorite activity, it was the Gaucho "horses training show" in San Antonio de Areco (outside of Buenos Aires). It was incredibly interesting and very moving to see such control over the beautiful horses. Again, our guide had explained the history and details so well beforehand that we were well prepared to understand what the gauchos were actually showing us. Again, all the activities were special, but that one stuck out as extra special and very "Argentinian".
The three hotels were well chosen, but our favorite was in Bariloche; the "Aldebaran" hotel; which was very romantic with a great restaurant and excellent staff. The views were spectacular just sitting in our room. Again, the horseback riding in Bariloche was fun and again with very well trained horses. I must sound like I am not very discriminating, but with all honesty, each and every activity planned by your company was truly a delight. My husband and I have travelled extensively throughout our careers, and quite frankly he was skeptical about a big travel trip "for fun"; but we both had an incredible time- truly relaxing, fun, interesting and "can't wait to go back" and discover more of such a beautiful interesting country. Its such a pleasure to wake up in the morning and not have to worry or figure anything out; just meet our guide and enjoy the day. What a luxury!
I am writing to express my gratitude to you and all of your team for the wonderful trips you have arranged for Nan and me thorough the years and for the bright future we have thanks to DAI.
I don't know if you keep track, but Costa Rica was the 12th trip I've taken with DAI and everyone of them has been excellent. I know that most of them have been relatively short, and I appreciate DAI's interest in helping me on these as well as the longer ones (e.g. Eastern Europe/Turkey, Egypt et. al.).
We have quite a list of trip remaining and if we can keep our health I'm sure we'll get them all taken.
I know it is a long ways off, but the Balkans in 2020 is going to be fantastic. I'm excited the Sea Cloud has come together and Colombe's land "extension" is something we I have wanted to do forever.
Letting you know how fantastic our trip was. Egypt exceeded our expectations. We can't wait to go back again! Fouwad was an excellent guide for us. We would highly recommend him to others.
You all did a great job planning out our trip. And Jim, I have to thank you for insisting we do the cruise, which we enjoyed, but most of all that stay a bit in Aswan because the Old Cateract was by far our favorite hotel.