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We found Travel Discounters delivered on it's promise and delivered a great tour!
Egypt Review Image Yes, we made the long journey back to the U.S. and after a weekend resting at my sister's drove the 1300 miles home so we are truly back.
But what a wonderful memories. We took a chance on Egypt and Travel Discounters and were pleased with the outcome. We found Egypt safe, welcoming and extremely interesting for both it's ancient history and learning about modern life. We found Travel Discounters delivered on it's promise and delivered a great tour.
There was a bit of hesitancy regarding the upfront, non refundable cost (travel insurance helps) but the fact the tour would not be cancelled was a plus. We ended up with a private guide (Tut) who gave us a fantastic first 3 days. Then on to Luxor and our Kareem and Kareem duo who took care of details and knowledge throughout our time on the Semiramis Nile cruise ship. They too were amazing. Every need we had was addressed (we needed small change and a shower chair), the ship's staff was friendly (the wine steward entertained us with tricks) and the food was very good, surprising for a buffet (compliments to the chef). Throughout our tour we were met and taken care of by Blue Sky representatives so no stress there.
My sister is very interested in a tour and will most likely use Travel Discounters and we are telling everyone to go to Egypt and see this wonderful country for yourself.
Deborah
April 2019
We were very pleased with the Egypt trip, and the South Africa trip also was incredibly awesome!
Egypt - South Africa Review Image We went to Egypt and South Africa in April, left Calgary last day of March. The trip was awesome, we had wonderful guides in Cairo and Luxor and down the Nile. We were very pleased with the Egypt trip, and the South Africa trip also was incredibly awesome. The power of Victoria Falls was something that can't be described, the power of water, the constant moisture raining down on our heads, just incredible. All our guides, Sahar, Kareem in Egypt and their sidekicks, were just extremely pleasant and super knowledgeable of their country's history. Our South African guide, Isaac, and his counterpart, Locksom, in Zambia were really pleasant and very accommodating that we see all the animals and sights and understand the history and geology.
The only thing that makes us and some other people sad while on the trip was the firing of our Cairo bus driver due to a mistake he made while driving us to the Cairo airport on the way to Luxor. He made a u-turn and many of us were understanding of it as we were in Egypt, not North America, and just chill out and cool down. None of us were injured but some of the Americans were horribly upset about it. I think they needed to chill out and be thankful all ended up just fine. Maybe people like that shouldn't travel if they expect everything they see to be just what it's like in the states.
Anyway, B and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and liked the way it was set up, both Egypt and South Africa. In South Africa, the 'group' sometimes consisted only of B and me. Other times the group consisted of small numbers and super pleasant people.
So, just want to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip, thank you very much for getting it together for us. We enjoyed the larger group in Cairo and the smaller groups in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Lilly Cacaci
April 2019
I found my trip to Egypt fun, culturally rich and extremally educational!
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My major concern, when planning the trip was safety, especially being a Christian in a Muslim nation that has just gone through a political transition. Because of this concern I waited until well after the election to make the trip. Upon my arrival in Egypt, I soon realized that my concerns were unfounded and felt very safe while walking the streets in Cairo or the various places visited along the Nile. Please note, a person must observer the normal diligence one would in any major city.
I enjoyed my trip. However, to the best I can, I would like to provide a reasonably balanced review of my experiences. The best way I can find to break this up is outlined below:

1. The initial purchase and support service
After finding the trip on Travel zoo. I signed up for a 10-day tour with air, cruise and local transportation. My first encounter was with Kevin who was the Sales Agent with Travel Discounters and is originally from Egypt. He was able to make real world recommendations, having traveled back-and-forth to home, and did not try to over sale you. He did a good job of listening to your travel goals and worked with you to optimize trip. Kevin also did a follow-up after I had returned to the states. I did not have any experiences with the other agents but can say that Kevin was excellent to work with. I plan to take other trips to Africa and best believe I will be asking for Kevin.

2. The transportation/Accommodations
Unfortunately, the only direct flights were from JFK. I live in the Philadelphia, PA, area which required transportation to New York. No matter how you cut it getting to JFK from the Philadelphia area are just various versions of bad. The 10 ½ hour Egypt Air flight went very smooth. Upon arrival in Cairo, pickup was performed by a local carrier, Blue Sky Travel, who were waiting and had the visas ready. This tour team ensure smooth hand-offs for every activity. Blue Sky did an excellent job of local transportation. My one complaint was on two tours the van had very little leg room for a person over 5'10", other than that, everything was find. Other than noted, the buses were air conditioned, comfortable and the drivers professional. Just be careful of the small van if you are tall and not real flexible. After leaving Cairo (3 days later) we flew to Luxor and were met by another coordinator. Once again, a very smooth hand-off. In Luxor we went from the airport to a Nile cruise ship. This is where things get funny. The ship was clean and the crew pleasant. The rooms were of a reasonable size, but the decor was like everyone stepped back in time to the 60 Las Vegas lounge look with crushed velvet and large tassels on the curtains included. It was like Tony Bennet or Frank Sinatra was going to appear and start singing. However, everything was kept very clean.
One thing that was noted is that the crew was very strict on feeding drink times. Not that this was a problem, but you need to be aware of this.
My biggest disappointment was the food. One the ship and except for two tour stops, the food was not that impressive. Please understand that this is a personal assessment and will be different for everyone. However, on the ship and on most of the tours, I found the vegetables and the meat to be consistently over cooked, tuff beef, lamb and goat don't do anything for me. The chicken was good, and the spices were fantastic. The other got-ya was the box breakfasts we took with us on early morning tours. They were composed of bread, cheese, juice, and more bread with a little meat from the previous evening, and some more bread.
In all fairness, when I complained about the ship/room décor, I was informed that they were aware and the ship (Rameses II) would soon be taken out of service for an upgrade. Also, it should be noted that the food was very clean and no one in my tour group suffered for food sickness. That to me is most important.

3. The Tour/Food/Guides
Here is where Travel Discounters and Blue-Sky Travel get big points! The tours guide and orchestration of our tours were exceptional. Egypt is so large and has so many sights that you cannot take them all in without spending over a month. However, the tour company has selected major items that are fun and educational. But to top this off they have contracted with awesome tour guides and coordinators. Each guide is a professional Egyptologist. They have the equivalent of a master's degree in Egyptology. The guide for our Cairo stay was Sahar Bayoumi Ebrahim. This woman was phenomenal, her English is excellent, she knows Cairo, and more so, her trade. She kept everyone engaged and taught us how to haggle. In fact, she was like a mother hen taking care of her peeps. Once again, when we went to Luxor, she and Blue-Sky made sure there was a smooth hand-off and we were safe. When in Luxor we were meet by our tour coordinator Karim who took care of everything for us. If there was anything, we needed he was on it. He was one of the very important people who stayed in the background but was there to catch you if you tripped. I cannot say enough about how helpful he was. Last and certainly not lease was our Luxor and beyond tour guide, Walid. Talk about knowing your trade! This guy was incredible. He had a different style than Sahar but equally as effective. He was more technically orientated and was a wealth of knowledge. I which I would have recorded his talks with us. I cannot think of a question asked he could not address.

In closing, this was a great trip and if you have an opportunity, ask for Sahar, Karim and Walid. You will not be disappointed.
Hope this helps.
Bill
March 2019
Once I landed in Cairo we were taken care of in a style that was truly first class!
Egypt Review Image I just want to let you know we had the best vacation ever. Going to Egypt was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I was very nervous about going but once I landed in Cairo we were taken care of in a style that was truly first class.
The things we saw, the food we ate, and the people who we met were all so much fun. The people who greated us and guided us through Egypt were so kind, considerate, and very knowledgeable making the experience unforgettable.
I read some bad reviews about the MS Semiramis and I had my doubts about being on a boat I thought I'd feel trapped. I was not disappointed at all by anything. the way they cleaned your room and made animal figures on the bed couldn't have been more endearing.
I would tell everyone who ever thought of going to see the pyramids to take this cruise. The value was overwhelming for what we saw what we ate and drank which by the way the food was so great, everyone should take this trip with your company. I'm still on a high from it.
Thanks so much.
Linda
March 2019
Everything was great, food was delicious, and the excursions were breathtaking!
Egypt Review Image I just have to say that this trip was amazing!
Everything was great. Waild did a great job and so did all the staff.
Food was delicious, and the excursions were breathtaking.
We have not stopped talking about it. We are recommending Travel Discounters to everyone!
Shaunte
March 2019
It was the trip of a lifetime!
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I used Travel Discounters out of Canada for my November trip to Egypt. For under $3000 per person I got 11 nights including a 7 night Nile cruise, all meals, upgraded drinks package, r/t flights from California, two of the best guides ever, Rehab in Cairo and Walid on the cruise, camel ride with pictures at the great pyramids, hot air balloon over Luxor and all sight seeing with transportation plus so much more.
It was the trip of a lifetime! The package was Spectacular Egypt which took us from Cairo to Alexandria and down to Abu Simbel. The Egyptians were so gracious and friendly. Egypt is very safe but the vendors were aggressive.
Pat G.
November 2018
Our party of 6 had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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We have just returned from our Egypt trip that was organized by TravelDiscounters.us. They did an amazing job!
From the minute we got on Egypt Air, everything was smooth & like clockwork. The Blue Sky Travel representatives were there to meet us & walk us through every step of the way. Special thanks to Kareem, our guide in Cairo, and to Hussein, our guide down the Nile River, and Mr. Mimi, who took care of our needs on the River cruise. All of them, and the rest of the staff were outstanding. The Egyptian people were so friendly and helpful. They were truly happy to see we tourists. Our party of 6 had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We highly recommend this trip. We've traveled extensively and don't do "tour arranged travel", but this was perfect to get the most out of all the wonderful things to see.
JPK
November 2018
Not much more to say, as it would only be redundant. EXCELLENT!
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We would recommend Blue Sky as a tour provider in a heartbeat.
Right from the beginning, with our initial contact with Alec at Travel Discounters, our trip was a most enjoyable experience. We were treated with the same care and consideration by Blue Sky representatives upon landing in Cairo by Abdul 1, and then by Kareem and Walid, during our cruise. There were another helpful handful of Blue Sky representatives involved, as we spent some time in Cairo and Hurghada.
Not much more to say, as it would only be redundant. EXCELLENT!!
Safari261863
November 2018
Every aspect of the trip was executed perfectly!
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My wife & I returned Oct. 27, from Egypt, on the Travel Discounts Tour Co. (out of Toronto, ON, CAN).
We chose the 11 day Best of Egypt, Nile Goddess guided tour. We flew direct from Toronto to Cairo (~11.5 hrs) and return. Ground support (airport greeters, transportation, checkin, Egyptologist guides, cruise staff, etc) were provided by Blue Sky Travel based in Cairo. This support was all included by Travel Discounters.
Every aspect of the trip was executed perfectly. We spent 2 nights in Cairo, the 4 cruising the Nile, and ended with 2 more in Cairo. We saw everything you could wish for (Pyramids; Temples; Villages) did unreal things (climbed down into tombs under pyramids and Valley of Kings, smoked water pipes, sailed in a Felucca, etc).
Our price, thru Travel Discounters, was $3,100. CAD Excluded were travel insurance, about 4 dinners, beer & wine when not on the cruise, and souvenirs.
WE FELT PERFECTLY SAFE the whole time. If you've held off going to this area of Egypt, because you think it is not safe, you're under the WRONG impression. If you've bucket listed a Pyramid dream vacation, GO NOW!
Murray L.
October 2018
Yes, you can do it yourself, but Traveldiscounters can help maximize your enjoyment to Egypt!
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This is an appeal to consider traveling to Egypt from the United States. We used Travel Discounters for a fantastic, reasonably-priced trip. They partner with Blue Sky Travel on the ground in Egypt, and together they did a tremendous job.
The Egyptologists were very knowledgeable and personable, and the Blue Sky meet and assist personnel were attentive and helpful. The meet and assist team made location movements within Egypt practically effortless.
The Nile cruise was relaxing and fun, and the daily tours were well-timed to avoid the heat of the day. The sights were amazing, from the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, to the temples along the Nile, to the wonderful Red Sea coast city of Hurghada.
Yes, you can do it yourself, but Travel Discounters/Blue Sky Travel can help maximize your enjoyment of a visit to Egypt.
Check them out!
Mark S.
October 2018
The tour was incredibly jam-packed with everything I wanted to see and a really good value!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image The tour was incredibly jam-packed with everything I wanted to see and a really good value. The airport handler, the driver and the hotel greeter/tour leader absolutely made my arrival restful. The hotel and the poolside grill were beautiful and relaxing. My husband thought the camel ride at the Pyramids was the most fun.
The first 2 days with Sahar taking our small group of 8 thru Cairo, Giza and Sakkara was amazing, as were the lunches and tea we had with her. Her passion and knowledge, especially reading hieroglyphs, got me even more interested in ancient Egypt. I didn't want her to leave us but after our very early morning departure and arrival in Luxor, it got even better. Two other couples joined us, and we met Mimi and our guide Walid, who took us to temples and told us more stories, always in the shade; thank you, guys. It was so hot and I was glad I took a fan and a chill towel.
The boat was pretty, much like all the other boats cruising the Nile. It was more like a lazy river cruise, no motion sickness here. The highlight for me was the pre-dawn trip to Abu Simbel. The weather was warm and breezy until about 10am when it got hot. A sailboat ride on the last morning before flying back to Cairo was pretty peaceful too.
All in all, the Egyptians in the tourism industry are very gracious and accomodating. They even made sure we got on the plane home. I hardly got any sleep on this tour, it was so exciting!
Bj K.
October 2018
Saw everything Egypt had to offer, we got more for our money than expected!
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I just returned from Egypt... the BEST trip Ever!! (I've done like 30).
I felt Totally Safe the whole time. Our tour included a Cruise on the Nile, Amazing.... saw Everything Egypt had to offer, we were on the go constantly, got more for our money than expected.
All meals included (Big Plus!) it was 4 of us we went through Travel Discounters based out of Canada, talk to Binod, he's extremely helpful.
You will not be Sorry. Great, Amazing and Unforgetable trip.... too many things to say... you Have to go.
Maria B.
October 2018
Had the best trip EVER with Travel Discounters and Blue Sky Travel!
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As a single woman traveller I felt completely safe at all times. There was a Blue Sky representative present upon arrival at the airport in Cairo to show us the ropes and from then on there was always someone to guide us. Transport buses were clean and safe and the drivers experienced in the crazy traffic in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Hotels were 5 star and the Semiramis II, although old, was well maintained and the crew were most pleasant and helpful. The food was excellent in the hotels and on the ship and served buffet style so there was always something you liked and something new to try out. I ended up in a small group of 22 - 5 from Canada, 17 from the US. We all got to know each other well and had a lot of laughs together watching each other struggle up stone stairways and walking on sand in the Egyptian heat.
Best of all we were assigned the same tour guide for the whole trip, so he got to know us and we got to know him and respect his amazing knowledge about the history of Egypt's pyramids, temples, pharaohs, churches and mosques. His English was perfect. His love for his native country shone through everywhere we went. He is a fine teacher and patient with us as we tried to figure out the different gods/goddesses and kings/queens and phaeros And he has a good sense of humour which was needed as we were constantly taking photos or stopping to shop, or asking questions. He even took us to places that were not on the regular tour such as a factory that made rugs by hand, an alabaster factory and a perfumery. Thank you Habibi Kareem Kohny for all your hard work.
Do not be afraid to travel to Egypt! There is lots of security, and you will be accompanied every step of the way. The Egyptian people are very friendly and most of them understand some English. Even the signage is in Arabic and English. I am planning to return and bring friends.
Catherine D.
September 2018
They went above and beyond to make sure our experiences were the best they could possibly be!
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I'm always slightly hesitant to use a new tour group for travel, especially to an area like Egypt, where I'm not very familiar with the customs, culture, or language. This trip was through TravelDiscounters.ca (in conjunction with Blue Sky Travel) and promised small groups. (The size of a recent group tour I went on was 5 or 6 full, 50+ seat tour buses.) We arrived in Cairo around 30 minutes early (approximately 4 am). After deboarding and proceeding down the escalator, and the first person I saw was Samir, who was holding up a card with our name on it. I later learned he had been waiting for about an hour, meaning he had arrived 90 minutes before our scheduled arrival time of 4:20 am, just in case we arrived early. He expedited our getting VISAs, and quickly guided us through retrieving our luggage and into a van, getting us on our way to the hotel. In addition, he provided a welcome impromptu tour of Cairo on the way. We were in our room by late morning and able to relax the remainder of the day.
We met our Cairo tour guide, Yassir, the following morning. You can imagine my shock at the small group being my daughter and myself. I won't provide a day-by-day accounting of the trip, but will touch on highlights not evident from the itinerary. To have a private guide and driver was amazing... particularly in the middle of August. We were with Yassir and driver Ahmed for two days in Cairo. Yassir revised the order of our schedule to provide us with the best tour possible. We went to areas that were likely to be crowded early, which was an advantage for my taking pictures, as well as temperature-wise. Yassir is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Egypt and it shows. He and Ahmed did everything they could possibly do to provide us with amazing experiences. Because it was only the two of us, we had a lot of latitude concerning timing, and were able to fully explore as much as possible within our time constraints. Yassir had essentially lived in the Egyptian museum doing research for a number of years, so was able to guide us to the highlights while providing detailed information. His knowledge was evident and much appreciated throughout both days. Ahmed was an amazing driver... extremely skilled in dealing with the heavy Cairo traffic, which included both paved and dirt roads, sometimes shared with animals such as cows in the midst of an extremely confusing intersection! While we didn't share a common language, it didn't matter and he was also one of the highlights of my trip (in addition to our guides). We periodically goofed around a little, which was a perfect balance to the intensity of the tour, as I was intent on seeing and absorbing as much as possible. Yassir's personal connections also contributed significantly to the trip... a photo op on a camel became a ride, along with quality pictures taken with my SLR camera. He provided guidance at my request on whether it was worth the extra money to purchase a ticket to take pictures inside various sights. Although significantly more than the price of the ticket (which was already included in our tour), it was worth it to me, especially knowing that the money was going towards preservation and restorations. He also made suggestions as far as how to handle the ever-present guides wanting money, where to make purchases based on our interests, and gave accurate representations of the quality of souvenirs at various sites. Although sad to leave Yassir and Ahmed in Cairo, Yassir assured us that we would enjoy the rest of our tour and have excellent guidance there as well. This proved to be the case, as our subsequent guide, Saber, was equally competent, professional and friendly. Both Yassir and Saber helped me negotiate purchases of my significant souvenirs. Although a different personality, Sabir was also an amazing tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He likewise had many personal connections, and when guiding us to make purchases from these people, was very up front about it. I trusted both Yassir and Saber implicitly, frequently asking for their thoughts and guidance. In general, we went on tours in the mornings to early afternoon during the Nile cruise, and returned to the boat for lunch and dinner. Sabir decided he was my Egyptian brother, and considered my daughter to be his niece! He was constantly looking out for us, and, as with Yassir, went above and beyond to make sure our experiences were the best they could possibly be. Both clearly love their country and enjoyed sharing information about it with us. At my request, Yassir joined us for meals when he could, which was nice for me as my daughter often skipped dinners. The relaxed pace of the tours while on the Nile was a perfect counterbalance to the intensity of Cairo.
If you have any concerns about visiting Egypt and not knowing the language or area, don't! There was a new driver and meet/greet representative almost every step of the way, from our arrival in Cairo, taking care of check-ins for flights to Luxor from Cairo, to Cairo from Aswan, meeting us at each arrival, and again from Cairo to our return home. We did get to see one meet/greet representative twice, as well as to see our Luxor driver again during the later part of our Aswan tour. We didn't get to see Ahmed, our Cairo driver, again after the first two days as he was on holiday when we returned. As far as safety concerns, we felt very comfortable throughout the trip. The various tourist sites and other areas were well guarded and we felt safe throughout the trip. I would not hesitate to return again.
My take-aways:
- I highly recommend Best of Egypt SemiRamis to anyone interested in visiting Egypt. I recommend the purchase of the Pharoahs Deal, if available. Although I'm not much of a drinker, it was worth it for us for the tea and water on board the cruise, the extra dinners in Cairo, the extra night on the cruise, the Old Cairo city tour, and the trip to Abu Simbel.
- Yasser and Saber are both amazing guides who shared with us their love of Egypt. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Egypt; both went above and beyond to make experiences as memorable as possible for us. Both suggested additional stops to sightseeing, stressing that it was our choice and totally up to us if we wanted to make the stops. I found that their recommendations were always appropriate for our interests.
- Ahmed is one of the best drivers I've ever encountered in our travels. Not sharing a common language was irrelevant! When appropriate, Blue Sky guides and representatives always translated for me!
- As expected, I found Egypt to be very hot. I was afraid it would impact my visit, but it did not. Just know that you will likely be hot, that you may sweat a lot, and that you can take a shower upon return to your hotel or room on the boat. I made sure I always had water with me and it wasn't a problem.
- Be aware that Egypt is a tipping country and tips are expected on an ongoing basis! I was surprised at how much I spent on tips, although the vast majority (especially related to Blue Sky Travel) were appropriate and well-earned.
Singletk
September 2018
Yes to Travel Discounters and Blue Sky Travel in Egypt!
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Yes to Travel Discounters and Blue Sky Travel in Egypt. Just returned June 3rd and they delivered on every single thing.
Their trip was comparable to Gate 1 - not luxury but reliable and affordable. Plus, their price was comparable to Gate 1 but the group size was much smaller which is a plus.
Mr_and_Mrs_G365
June 2018
My son and I thought the trip was absolutely awesome!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image The group size was perfect and allowed interaction and discussion about Egypt and we learned so much! Our guide Walid was phenomenal and if not for him, the tour would not have been anywhere near as great as it was.
I am telling everyone they need to go to Egypt but only if they can have Walid for a guide! We totally enjoyed our desert camping trip even though we couldn't go everywhere we had hoped due to restrictions in the white desert. It just means we need to go back!
Thanks for all you help in planning our trip.
Lucinda
May 2018
The hotel, transportation and boat ridings were all excellent!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image We came back from our Egypt tour ten days ago. The trip was exciting and wonderful. We really enjoyed it. The hotel, transportation and boat ridings were all excellent.
I really enjoyed two tour guides' explanations during our visits to all the places. They are Rehab and Yasser and both of them are very professional with a deep knowledge of the subjects. I also enjoyed trip to Suez Canal, since the tour is especially designed for us. So, overall we are very happy and satisfied for this trip. Every one over there is wonderful, drivers, guards, representatives and tour guides! We will definitely recommend this to our friends! (actually, we did already, four of our friends will go to Egypt through your program in December)!
Thanks.
Frank
May 2018
The balance was great between sightseeing and relaxing especially on the cruise!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image The trip was absolutely amazing!!
Our main tour guide was out of this world amazing with knowledge, considerations, helpful hints and going above to ensure all had a great time. Wallid went above and beyond everyday.
Each person that guided us or drove us was really great and informative as well.
The balance was great between sightseeing and relaxing especially on the cruise.
Thank you!!
Kathleen and John
May 2018
I didn't expect to have such a great service and professional guide!
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I didn't expect to have such a great service and professional guide.
The excellence of the excursions was very impressed. Everything was more than the price we pay.
I will use it in the future.
Thanks
Elvia
May 2018
I really loved this tour and don't even want to come back!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image I actually loved every single things during the trip. The tour guide, the service and transportation are all amazing! I really loved this tour and don't even want to come back.
All the staff that's helping us was so wonderful. Therefore, I am so glad to pick this tour and I would do it again for my next trip if I get a chance.
Overall I would rate it to 10 stars! I can't believe how organized the trip and how much they're caring.
Best regards
Mia
April 2018
The tours and guides were 5 star plus, our cruise ship Nile Goddess 4 star. I recommend this trip highly!
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My trip to Egypt March 15th was fantastic. Mo from Travel Discounters did a great job of putting it together and answering my many questions. My daughter and I traveled together. Mo arranged for us to sit across from each other for all our connections. It is a long trip but worth it. We never felt unsafe. We were always met and had very knowledgeable, nice guides and drivers.
In Cairo we could see the pyramids from our hotel. There were 4 of us in our group. Sarha, our guide took us to the Royal Necropolis of Sakkara. I cannot explain the feeling I had when I first saw the pyramids. I was aw stuck to see it, so big, majestic, 4700 years old. We saw lots in Cairo. Sahar was great, very caring, everything was to my liking.
The 2nd part of our tour was a cruise on the Nile with many shore stops to see temples thousands of years old, pyramids, Mosques and bazaars. I cannot believe we saw so much. If only one could remember half of what Kareem explained to us I would be happy. He was a great guide. There were 11 of us on this part of our tour, we became a family. It was always fun. If we had problems Kareem and Ashaf were there to help us.
The people of Egypt were very friendly, they wanted pictures of us. People waved and smiled at us.
The tours and guides were 5 star plus. Our cruise ship Nile Goddess 4 star, the people working on is 5 star. I recommend this trip highly.
I would have liked to see more pyramids and less temples.
Lonniie
March 2018
Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were happy and safe!
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Traveled to Egypt with Blue Sky Travel and Travel Discounters out of Canada, and we were extremely happy with the service that was provided. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were happy and safe.
The tour guide that we had, Kareem Zohny Shemis, was fantastic! He was so knowledgable and personable... made our trip so amazing!
This company is expert in Egypt and they did a fantastic job!
We always felt safe in Egypt... so don't be afraid to go! Right now tourism is down so there are not huge crowds... the best time to travel to Egypt is now!
Sharon S.
March 2018
Feel free to book your trip with confidence, they give us a trip of a lifetime!!
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We are a group of twenty-one travelers, mostly from Canada. We embarked on our journey to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel at the end of February. We booked our tour more than six months in advance through our travel consultant Mo with Travel Discounters in Toronto.
Our first day on the ground in Egypt was simply amazing, seeing the Pyramids at Giza with our own eyes. Breathtaking! The staff on the ground in Egypt with Blue Sky Travel were top-notch, ensuring we were met at the airport, transported to our hotels; arranging a safe and comfortable journey through the land of the Pharaohs.
The highlight of the trip, bar none, was the five-day cruise of the Nile River. While the rooms were not up to our expectations, the excellent service from the cruise staff and wonderful vegetarian meals they served us more than compensated for the slight disappointment in accommodation.
Our next stop was in Jordan, where again our tour guide and bus driver with Bridge Travel did their best to offer us honest insight into the history of the country, its people and historic sights such as Mount Nebo and Petra; and make us feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.
The same can be said of our tour-guide and driver in Israel. We spent the majority of our time visiting sites of great importance to the Christian faith in the city of Jerusalem, while also seeing the Wailing Wall. We also visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Mount of Temptation at Jericho, in the Palestinian Territories. We were disappointed with our accommodations in Jerusalem, though we appreciate that staff of Bridge Travel and the National Hotel did their level best to address our concerns and try to rectify issues with our rooms.
Unfortunately, another challenge for our group was that many were strict vegetarians, and some of the places we ate in Jordan and Israel did not satisfy our requirements. Again, Bridge Travel did hear our concerns and did their best to address the situation on the go, as did our travel consultant in Canada, Mo.
Our final stop was back in Jordan, at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, which was delightful. A highlight for many was floating in the Dead Sea and covering ourselves in its healing mud.
On balance, the trip was incredible -- and exceeded expectations on many fronts. We appreciated the knowledge and insight provided by our tour-guides, in Egypt - Kareem, Jordan - Abdallah and Israel - George. If you are considering going to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, do make the trip. In all three countries, we felt safe and well cared for. Feel free to book your trip with confidence through Mo at Travel Discounters in Toronto. He helped make this a trip of a lifetime!
pscanada
February 2018
We were very well taken care of and felt very safe!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image Our trip was wonderful! We are still talking about it to each other and our friends. We are trying to convince our friends to go, but have Mo to arrange their trips. We were very well taken care of and felt very safe. We are so pleased with Mo's arrangement and his constant contacts with the preparations to make sure we were satisfied. All of our guides were patient, well informed, comforting. Right now, as I am writing, I had to stop because the memories of our trip made me feel happy again. I was asked to write the review for all of us because they knew I would best be able to express everyone's feelings.
The Nile cruise was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, the service was great.
We would also like our expressed appreciations be sent to the various tour association and all of our special, great tour guides for Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. They were very informative and were able to put all information in perspective. It was truly an informing experience, Thanks to them.
Brenda
February 2018
We looked at this holiday as our trip of a lifetime and travel discounter and Blue Sky delivered for us!!
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We did a 10 day Egypt holiday with Travel Discounter/Blue Sky in January of 2018. We must start by saying the whole holiday was extremely well planned out and our compliments go out to travel discounter staff for all the prep work.
We were met, uopon our arrival, by a Blue Sky representative immediately upon entering the Cairo airport. They handled our visa and assisted us through customs. We were in our van , on our way to the hotel, within 30 minutes of arriving in Cairo. Blue sky checked us into our hotel and reviewed our itinerary for the next day. Our arrival could not have been smoother or less stressful! Our Blue Sky rep, Abdul, rented us a mobile wifi box for the duration of our holiday that proved to be a godsend. The hotel accommodations were excellent and the food at the hotel was great.
Our guide in Cairo for our three days was Rehab. We would strongly recommend asking specifically for her as she was extremely knowledgable, very personable and possessed strong command of English. Rehab can. Read hieroglyphics and was able to translate various scripture at the temples. She was flexible in allowing us to choose where we wanted to spend our time. She took the time to explain the Muslim religion, Islamic law and Egyptian culture to us. An added bonus we had not counted on!!
We could write pages about the sites we were taken to in Cairo but we will simply say we were cognitively exhausted everyday by the amount of information and visual stimulation we were exposed to.
The 4 day cruise was everything we had hoped for. The accommodations were great as were the staff on the boat. We would recommend upgrading if the package has you on a lower end boat (simply check package prices for various boats available). You do get what you pay for. We were happy we got the drink package ain't included all our water and coffee at meal times. We noticed many people had no beverages during their meals. The beverage package also included the trip to Abu simbel, which was totally worth it.
We feel we must speak to the other passengers on the boat. As it was an Egyptian school holiday, we were the only non Egyptians. The Egyptian passengers went out of their way to welcome us and make us feel comfortable. We truly appreciated their kindness and hospitality. Food on the boat was fabulous and westernized. Every meal was a buffet and the amount of fresh vegetables and fruit was staggering.
We, again, were overwhelmed by the amount of information and visual stimulation we were exposed to on this leg of our journey. Hussain, our guide, was fabulous and did a great job in explaining the tombs and temples. You would not be disappointed getting him as a guide as well.
We want to state that during the entire trip we never were left to our own devices to find our way. Staff constantly escorted us and made sure we always knew where we were going and what to expect at each site. We never felt threatened or at Risk (many friends asked us this so we felt we should mention it).
We have no real negatives to report. We looked at this holiday as our trip of a lifetime and travel discounter and Blue Sky delivered for us.
Thank You.
Terry and Elaine Morris
January 2018
We absolutely enjoyed this trip from start to finish!
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My husband and I visited Egypt for the first time and had an incredible time! We booked with Travel Discounters in Toronto (agent-Junior Singh) and travelled with Blue Sky Travel Group in Egypt. Our guide Rehab Agag in Cairo was fantastic. Love her! She is extremely knowledgable, passionate, thoughtful, friendly, accommodating, helpful and fun! I would absolutely recommend requesting her for your tour!
The operator of group (he went by the name Bob to make it easier for us) was very helpful and very interested in making sure that everything went smoothly for all of us throughout the entire trip from Cairo to Luxor & cruise on Nile and back to Cairo.
Our guide in Luxor & Aswan and throughout the excursions from the ship on the Nile was K.T. (he told us his actual name but went by K.T. to again make it easier for us). K.T. is another fantastic guide. Extremely knowledgable, and passionate about all things Egyptian. He was very helpful, thoughtful, accommodating, generous and fun. I would recommend requesting K.T. also!
We absolutely enjoyed this trip from start to finish! Very well planned and we were all very well taken care of throughout the trip including at the airports. We felt very safe 100% of the time - everywhere.
I would enthusiastically recommend Blue Sky Travel and Travel Discounters when planning a trip to Egypt. Truly our favourite trip and destination so far!
749Lynne2011
January 2018
We are so glad that we made this trip!
Egypt Review Image My husband and I recently traveled to Egypt (January 2018) for the first time against the advice of many of our friends who were concerned for our safety.
We were met promptly upon arrival by your representative and escorted to our hotel, Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, which was very satisfactory. Our guide, Maged, for our first and last days in Cairo was terrific. He was a fountain of information and his enthusiasm was impressive.
Upon arrival in Luxor we were met by Ashraf, who was our liaison for the river cruise aboard the Semiramis. A real professional, he was well organized and attended to every detail along the trip. He genuinely wanted us to enjoy our trip from start to finish. Our guide for the river cruise, Saber, was FANTASTIC!!!! He was extremely knowledgable about all of the sites that we visited, as well as explaining the Egyptian culture, ancient and modern. AND he had a great sense of humor that kept our entire group interested and entertained for the entire trip.
My husband and I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and Saber was without a doubt the best! We are highly recommending Travel Discounters and Blue Sky Cruises because of your fantastic guides. We are so glad that we made this trip and have told all of our friends not to take it off their "bucket list".
Sincerely,
Jacqueline and Edward
January 2018
Everything went smoothly and well planned. We saw lot. It is a very enjoyable trip!
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Mo put together a perfect itinerary for our trip to Egypt and Jordan.
Instructions and booking details were very clear and concise. This was a trip of a life time and something that everyone should try to do to visit the cradle of civilization. The guides were knowledgeable and very helpful.
I know that people are worried about security but Egypt has 10 million tourists a year and there were security checks up the gazoo in all the tourist areas. We felt very safe and I would encourage everyone to do this at least once in their lifetime.
I would like to thank Sahar (Cairo) and Yassir for their enthusiasm, knowledge and determination in protecting us from hustlers. Additionally I would like to thank Kamal in Jordan for his helpfulness and being flexible in the schedule.
Sanghab
December 2017
From the guides to drivers to the Nile River Cruise, every detail was planned to perfection!
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My friend and I just got back from an AMAZING trip to Egypt and I don't know where to begin.
From the guides to drivers to the Nile River Cruise, every detail was planned to perfection. We felt extremely safe and very well taken care of from the second we got on the plane until the time we landed back in our home airport. The sites that we saw in Egypt were absolutely breathtaking.
Our guides in Cairo were Magad and Sahar and they went above and beyond to show us everything and an amazing time. Hammada was our guide on our Nile River cruise and I wouldn't want anyone else; the way he tells stories transports you back to the times of the Pharaohs. Our representatives Abdul (in Cairo) and Ashfar (Nile River Cruise) made sure every detail was extremely well taken care of and we were safe the entire time.
The cruise on the M/S Star Goddess was fantastic. The ship was clean and orderly, the food was varied and the ease of the journey was incomparable.
I would recommend Travel Discounters, Blue Sky and a vacation to Egypt in an instant. Everything we saw was so magical and you couldn't help but feel in the presence of such greatness!
Joanne K.
December 2017
Everything was perfect. From the time we landed to the time we left!
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Mo, here in Toronto set everything up for us, he was awesome.
We traveled to Cairo for a few days and then up the Nile to Aswan on a riverboat cruise.
Everything was perfect. From the time we landed to the time we left, we were greeted by friendly tour guides and very knowledgeable staff. Thanks to Sahar, Ashraf, "Bob", Hamada and the rest of the Travel Discounter group, they were all awesome.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. We had family concerned about safety but we had no problems at all. Security is tight and the streets of Cairo were safe for us. Highly recommeded!
We went through Travel Discounters and they were awesome. We met many Americans (we're Canadian) who also booked through this company and loved it.
Michael U.
December 2017
The tours were run like well oiled machines. The execution and experience was top, notch!
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We just returned from an amazing 10 day tour of Egypt originating in Canada. We were pampered. Our contact upon arrival literally walked us through ALL of the normal red tape and long lines one expects in airports. We were through in minutes.
The Egyptologist was unreal. Waleed was his name. He is from Cairo; however, he did some graduate work at Georgetown (USA). In addition to having a extensive knowledge of everywhere we went he could easily relate to the normal apprehensions one might have when going into a new cultural experience.
The tours were run like well oiled machines. Whether by hot air balloon, sail boat, horse and buggy, bus or plane execution and experience was top, notch.
The tour was organized by Traveldiscounters.ca. The price/value was definitely weighted in favour of the client. We never felt unsafe or threatened. It truly is a tour that should be on everyone's Bucket list.
John Foster
December 2017
Everything was great and truly amazing!
Egypt Review Image Thank-you! Everything was great. Truly amazing time in Egypt. We saw & experienced everything we had hoped to.
The guides - Rehab Agag in Cairo & K.T. (not sure his real name) in Aswan & on ship were both wonderful. Very knowledgeable, accommodating, open, kind, & fun.
The Mena House was absolutely beautiful and great service. The Sonesta Moon Goddess was also great with the most helpful, thoughtful staff.
Really enjoyed the balloon ride over The Valley of the Kings and all of the amazing sites throughout. The guides were very passionate & informing of their history.
We felt safe 100% of the time. Everything was very well planned.
Lynne and Barry
December 2017
We were very satisfied with our trip and would highly recommend it to anyone!
Egypt Review Image We were very satisfied with our trip to Egypt. A rep met us at the airport before we got to immigration and were always available to us until we left Cairo to come home. Our travel guides were very knowledgeable, professional and helpful. The itinerary was great. The Meridien Pyramid Hotel and Spa is very nice and there really is a pyramid view from the pool. We didn't get a pyramid view room and see no need for anyone to get one since we were usually only in our room in the dark anyway. The Semiramis boat is getting a little older but it was clean and well maintained. The food on the boat was good. The buffet in the hotel was extensive.
We never felt unsafe at all. Security is tight where necessary but all security personnel were courteous to us. It's a shame that tourism is down 80% in Egypt. There's so much to see that is unique in the world. We would recommend to anyone taking the tour that they add the day trip to Abu Simbel. Even the drive across the desert to get there is interesting.
None of the tourist sites are crowded so now is a good time to go to Egypt. All in all, we were very satisfied with our trip and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the major ancient sites of Egypt. We will be checking other Travel Discounter trips in future.
Thank you for your professional treatment.
Bill and Anita
December 2017
You did an excellent in putting it all together. It exceeded my expectations!
Egypt Review Image My trip to Egypt was amazing. I felt like I was inside a movie. The historical sites were just breathtaking. Hard to imagine that those fabulous temples were constructed in 3000 BC. It was all incredible and I loved the cruise on Nile. I experienced my very first camel ride, my first hot air balloon ride and my first smoke of a hookah in Egypt. The guides were the best, very informed, very kind and fun to be with.
I would most certainly recommend this tour to friends and family. You did an excellent in putting it all together. It exceeded my expectations.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Maggie
December 2017
The guides and accommodations were excellent, and the boat trip down the Nile was perfect!
Egypt Review Image We loved our trip to Egypt. The guide choice were excellent. We especially loved Yasar (for our trip down the Nile and all the side trips) as he was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw the best of everything and learned so much.
We thought the accommodations in Cairo were excellent, and the trip down the Nile on the boat was perfect.
Everything was on time and we were met with helpers all the way.
Most of all, we loved the people of Egypt. They were so nice and helpful and as interested in us and we were with them.
It will be a trip to remember, and many thanks to you.
You helped us from the time we booked the trip until the time we left for Egypt. You answered all our questions, and you were very gracious about it.
If you would like to use us for a reference, please do so. We have no complaints.
Only happy memories.
Sally
December 2017
Wonderful Trip! Well organized and we were attended to from arrival to departure!
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Just returned from Travel Discounters - "Best of Egypt" - trip (Oct 28 to Nov 5th/17). Wonderful Trip! Well organized and we were attended to from arrival to departure. We had Mo at TD; who provided detailed information on what to expect and responded to every question. We upgraded to the Nile Goddess, which I would highly recommend. (Also the sun rise balloon at Luxor was a highlight.) All guides were very knowledgeable. Yasser Kamel was our guide during the cruise and he made sure we got to places before they got too busy. He was very responsive to our interests and any questions. Blue sky was excellent at dovetailing activities; going from one activity to another was quick and painless. The meals were delicious.
We had no security issues, the locals know the value of tourism and were very welcoming and appreciative. Be prepared for a few early mornings to enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. We did not do much shopping due to the aggressive shop keepers, but this is not the fault of the Blue Sky. We have no hesitation in recommending this trip.
elizabethpE6430RJ
November 2017
I cannot thank Mo and traveldiscounters enough for making our trip FANTASTIC!
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My husband and I just returned from a trip to Egypt arranged by Mo at traveldiscounters.us. I cannot thank Mo and his associates enough for making our trip FANTASTIC!
I was very nervous about traveling to Egypt. I can assure you that I have never felt safer....not even in the USA.
I will forever be grateful that Mo took the time to answer all my questions before I booked the trip and assured me that I would have the trip of a lifetime. Boy, was he right. I LOVED EGYPT.....the history, the people, the culture, the food, the sights, the adventure.
My advise, visit Egypt. You will be so happy that you did not miss the trip and the many memories you will always be grateful for.
Thanks again to traveldiscounters and Mo for taking care of every detail and making sure we had the adventure we had dreamed about for many years.
Becky C.
November 2017
I was expecting the worse, but this trip way more than exceeded my expectations!
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I just returned from a trip to Egypt which included my husband and three of my friends.
I use Gate 1 Travel often, but this trip we used Travel Discounters and did their 7 nts Cruise + 2nts Cairo & Pyramids Tour. www.traveldiscounters.us I was expecting the worse, but this trip way more than exceeded my expectations. All five of us agreed it was one of the best trips ever.
You could not have better tour guides than we had-so knowledgeable and friendly. The antiquities in Egypt are amazing. We were treated like royalty and never felt unsafe. What an terrific experience.
Note: if you do this tour I suggest adding the King Tut's Deal to it-the trip to Abu Simbel is not to be missed, plus you get a tour of Cairo, meals in Cairo, and all drinks on the riverboat.
Ocysu
November 2017
Everything went smoothly and well planned. We saw lot. It is a very enjoyable trip!
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Please contact Mo at Traveldiscounters.us (1-800-842-6943). He arranged us for a recent trip to Egypt from US.
Everything went smoothly and well planned. We saw lot. It is a very enjoyable trip!
We feel we were very lucky to have him booked for us. You will like it. The package covered everything you have to see over there!
Trust me, you will love the trip through his booking service!
Chris Y.
November 2017
All the people working for you was terrific. We felt very welcomed, cared for and safe!
Egypt - Jordan Review Image We liked everything about Egypt and most especially all the people working for you, every one of them was terrific. We felt very welcomed, cared for and safe!
We loved the first three days in Cairo with "Mageb", but then it kept getting better and better on the cruise with Kareem 1 (Luxor based) and Kreem 2 (Cairo based). The people, the accommodations, the food, the activities were all very good and kept us busy, but with some down time as well. I cannot begin to describe the awe and gratitude we feel for having experienced the historical sites we visited... impressive beyond our imagination. We really appreciated starting with the 3 days in Cairo and being able to continue on to the cruise. I would recommend that order and not fewer than the 12 days we had.
Our experience in Jordan was also good with very good guide and van driver. Favorites were Petra, Wadi Rum, Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River and the last dinner in Amman. The hotel and food in the Dead Sea were ok, but not as good as all the others. Only thing which could have been improved for the trip was the process of booking seats on the Delta/Air France flights... quite an extended hassle, with reservations made then disappearing several times. Other than that the flight and service itself were really good.
Thanks for all your help.
Carolyn
November 2017
The trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable, kind, helpful & fun!
Egypt - Jordan Review Image Dear Mo, the trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides, the 2 Karims were excellent. Knowledgeable, kind, helpful & fun. They know you, they said. I really loved them & I loved Egypt. Thank you so much for all your help. I will send more pictures. I need to email Karim as well. I also enjoyed Petra as well.
Everyday I've been meaning to call you, first I had jet lag & slept all the time. Now, I've just been busy. I liked Turkish airlines. We did not get to tour Istanbul, but really did not have time. Our driver/guide in Jordan was Kamel, and when we got back to Amman he took us into the city to the Citadel and the old part of town. I thought Amman was very interesting. Such a difference in the 2 countries. I have many pictures, don't know how many you want to see.
Sandee
November 2017
Better than advertised. Would and already have recommended this trip to friends and family!
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The trip was wonderful! Beyond our expectations. We feel we got a LOT for the money. Especially with the unexpected activities, such as: the horse and buggy ride and the Faluka (sail boat) ride on the Nile. The extra day with the drink package was a good choice for us, wish we'd added another extra day.
Our tour guide, Walid, was very knowledgeable and took time to thoroughly explain every site. The tours were very well planned. When we look back in our trip, it's hard to believe we saw so many wonderful places. The cruise on the Nile, breath taking. The Nile Goddess is a beautiful charming ship, with a nice variety of food, excellent entertainment and staff. Everyone we were in contact with were pleasant and helpful.
Better than advertised. Would and already have recommended this trip to friends and family. We have no recommendations for improvement, it was perfect!
Thanks for helping us book it.
larrynixon46
October 2017
The guides, escorts & everyone were so easy to deal with!
Egypt Review Image We had a really good time. The guides, escorts & everyone we dealt with were so easy to deal with.
We will definitely be looking at your other tour packages in the future.
Thanks,
Ruth
October 2017
With a high degree of certainty Travel Discounters is the BEST travel agency I have ever used!
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Knowing nothing about this travel agency beforehand, being an avid traveller, and after having gone on the Egypt Tour September 19-29, 2017 (2 days Cairo, 7 day Nile cruise), I can post with a high degree of certainty that Travel Discounters is the BEST travel agency I have ever used. I booked leaving from Toronto, Canada and was taken care of from start to finish. For skeptics, I have included the pros of using this agency below:
- Was able to contact my Travel Discounters rep at any time, and was able to ask any amount of questions without being rushed.
- My itinerary was customized to my preferences both before and during the trip. (The logistics of doing this for every single passenger is incredible.)
- As a solo female traveller, I had nothing to worry about and was taken care of every step of the way by both Travel Discounters and Blue Sky reps.
- Timing, connections, itinerary, wake up calls, ad-hoc excursions, etc were all impeccably done with no hassle to me as the passenger.
- Emergency information, cultural travel guides and tips were all provided in advance of my trip to assist in preparation.
And of course, I cannot say enough positive things about Kareem Zohny, Kareem Kordy and Tawfiksalah (Tut) on behalf of Blue Sky who work directly in conjunction with Travel Discounters. They engage in getting to know the passengers pre-arrival and work continuously 24 hours a day (literally) ensuring that every person has a fully enjoyable and satisfying experience.
Kareem Zohny possesses an incredible amount of historical knowledge and has a serene personality attributing to his ability to get along with everyone, and is overall a peaceful person. Kareem Kordy provides oversight on logistics for ALL passengers to ensure ease on flights, connections, excursions, site visits, shows, entertainment, safety, security, comfort and happiness. Tut has been working as a guide for over 25 years and has a teaching style that reaches all personalities. He also takes extreme pride in doing his job well, and it shows. Tasks for these individuals is not easy, yet they both ensure that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has a uniquely independent relationship with eacg rep by the end of their trip.
On behalf of myself in Canada and every other person on that ship from all over the world, thank you to Travel Discounters to providing us with a once in a lifetime experience that we will forever be able to take with us through life's journey.
Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity. Book your next travel itinerary through Travel Discounters today! (And no, I did not get compensated for that endorsement :))
Farah Muntaz
September 2017
They were exceptionally efficient, organized and knowledgeable!
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I returned from the "Best of Egypt" journey 9/26/17 which was booked through Travel Discounters so I can legitimately endorse the itinerary and thorough communication Travel Discounters provided prior to our departure. Blue Sky Travel was the tour operator in Egypt and they were exceptionally efficient, organized and knowledgeable. We were met by a Blue Sky representative upon arrival who handled our visas, gathered our luggage, settled us in the van and checked us in at the hotel. We had the same level of service for departures.
Our Egyptologists, Sahar(Cairo) and Kareem (Nile segment) were amazing! Not only was their depth of knowledge of Ancient Egypt impressive, their passion and enthusiasm for imparting their expertise was unparalleled. One negative was the number of hawkers attempting to sell their wares at each historical site. Our guides kept us together and encouraged us to keep walking and ignore their "in your face" approach. It can be done.
Travel in Egypt is definitely down and one could tell it's a struggle. I confess our cruise ship was a bit "tired" in its decor and food on board was average. However, I certainly didn't starve!! The staff on board made up for some of the deficiencies, however. They could not have been more solicitous and gracious.
Re. safety/security, at no time did I feel uncomfortable in this environment. If you are on the fence whether to go or not go to Egypt, I encourage you to just go!!!
Anne E.
September 2017
All 4 of us agree this "Spectacular Egypt" was the best of all our trips! And a tough time topping this one!
Egypt Review Image All four of us agree this "Spectacular Egypt" was the best of all our (mother and 3 daughters) trips! And a tough time topping this one!
My girls have swamped FB with rave reviews and pictures. I want you to read a letter my daughter wrote on FB praising TD - I just don't know how to get it to you. Do I request Travel Discounters as a friend? Please advise as it is too lengthy to put down here.
Also, you are welcome to go on my timeline to read, we have given so much positive hype to family, friends, and general public, people think we are getting paid to promote Egypts tourism! Lol. Wish you could have been there. My 3 daughters are a lively, fun-loving group who are magnets of attention everywhere we travel! Smiles and laughter reign supreme!
You were a positive and highly recommended agent, and I would love to do bookings in the future directly with you! (We are thinking of an African Safari next).
Thanks so much Alec, for your patience and reassurance!
Please advise me on how to get a copy of the "rave reviews" letter to you and your company.
I plan on writing my own as soon as the dust settles, as I am in the midst of packing to leave for Florida.
My sincere Thanks for all your help, have a pleasant day!
Lana
September 2017
We had an absolutely wonderful experience. All travel was flawless!
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We just returned from a one-week tour of Cairo and a boat cruise down and up the Nile arranged by Travel Discounter.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience. All travel was flawless. Mo, our agent, was immediately available and responsive to our every request and query. The tour was everything I dreamed of and hoped for.
No informed, cosmopolitan person should live life without at least one visit to Egypt.
Our guide created a wonderful chemistry with each member of the group, and the group became friends almost overnight. On top of his skills with people he demonstrated a superb ability to communicate extremely complicated and deep (very deep) history, archaeology, and the development of written language.
I recommend Travel Discounters and their choice of tours with enthusiasm. Get thee to Egypt!
Karen
September 2017
It was a wonderful trip!
Egypt Review Image We are home from Egypt. It was a wonderful trip.
Our first guide was a young lady named Rehab. She was great, to say the least.
Please let her know how much we appreciated her work.
Thanks so much.
DSW
August 2017
The tour was very well organized, we were never left alone!
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I just came back from a 7 day cruise on the Nile. The tour was very well organized, we were never left alone. The program is a little hectic, but we saw so many wonderful places. We also spent 2 days in Cairo, always escorted. We took the all exclusive package and it was well worth it. The ship was clean, a little dated, but everything worked. The food is not gourmet, but tasty and a wide variety is offered at every meal.
The only negative is the constant tipping but considering how poor the people are, it is a minor inconvenience. We took a lot of one and five dollar bills and they were happy to get them.
I would highly recommend this tour also MO at the travel agent was very helpful.
Christina
June 2017
Over all service was great, price was beyond reasonable!
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Mom and I booked a 10 days trip from travel discounter, Mo was extremely helpful.
We went from Cairo to Luxor to Aswan. Camel ride, hot air balloon, carriage ride, boat, big boats you name it we were on it and seem so much of beautiful Egypt.
People of Egypt were very kind and just a beautiful country. I highly recommended.
Over all service was great, price was beyond reasonable and we saw/traveled to so many places in Egypt. The food from the cruise was so good I nearly gain 10 lbs. We both had so much fun and had so many memorable moments.
Yes, it is safe to travel. Open your heart/eyes and just go! People are kind!
lucythewolfy
May 2017
This trip is an exceptional value for what we paid!
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For two weeks with our friends we all continually remarked about how great this trip was and how much beyond our expectations all the accommodations and sights were.
It was truly relaxing to be met at each airport or each morning at the bus and have the day all planned out. Never a moment of uncertainty. The company has done an excellent job of having the entire trip run smoothly. Planning for 10 plane flights in two weeks seemed daunting but turned out to be not a problem in retrospect.
The accommodations were the greatest. Always a pleasant surprise when we first walked into our room, especially the ones on our South Africa and Zimbabwe week. The number one top lodge has got to be the Kuname Lodge on the Karongwe Game Reserve. Heavenly! Beautiful! Luxurious! Refreshing! Private! The service is top-notch, very attentive. The food was abundant and delicious with elegant place settings. The game drives were amazing. We were extremely fortunate to see all five of The Big Five game animals in the first TWO drives, while other guests at the same time did not get to see the elusive leopard. We were just extremely lucky. Credit goes to our very sharp tracker and guide - Mandla and Rexon.
Number Two was the A'Zambezi River Lodge which is beautiful and luxurious. (Thank you to the hosts for never requiring the mosquito netting around the bed? Bugs were not a problem.) The food served in the open air restaurant was great. The crocodile steaks and wart hog medallions are both surprisingly delicious. And, no, they do not taste like chicken. The monkeys, wart hogs, hippos and elephants on the property were a little extra treat. We took advantage of the free shuttle to and from town as well as the good taxi service offered locally. The trip to Chobe was rewarding and fun seeing the animals from the boat as well as on the safari. There were plenty to see and the drivers always stopped for extended viewing. They never were rushed.
Number Three (or also Number One, they were all great) was the Nile River Cruise on the Magic One. For being a boat, in Egypt, the conditions and accommodation was better than we anticipated. The food was plentiful and varied. (None of us got sick on this trip.) We were surprised to find our room attended to daily. There was only one night of entertainment by a local tribe. Another might have been nice. I highly recommend shopping at the "Super Market" shop located at the end of the dock by the boat in Luxor. The gentleman was very courteous, honest and trusting and not pushy at all.
Our Egyptologists (Saber and Shehandra) were extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand. They both were very enthusiastic about sharing their information. The bus transportation was for a very manageable group size. We never felt rushed to get through a site and never seemed to have too much time, either.
We were thrilled with the hot air balloon ride over the ancient ruins. This was a well-run adventure.
We are already recommending this trip (two trips combined, in our case) to our friends. We were initially a bit hesitant to book this because there were only three reviews posted. For the price, we decided it could be worth the risk. This trip is an exceptional value for what we paid! We feel we got more than we expected beginning with our flights on Emirates (great service). Our friends and family also enjoyed traveling with us through our photos posted along the way on Facebook. (We found free wifi often enough to keep current.) Thank you, Travel Discounters and Alec.
Sincerely,
Al and Karen
May 2017
They made our trip a spectacular delight that we will never forget!
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We booked a trip to Egypt through Travel Discounters of Ontario, Canada in April of 2017 and it was a wonderful experience. The fun really begins when you land in Cairo and that is when you are in the hands of the great people of Blue Sky. They met us at the airport, took care of getting the visas, sailed through immigration and even handled everything when it turned out one of our bags had been left behind in Jeddah (they delivered it to our hotel the next morning). Every step of the way we were never left to fend for ourselves. The hotel in Cairo (the Meridien Pyramids) was large, modern and comfortable. Our tour guide for the days in Cairo was Rehab Agag and she is a most remarkable young woman, so amazingly knowledgeable about Egyptian history and very personable; we just loved her. Our days in Cairo included visits to the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis, Saqqara, a camel ride, the Egyptian Museum (don't miss this!) and the Grand Khan Al Khalili Bazaar in El Hussein Square.
We were then flown to Luxor to board our 7-day Nile cruise. This was a great experience, and I highly recommend the 7-day cruise over the 4-day cruise because this is a very strenuous trip and having some afternoons to laze around on the observation deck sipping drinks with your newfound friends is very restorative. We were accompanied on the cruise by our wonderful tour guide Yasser and tour organizer Ashraf. Yasser is a friendly young man whose knowledge of Egyptian history is so extensive and he is so enthusiastic it makes it sound as though he lived it himself. Ashraf stays in the background but makes sure everything runs smoothly. I was very impressed that he took special care of an 84-year old woman who was on our tour. He walked with her, helped her, steadied her and never left her side. We visited breathtaking temples and tombs on this cruise -- Luxor, Karnak, Temple of Isis at Philae, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo (the crocodile temple), Edfu, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and took an optional hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, among other things. The ship itself was so charming, with an Agatha Christie type atmosphere. It was small (only handles around 130 people and there were only maybe 50 max on board while we were there), pretty and comfortable, and every cabin has huge windows with a river view. Food was excellent and they arranged parties and shows for us during the evenings. Watching the banks of the Nile float by on the observation deck made me a fan of small cruise ships for sure.
MyMomma
April 2017
I can't really say enough about the Blue Sky representatives and guides we had on this great 10 day tour of Egypt!
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This agency was contracted out by our tour company Travel Discounters and it was wonderful. I can't really say enough about the Blue Sky representatives and guides we had on this great 10 day tour of Egypt.
The representative met us right at the airport and another was in the hotel. At no time were we not taken care of. Our representative Bob at the hotel was there to answer all our questions. The Egyptologist they provided us, Sahar Ali was great. She was so knowledgeable, and she made the history come alive for us. Ashraf Roma, our representative on the Nile cruise, was the best! He took great care of us, even arranging extra excursions for our group when we asked him what more could we experience on the cruise. Again, we had a wonderful, knowledgeable Egyptologist Yasser Kamel provided for us. He was with us every step of the way and always pleasantly answered the millions of questions we had.
The Blue Sky Travel Group is truly top notch, the best I have ever experienced in my many travels!
Sandy S.
April 2017
It felt like I was seeing a part of the country that few tourists experience!
Egypt Review Image My trip, as you predicted, was really great. All of the Blue Sky representatives were prompt and easy to identify. My biggest concern was arrival into the Cairo airport but the representative was right there and moved me through passport control with ease. He and the driver were very good; we had a good orientation talk (and some laughs) as we drove to Mena House.
The next morning I met my favorite guide, Rehab. She was delightful as well as informative on our day trip to Alexandria, the following day in Giza, and, on my return from Hurghada, the day at the Egyptian Museum and city tour. I very much recommend her for any of your clients.
I enjoyed the cruise and sightseeing along the Nile. I'm very glad that I up-graded to the Sonesta, a very comfortable boat with a good crew. I was kept very well informed of my schedule which made check-out and ground transport to Hurghada easy. My driver was not an English-speaker but that was ok as I watched the countryside; farmland, then mountains before desert near the coast. It felt like I was seeing a part of the country that few tourists experience.
Hurghada was very nice and the Marriott resort was a good choice. My room, an up-grade, was quite spacious and comfortable. The staff there were very attentive. I spent a one day on a dolphin swim / snorkeling expedition followed by a massage.
The Egyptian people were very friendly and welcoming; schoolboys especially always grinned, waved, and said 'Hallo'. Although security was very high everywhere (which I appreciate) I never felt threatened or uncomfortable in any way. As expected there were many aggressive vendors at all the tourist sites but the guides were very helpful and, actually, it wasn't as bad as I had expected.
It was clear that tourism is down and the Egyptian economy is not strong. Everyone asked that I encourage people back home to visit. I have been doing that and recommending Travel Discounters and Blue Sky.
Greg
April 2017
The two tour guides were wonderful. All-in-all we had a Fantastic time!
Egypt Review Image The trip was absolutely great. It was very well organized and, of course, I was very happy someone was waiting for me at the airport when I arrived to show me where to go for the visa, etc. It only got better after that.
The two tour guides were wonderful. Rihab was pretty, fun, bubbly, but very informative and could answer every question. She gets A1 mark in my estimation. Yasser Kamel was equally great. His knowledge and passion for his work also earned him an A1. I have traveled a lot and found these two guides among the very best.
Everyone on the ship was kind, helpful and did their best to make us feel comfortable. There was much more walking than I thought, but every day there was a man to offer me his arm. At least twice they saved me from a stumble on the uneven rock floors.
The food was delicious, the ship could use a touch-up, but, frankly, we were there such a short time as the itinerary was very full, so that really did not bother me.
All-in-all a Fantastic time was had by all. Maybe in my 85th year I will celebrate with another trip that you and your company have!
And thank you for all your help.
Marion
April 2017
It so far exceeded my expectations and is easily one of the best trips we've taken!
Egypt Review Image We had an absolutely amazing trip. Everyone we encountered was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, and welcoming. I can't say enough good things about Rehab, our Egyptologist in Cairo, Yasser, our Egyptologist on the cruise, and Ashraf, our handler during the cruise. They were all absolutely wonderful and went above and beyond what was required of them. I highly encourage you to continue to use all 3 of them on a regular basis. They really made for a phenomenal experience and I've been encouraging everyone I know to take this trip. It truly was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I know many people in the U.S. are afraid to travel to Egypt, but our experience was beyond amazing and we never once felt unsafe or worried about a single thing. I particularly enjoyed Yasser's style of imparting vast amounts of information at all of the sites we visited in an understandable way was great. I was able to come home and share history and mythology with friends and family as we shared our photos because of the time he spent with us at the sites and on the boat.
This was the first time we have done an escorted trip and we were concerned about whether we would adjust to that style, but I really can't say enough good things about this trip. It so far exceeded my expectations and is easily one of the best trips we've taken.
Thank you for all of your help in setting up this trip! We felt well prepared when we left the U.S. and never had to worry about anything once we arrived in Egypt.
Michelle
April 2017
The entire trip with all the scheduled sights were handled with kid gloves never missing a beat!
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We have just returned (Mar. 12,'17) from our trip of all trips that we have taken. We booked with Travel Discounters in Toronto. Blue Sky was their in country service arm. We can't say enough about our experience throughout the entire journey from Cario, Luxor, our cruise on the Nile plus our return to Cario.
Blue Sky representatives were attentive and along with our personal Egyptologist Walid Ghonem, no stone was left unturned. I know we felt like VIP's the whole trip. We were whisked through airport customs, checked into our hotel and the cruise with nothing for us to do but take it all in. The entire trip with all the scheduled sights were handled with kid gloves never missing a beat.
We would recommend Blue Sky and all their representatives in Egypt to anyone who would inquire. Our guide and Egyptologist Walid made us all feel like family. If you long to see some of the Greatest Wonders of the World, Go to Egypt!
Pat P.
March 2017
We were able to do everything that was on our Egypt bucket list, and then some!
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Our February vacation in Egypt was the trip of a lifetime. We booked the 7 Nights Nile Cruise and 2 Nights Cairo/Pyramids Tour through Travel Discounters, and purchased the additional package that included all meals and beverages, an excursion to Abu Simbel (in our case, on the day of the Sun Fest), and tour of Old Cairo - the Citadel, the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the "Hanging Church" of St. Mary, and the Egyptian Museum.
The trip was everything that it was promised to be, and much more. The country and its antiquities are amazing, the Le Meridien hotel and Semiramis cruise staff were welcoming and accommodating, and our tour guides and travel assistants were excellent. The small size of the tour group (sixteen people) promoted a sense of camaraderie and shared adventure, and our Egyptologist guides Yasser Kamel and Walid Ghonem were knowledgeable, engaging, accommodating, and possessed a sixth sense for getting us to the various sites before other tour groups arrived, or adjusting the itinerary in the moment so that we arrived between the onslaught of other tour groups. We felt as if we had fallen into the pages of National Geographic, with a touch of Arabian Nights added for good measure.
In addition to excursions to the major sites of Giza, Memphis, Sakkara, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Philae included in the trip itinerary, with the help of our tour guides we were able to arrange to visit the Luxor Museum and the Nubia Museum at Aswan, sip coffee at an ahwa and linger over a late dinner at El Hussein in Luxor, take in the light shows at Karnak and Giza, and spend our last day touring the pyramids of Dashur followed by dinner on the Mena House terrace with the pyramids rising above us. Each day of the trip held more wonders than the day before, and we could not have chosen a better travel company or gotten more value for our money.
Our Travel Discounters travel agent, Mohamed ("Mo") went the extra mile to work out the logistics of our trip so that we were able to travel on the same flights with friends from another city and have an extra day for sightseeing in Cairo (by booking the last flight out of Cairo on our departure day).
We were able to do everything that was on our Egypt bucket list, and then some!
lkoxford
February 2017
For the price and what we got, I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
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I used Discount Travelers for my Egypt trip from September to October 2016. Travel guy Mo did a good job of communicating with us, and the tour guides we had were great. My only gripe is I wish they emphasized we should bring a LOT of $1 and $5 notes, as tipping is unreal in Egypt.
We were on the MS Semiramis III river cruise ship, and it was ok. It's not luxurious but it did the job. The food was ok, and I quickly got tired of it because it was pretty much the same stuff, just made slightly different daily.
For the price and what we got, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. No hidden stuff once you're in Egypt, aside from tipping the merchants at the port. Your tip to the staff is spelled out, and it was so reasonable, we rounded up. I think it was $150 for the crew (includes the bus driver) plus $100 for the Egyptologist guide. Our guide was Saber, and he said he could be requested (if you trust my referral). His english was excellent and he used humor to break down some really dry topics.
October was warm but tolerable. I'd say go in November. I blogged my trip if you wish to PM me.
callmemochelle
October 2016
We're back from the most amazing 9 days of my life. All the arrangements were perfect, and the guides were superb!
Egypt Review Image We're back from the most amazing 9 days of my life. All the arrangements were perfect, and the guides were superb.
The only bad thing was that I lost my camera sometime between taking a picture of the unfinished obelisk and wanting to take a picture of the High Dam. It wasn't much of a camera, so that's no great loss, but of course the SD card had all my pictures on it. Ahmed, bless his heart, seemed to take the whole thing even harder than I did. He promised to send his favorite pictures from the sites we'd visited, but I haven't received anything yet. Can you contact him and let him know that if it's too much trouble, he can just forget about it. I bought postcards just about everywhere. The ONE picture I would really like him to send is the one of him beside the statue of Ramses ll. They really do look a lot alike!
Thanks again for the fabulous trip arrangements.
Carol
July 2016
It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it!
Egypt Review Image We were a group of seven and everyone enjoyed the trip. I thought Yasser, our guide was excellent. He made our tours informative and very interesting. Nile cruise is a must for anyone. All tours along the Nile were amazing, especially Abu Simbel.
It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
Travel Discounters rep and guides were great!
Pat
May 2016
Our trip to Egypt was spectacular!
Egypt Review Image Just wanted to let you know that our recent trip to Egypt was spectacular.
Our guides were very knowledgeable and the accommodations were top-notch.
Food on the boat could have been better, but wasn't really all that bad. We had a small group of just eight people including ourselves which made it very enjoyable as everyone got along well.
Thanks for everything!
Greg
May 2016
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Egypt - Greece Review Image We have returned from our trip and are trying to get back to "Normal".
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Thank you for setting things up and coordinating everything!
We will remember you when we are ready for our next adventure!
Clark and Joyce
March 2016
It was above and beyond perfect!
Egypt Review Image Just wanted to let you know that we had the most amazing holiday ever. It was too short! Have wanted to go the Egypt for years and was afraid that it would not match expectations but it was above and beyond perfect.
Thank you for all your help with booking.
The sound and light show and hot air balloon were definitely keepers!
Will be doing reviews on Tripadvisor and have told all our friends to get over there soon!
Regards,
Stephenie
February 4, 2016
The representatives were prepared and the guides were knowledgeable and personable!
Egypt Review Image After our cancelled flight made us a day late, the rest of the trip was perfect!! We were grateful that Travel Discounters and Blue Sky were able to modify our tour to make up for most of the things we missed that first day. Blue Sky was absolutely wonderful!! They took such good care of us. The representatives were always prepared and the guides were knowledgeable and personable. We'd like to especially recommend Rehab Agag in Cairo. She was really great!!
The Jordan tour was also good. Our driver, Kamel, was nice and very experienced. We missed having our own guide, however. The hired guides at the sites were OK, but not great. Wadi Rum was probably not worth the drive. The hotels were really nice.
Our favorite part was sitting on the sun deck of the cruise ship after touring and watching Egypt go by.
Thanks for arranging a memorable vacation for us.
Emily
November 15, 2015
It was a terrific tour with fantastic guides and itinerary!
Egypt Review Image Hi my husband and I both feel that Travel Discounters exceeded our expectations! It was a terrific tour with fantastic guides and itinerary and we would highly recommend this tour to others.
Thank you for putting together a great and very interesting vacation for us! Our tour guides, Yassir and Walid were both fabulous, personable and extremely knowledgeable and we felt lucky to have had this experience with them.
Judy
November 10, 2015
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time!
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My wife and I recently took the Travel Discounters Deluxe Egypt trip, and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The only caveat might be the timing, as regards the weather; we went the last week in October, and the first few days were hotter than expected, particularly for the Nile cruise (102 degrees in Luxor). The final three days, in Cairo and Alexandria, were very pleasant, so early to mid-November would have been better.
Cudos to Travel Discounters; Binod who arranged the trip, and Mo, who rearranged the schedule due to an unforeseen cancellation of our original flight by Egypt Air. Cudos also to Blue Sky and Abdul, who met us at the airport, ferried us to and from airports and our hotel, arranged all our travel, and was on call 24/7 if needed.
But what really made the trip memorable was our Cairo-based guide, the extremely erudite and knowledgeable Yasser Omar. We were fortunate to have had him all to ourselves for two days in Cairo, and for our day trip to Alexandria. With a Master's degree in Egyptology, Yasser was able to descibe all of the ancient sites in as much detail as we wished. Not only that, he was a font of information about Egyptian history and culture, illustrating many points from his personal life and experience. I have never heard a better description of Islam and Muslims than we had, sitting on the huge carpet in the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.
Nearly everyone we told of our planned trip wondered why we would chance traveling to Egypt, having heard so much media hype about danger and unrest. We never felt insecure. All the tourist areas were well secured, with guards and x-ray machines, and there was obvious police presence in all the metropolitan areas. In fact, because the tourist industry is so depressed right now, there were no crowds at the popular sites, as there would have been in the past. As mentioned before, we had Yasser all to ourselves, and only one other couple in our group for the Nile cruise portion of our trip; in the past we might have been part of much larger groups.
Terry P.
October 26, 2015
It was a fantastic, magical trip and more than we hoped for!
Egypt Review Image It's hard to believe that it's been a week since we returned from our trip to Kenya and Egypt. It seems like yesterday as I still have moments spent there flashing before my eyes. It was a fantastic, magical trip and more than we hoped for. As you promised all of the people we encountered were as friendly and helpful as you were, in putting together our trip. Our guides were the top of the line and we were so impressed with their knowledge and kindness. We highly recommend that your company requests as guides, both Tom Kinyanzui in Kenya and Hamada Elamer from Luxor as they went above and beyond as our guides and helpers.
As you know we were an older group and needed extra assistance. Everyone involved from the people with Blue Sky who met us at the airports, the airport personnel who helped with wheel chairs, and our guides were so competent and helpful we felt very taken care of every step of the way. I would be hard pressed to call any one experience my favorite as each day brought a new adventure. But I will say I loved the hot air balloon ride and the operator was excellent at his job.
Marina and Nancy
October 22, 2015
We had a glorious time!
Egypt Review Image We missed the sound and light show which would have been grand at Luxor as that was one of my favorite Egyptian places, but we ran out of gas on the end of the trip and knew that the flights home would be tough.
It was a trip of a life time and the hotels, food, guides, visits, experiences, and adventures were outstanding. You chose well for each of these, and we obviously chose well in going through your agency. Thank you! See the attached photo for a view of how we enjoyed this experience as it mirrored all of the others on this trip. I have copied this to some friends and family so they can know how to get in touch when they wish to make their adventure plans a reality too.
Linda and Ted
October 14, 2015
The most memorable adventure of our lives!
Egypt Review Image We had a magnificent time. The most memorable adventure of our lives. The Blue Sky team is superb. We felt we were in good hands the entire time. Would love to speak to you when you have the time.
Thanks for working with us. It was fantastic.
Dave
October 10, 2015
It was truly wonderful, from Pyramids to cruising on the beautiful Nile river!
Egypt Review Image We just returned from a trip to Egypt, thanks to your company! It was truly wonderful, from Pyramids to cruising on the historic and beautiful Nile river! The Egyptian people were warm and friendly. We could have worried about terrorists, but the people of Egypt, and the Army of Egypt, were "on our side" and not about to let any terrorists bother tourists. We always felt very safe.
Food was good. Bottled water everywhere, and cheap. The sights and the ancient monuments of days of the Pharaohs were fantastic. Souvenirs so good, plentiful, and low cost that we bought an extra suitcase to bring things home!
Great trips. I have nothing in mind at the moment, but I'd bet we travel with you again. Thank you. Thank your employee, Sam, in Toronto, who was a super help to us. If I was not retired, I'd probably try to hire him away from you!
Bob Bodeau
September 29, 2015
We had a FANTASTIC journey to Egypt!
Egypt Review Image We had a FANTASTIC journey to Egypt. Everything was exactly as you had said it would be in our itinerary, and we were EXTREMELY pleased with the people who met us for transfers, and especially our licensed Egyptologist guides. Karim in Cairo is extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions, and explained some things to us regarding Egyptian culture, Muslim traditions (since we were there for the four day feast time), and was very thorough in the time he took to be sure that we saw the sights that we were interested in seeing.
In Aswan, we were transported seamlessly to the Sonesta St. George, where we connected with 6 other people traveling with Blue Sky Agency, and we were all very compatible and enjoyed each other's company, guided by a FANTASTIC Egyptologist, Medhat who lives in Luxor. He was EXTREMELY accommodating, and on the last day when nothing in particular was planned, he made sure that we got to see the "local" sights of Luxor before heading to the airport, which was a real highlight for us.
We were never concerned at all for our safety, found the Egyptian people extremely friendly, and we felt welcomed everywhere we went. For anyone from the U.S. I would highly suggest going NOW, the major tourist attractions are practically empty so you never feel rushed, AND THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE need tourists to help support their economy, and it is completely safe.
Thanks so much for offering this trip through your agency. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Egypt, and the itinerary offered. We were glad to have visited, and felt that you offered a terrific value in pricing as well.
Sheryl
September 20, 2015
Our tour guide was phenomenal, knowledgeable and has passion for his work!
Egypt Review Image I wanted to let you know that we had a lovely time in Egypt and express our extreme gratitude to Waleed our tour guide, he was absolutely phenomenal – so knowledgeable and has such a passion for the work he does! Thank you again for all your assistance with booking this trip!
Ashleigh Stewart
September 9, 2015
The Nile cruise and the sights were breathtaking!
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I used traveldiscounters.ca for my recent trip to Egypt/Jordan/Israel tour (August 20-Sept 1). It was amazing trip. In Egypt I spent 6 days, I had to squeeze in a lot be wise of my schedule but the Nile cruise and the sights were breathtaking. The guides were very knowledgable about the history of Egypt. Abu Simbel, Edfu, Balloon ride, I got it all. The people of Egypt were very friendly, learned a little Arabic during my short stay. I am a female and travelled solo and I felt absolutely safe while there. I can't say anything other than that. The company made sure that there was a guide or representative to lead me through each of my destination countries. The only time I was alone was on the plane ride to my next stop. I was very impressed by how organized everyone was especially touring three countries. I would definitely book with them again which I will next year. Binod was a great help in planning this memorable trip.
Missml86
August 20, 2015
I had an amazing time, it was an amazing experience!
Egypt Review Image I just got back from my tour yesterday and I was so glad I went and was not swayed by my family and friends. I had an amazing time. Just as you said I was handed off from one person to the next. I did not feel abandoned at all on the trip. It was an amazing experience. I want to thank you for all your assistance and guidance during the planning of this trip. I think I'll be planning a future trip with you for next year around the same time. I'm looking into going to Africa again with safari and additional excursions. So look for me to be contacting you on and off until that time. Again, thank you!
Marsha
August 10, 2015
We felt safe all throughout the trip!
Egypt Review Image Sorry for the late response. I completely forgot about the recommendation but we had a blast in Egypt. It is truly a memorable trip. Accommodations are excellent (mena house is fantastic and sonesta star goddess is decent cruise but excellent food). We felt safe all throughout the trip and the guides are all wonderful. It's very organized.
Mrs. Aldrich
June 15, 2015
The experience overall could not be beat!
Egypt Review Image It was an absolutely great trip. Way better than we expected. Tour guides were excellent - we really liked Rehab who provided our tours in Cairo (both to the Pyramids and then on the return to the Egyptian Museum). She was outstanding. The hotel was great. The food on the boat was excellent. The boat was a little dated (a little run down), but the experience overall could not be beat!
You were great to work with.
Tom
May 25, 2015
A great trip and a great value!
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We are just back for our trip to Egypt booked through Travel Discounters and it was a great trip, and a great value.
The Blue Sky staff were the best. All the logistics went very smoothly; from the time we arrived, to boarding our plane home, all the travel arraignments were flawless. All the Blue Sky people we met were professional and friendly, and they all seemed to enjoy there jobs and truly made us feel welcome. We have traveled to many places and can tell the difference between people just doing a job and people who genuinely enjoy what they are doing; we believe the Blue Sky team enjoy there work, and are very good at it.
Our guide, Walid Ghonem was a highlight of the trip. His knowledge of Egyptian history and his passion for Egypt past and present, was an inspiration to us, and really gave us the feeling Egypt will sort out it's troubles and become a wonderful place to visit again.
After reading some of the negative reviews I really wonder what people expect for a trip of this length and destination for the very reasonable price Travel Discounters put together. The Le Meriden Hotel may not be a 5 star but it was certainly 4. The Blue Sky rep got us upgraded rooms at no charge that faced the Pyramids. The pool area was great; sitting in a lounge chair looking at the Pyramids was fantastic. I was expecting issues with smoking in Egypt but the hotel and cruise were very smoke free.
The were on the Semrames II; and again while it may not be a 5 Star boat it was very comfortable and the crew was very accommodating and friendly.
As far as the itinerary goes; this is a very busy 12 days, but you should know that going in. I believe it would not be possible to see as much of Egypt, for this amount of money, any other way. Having said that, I am 70 and had no trouble enjoying it completely.
Tom V
May 13, 2015
All of the arrangements went smoothly. Sometimes we felt like celebrities!
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Here is a copy of an email I sent earlier today to Traveldiscounters.ca in regards to my recent trip to Egypt that I booked through them. By the way, I am a real person living in Baton Rouge, LA, who has posted many reviews on TripAdvisor, and have no connection to Traveldiscounters.ca other than this booking.
My husband and I, along with our friends Michael & Lynn, returned this past Friday from our incredible trip to Egypt, and I am writing to thank you for putting together such a comprehensive journey for an extraordinary price. From the moment we landed at Cairo airport, to when we left over a week later, we were always accompanied by someone from Blue Sky, and all of the arrangements went smoothly. Sometimes we felt like celebrities traveling with an entourage, as the four of us had our own van and driver, an Egyptologist guide, and a local Blue Sky rep that we termed the "fixer".
We were overwhelmed by the magnificence of the sights in both northern Egypt around Cairo and Giza, and in southern Egypt along the Nile. The crew on our river boat, Semiramis II, were delightful and attentive, and the food was delicious. The excursion to Abu Simbel made for a long day, but was completely worth it, and the hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings will never be forgotten.
The biggest question we got before we left from friends and family, and upon our return, was in regards to our safety – I can honestly report that never at any time did we feel concern for our safety while in Egypt.
Thank you so much for putting this trip together for us, and I would recommend it highly to anyone.
terryk&mikeb
May 8, 2015
The tour guides, escorts and food was excellent!
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We recently used Binod with travel discounters to book a nine day vacation to Egypt from the US and had an outstanding experience! We felt very safe and were escorted throughout the vacation. The entire vacation experience was wonderful! The tour guides, escorts and food was excellent. We had no complaints or issues.
Manan P
May 4, 2015
All in all, the trip was wonderful, and things went flawlessly!
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Travel Discounters handled our arrangements both very efficiently and in a timely fashion. Binod in particular was most helpful.
The Meridien in Cairo was very attractive, comfortable, had wonderful swimming pools, and one of our rooms had a view of the pyramids. Likewise, the Marriott in Hurghada was quite attractive, and we particularly enjoyed swimming in the Red Sea. Marriott staff were quite accommodating and solicitous, while the Meridien staff were much less so.
Blue Sky handled the land arrangements for touring. The tour guides in Cairo and on the Nile were extremely knowledgeable, professional, and very understanding and accommodating. While there were some early morning departures, the sites visited were well worth it.
All in all, the trip was wonderful, and things went flawlessly.
Mill Art
April 28, 2015
The trip was absolutely flawless and was just amazing!
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Great trip! Wasn't five star, but I didn't expect that for $2000/PP from USA. I really enjoyed myself, the sites and people were just fantastic. And no point during the cruise or in port did we ever feel even a little unsafe.
The trip was absolutely flawless and was just amazing. The Blue Sky guys were great, and our guide Yasser Kamel was outstanding. With so few tourists, until Karnak, many of the sights are virtually abandoned and getting to have these amazing places to ourselves was totally cool.
Only downside was the very limited internet access, and then certainly wasn't free. Wait until in country before purchasing any side trips, and save at least 50%.
Radowney
April 25, 2015
The trip was great. We especially loved our guides!
Egypt Review Image The trip was great. We especially loved our guides, Rehab (in Cairo) and Ahmed (in Luxor and the cities on the cruise).
They were very knowledgeable and helpful. We loved Mena House and its view of the Pyramids. We got to see everything we'd hoped to see. The hot air balloon ride over the valley was a high point.
Best regards,
Kay
April 23, 2015
Everyone, from guides to drivers were very efficient and friendly!
Egypt Review Image Dear Binod, the trip was absolutely wonderful. Thanks Mohammed there in the office, the trip was everything he said it would be and more.
Everyone, from guides to drivers were very efficient and friendly. I know the country is poor but it had a wealth of cultural heritage and the people who work for your company were great. I can only hope that more Americans will choose to make the trip and that things will improve for the Egyptian people.
We will certainly try to use your company in the future when we travel.
Dave and Linda
April 20, 2015
Guides were great and whole trip was wonderful!
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I thought the pyramids would be the highlight but every day got better and better and I was in tears when I walked inside abu simbel. Amazing!!!!
Guides were great and whole trip was wonderful, thanks!
Karen
April 18, 2015
Our tour guide was excellent!
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We have just returned from a Jackson Travel Discounters "Best of Egypt" trip with a 2 day extension to Hurghada. We also received an "extra" bonus day in Cairo for paying early (that deal may have ended shortly after we booked). We found the flight arrangements, the accommodations, the local tour representatives, the activities and especially the safety and security were all excellent.
We were concerned ahead of time about safety and security. Police and/or military security was visible in the cities and at the attractions. The hotels and attractions all used screening machines like those at airports for entry. At every transfer we were met by a tour representative who spoke excellent English, who knew our names and our itinerary and would tell us who and when to meet for the next activity or transfer. Our local tour guides shepherded us through the attraction security checkpoints and even intercepted most of the vendors trying to sell us unwanted goods and services. At no time did we ever feel unsafe or even concerned about being there. Almost all of the Egyptians that we met were very pleased to find out that we were Americans and were most hospitable.
Our flights from SFO to Cairo had 2 stopovers, 1.5 hours in Atlanta (we had just enough time to get from one gat to the other before boarding started) and 2.5 hours in Rome. No problems with connections.
In Cairo we stayed in the Le Meredien Pyramid hotel. Our room was very nice although it did not face the pyramids through the window, it was quiet, comfortable and quite modern. The food and service in the restaurant was very good. The wifi in the lobby was ok, a little slow. The location of the hotel was excellent four our tours to Memphis, Sakkara and Giza. Our tour guide was excellent and we were the only two people, so it was like a private tour. Our lunch at an oriental restaurant was good and also interesting.
In Hurghada we stayed at the Marriot Beach Resort, which was excellent. It is a very new looking hotel with a very nice private beach and on-site scuba and snorkel center. The room was very nice, overlooking the Red Sea. The food and service was excellent, the staff went out of their way to be helpful. The wifi was a little slow. We were able to book a snorkeling trip the afternoon that we arrived. We had already booked a scuba trip for the next day with another dive center. The scuba dive center sent a car to pick us up and take us back to the hotel. The snorkeling and scuba were outstanding.
We were driven to Luxor for the Nile cruise. We were boarded on the M/S Royal Ruby instead of the Semiramis II. Jackson Travel Discounters later indicated that we were "upgraded". It may have been due to filling the ships at the time of the travel, this was apparently the end of the high travel season and there were a lot of empty cruise ships docked in Luxor. The Royal Ruby seemed a little older, not like a modern cruise ship, but it was comfortable and had a big viewing window, a nice bathroom and a roomy cabin. The wifi was a little slow. The food was also very good, buffet with a nice selection of food. The cruise down the Nile was fantastic. The sights and sounds of Egypt slowly flowing by were mesmerizing. Again we had an excellent guide for the tours in Luxor, Edfu, Komombo, Abu Simbel and Aswan. There were just us two and another American couple on the tours, so we got a lot of personal attention. The Abu Simbel trip did leave at 0:245 am in order to drive there and back in a day but the bonus was that we were there early in the day, not too hot and not too crowded. It was worth getting up early (and sleeping in the van).
The last part was fly back to Cairo and the Le Meridien Hotel for the Egyptian Museum and tour of various Cairo sights. We had the same excellent tour guide as before and the activities were excellent. The museum, Coptic Church and Muhammed Ali Mosque were outstanding. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar was not very exciting.
Transfers back to the airport and travel back home was well organized with a minimal changeover stay time in Amsterdam.
I would highly recommend this Jackson Travel Discounters tour to other Americans who may be wondering if it is OK and safe to travel to Egypt. The sights are astounding and the people are very sincerely welcoming for Americans.
Jeff A.
April 15, 2015
Can't ask for much more!
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My wife and I vacationed in Egypt from April 7th - 15th, booking the trip through traveldiscounters.ca. We had noticed an offer originally through Travelzoo, and worked with Mohammed (Mo) at traveldiscounters on tweaking our itinerary. We found him easy to work with, and very Egypt-literate, in that he has worked there in the tourist trade himself. He was able to allay my wife's concerns, and put together an agenda that covered what we wished to do. No worries.
As mentioned elsewhere, their agents on the ground are with Blue Sky Travel. We were satisfied with the logistical support we received. An agent met us at the airport, escorted us through immigration, saw to our luggage, got us to our driver, and checked us in at the hotel. Can't ask for much more there.
I will go along with the assessment that 5 star is almost funny in relation to Le Meridian Pyramids. I would give it 3 stars. We had the opportunity to stay both at the start and end of our trip. The second time, we asked for, and received a newly remodeled room. Definitely better. The other hotel in the area, The Mena House, about 3 blocks away, would have been a better overall experience, but we were told by Mo that it would be a $200/night charge to upgrade. Maybe there is a sixth and seventh star in the Egyptian hotel world?
Our trip was like many - a trip from Cairo to Aswan, for which we had a wake up call around 4am, a cruise to Komombo-Edfu, and Luxor, then fly back to Cairo. We added two days in Cairo, in which we took in the Islamic and Christian sites, in addition to the Egyptian Museum and a little wandering around. Our guide was terrific for this.
One interesting aspect of our trip was in the economics of tourism. Mindful of the underemployment and poverty in the area, we expected both many support people (guides, drivers, bag handlers, waiters, etc) and a lot of street hassle. Tourism is definitely down, which is a delight in that there are no lines for any sites, and photos without crowds in them is very achievable. On the other hand, the people trying to get your attention to sell tacky Chinese knick-knacks are many and determined. We brought a stack of 50 US dollars with us for tipping, and this proved useful and appreciated. The Egyptian pound is worth about $0.15, so a dollar is a significant amount. We noticed a couple times that regardless of what you tip some people (the guy inside the Temple of Philae that "kindly" took our pictiures, the man and boy who led the camels we rode at Giza, the horseman at Edfu) a protest can be expected that surely the service was worth more what you chose to give. We recommend you stick to your initial judgement.
Blue Sky will steer you to favored vendors for "authentic" souvenirs. We were nearly captive audiences at a perfume store, a papyrus store, an alabaster factory store, and a clothing store. Our small group of ten from the boat (English speakers are separated from other language groups for tours and excursions) became fairly adept at keeping these sidetrips brief. This is not unusual practice in international tours, but be advised that Blue Sky gets something from the vendors in providing the potential business. Caveat emptor.
Getting up early was a bummer, and I concur with the writer who noted general sleeplessness. We figure we slept about every other night. If you look at the agenda, however, it is aggressive, and you are seeing a lot. We might have been tired, but always had agents to meet us everywhere. They never missed a handoff, and it's true that we could sleepwalk our way through parts of the tour.
Don't drink the water. That said, bottled water is available, and we recommend you stock up. The Stella beer is very good as well. Don't even brush your teeth with the tap water. It's not worth having to hit the really sketchy bathrooms you're likely to find in a pinch. And then someone will be there to sell you toilet paper, compounding the misery.
I would say that if you ever entertained the idea of visiting Egypt, this is the best of times to do so. The April weather was cool (temps in the 70s-80s) for the desert, and you can truly feel like you have the place to yourself. In fact, my wife and I had two evenings in restaurants we had reserved for dinner, in which we were the only diners. It seems a little sad because the people are trying hard to please and can't figure why everyone stays away. We never felt a threat beyond the pesky street vendors, and security (both police and military) were everywhere. The strong dollar is a clincher, in my mind.
In regards to traveldiscounters.ca: yes, they're real, and legit. They have followed up with us twice since we returned home, just to ensure that all was well. We would work with them again tomorrow.
Mike J
April 7, 2015
Egypt is a very safe and an amazing place to visit!
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I went to the trip and it is a great experience.
The trip is full escorted and the tourist guide are very knowledgeable.
Egypt is a very safe and an amazing place to visit. River Nile cruise is very nice.
Mo, the travel agent of travel discounters in Toronto did a wonderful job.
Bai F
April 2, 2015
I give this trip an A+!
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Thank you Mo, for helping us book an awesone vacation to Egypt.
In March 06, 2015 my family took a 13day vacation to Egypt. We were a little scare since we have heard several negative reports on TV news. However, we decided to go and we are glad we did. Our vacation was fabulous from start to finish.
We were greeted at Cairo airport by Addul and transported to Le Meridian Hotel. Hotel was great with the pyramids of Giza in the background. Mohammed and Addul make sure we agree with iteneary and very helpful. They were very accomedating to assist with extra activities on our free time. In Cairo we had egyptologist Rehab as our guide for the 4 days. She was very knowledgeable and helpful in our tour.
After our visit to Cairo we flew to Lexor and we were met by Kareem which drove us to our river cruise and introduce us to egyptologist Mohammed aka: Mito, which stayed with our group throughout our 7 day cruise. Cruise ship was a little old but the service and the food was awesome.
For the money we paid for this vacation we feel like we score with all that was provided. I give this trip a A+ and would totally contact Mo from "Travel Discounters Toronto" for our next vacation.
Mixedorchids
April 1, 2015
This company is great!
Egypt Review Image We booked a Deluxe Egypt trip through them in March 2015. Everything about the trip was planned to the last detail. From our arrival at the airport, we were always guided and escorted throughout the whole trip - we had 2 domestic flights, a Nile river cruise, 3 nights in Cairo. Binod Singh from Travel Discounters was the person who helped up set up the trip (and no, we were not asked to do this post); he helped us map out the details to upgrade the hotel, change flight schedules, and tweak the itinerary to our wishes. He was very patient, and talked to us many times over the phone, off regular work days. When we arrived in Egypt, the tour guide surprised us with an upgrade on the Nile River cruise (thanks to Binod), at no additional charge. One of our guides, Mohammed, told us that Binod talked to him every other day or so, to check on how our trip was going. I think he did a lot of behind-the-scene work to make our trip enjoyable, never once asking for a good comment/rating/extras.
We were impressed with the tour guides that this company contracted with - punctual, courteous, knowledgeable, professional. This company is serious about the comfort and well-being of its customers, and we would certainly book with this company again.
C. L.
March 31, 2015
What an unbelievable experience!
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Egyptian history puts the Greeks and Romans to shame! What an unbelievable experience. We were fascinated by everything we saw in Cairo and Luxor, while cruising down the Nile, in Aswan, and at Abu Simbel. And, we were able to do all this over spring break.
The trip that traveldiscounters.ca (Binod and Jackson) put together for our family of seven was flawless. We never had one moment of anxiety, as we were taken care of every step of the way. Our tour guide, Yasser, was an experienced Egyptologist and author. He went out of his way to make us feel at home.
Egypt's government under President el-Sisi is stable, and most people do not realize that Egypt has not been on the State Department's Travel Warning List in years. Now is an excellent time to visit, as prices are still very reasonable, but tourism is beginning to make a well-deserved comeback.
Allow Binod the team at Traveldiscounters.ca to plan your trip. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Katherine H.
March 28, 2015
I cannot recommend this touring company highly enough!
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I found the site on Travelzoo, which is where I book most of my trips. The price was so affordable, perhaps due to the middle east problems, that I booked it after reading several other postings on TripAdvisor. I truly was very comfortable the entire time as their team Blue Sky met us at the airport and had someone with us 24/7. They upgraded our hotel in Cairo to the Meridien Pyramid, which was quite literally across the road from Giza. Mohammed met us that nite and the next morning to go over the itinerary - after which Rehab took us on our Cairo excursion, including the Museum of Antiquities and of course the pyramids of Giza.
The next day we flew to Luxor and toured Karnak after boarding the SemiRamsis II for our cruise down the Nile. Every day for the next 7 we stopped at an archeological site and toured extensively with our guide Ahmed. Travelling thru the locks on the way to the Aswan Dam was quite an adventure as was arriving at Lake Nasser and looking across to the border of Sudan. The boat was quite comfortable, food a delight, and the staff so very friendly, always meeting us with a smile and a greeting. Our cabin was on the 2nd floor and they all have river views.
One day I complimented the servers on the excellent food and the 2 chefs came out to chat with me and thank me even tho they didn't speak English and I knew no Arabic.
At the end of our journey I requested and was granted a walking tour of Luxor before boarding our flight. Travelling thru the old markets and drinking their super-charged espresso is something I will long remember. Abdul & Mohammed were wonderful guides and our Egyptologist Rehab while in Cairo was very knowledgeable. We also had Kareem who was so very friendly and welcoming, and Ahmed our Egyptologist while cruising down the Nile was so interesting and educated us on the finer points of Egyptian history. Everyone spent so much time with us, making sure we were comfortable and always thoroughly entertained. I felt completely safe the entire time, travelling as we did all the way down to the Aswan Dam. Abu Simbel is not to be missed. It was right up there with Giza as a highlight.
I cannot recommend this touring company highly enough and look forward to a return visit sometime in the future.
Janice O
March 18, 2015
Wonderful trip, everything was great!
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Just wanted to Thank Mo for setting up a wonderful trip, everything was great.
Le Meridian in Cairo was superb, and came with a pyramid view as advertised. Addul and Mohamed were excellent. The guide, Walib, was the most knowledgeable and I could have easily spent a week with him in the Egyptian museum. And of course the pyramids are beyond description and the camel ride was good fun.
The cruise portion of the trip was entertaining as well. Kareem is very nice and the staff on the boat are exceptional. Ahmed is the top, his love and passion for Egypt are clearly evident. His knowledge of ancient Egypt is remarkable. He explained everything in plain and coherent way. He is an awesome guide!
I am glad that I decided to extend my trip to Istanbul. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer. Mustafa and the tour guide (I'm sorry, I have forgotten her name) were great as well. The tour guide had very good knowledge and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her.
And Thanks MO for all all help in setting up this wonderful experience!
Genenyk
March 17, 2015
The camel ride with a view of the Great Pyramids!
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To start Long Flight! The longest segment of The flight was from the west coast to Frankfurt, Germany. We paid an extra $25 to the airlines and selected the seats, only row with just 2 seats (Window and Isle).
Jackson (TravelDiscounters) was outstanding is assisting with all travel and tour arrangements. Frankfurt to Cairo short flight. Arrived at hotel at Giza in the dark and did not even know it but the next morning the Grand Pyramids of Giza were just outside the hotel. What a view and about a 10 minute walk. The group was only 5 people and that was a blessing. The Giza guided tours were one site after another being guided by the Egyptologist. The first time to ride camels with the view of the Grand Pyramids in the photo. Be sure to bring your camera with extra charged batteries or a charger as you take hundreds of most outstanding pictures. The Egyptlogist new everything and spoke English as well as greater's and guides (drivers not much).
Another item removed from the bucket list. Petra, Jordan next!
Hiromi C
March 9, 2015
Our holiday was fantastic, and there was never a time we felt unsafe!
Egypt Review Image Our holiday was fantastic, when we landed we were greeted by the blue sky rep and transferred to the Mena House which was very nice. All blue sky reps were very professional and the one that really stood out and way beyond his work day was Kareem Kordy from Luxor, he went out of his way and called us while on the boat to make sure everything was ok, and when we were at the Maritim villa joly he invited us to his home for an evening. He picked up a few items for us and would accept payment for items, he spoiled us.
If you have the time could you please let blue sky know that Kareem Kordy should be acknowledged on his professionalism and kindness with a job well done and highly recommended.
The Sonesta cruise was wonderful very nice boat, the food was excellent and plenty full. Boy can those Egyptians eat, we missed a supper due to a big lunch and all hell broke loose, lol. We never had so many calls and people looking for us before. But we kind a told them that we can't consume so much food in a day.
We met the operations manager Ashraf Fawry and had a super time with him all week long what a super guy he was so nice. I think with the all inclusive drinks on the boat they need to have a better idea on how that works as it is new to them, four nights in the cruise they told us that the all inclusive was from 10 am to 10 pm which I thought was odd, didn't think there was a time limit on all inclusive.
All the sites in Egypt were amazing and especially Abu Simble. All the Egyptologsit were great, all were very informative and especially Yasser Kamel which we had in Cairo.
Jordan was nice, very different than Egypt there was no rep there when got thru airport with our luggage. Thats when we were greeted by the driver. We found it very expensive, both Marriott's were very nice thanks for the upgrade.
Petra was wonderful, wished we had more time here to see it all.
And to let you know there was never a time that we felt unsafe in Egypt, I really don't know why people think that it is.
Rob
February 20, 2015
The trip was wonderful & we had a great time!
Egypt Review Image The trip was wonderful & we had a great time!
Overall, everything went well & beyond expectation. Blue Sky did an excellent job.
I will definitely recommend to my friends & give a good feed back at internet website for other's reference.
Thanks!
Regards.
Wen
February 15, 2015
We enjoyed our trip very much!
Egypt Review Image We enjoyed our trip very much. The tour guides were very kind and competent. The tour managers were very well organized. And the Egyptian attractions were especially spectacular. Maybe a little thing that could be improved: There could be more clarity about the tipping, as I mentioned on the final evaluation form.
Thanks a lot for everything!
Charles
February 15, 2015
Thank you for this experience of a lifetime!
Egypt Review Image I recently traveled to Egypt from February 11th to the 21st, 2015. I have to admit that I was apprehensive in traveling to Egypt alone. Many of my family members and friends were worried for me for 2 reasons-traveling alone and that I am a woman. As soon as I got off the airplane in Egypt, I felt safe. Mohamed Yehia at the hotel was courteous, informative and friendly. I give extra kudos to my tour guide in Cairo, Karim Zohny! He went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. My phone charger was lost and I had a hard time finding a replacement. When I told Karim about it, he quickly got me a replacement. He was very attentive to me and went out of his way to make sure I was happy. I never felt unsafe and all of the tour guides were informative and friendly. I absolutely love Egypt! The experience was great! I have recommended this to all my friends and family. Thank you for this experience of a lifetime.
Sincerely.
Diana
February 11, 2015
The trip was great, and the price was very reasonable!!
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My husband & I just got back from a Discover Egypt tour from Travel Discounters, Jan. 29, 2015. The trip was great, and the price was very reasonable. Dealing with Travel Discounters was easy: 'Jackson' followed up with me several times, but wasn't too pushy, and he arranged most of our side trips and the extra day for us. They also offered travel insurance that would apply if our government issued a travel warning, which we appreciated. They sent us a travel information packet email to help us plan our trip, which had a lot of great hints on clothing, tipping, etc.
We added an extra day in Cairo at the beginning of our trip for the Cairo city tour, because we wanted to see Saqqara. We were picked up and dropped off everywhere, with an English speaking person with us all the time. Our two days in Cairo were just us and a driver and Heba, our Egyptologist. She was great – very knowledgeable, and she made sure we did everything we wanted to, even when we ran a little long on time. We stayed at Le Meridien in Cairo/Giza, a very nice modern hotel, with a great breakfast each morning. (the only change I would have made here was to request/pay for a room with a view of the pyramids – although we spent so little time in the room it probably wouldn't be worth the money). Free Internet in the lobby kept us in contact with home. We exchanged money in the hotel for some Egyptian pounds, so we would have enough to tip our driver each day, and our maid, our waiter, etc.
After three nights and two days in Cairo, we flew to Luxor and stayed on the boat The Semiramis. The boat was clean but a little old-fashioned, and the meals were great. The pool was tiny, but a lot of people used the pool deck for relaxing.
We met up with the rest of our group – there were just six of us, plus our new Egyptologist, Hamada. We were supposed to have two days in Luxor, then sail away on the cruise, but the boat ended up staying an extra day in Luxor. Hamada made good use of our extra day, arranging a day "seeing the real Egyptian life". We had a boat ride, toured an Egyptian farm & farmhouse, had traditional snacks, and took a buggy ride around the city, including a ride through a souk (& shopped, of course!).
Throughout the trip I was worried we wouldn't have enough time at each monument, but we had time for the touring and for our photos, too. Hamada, our Egyptologist, was very knowledgeable, and was with us while we sailed.
We changed our hotel at the end of the trip to one closer to the Cairo airport, The Radisson (which cost us an extra $40). It was worth it for the extra sleep time.
We were worried about this trip, because of the political situations in the Middle East, but the trip was smooth and safe. There were demonstrations due to the celebration of the January 25th Revolution, but they never affected our tours or us.
We would book with Travel Discounters again.
LovnTravel
February 10, 2015
The holiday was fantastic!
Egypt Review Image Hi,
The holiday was fantastic. We really enjoyed ourselves.
Thanks!
Wanda
February 10, 2015
We had a great time!
Egypt Review Image We had a great time!
The trip went smoothly and will use travel discounters again and recommend you.
Thanks!
Tim
February 6, 2015
Thanks for making our trip one of our best!
Egypt Review Image My wife and I were on your Best of Egypt tour: Jan. 29 - Feb. 6 and it was great! Before the trip our friends asked if we were crazy going to Egypt from a safety standpoint and after being there, safety was never a issue. Your organization along with Blue Sky, did a wonderful job of seamlessly getting us from one point to another starting with greeting us at the airports to our Nile boat trip.
The Le Meridian Hotel right by the pyramids was top draw and our 2 Egyptologist guides: Kareen Zohny Shemis and Ahmed Mohamd were very knowledgeable and had great personalities. This was exactly the type of trip we wanted and enjoy which was packed with activity and once in a lifetime experiences. There were a few minor scheduling issues but this was a complicated trip and were overcome. The accommodations at the Hotel and on our 4 day cruise on the Semiramis were fine, and the food was OK. Tourism in Egypt is off 50% and while we were there, most tourists were local since it was during a 2 week holiday in Egypt; there were very few American's there other than the 6 in our little congenial group. Had I known about the local 2 week holiday, I would have scheduled around that and the crowds would have been even less. Make sure you take the optional balloon ride in Luxor and see Abu Simbel even though both require very early mornings!
The local Egyptian's were friendly and went out of their way to say hello and welcome us to their Country. There was no begging and the shop keepers were hungry! Tipping was annoying but is a way of life there and even going to the bathroom required a small tip. Our guides and drivers deserved gratuities and it was good that you provided guidelines in advance. Previous tourist reviews warned about tipping and we followed their suggestion of taking a load of small $ bills which were happily accepted; just be prepared and accept it or it could spoil a wonderful time. We drove in comfortable vehicles and fortunately our drivers were great in dealing with the crazy Cairo traffic; much worse then NYC! I'm now in the process of taking the wonderful 1,200 photos/videos and trying to boil them down into under an hour which won't be easy. I'd recommend Egypt to my friends and refer them to Travel Discounters. Thanks for making our trip one of our best.
Barb & Rod
January 29, 2015
Great Trip!
Egypt Review Image Our trip was great! Visiting the Pyramids was a trip we both thought would never happen, with all of the unsettled politics of the Middle East. Your company had the right trip at the right price, and we felt well taken care of while there.
Several people made our trip a success: Jackson, who was very helpful when we bought our trip, and our two guides, Heba from Cairo, and Hamada from Luxor. The small size of our group was a plus, too - I never felt too far back in the crowd to hear what was going on.
Great Trip!
Karen & Gary
January 10, 2015
It was fabulous!
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Yes, I just came back from a trip with traveldiscounters to Egypt Nov 21-29, 2014. It was fabulous. Book with Binod, he is the owner of the company and is very attentive and has fabulous customer service. He will respond to your emails in a very timely manner and doesn't tire of many questions.
If you love history then you will love Egypt. The pyramids, sphinx, camel ride, temples, Valley of the Kings, etc. are amazing and so well preserved for 3500-4000 years old. I went with my husband and mother and we felt safe at all times. There is a lot of security in every location but we did not feel on edge because of it. The local guides are extremely knowledgeable and inform you of any precautions needed at each location.
This is the first time I have used this travel company and would definitely recommend them!
Debra C
December 15, 2014
I just returned from Egypt and had a great time!
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I just returned from Egypt and had a great time. I felt safe and people were very helpful.
Binod was one of the best agents I have ever used in my travel, furthermore travel discounters delivered as promised. I could not have been more please with their service and I highly recommend them.
Dermis D
December 15, 2014
Everything was perfect and very safe!
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I just got back from Egypt and used Travel Discounters and it was the trip of a lifetime! From the time we landed in Cairo, the staff took excellent care of us and all of the sites were beyond my wildest expectations. Everything was perfect and very safe. It is a shame that there is so much smack out there about it not being safe, it was perfectly fine.
Take lots of $1's as it is expected you will be tipping! The food was great and I can't say enough about the guides and staff of TD!
Bootcamp3
December 13, 2014
We had a great vacation experience!
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I highly recommend Traveldiscounters to go to Egypt. My mom and I just came back very satisfied. We had a great vacation experience as all personnel was very kind. They provide tour guides in your preferred language, take care of you during your staying and made you feel safe like at home.
Egypt is wonderful!! It's a place you must visit. Everything over there is amazing!! And the food is delicious!! Overall, the service is excellent.
Thanks Traveldiscounters for making our trip a beautiful dream we will always remember :)
Elvira & Ana
November 26, 2014
I cant' say enough about how well everything went!
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I just got back two days ago from the Discover Egypt tour from this company. I had a wonderful time.
I added the extra day in Cairo at the beginning of the trip. I was travelling alone and for the Cairo portion of the trip it was just me, my guide/egyptologist, and a driver. My guide was terrific, very knowledgeable, spoke English very well and was comfortable answering questions on any topic. The hotel in Cairo was the Le Meridien Pyramids and was very nice with free wifi in the lobby.
After two days in Cairo I flew to Luxor and got on a nice river boat. It probably held about 100-120 people. Wifi was available for an extra charge. The rooms were nice and clean. The staff on the ship were great and the food, served buffet style for all three meals each day, was quite good. They always had meat and vegetarian dishes. Water, and other drinks were extra with each meal but coffee and tea were provided with breakfast at no extra charge. The ship was the Siriramis I. I was joined for this part of the trip by 4 other people who were travelling with Travel Discounters. The guide for the cruise portion of the ship was also very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. We cruised the Nile trom Luxor to Aswan and back visiting temples, markets, and villages along the way.
I cant' say enough about how well everything went. Many people thought I was crazy going to Egypt after their troubles a few years ago. There was never a moment when I had even a hint of unease being there.
I wanted to change hotels on my return to Cairo. I wanted a hotel closer to the airport because I had an early morning flight out. My travel rep arranged that for me without a problem.
So, in answer to the question, yes I've used this company and it was an excellent experience. I would recommend it to anyone going to Egypt and I look forward to using them for other destinations as well. This was my first experience with them but I doubt if it will be my last.
ohboyhowdy
November 25, 2014
The tour far exceeded our expectations!
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We went on the trip Oct. 2014 and it is exceptional! The tour far exceeded our expectations. The guides were knowledgable, spoke English well, gave interesting information, helped us take fun photos, and gave interesting insights of the Egyptian life. The hotel was wonderful (we could see the pyramids from the enterance of the hotel). It had a nice buffet breakfast and in the evenings we got to watch several wedding celebrations from the lobby. Free internet was also available in the lobby and the kids liked that. The cruise was comfortable (the beds were a little hard but clean) and the rooms spacious. I tend to get seasick easily but I did not have any trouble at all and did not need medication. We were the only americans on the cruise but we never felt uncomfortable. We felt safe everywhere we went. Our guide took care of all entrance fees and transportation. My children and I had a personal tour of Egypt. It doesn't get any better than that! Some groups were on large busses but we were custom all the way. It was very nice. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone! Everything was clean, everyone was exceptionally nice and helpful, our guides customized our trip as much as possible to our wants and needs. Go, see Egypt it is amazing! I would definitely go again through Travel Discounters. I will use them again for a future trip.
Wickman7
October 26, 2014
This was truly the trip of a lifetime!
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I just got back from this trip. I am a 34 year old single, female, and was a little hesitant to go by myself. (Was supposed to go with someone, but something major and unfortunate came up for them:(). I almost did not go, but am really glad I did. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. I was with guides and tour reps every step of the way and never felt unsafe. The pyramids, the colors in the tombs and temples, the Nile cruise, everything was magical!
Don't miss this opportunity! Plus the sites were not crowded so it was great! I can't stand crowds lol.
Rebecca
October 20, 2014
I am SO glad I booked it. It was a phenomenal deal!
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I just got back from this tour 5 days ago and am SO glad I booked it. It was a phenomenal deal. Binod at Travel Discounters was very friendly and helpful. When we got there we were shocked that we had our own dedicated guides, each with degrees in ancient Egyptian history. Ask for Rehab in Cairo--she was incredibly informed, her English was perfect, and she was just a fun and happy person to be around. Hamada was our guide for the cruise--also knowledgable and fun. One thing to note--I booked a 7-day cruise--I found this on Travelzoo and didn't know 4 days was an option--but the tour itinerary only has 4 days of things to do between Luxor & Aswan. As it turned out, it was very relaxing to read and lie by the pool on the boat's deck, so the extra days gave me some welcome relaxation before returning to work. The food on the cruise was way better than I expected, although I did get sick one day but I have no idea what it was from. My friend was eating the same food and was fine. To avoid any chance of stomach problems, stop by a pharmacy as soon as you get there and pick up a box of Antinal. It has antibiotics in it and will get rid of any intestinal problems--and it costs about $1.50.
We had too little time in Cairo and too much in Luxor. You may want to see if you can book an extra day in Cairo and go to the mosque, citidel, and Khan el Khalili, the huge tourist market. We hired a cab the first day we were there and went to the market, but didn't get to see the citidel and mosque. I also would have really loved a night out on the town. On the way to the airport when we were leaving we took the route through downtown and could tell there is a lot more the city had to offer than we saw from the highway routes we'd been taking before.
DaphneElizabeth
October 14, 2014
The trip was well organized and all guides were proficient!
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Everybody was friendly and helpful. We highly recommend your company and Blue Sky Travel to anybody we meet. The trip was well organized and all guides were proficient. We were safe and we saw a lot.
Egypt Air was friendlier and more efficient than Lufthansa.
Thank you for your good work. We hope we travel again with you soon!
Kendall
September 30, 2014
We enjoyed the trip thoroughly!
Egypt Review Image We enjoyed the trip thoroughly. We loved the Movenpick hotel and ship. Did not like the TGIF restaurant they took us to. Thoroughly enjoyed the Alezbo Restaurant. Busses were top notch. Guides, archeologists knew their stuff and made the trip enjoyable.
Thanks for your service.
Bradley
September 28, 2014
Thank you for a wonderful tour!
Egypt Review Image Hello, I'm writing this short letter to thank you for a wonderful tour, everything was good, the tour guides were very profecional well known in English, our tour guide Walid Gabry was an amazing knowledgeable person.
We are all very happy to travel with your tour.
Thanks again.
Nereyda
September 25, 2014
Safety, security and personable assistance through every phase of the trip!
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We are home safe from our tour of Egypt (September 18-26, 2014) and felt compelled to write about our experiences with Traveldiscounters/Blue Sky tours. We were met and escorted by Mohomed and Abdul at the airports-they were professional and very nice and got us through the crowds in record time. Our representatives were at the Mena House to check us in and answer any questions. The property was a travel destination in itself... steeped in history and design from the 1800's. I took the free tour of the hotel and it was amazing. Yasser Kamel was our guide in Cairo and escorted us through the pyramids on the Giza Plateau. I cannot describe how wonderful the pyramids are - I have dreamed of seeing them since I was a boy. He also took us through the Solar Boat exhibit. After lunch, we visited the Cairo Museum - what an astounding collection of antiquity! I had always dreamed of seeing Tutankhamun's head mask and treasures and there they were before me! We traveled with a security escort everywhere we went and I must add that security was great at the Mena House with a checkpoint, guards, dogs ect. Anyone considering travel to Egypt should rest assured that no danger is present and that tourists are treated with dignity and respect.
We flew to Luxor, again assisted through the airports by representatives of the agency, and transferred to our ship, the Semramis 11. I was impressed by the unique design and decor of the cabin and various decks. We were met by Ahmed Nagy, our guide/Egyptologist for this portion of the tour. He was remarkable and escorted us through various temples and archeological sites down the nile. His insights to ancient history was invaluable - I feel like I attended an entire course on Egyptian History on a college level. He was there to arrange any additional sights we wanted to see. We enjoyed a hot air balloon ride over Luxor with Hod Hod Balloons - it was fantastic and extremely safe. Ahmed stayed with us all the way to Aswan where we viewed the dam and Abu Simbel which was one of the highlights of the adventure. Again, we were transported to the airport and assisted through all phases which is a big help in an unfamiliar place. Back in Cairo, we were escorted back to the Mena House. The next morning, Yasser was waiting to show us around Memphis, Sakkara and Old Cairo, which was another trip back in time and history. I must add that both Yasser and Ahmed have degrees in Egyptology and are working on their Masters - they were so knowledgeable and well versed in their fields as well as speaking several languages. Again - safety, security and personable assistance through every phase of the trip was the hallmark of both Traveldiscounters and Blue Sky Tours. Highly professional and well worth the expense. If you are even thinking about visiting Egypt.... do it now! It is amazing.... thank you Mr. Binod, for all your assistance with last minute travel arrangements and follow up.
Sincerely,
Michael and Patricia
September 18, 2014
A wonderful trip with really professional services from everyone!
Egypt Review Image We are home safe in Tennessee after visiting Egypt with Travel Discounters. It was a wonderful trip with really professional services from everyone - safe and amazing! Ahmed and Yasser are remarkable Egyptologists and brought the past to life for us - they are highly recommended.
Mr. Binod was amazing and got us through the Air France strike and the event in Chicago with minimal stress. We invite all our global friends to take this tour as it is fantastic!
Michael
September 15, 2014
The hotel and boat were first class all the way!
Egypt Review Image We returned from our trip on Wednesday evening.
It was the BEST trip either of us has ever taken.
Blue Sky was excellent, and the hotel and boat were first class all the way.
Thank you for the amazing experience. We plan on returning soon.
Marilyn
September 10, 2014
Thanks so much for all your help!
Egypt Review Image My parents got back home last Saturday. They thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Egypt. They said all the transportation arrangements and the guides were fantastic. If you know them or their emails please convey my personal gratitude for all their help.
The pyramids, temples and statues left them in true awe of human achievement. We also appreciate the quick change to their return flights after the Air France pilot strike.
Thanks so much for all your help.
Best,
Suresh.
September 7, 2014
We are so glad we experienced Egypt through "Discover Egypt" Tour!
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The "Discover Egypt" Tour met our expectations and more! The Movenpick Hotel was amazing - the most comfortable beds and swimming pool that one can imagine! I am 65 years old, so a great bed for rest is very appreciated! The expertise provided by our guides was impressive - we learned more than we can remember!
The most surprising part of our trip was #1 how safe and welcome we felt by all people we encountered; and #2 the expertise of our guides - it was so enjoyable hearing about the beliefs and gods of ancient Egypt, as well as the society and economy of modern Egypt. The service we received, being transported and met at the airport, was impeccable. We are so glad we experienced Egypt through "Discover Egypt" tours - everything they promised was delivered beyond our expectations!
Agnes S.
August 25, 2014
One of the best educational experiences I have ever had in my life!
Egypt Review Image Egypt was amazing and it was one of the best educational experiences I have ever had in my life.
You were right about taking only the one cruise. We got to see so much more.
Our Guide Mohamed Yehia is the best and took very good care of us.
I would recommend him in the future for your business contact.
Thanks a million for an amazing trip!
Teresa
August 17, 2014
The perfect time to visit the pyramids!
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We just came back from the Discover Egypt trip last week (Aug 5th, 2014) using Travel Discounters through the Travel Zoo. We took or 19 year old daugher and 16 year old son, and we have done a ton of traveling around the world, so it was not our first rodeo! ;>)
This Egypt trip was by far one of the best trips we have taken. The sites were amazing and the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and made the history come alive. What really was great about this trip is the incredible service by the tour company and tour guides. They met us at the airport, checked us in at the hotel, coordinated all aspects of the trip and bent over backwards to help. It is the ONLY way tro see Egypt using a tour comapny. It allows you to enjoy the trips and the tours with out all the coordination headaches. The trip down the Nile was in a 5 star boat with clean air conditioned rooms, great food and incerdible staff.
The most important part is how safe we felt while we were there. My wife almost canceled because she heard through the media that Egypt was not safe. Once we arrived, we felt more safe than we do when we go to Mexico or Oakland CA... No joke... The Egyptian people are extremely friendly and helpful.
The only thing we did NOT like was that everyone expects tips... Even in the airport they will hand you paper towels and they expect tips. Although usually small tips, it gets bothersome. We would recommend you bring a stack of $1 bills.
Overall, an extremely great value, and if you have any interest in seing one of the seven ancient wonders, this is the only way to go... Travel Discounters through Travel Zoo provides exceptional service and support. The airline lost our luggage, and Binod from Travel Discounters helped sort through the mess at 2am in the morning.
One last suggestion, do the light show at the Pyramids at night... It is breathtaking seeing the pyramids at night as the sun sets to total darkness. It was magical, and brought my daugher to tears seeing the Pyramids.
I have no affiliation with Travel Zoo or Travel Discounters. Should you elect to go, Binod (travel agent) can put you in touch if you have any questions. NOW is the time to go before it gets crowded.
I checked Egypt off my bucket list, and have recommended to many of my friends.
ONE LAST THING... SHOULD YOU BOOK this trip, ask them to have Hamada be your tour guide in Luxor and the Nile cruise. Hamada is getting his Masters in Egyptology, and he spent evenings on the cruise teaching us how to write and read Heiroglyphics... You will also learn a lot about Egyptian life, customs, politics etc. A real eye opener and changed many of my perceptions of the Middle East etc.
John G.
August 5, 2014
The perfect time to visit the pyramids!
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Our little group of 4 adults just returned from Egypt travelling with Travel Discounters. They work with another company called Blue Sky that meets you at the airport and guides you throughout the tour. There were different people at each airport but we were always informed who would meet us. The Egyptologists, (2) were very knowledgeable and gave us such insightful information. One guide took us to the bazaar which was not included but we asked and he provided transportation and took us to Khan el Khalili. We wished we had more time to visit a Mosque in Cairo.
Its probably the best time to go as prices are low, the sites are not super crowded and its very safe. We saw tanks and lots of armed guards around the Egyptian Museum and were informed that the security was necessary to protect the museum. We had a difficult time deciding our favorite place, either the pyramids, museum or the bazaar. They were all amazing! Seeing a whole room of King Tut's belongings including the golden mask was breathtaking in Cairo. Imagine with huge crowds how long it might take. We also joined a caravan the last day to see Abu Simble. The camel ride to the Nubian village was also very enlightening. The cruise down the Nile was awesome and a guide stayed with us the entire time showing us the temples, high dam and the Valley of the Kings. The food was varied each night with a wide selection. We enjoyed the fish and vegetables most. Service was outstanding. The boat, the Semiramis needs some updating, but it was clean and the staff wonderful.
We wanted to tip fairly, but we decided by the time we arrived on the ship, that we would contribute a fixed amount to the guide and he would take care of tipping. He explained what he did and was accountable for the money we gave him. It made our trip more enjoyable not to worry if we gave enough or too much. If you go, take lots of small bills for tipping. We converted $200 to Egyptian money for use in Cairo, then used lots of 1, 5, 10 dollar bills and for gifts in the nicer stores, used a credit card. The exchange rate is excellent and so it is a perfect time to visit the pyramids!
RedRuby50
July 23, 2014
It is a fantastic tour!
Egypt Review Image Thanks for all your help!
It is a fantastic tour & one that I will share with all my friends.
I also would be more than happy to be a reference for you for any clients who have concerns or questions.
John
July 22, 2014
Overall it was fantastic!
Egypt Review Image Oh, how we all loved the trip! We were greeted upon arrival each time with a wonderful guide. The sites were amazing and fascinating! We felt safe and when there was a military presence, the guide explained what was going on.
The tipping was as you suggested, but we asked our guide to collect the amount we needed and he took care of it for us. He told us how much he tipped for each occasion and it made life much easier for us. The 2 guides, Waleed and Achmed were both outstanding! We learned so much and we intend to let others know how much we enjoyed the trip and how safe it was. Abdul was also wonderful and he took us to the bazaar one evening. Overall it was fantastic!
Thanks so much for arranging it all!!!
Joann
July 10, 2014
Now is actually the best time to go!
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I just came back from the Discover Egypt tour which I booked through Travel Discounters. They do exist and they are completely competent & are in fact a legit business. I would have no hesitation booking any other tours with them. Ask for Binod; he is wonderful to deal with. On the ground in Egypt the local tour group was Blue Sky Travel and they were amazing. Extremely competent and reliable. I realize Egypt can be a little unstable, but we always felt safe and never at risk.
Things will start improving once the elections occur at the end of May, however, I would not travel Egypt on my own. I think going with a tour operator is the best way to visit this exciting, diverse, beautiful country. Now is actually the best time to go as there are not too many tourists around and therefore you can see all the sites more easily.
Vicki
April, 2014
Everything about the trip was fantastic!
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We toured Egypt from April 30 - May 8, 2014. We had several days in Cairo and a Nile River Cruise. Everything about the trip was fantastic! We were always picked up, checked-in, checked-out and taken to our hotels and sites in nice air conditioned vehicles. We were apprised of the following days agendas and times the nite before.
Our Egyptologists, Wallid and Hamada, were always with us and were extremely knowledgeable, interesting and so nice. They were the best! Despite the political situation, we did not feel unsafe for one moment, and in fact, seeing the Army and Tourist Police was comforting. The amazing sites in Egypt are not to be missed! Our trip could not have been better in any way.
PJ
April 30 - May 8, 2014
A wonderful vacation experience!
Egypt Review Image I want to thank for arranging a wonderful trip to Egypt from April 30 to May 8 for me and my husband. The upgrade to Mena House was a wonderful and much appreciated exchange for the cancellation of our flight to Abu Simbel. Our trip could not have been better nor run more smoothly. We were always picked up, checked-in, checked-out and comfortably taken to our hotels and sites. Everyone was so nice and so helpful and kept us informed of the next days agenda and pick up times.
Wallid, our Egyptologist in Cairo was awesome; so knowledgeable, so interesting and so nice. Hamada, our Egyptologist on the cruise and balance of the tour was also absolutely terrific and both made our trip not only interesting but very enjoyable and fun. We never felt unsafe for one moment, in fact, seeing the Army and Tourist Police was comforting. The amazing colossal sites in Egypt are not to be missed!
I thank you again for a wonderful vacation experience.
Pam
April 30, 2014
Everything was great!
Egypt Review Image We just got back Friday and had the most excellent vacation in Egypt! You were right, Blue Sky Travel never forgot us, they were so efficient and punctual all the time - they were awesome.
Everything was great, the MovenPick, the Semiramis, the Marriott. The drive from Luxor to Hurghada and all the domestic flights, those agents were right there on time and ready to help.
We never felt threatened however I would not like to be in Cario without a tour guide. All the egyptologists were fun and knowledgeable as well and spoke perfect English.
We were so happy we did not chicken out and switch to another tour or use our trip cancellation policy as Egypt was always a dream vacation and now we have realized that dream.
Thanks for all your help.
Vicki Ewing
April 15, 2014
Our trip to Egypt was fantastic!
Egypt Review Image We just wanted you to know that our trip to Egypt was fantastic. Everyone we dealt with through Blue Sky Travel was professional, caring and took care of our every need and then some. Our Egyptologist Tour Guides were professional, knowledgeable, personable and sociable. They were very engaging and true historians dedicated to the history of Egypt with a passion. We learned so much and got a true feeling of life in ancient Egypt. The hotel accomodations at Movenpick were superb. The trip on the cruise ship MS Semiramis ll down the Nile was relaxing and it was wonderful to see the countryside and some of the people along the river on the cruise. Accomodations and the food on the cruise ship was good , both the hotel and the ship it would have been nice to have some bottled water available to us in our rooms since we could not drink the tap water. Over all it was a wonderful experience for us and a trip we will never forget. Thank you for all of your help to make this a trip of a lifetime for us.
Ann
March 20, 2014
The best trip of my life!
Egypt Review Image Just wanted to write you to thank you and Irene for setting up the best trip of my life. Your patience in answering any pre-trip questions I had was much appreciated. From the time I touched down in Cairo till the last minutes in the wonderful country of Egypt I could not have been better taken care of by your team there. The tour Reps, Guides and Drivers were all top notch. The Mena House hotel was a wonderful magical place to stay. The staff there could not have been friendlier and ready to take care of your every need. To sit on your balcony and stare at the great Pyramids so close was surreal to say the least. The cruise on the Nile was just beautiful and relaxing. The Sonesta St. George cruise boat was easily the best on the Nile, again with a great crew who were always ready to take great care of you.
The Egyptian people were just wonderful to meet, with young and old greeting you with a smile and saying Welcome.
If anyone like me has been procrastinating about a trip to Egypt all I can say is go and go now. There may never be a better time to get up close and personal with all Egypt has to offer. I never at any time felt in any danger. So many Thanks again to the team at traveldiscounters for making this all happen!!
Brian
February 22, 2014
We had an amazing time!
Egypt Review Image We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip. We had an amazing time in Egypt and the employees there took a very good care of us. Our special thanks go to an outstanding tour guide Ahmed Nagy Tony, who made our trip extremely pleasant and watched over us like a mother-hen over its chicks.
Thanks again,
Vera
February 15, 2014
One of the best trip I have ever been on!
Egypt Review Image I wanted to write you and tell you that the Egypt trip that we just got back from was one of the best trips I have ever been on. The people that took care of us on the trip were spectacular and some of the nicest people I have ever met. We really felt like this was a private tour just for my wife and I. We got to see everything of importance and the guides were more than happy to take us to places that were not on the main list of places like the burial ground for the workers and the tombs of the nobles. The tour guides knew what they were talking about and answered every question we asked. The whole time we were there we felt safe and never worried about going anywhere in the country. I hope that people will start going to Egypt because the people there really need the tourists since it has been a hard three years for them.
Thank you again for setting up a wonderful trip and I would tell anyone that if they would like to go to Egypt this is the way to do it. I took over 400 pictures and it will take me a week to go through all of them but it will just remind me of what a great trip it was.
Rob
February 8, 2014
A wonderful 9 day "Discover Egypt" tour!
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While our trip started on a bad note, through no fault of TravelDiscounters.ca, but because of a wildcat work stoppage by Pearson airport ground personnel, who used the poor excuse of a cold snap to cease work, we did not take off from Toronto International Airport until about 12 hours after our scheduled morning departure. Air Canada kept indicating that the airplane would depart in about 2 hours time for about six times, so that we didn't have the option of leaving the airport. Fortunately, I had a platinum Amex Card and my travelling companion, Len Domino, and I were able to stay in the Amex Lounge near our departure gate. As soon as we knew that our flight was indeed taking off – 12 hours late – we phoned Binod to tell him that we were now departing Toronto, though we didn't know when we would be making connection with a subsequent flight from London's Heathrow to Cairo the next day. I inquired of Air Canada before departure if they could reschedule our flight from Heathrow to Cairo, but they indicated that that rescheduling would only take place once our flight had taken off from Toronto, so we were left totally in the dark as to what flight connection we would be making at Heathrow. As soon as we arrived at Heathrow we went to the AirEgypt counter and found that it would not open until about 3 hours before the departure of the next flight to Egypt. As soon as the counter opened we presented our e-ticket and they booked us on the next AirEgypt flight to Cairo which was departing in about 3 hours. Again we phoned Binod in Canada to tell him which flight we would be on so that he could arrange for us to be met by your contact at the Cairo Airport. When we arrived at the Cairo Airport that evening we were met by your contact, Til Amgad, and we were driven by your driver, Magdy, in a nice van to our hotel Movenpick Pyramids Hotel, within sight of the pyramids.
Next morning we were met at our hotel by a wonderful guide, Rania Magdy Selim, who with our same driver and van drove to the pyramids where we were the first tourists to enter, it was like having a private visit to the pyramids arranged just for us. I especially enjoyed a prolonged camel ride. Following an excellent buffet lunch we visited the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities which is very old, but does contain the wonderful King Tut exhibit. There were armoured tanks lined up next to the museum, but the soldiers were friendly and I never felt in any way in danger or under threat. Indeed, I felt protected by the Egyptian Army. The construction of the new Egyptian Archeological Museum across from our hotel will be an important and much needed site for the Egyptian treasures from the old museum which is outdated, badly organized and badly lit.
Next morning we were transported to the Cairo Airport for our flight to Aswan, where we were met by a new guide and driver who drove us to our cruise ship. We met with our guide for a preview of our cruise down the Nile as well as the offer of the option of a visit starting early next morning (3 a.m.) to visit the two temples at Abu Simbil. Len didn't want to take up that option, but I did and was pleasantly surprised to see that even though my travelling companion wasn't interested, I only had to pay a very reasonable additional cost for myself for this added option. The same guide and driver who had met us at the Aswan Airport drove only me, sleeping in a comfortable car the 3 hour drive to Abu Simbil, where I had a 3 hour visit at the site, and then the 3 hour drive back. I was provided a box breakfast from the ship and we returned to the ship in time for lunch. We now were on the same schedule as the family of 4 Americans who we travelled with after lunch to the Temple of Philae ruins and all the other temple sites.
Our cabin on the boat and the cruise down the Nile including visits to Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatschepsut Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon, were all exceptional. Again since there are not many tourists in Egypt, we felt that we were on a private tour. The only negative aspect and very understandable was since there are so few tourists, the souvenir merchants at the exits of the archeological sites would all converge on the few tourist there and try to sell you something. All you have to do if you don't want anything is try to not engage them at all and just keep saying no. I did engage some merchants since I wanted to purchase a few small souvenirs such as a Nubian necklace, a shawl, perfume, postcards, etc, for my wife back home. I felt that I was able to bargain for a good price.
When we returned to Cairo, we had been previously informed that since we had missed the first day arriving in Egypt, we would visit the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids that evening as well as have dinner at a restaurant in the Giza district. This two events were provided a no additional cost. The show was interesting and a reprise to much of what we had seen of ancient Egypt. The meal was outstanding in a beautiful restaurant. Despite the flight delay at the beginning of our trip, I found the guides and drivers excellent, the hotels, especially the Maritime Hotel on Queen's Island, and the cruise ship , M/S Nile Dolphin, within the 4 and 5 star category. The meals were delicious, varied and plentiful. But especially the archeological sites were of outstanding quality – surprisingly well preserved and not to be missed. This tour lived up to more than I was expecting, and since we were unable to utilize the train from Cairo to Aswan, we were particularly grateful that TravelDiscounters.ca arranged to have us fly from Cairo to Aswan at no extra cost to us. We also appreciated being provided both the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids and the excellent dinner in the Giza district at no additional cost.
I wish also to make a special thanks to Binod and TravelDiscounters.ca for not charging us extra for having to take an aeroplane from Cairo to Aswan, since the Egyptian Government had banned train travel because of the internal unrest, which again made us feel as though the Egyptian Government was looking out for our safety.
I recently saw my doctor and told her about the wonderful trip to Egypt and that this was the time to go. She asked me to send her information about the travel agent I used and will therefore be sending her information about TravelDiscounters.ca and the different tours offered for Egypt.
Sincerely,
Oscar Johvicas & Len Domino
January, 2014
One of the best trip we have taken!
Egypt Review Image Our family vacation was one of the best trip we have taken. The moment we arrived in Cairo airport our tour guide was waiting for us at the gate. From that moment he helped us with customs with our visa, currency exchange and baggage claim.
All the historic sites and museums are just well coordinated. The hotels, cruise, the camel ride, the food and the transportation were all fantastic! Even the weather was ideal with every days temperatures around 70's. Tour guides and drivers made sure we were safe and comfortable.
Sadly there were not many tourists and the people in the street asked us, "Do you feel safe?", "Are you happy in Egypt?", "When you go back home tell your family and friends about us".
We strongly recommend a family trip to Egypt, especially with school age children. After all, Western civilization began with Egypt and we call it the Cradle of civilization.
We cannot thank you all who made our trip as a dream vacation. And we plan to go back to Egypt within 3 years when the new Cairo museum will be complete it and we will also visit Alexandria.
Monica and family
January 20, 2014
It's an adventure of a lifetime!
Egypt Review Image Cathy and I just returned from Egypt and I wanted to let you know that we had a great time.
The historical sites were more powerful and impressive that we could have imagined. While the pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx were great, the other ancient sites, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Karnak, Luxor and the others were their equal. We had no idea.
Tourism is off in Egypt since the 2011 revolution. The sites are not crowded and are easy to tour.
If you saw "60 minutes" on Sunday, they did a piece on Coptic Cairo and showed the places we toured there plus the priest that we met there. Our guide also arranged for us to be admitted to the underground chapel where Jesus and Mary were reported to have lived after they fled King Herod. That place was shown during the show and, having been there in person, I can attest that it seems to be a very special place.
The Egyptian people are kind and gracious. We felt safe the whole time. While there are indications of army and police presence all around, tourists are treated especially well.
The hotels you had us in were fabulous, as was the Nile cruise. The tour guides were knowledgeable and very sensitive to our needs. They took good care of us and were enjoyable to be with.
The only downsides were the unbelievable traffic in Cairo (we weren't driving, thank goodness), the third world nature of much of the country, and the aggressive vendors that were at every tourist stop, no matter how remote.
The trip is not easy but very worthwhile. I would recommend that others who are interested should just forge ahead. It's an adventure of a lifetime.
Jerry and Cathy
December 5, 2013
The trip was fabulous, a dream come true!
Egypt Review Image Hi Binod, the trip was fabulous, a dream come true. The guides were so smart. I felt like I was taking a course in Egyptology. The Mena house was beautiful, an oasis of green and calm in crazy Cairo. We kept saying to each oyher, we really are cruising down the Nile. I'm so glad we went to Abu Simbel - it is breathtaking. We were also treated to a bonus sound and light show at Edfu since we were delayed getting there. It was amazing. Looking out at the Great Pyramid from the hotel balcony was unbelievable.
Thanks for all your help planning the extras!
Kathy and Bob
November 20, 2013
My trip to Egypt was the trip of a lifetime!
Egypt Review Image Just wanted to tell you that my trip to Egypt was the trip of a lifetime. Egypt is a beautiful country and we found everyone welcoming. We felt safe the entire time. The hotels were A+. The Nile River Cruise is just too beautiful to explain. My pictures do not do it justice.
All of our guides were so knowledgeable and treated us with so much caution. You could tell that our safety was very important.
Again, the trip was WONDERFUL and I would recommend to everyone. Now is the time to go because there are so few tourists and the tourist sights are so easy to navigate. Not one friend or family member encouraged us to go so I owe you a big THANK YOU for encouraging us to make the trip of a lifetime.
Emily
November 16, 2013
Upper Egypt was great!
Egypt Review Image Greetings from Los Angeles!
We are home now still with jet lag. We enjoyed our trip and learned a lot too.
Upper Egypt was great. We liked Luxor the best in Upper Egypt. We actually went to the souk in Aswan and in Luxor. It was an interesting shopping experience.
Take care,
Elisa and Chris
November 10, 2013
It was the experience of a lifetime!
Egypt Review Image A thousand thanks, for the pictures, but more importantly for your expertise and friendliness as our guide.
We are also spreading the word about how wonderful Egypt is. How warm the people are, and how safe we felt.
My pix are on FB, and people are commenting. The primary questions concern safety. I've done my best to emphasize how well we were treated and how secure our situation was. Wishing Egypt peace and prosperity.
It was the experience of a lifetime!
Lilita
November 5, 2013
We were very safe the whole time!
Egypt Review Image I just want to thank you for a wonderful trip to Egypt. You were right, we were very safe the whole time, and there were no problems in touring the various sights in Egypt. We're very appreciative of your ground agent, Mohammad from South Sinai Travel Agency. He met us inside the arrival terminal when we landed in Cairo, so he could lead us through the immigration process and we did not encounter problems, or long lines. He was extremely competent, polite, friendly and went beyond of what's expected from a tour agent. Also, the Egyptologist tour guide, Rania, in Cairo was excellent, so pleasant and informative.
The Egyptologist on the Nile River cruise was also excellent and very informative. The Movenpick Hotel was good, and we enjoyed the Ville Maritime Jolie Ville in the private King Island very much..... it was a nice resort.
Again, Thank you for make it a positive experience for us on our Egypt land and river cruise.
Thanks,
Sue
October 25, 2013
Now is the perfect time to go, we had an amazing time!
Egypt Review Image Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time on our trip to Egypt.
I have to say that I think now is the perfect time to go as we basically had all the sites to ourselves and there were no tourists in our pictures (except us)!
Mohammed, Magdi, both Michaels and all the drivers were great, it was nice being taken care of. South Sinai was very organized and all the hotels were very nice.
Thanks again for all your help,
Brandi
October 18, 2013
The tour guides in Egypt were exceptional!
Egypt Review Image We just got back safe and sound this afternoon. We are glad that you assured the trip to Egypt would not be affected by the recent political uproar. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Egypt. The tour guides in Egypt were exceptional and they went out of their way to accommodate all our needs.
Thanks,
Shirley
October 8, 2013
The guides really made the trip for us!
Egypt Review Image Hi Binod, just wanted you to know my wife & I had a fantastic time in Egypt, we think you run a first class organization! The guides really made the trip for us - Ramon, Mishu & Thaha in Cairo, and Mustafa who showed us the sights along the Nile. There were no security problems whatsoever and the guides really made us feel safe. We did not run into many other travelers due to the ongoing situation, but we did meet one fellow who had a problem with his guide, which made us appreciate Travel Discounters even more, as ours were all top notch. I will highly recommend TD to anyone I met.
Sincerely,
Hank
September 28, 2013
We had an excellent time!
Egypt Review Image Thank you for all your hard work for us. Your service is excellent. I could not believe the way your travel guide assisted us in our trip.
It is more chaos here than Egypt. Hope other people won't believe the media. The media makes it sound worst than ever. I will let all my friends know to go and see what Egypt is all about. Michael Nile tour guide is so knowledgeable and excellent. Ahmad from Cairo is funny and very helpful really make us feel safe and ensure that we really enjoy our trip.
We had an excellent time starting from the land to air to cruising. Magnificent tour. Food is excellent and clean too!!.... E-mail me for other good tours.
Thanks Again,
Mr. and Mrs. Logan
September 2, 2013
Our Egypt trip was wonderful!
Egypt Review Image Although all other families in our group cancelled the trip, our family went on the trip on July 2nd as planed. Everything went really well.
The hotel we stayed at Cairo was beautiful and quiet. It located near the Pyramid. The Sleeper train was old but fairly clean. The cruise ship was nice and up to the modern standard. The room was normal size and we have good views to the River Nile. The food there was delicious - on ship or off ship!
Tour guides, for all places were nice and knowledgeable. We toured all the planed places. We went to the Pyramid twice - once during the day, once at night for the 'sound and light' show. Due to the current situation (Demonstration) in Egypt, there weren't a lot of tourist, but we did see large groups from France, Russia, and China. Most places we went didn't have a lot of people, we were very happy because we got to take pictures without any interruption.
I have to say, it is an unforgettable trip. Although there were 'situation' in Egypt, we were well taken care of by the travel agency and their staff. Our family is very happy that we made the trip.
Thanks,
Faye
July 2, 2013
One of the best trips I have ever taken!
Egypt Review Image I just wanted to say thanks for everything. The tour and help. Thank you!
This was one of the best trips I have ever taken, especially the guides and your reps, they were very great!
Thank you,
Gustavo
June 18, 2013
This tour exceeded our expectations!
Egypt Review Image We enjoyed our "First class Egypt Tour + Jordan" Trip. We had a great time! We were so impressed at the services that the Guides provided us, especially, the Cairo team (ie. Team leader, Mohammed, our driver, Saki and tour guide, Rahinia). The company was so organized!
We also enjoyed Jordan, although the schedule is a little tight. Driving from Amman to Petra can Wadi Rum and back to Amman, could be improved by having an extra night in Petra.
Overall, the itinerary was great to really experience Egypt and Jordan. The service was good. The tour exceeded our expectations!
Thanks.
Allen
May 24, 2013
The trip to Egypt was excellent!
Egypt Review Image Hello, the trip to Egypt was excellent!
We enjoyed very much.
Sadie
May 15, 2013
Our trip was great!
Egypt Review Image The tour was set up nicely, seeing different areas of the country and experiencing it thru the train and boat was different... we were glad not to take the train back from Luxor though. I think to experience it one way is enough. The hotel Jolle Ville in Luxor was awesome.
Our tour group had only 3 people, so it was like we were on our own private tour. The guides were amazing... full of history/information. Wagih was our guide in Cario, and Mohammad in Aswan and Luxor. Both I would highly recommend to the company and any future travelers.
I would also encourage travelers to have Egyptian pounds, not just US currency. There is no change when you go to restaurants, and they convert at a rate much lower than the actual rate.
As I said, the tour was awesome, the guides were exceptional, and the country sites beautiful, the vendors were a nuisance most of times.
Tanis
May 7, 2013
The Discover Egypt Tour was amazing!
Egypt Review Image How we were escorted by a tour guide and a rep everywhere we went. Irene did a really good job booking the tour for us and explaining what was needed even though it was not planned that much in advanced. Thanks a lot Irene.
Would also like to put in a really good word for Mohammad Aswany our main tour Guide we had for about 4 days, he filled us up with a lot of knowledge about Egyptology that will be hard to forget as he explained it very well to us from site to site and all the temples we visited. The moment we meet him it felt like we knew him for a long time, he treated us not only as if he was our tour guide but as a friend. I would definitely recommend him as a Egypt guide to anyone.
Our main rep Tefa also made sure we were taken cared of, he booked our last minute trip to Hurghada for us while we were on tour. Another one of your call centre travel reps was very helpful over the phone explaining the tour to me his name was Binod.
The tour it self, traveling around Egypt with the tour guides, taxi drivers made us feel safe. The hotels was nice and clean. The train ride to Aswan was an experience. The cruise on the Nile river was really relaxing. Would recommend this tour to anyone if they never been to Egypt before, really good first time experience. Thank you traveldiscounters for a great experience and trip.
Rodney
April 17, 2013
The trip to Egypt was absolutely wonderful!
Egypt Review Image The trip to Egypt was absolutely wonderful, your Egypt representatives were amazing, totally professional, friendly, expert, nothing left to chance, everything smooth as silk, they took fantastic care of us in every way. Same thing with the cruise: perfect. The Mena House hotel is beyond belief, immaculate, spit-and-polish service, fabulous cuisine, legendary decor, and of course the location is to die for. From our veranda we looked directly out at the Great Pyramid while sipping afternoon tea.
Also, we hooked up with Pat Clark and David and Tina Li who, we understand, also booked through you, and more or less stayed together as a minigroup throughout. We got on so well that everybody thought we were old friends... and now we are.
Thank you for arranging such a memorable trip for us. You will certainly have our travel business in the future.
Carl
April 10, 2013
It was fantastic!
Egypt Review Image Hello Binod,
We will be headed for home in a few hours. I wanted to tell you we had a wonderful trip. We had the Cairo tour today that we missed because of our delay.
It was fantastic! I want to thank you again for all of your help making this a very memorable trip. We will recommend your company and this tour to all of our friends.
Walter Wang
April 9, 2013
The trip to Egypt was amazing!
Egypt Review Image The trip to Egypt was amazing. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. The daily itinerary was full of scheduled excursions, well planned and exciting. I've been telling everyone it was a trip of a lifetime. I rode a camel, seen the pyramids, and the Nile cruise was fun. Would recommend the tour to anyone.
Thank You
Gina
April 2, 2013
The Nile river cruise was beyond our expectation!
Egypt Review Image Just a quick note. First of all our trip was great. The Nile river cruise was beyond our expectation. However, if one critique, it would have to be the sleeper train. I would suggest in future to advise your clients to buy a plane ticket and by-pass the train all together.
We did not feel fearful in Egypt at all. One other note, you could advise your clients to keep small bills in their pockets (as while tipping very cheap) still always having to tip everyone.
Your representative South Sinai Tours could not do enough for us and was very helpful. Regards,
Janie
March 25, 2013
A great family trip!
Egypt Review Image Hello Binod, just came back from Egypt and it was a great trip, thanks for suggesting it for the children, they can't stop talking about it, although tiring at times but they had an amazing time, I'm so glad we were able to give them such a fantastic experience. The guides and drivers were very efficient, I found the guides at the archeological sites extremely knowledgeable this was important for us specially for the kids. I loved cruising the Nile it was very peaceful.
Thanks again for organizing everything so well.
Anil
March 20, 2013
Amazing Experience!
Egypt Review Image I would like to thank you for your help in booking this trip. It went off very well. I had a great experience and enjoyed it thoroughly.
I need to start planning my next adventure soon. What kind of tour packages do you have available for Italy or Greece?
Jerry
March 5, 2013
We're very impressed by their tour guides!
Egypt Review Image My wife and I returned from our "Discover Egypt" trip last week. We'd like to thank you for arranging such a great tour for us. We're very impressed by their tour guides, especially one named Mohamed El Aswany, who is also an Egyptologist and very knowledgeable and professional. Mohamed had guided us for four days during the cruise from Aswan to Luxor, and made our journey really fruitful. Some friends were worried about the problem of safety, but we found out it seems not really an issue for tourists like us. In fact, since it's much less crowded everywhere than before, this is probably a good time to go. We've highly recommended Travel Discounter to all our friends in North America.
Thanks again, have a nice weekend!
Geng
February 15, 2013
Egypt is such a beautiful country!
Egypt Review Image Hi Binod, thanks to you and all the guys at SST, my wife and I had a wonderful trip and an amazing 25th wedding anniversary. Thanks for all the small details that reminded us all the time about the reason for this trip, they really made a difference!!!
Egypt is such a beautiful country and the people are very warm and friendly, too bad all the media do a terrible job portraying the country as a big risk when everything is just fine (we never felt threatened or at risk). Thanks again,
Julio
February 10, 2013
From San Diego to Egypt
Wonderfully Planned Tour!
Egypt Review Image We have now returned from our "Discover Egypt" trip arranged by Travel Discounters. I just wanted to thank you and Binod for a wonderfully well planned tour with excellent tour co-ordinators and guides (mostly Egyptologists). We had a great time, even though we had some unexpected delays which were immediately dealt with by Binod, so that we had a seamless trip with no hassles.
I will highly recommend your company to all my friends and others.
Kent
January 18, 2013
It was one of our most enjoyable trips we have ever had!
Egypt Review Image We had a great time. It was one of our most enjoyable trips we have ever had. The tours and guides were very informative, courteous and honest. The service that we got the whole way from starting the booking process from your company to coming back to Canada was second to none. Thank you for everything and I will highly recommend your company to everyone that I know.
Thanks,
Andrew
January 14, 2013
The guides, boat and sites were all excellent!
Egypt Review Image We both enjoyed ourselves very much. The cruise was our hands-down favourite part and we wished it could have been longer. Egypt and the Egyptians did not disappoint. The guides, boat and sites were all excellent and extremely accommodating. Prices were very fair.
Flying to Aswan and Abu Simbel was a good call, and we should have done the same between Luxor and Cairo. (We would not recommend our choice, the night train, to other visitors-noisy, dirty, revolting washrooms).
Jo
January 4, 2013
We had a great time in Egypt!
Egypt Review Image The ancient civilization developed there is amazing - one is completely humbled and lose of words in front of the tall monuments, temples and pyramids. Other than the inconvenience caused by missing our luggage, we enjoyed all the activities that were provided to us in the trip.
We were impressed with the Guides. They were very professional and reliable; they were always in place to greet us and see us off in airports and on road. So for all the time we could be care free knowing these people would arrange the things for us.
Thank you for organizing this trip for us.
Greg
November 28, 2012
What a Incredible Trip!
Egypt Review Image Just return from Egypt.
What a incredible services, everything was perfect from the beginning to the end.
Thank You
Jacques
October 15, 2012
We had a wonderful trip!
Egypt Review Image To sum up, we had a wonderful trip - an amazing place that should be visited by everyone interested in history. The kids too had a great time. I'll give you more specifics later - but South Sinai was a great group and well organized.
Rob
October 1, 2012
The guides were all Amazing!
Egypt Review Image The guides were all extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Our only regret was that we did not go for a longer duration and were not able to see Abu Simbel. I guess we will just have to go again one day in the future!
Anna
August 27, 2012
I enjoyed my trip very much!
Egypt Review Image The tour leader in Giza was excellent went out of way to meet me at the train station earlier, the driver got me a free coffee.
The Hotel in Giza had great breakfast and coffee service. I felt rushed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The Sleeper train was delayed it was noisy and the bathrooms not very clean, I could smell the smoke from other people's rooms.
The Nile Cruise-ship was excellent but they only had instant coffee. I had a mishap in the Cruise, I thought I had more time to shop and I got delayed and missed the boat departure, but they came back to get me. The horse carriage ride was excellent. I enjoyed my trip very much, thank you for everything.
Cindy
July 10, 2012
Unforgettable Vacation!
Egypt Review Image My Egypt holiday was great, the people were fantastic, they were so helpful and attentive, it was a holiday loaded with sights to visit but it was worth it, thanks again for arranging that beautiful holiday, one I'm sure that we won't forget.
Thanks again, as ever.
Pat
May 22, 2012
Yes! A great holiday....!
Egypt Review Image We wished we'd purchased a longer package. We were met at airport in Cairo by Mumdouh, he took charge and from then on we had no worries. We were met and guilded through all obstacles for the rest of our vacations. Guides were great, drivers great, we were treated like Pharaohs, well royalty anyway. I'm telling everyone it is a great vacation spot. I'll probably go on Tripadvisor and tell my story. The only clinch was on the return trip were they had changed our flights, Donna didn't get a asile seat, we had hoped with the early booking this won't of happened, but we lived through it. I hope that if you get any feed back about us it's of a positive nature and you'll pass it on. Thanks again.
Kevin and Donna
March 31, 2012
We got royal treatment in both countries Egypt and Jordan!
Egypt Review Image Everything went very well in Egypt and Jordan. South Sinai travel group looked after us from the time we landed until last day when we took off for Jordan. In Jordan this other agency looked after us. We got royal treatment in both countries. It is all because of you. You did an excellent job of arranging everything. Everything was first class.
Thank You very much again for arranging a wonderful trip.
Tandon
March 29, 2012
Our kids had a blast!
Egypt Review Image We returned from our Egypt vacation last night. I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time. Our kids had a blast!
With your professional arrangement, South Sinai Travel had done a fabulous job. Whenever we arrived in each destination, their staff were expressed their warm welcome. They were always there for you if you need anything. They are very professional people and knowledgeable of their business. I highly recommend them to everybody.
Thank you so much for making our vacation an unforgettable one. We are looking for our next trip already in March Break. We wanted to do another adventure trip like Egypt, full of ancient history with lots to see. Please keep me in mind if you have any special promotions and ideas. We are talking about places like Nepal, Peru, Indonesia, etc.
Thank you again and I will pass around your name to people if they are looking for a vacation!
Fanda
March 23, 2012
A trip of a lifetime!
Egypt Review Image Everything went according to plan and there were no problems. The staff from South Sinai Tours were fantastic.
A friend of mine recently asked me what was the highlight of the trip. I honestly don't know - it was all so incredible that it's hard to pick any one favourite. (However I'd say that the Great Pyramid, Great Sphinx, and Karnak Temple would easily be at the top of any list.)
Once again, thank you so very, very much for organizing the trip of a lifetime!
Regards,
Will
February 29, 2012
It was definitely an authentic experience!
Egypt Review Image Upon landing in Cairo, we had a great reception and tour guide. It's a shame we didn't have more time to go to Khan El Khalili and some of the other sights due to time constraints. Unfortunately for our flight to Luxor, we didn't realize that Cairo airport only had 1 café after security, so we were quite hungry since we had arrived at the airport at 5 for a 8 pm flight.
Luxor/Aswan cruise was great. Would have been nice to have more non-smoking options on the cruise/hotel, but overall the food and friendliness of the staff was good. Our guide and greeting agents were OK, not the greatest (I mean not as informative as others we had) but acceptable. We would have liked a bit more detail about the tourist sites from our guide Mary, but she did make up for it by taking us on a spontaneous tour of the Aswan market one day, helping us negotiate pricing and finding local sheesha cafes. Some of us decided not to go to Abu Simbel though due to the time commitment involved to travel there. We were also able to get the driver to stop in at a local koshary place (Al Zaeem in Luxor) before dropping us off at the airport – it was definitely an authentic experience!
Sharm was a really good break from the touring – aside from the hotel we were originally booked at (Sol Y Mar Riva – poor location, filled with drunk, trashy clientele, buffet was unappetizing). Our rep Ayman was very accommodating and went to great lengths to make sure we were satisfied (finding an excellent replacement hotel – Marriott), he was also quite informative, caring and personable. He would watch us snorkel from the shore to direct us to the proper areas, shoo away people we were clearly trying to ignore, and check in with us at the hotel to make sure we were happy. We did an excursion to St. Catherine's which was good. The ferry to Aqaba was about 2 hours late and overall not my favorite experience. But on the bright side, the Cairo airport had just closed its flights the day after we'd left for Jordan so perhaps it was a good idea to sail instead of fly out of Egypt!
Jordan was good, we had a great driver named Halid who was very friendly and explained things, took us places – playing the role of driver AND guide. The Beit Zaman Petra was great, and we really enjoyed taking a TON of time to hike around Petra after all the driving and sitting we'd done on the trip so far. The Dead Sea Spa Hotel was disappointing – aside from the decent food, the pool was under maintenance, the beach looked similarly in a state of repair, and the spa was meant more for people with skin diseases… so we spent most of our daytime at the Marriott a few doors down instead. On the last day we opted to see only 1 of the 2 Roman ruin sites, instead spending time in Amman. The driver was very accommodating and took us to shawarma restaurants, sweets stores, and touring around the neighborhoods of Amman prior to our flight.
Overall, we enjoyed the trip and were often pleasantly surprised at some of the special touches from our reps. We were happy with the accommodations as well (especially glad that you had got us to upgrade from sleeping on a felucca!). Though I'm personally more of an "independent explorer" type, researching and checking out recommended places in my own free time, I recognize it's not easy to do this in a place like Egypt, where you don't speak the language. As far as an arranged/package tour goes, this was a good one. We'll be sure to pass along your name to interested parties in the future!
Christina
February 2, 2012
Everything was perfect!
Egypt Review Image Thank you very much for arranging such a nice trip and specially the Indian dinner. All the arrangements from airport pickup to drop-off were perfect. Everything was timely arranged. We didn't have to worry about anything. Hotels were very nice. The tip to take $1 bills for tipping was very helpful. My whole family enjoyed the trip very much. Everything was perfect. We will definitely contact you for our future vacation.
My relative's friend Shiva from CT who also booked through you was also on the same boat.
Kind regards,
Deepak
January 9, 2012
In a few words, the trip was absolutely incredible!
Egypt Review Image We arrived the eve of the disruption in Tahrir Square and really felt the tension in the city. However, as the days wore on and we moved about everything became relaxed and once Mubarak was arrested, the mood was positivekly jubilant. As for the accommodations, everything was truly wonderful. The Maritime Jolie Mar was especially memorable and we were completely thrilled with the complementary internet-as well as the beautiful views, the variety of pools and the restaurants. The cruise was so relaxing and the deck was the perfect place to relax and watch the feluccas in the distance.
The highlights for me were Giza, the Alexandria library, the felluca sail (indeed all the varied modes of transportation from romantic horse carriage ride to ferry and van), Edfu and Abu Sambel. For Frank, it was really everything as he took amazing photos which will soon be posted on his flickr site and I can send you the link. For our son in law, the highlight was walking in Tahrir Square. Everyone had an amazing time.
Staying at the Fairmont Nile City was a special treat and a wonderful opportunity for everyone to workout in the amazing workout room, enjoy the three pools on the rooftop, explore the city on their own or go to the spa. The buffet lunch we had in the Napa Grill at that hotel was truly the most perfect food we have ever had at a buffet and the spa was heavenly: really world class in terms of facility and service. We have never returned from a vacation so relaxed, energized and refreshed.
You were right indeed: we had such an incredible perfect time and felt perfectly secure.
Karen
2011
We were very pleased with the Egypt trip, and the South Africa trip also was incredibly awesome!
Egypt - South Africa Review Image We went to Egypt and South Africa in April, left Calgary last day of March. The trip was awesome, we had wonderful guides in Cairo and Luxor and down the Nile. We were very pleased with the Egypt trip, and the South Africa trip also was incredibly awesome. The power of Victoria Falls was something that can't be described, the power of water, the constant moisture raining down on our heads, just incredible. All our guides, Sahar, Kareem in Egypt and their sidekicks, were just extremely pleasant and super knowledgeable of their country's history. Our South African guide, Isaac, and his counterpart, Locksom, in Zambia were really pleasant and very accommodating that we see all the animals and sights and understand the history and geology.
The only thing that makes us and some other people sad while on the trip was the firing of our Cairo bus driver due to a mistake he made while driving us to the Cairo airport on the way to Luxor. He made a u-turn and many of us were understanding of it as we were in Egypt, not North America, and just chill out and cool down. None of us were injured but some of the Americans were horribly upset about it. I think they needed to chill out and be thankful all ended up just fine. Maybe people like that shouldn't travel if they expect everything they see to be just what it's like in the states.
Anyway, B and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and liked the way it was set up, both Egypt and South Africa. In South Africa, the 'group' sometimes consisted only of B and me. Other times the group consisted of small numbers and super pleasant people.
So, just want to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip, thank you very much for getting it together for us. We enjoyed the larger group in Cairo and the smaller groups in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Lilly Cacaci
April 2019
This is by far the best trip of my life!
South Africa Tour Review Image The trip was amazing! I want to thank you for putting everything together.
We had someone with us every step of the way, insuring we got from one location to the next without any issues. This was very comforting.
The hotels we stayed at were all very nice and the staff was always so generous to help us. We were sad to leave.
This is by far the best trip of my life.
Warm Regards,
Karen
March 2019
It met or exceeded all our expectations. All we can say is thank you very much for the wonderful experience!
South Africa Tour Review Image All I can say is WELL DONE!!!
Enjoyed every aspect of the trip (well maybe not the long flights)!
It was so great to have someone meet us at every stop including the airport on our trip back home.
Loved seeing the animals, the game lodge, the River Lodge, Karowange was terrific, the meals were outstanding, the best of the whole trip! After our game drives and touring Victoria Falls which is so beautiful.
The trip to Capetown was a welcome change.
It met or exceeded all our expectations. All we can say is thank you very much for the wonderful experience!
Sincerely,
Bill
February 2019
The Africa trip was outstanding and way beyond my expectations!
South Africa Tour Review Image The Africa trip (South Africa, Victoria Falls & Chobe) was outstanding - way beyond my expectations.
Saw (and photographed) the "Big Five", and Victoria Falls was spectacular - especially from the helicopter.
Travel, food and lodging were excellent!
Doug
February 2019
This tour was executed on my behalf to perfection!
South Africa Tour Review Image I just returned from the tour called "Grand Tour Of Africa" which was coordinated by Travel Discounters and would like to advise anyone who is contemplating this tour that it was executed on my behalf to perfection.
Each of the subsidiary tour agencies that handled my itinerary in the various countries I visited, were punctual and friendly on all greets at airports as well as transfers to and from hotels and tour sites.
All guides were very well informed people who went out of there way to make sure I was pleased with their service.
The hotels and lodges provided in all countries were excellent and very uniquely styled properties with great food and superb friendly service.
My trip was from Feb 1-25/2019 and it had been a bucket list trip of my for many years, and now that it all went so well I have some of the fondest memories of any trips I have ever taken.
Keep up the great work Travel Discounters!!
I would not hesitate to use your services for future adventures.
Ken
February 2019
Our trip was great, the arrangements worked out perfectly!
South Africa Tour Review Image Our trip was great.
The arrangements worked out perfectly, always someone to pick us up at the airports, the weather was perfect and we saw a lot of animals.
Thanks for your help in putting this together.
John
February 2019
Not much to add except to reiterate much of the same positive comments that have been posted!
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After reading some of the recent posts regarding Travel Dicounters and Africa tour, there is not much to add except to reiterate much of the same positive comments that have been posted.
We dealt with TD in Toronto and Binod Singh was our agent. He was with us all the way. Even after KLM canceled our flight, Binod quickly rectified this and the new flights actually got us into Johannesburg earlier!
We travelled January 9 - 19, this was a quick trip for such a long distance, but we packed a lot in, thanks to the excellent work of the tour companies.
And yes, we felt like we had our own private tour - along with a nice couple from Houston and a young man from Toronto. We hit it off very well and made for even more fun.
The animal pics that I was able to take are incredible - Shiduli game reserve was a wonderful experience - Andrew (the manager) welcomed us upon arrival and he was always visible and approachable!
Our game driver, Respect, and tracker, Germain, were the BEST! They went over and above trying to find us so many different animals, birds, beetles, etc.
Even a personal wake-up in the am from Respect for our game drives!
Victoria Falls was an amazing experience - even though Zimbabwe is having some political, financial problems. We did not feel unsafe, but we were glad we had US cash with us because getting cash was not easy.
While we were in Zimbabwe, there was a three day shut down of all Social media, as well as stores and schools, but our tours continued as planned.
Our day trip to Botswana Chobe Park was a good day as well - the boat trip on Chobe River - was fantastic... so many elephants, hippos, etc.
I would say we were spoiled from our Shiduli experience, because the afternoon drive in Chobe park was not all that great. Kent was the guide and he really didn't do much more than fly around the park and if we saw something it was coincidental - but it is a national park, so maybe that is why.
Helicopter trip was excellent and our Elephant ride exceeded our expectations - it might be advised that they describe this tour more clearly - we had no idea we would be riding the elephants into the bush and look for animals - it was amazing!
At Johannesburg airport, there was free shuttle to the close by casino - beautiful facility and we ate at an outstanding restaurant called Tribe... it checked all the boxes for us - from some wanting a little more adventurous meal, to others wanting a steak.
A wonderful trip!!
Ellie149
January 2019
Traveldiscounters will immerse you in a true African experience with great memories with out breaking the bank!
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Traveldiscounters was amazing! We had the time of our lives on their South Africa & Botswana Safari!
The trip was 7 nights and we were hoping to go longer so when we called Traveldiscounters and said we want this, but how can we make it a few more nights, they found us another package to the Okavango Delta. I highly recommend this add on. It is a totally different environment than what you would think of for Africa.
Okavango Delta is lush and green you get to explore by small boats and canoes. We saw so many animals on our safaris-Big Five and Cheetahs, hippo, etc.
Victoria Falls was amazing! I would recommend the helicoptour tour, very well worth the extra money to see Victoria Falls from the sky.
Traveldiscounters took care of us all the way. After booking, they gave us all the information we needed and had great recommendations on what to bring/take. All of their information rang true on our trip and with the additional excursions (sunset cruise, elephant back safari, helicoptor ride over Vic Falls) everything was well planned out.
I loved the lodges, the people were great and enjoyable to talk to. We weren't in some big group that got shuffled around from place to place. It felt like my husband and I were on an exclusive trip of our own.
You do game drives with others that arrive, which is fun to chat and hear their stories, but no one has your exact itinerary. We always felt safe and our tour guides had the right amount of time with us and time for ourselves to explore.
Traveldiscounters will immerse you in a true African experience with great memories with out breaking the bank. We will definitely use them again!
Excursion57814886843
November 2018
Simply amazing - a trip I'll never forget!
South Africa Tour Review Image First of all, let me say THANK YOU!
The entire trip along with the transport and guides far exceeded our expectations!!
The accommodations were amazing and we were taken great care of along the way.
Simply put, we would highly recommend this package to anyone who wants to experience the African culture and obviously the big five!
I will also say that as we plan our next trip, we will be reaching out directly to review Travel Discounter offerings and your guidance.
Simply amazing - a trip I'll never forget.
Todd
September 2018
The trip was a trip of a lifetime!
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Just saw this note. I traveled with 3 others on a Traveldiscouners trip to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe with the add on of Cape Town. The trip was a trip of a lifetime!
This is the 2nd time I have gone to Africa thru travel discounters. Last year (with 10 people) it was Kenya with Jackson as the travel agent. This year our agent was Mo. In 2 trips we never had a glitch, and excellent tour companies were used in Africa. Mo (& Jackson too) were very responsive to any questions. I booked for 2 of us. Mo was very personable and helpful on the phone & any questions via email were responded to quickly. The travel information sent for our trip was accurate and covered anything we needed to known.
The company used by Traveldiscounters was ERM. ERM subcontracted with Kalahari Tours for Botswana and with Wind Charter in Cape Town. Arrangements were seamless with airport pickups and guide handoffs when entering & exiting the immigration points. We never had to wait for a guide or driver. And, they were all knowledgeable and personable. From the point we booked to the time we traveled I had a few questions that I emailed Mo -- again he promptly provided the answers and assisted in things like providing information to get assigned seats for our various flights on Turkish Air and South African Airways.
The itinerary sent by Mo a week before the trip was spot-on for the entire 14 days. He also followed up after our return to see how arrangements worked.
Kleamiller
July 2018
This was one of the best travel experiences I have had the pleasure of booking!
South Africa Tour Review Image At every point, we had professional, informed and very helpful personnel, Prince in Johannesburg, helped clear up the reservation mix up at the hotel. There was a new reservation number vs the one printed on the voucher.
Gillian our driver to Zimbabwe was a delight and very informative re: the sights, towns along the way.
The Korangowe Reserve was amazing. Rienie, the general mgr. has become a friend, and Solomon is an amazing guide and man.
In Victoria Falls, Andrew took amazing care of us. He went out of his way to make sure our trip was above our expectations. Another life long friend. He ensured our crossing into Botswana was smooth. Our guides in the Chobe in Botwana was also very informative, and a delight. One if the other boats got grounded, so we came to the rescue.. well almost. It needed a larger boat to pull it out. It made for a funny story. Lunch was gourmet.
All transitions were smooth, and 1st class.
I have given your email to several other flight attendants and friends, who are interested in traveling. I told them how amazing working with you was and the quality of the tour.
Thank you. You will hear from me again.
Georgeanna
July 2018
I could go on & on about the wonderful experience this was!
South Africa Review Image I can't begin to say how fantastic our trip was to Africa, Victoria Falls, & Cape Town!
It was beyond my wildest dreams. All of the tour guides were excellent & very informative. We saw the big 5 in 3 hours on the second safari. Too cool. All of the hotels were great & the staff were wonderful. I posted many photos & have heard from many friends that are putting this on their bucket list because of them. The hardest part was the air-travel long but so worth it. I could go on & on about the wonderful experience this was. Lastly, thank you for all your help in preparing us for this awesome adventure.
One very happy traveler,
Kate
June 2018
Everything was so organized, all the safari guides were great, and the accommodations were all wonderful!
South Africa Review Image Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful (best trip of my life) package and at such a reasonable price.
Everything was so organized, all the guides were there to pick us up and were so much help along the way. All the safari guides were great. The side trips to Lesidei Cultural Village and Cradle of Humankind were really both a great experience. The accommodations were all wonderful. Especially Kuname Lodge. Really appreciate the upgrade to that wonderful Lodge. Ha! I'm using the word "Wonderful" a lot but that's what this trip was!
I think the only small glitch and really not a big deal but the night before we left for Victoria Falls we stayed at a hotel downtown Johannesburg. I understand that you were giving us a day downtown to explore but by the time we got there and because of traffic, checked in it was around 7pm. Really couldn't do much sight seeing for the long ride. I would recommend just staying at the airport the night before going to Victoria Falls. The hotel was nice and it all turned out fine.
Again Binod, Thank you so much. Great Job!
Sandi
April 2018
It really was a trip of a lifetime. I would use your services again in a heartbeat!
South Africa Review Image Hi Alec,
The trip was fantastic! We knew it would be amazing but it honestly exceeded our expectations. We just want to go back! We were blown away at how seamless everything was. The tour companies in Africa that you use were all great, especially in Zimbabwe. Our favorite parts were the Safaris at Karangwe and all of our time in Victoria Falls/Chobe Park. We always felt safe and taken care of. The people were all so welcoming and friendly! The Kuname Lodge was unreal - the service, the food and of course the game drives. We saw all of the big five (and everything else), we learned a ton from our guide and tracker.
The drive was long from Johannesburg but we got to see a lot along the way so I wouldn't change that. We did a tour in Johannesburg to The Cradle of Humankind, you might want to add that to your tours. It was a highlight of our trip also.
Both British Airways and Kenyan Airways were great!
The day trip to Botswana went really well - we purchased the multi country visa at customs when we landed in Vic Falls for $50 US so all we had to do was get passports stamped going thru the borders. The airport hotel In Johannesburg was awesome, the hotel in Vic Falls was ok, great location tho on the river (had a hippo eating grass by the pool one night).
Cape Town was just ok - the hotel was in a perfect location. Nice to be so close to the waterfront. We did a few tours, so got to see a lot, wineries, penguins, beaches, the capes, a marine tour. The beaches are beautiful but sewage was washing up on shore, so of course we could not go in the water. The city itself is beautiful with all the mountains but if we did it again we wouldn't go back, it's just a big city. We wish we had only gone for a couple days and then went somewhere else, maybe Durban?
Thank you very much for helping with the planning - it really was a trip of a lifetime. I would use your services again in a heartbeat! Already looking at all your other tours! Maybe India next ;)
Amanda
March 2018
Overall the trip was excellent and the price was reasonable!
South Africa Review Image The trip was great and all of your personnel were professional and knowledgeable and on time as scheduled.
The accommodations were excellent as was the food.
The best part of the trip were the game drives where we were able to see the Big 5 and many other animals in the wild. The guides and trackers were excellent and very informative.
The unfortunate part of the trip was the necessary amount of time spent in airports and in-flight plus the travel time by shuttle bus on two occasions.
Overall the trip was excellent and the price was reasonable. I would travel to South Africa again with your company.
Jeffrey
February 2018
We had the most amazing experience!
South Africa Review Image I was just on the website, but couldn't figure out how to write a review. I wanted to make sure that you knew that this trip completely exceeded any expectation I may have had. We had the most amazing experience.
I have recommended you guys to everyone and I'm all ready looking into planning my next adventure with you.
Thank you so much,
Jana
February 2018
Such a great trip!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image We loved Africa, it was amazing to see the animals in their mostly natural habitat, and the people were wonderful, so welcoming and friendly.
Shiduli was the best. Joe and Louis and all the staff made us feel right at home. They were knowledgeable and we saw so many animals and we loved the practice of stopping in the morning for coffee and in the evening for cocktails. By some magic, we were put in the honeymoon cottage, it's rustic luxury and it's privacy was wonderful. The food was very good, we especially enjoyed all the fruits, veggies and pastries.
The Tambo Airport lodge was comfortable, nice staff and really good food, great breakfast buffet.
The Chobe River cruise was just beautiful, I never imagined there'd be so many elephants and more. The Chobe River Lodge was nice and lunch there was good, but it was very crowded.
A'Zambezi River Lodge was very peaceful and secluded. They had a good African traditional music and dance performance. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony with a drink and watching the warthogs munch the grass at twilight. It's distance from town was somewhat inconvenient, but we did enjoy conversations with our taxi driver. In fact the interactions we had with all the drivers, Rangers, guides, staff and other tourists really made our trip. All of the lodges had pools that we used gratefully after a warm and full day.
Victoria Falls was amazing, we loved the walking tour, where we were really able to experience the falls closely. The helicopter ride was nice but we were a little disappointed that we didn't get closer to the falls.
We had a few bumps that were mostly resolved, all part of traveling. We were not impressed with JetBlue or it's staff who made no effort to accommodate us. But on a good note, Qatar Air was great.
All and all this trip was an adventure not to be missed.
Lisa
January 2018
Everything was great. We especially enjoyed our tour guide!
South Africa Review Image Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip.
Everything was great. We especially enjoyed our tour guide Paschel in Zimbabwe.
We would certainly suggest others use your service in the future.
Sorry this took so long but figured the input would be helpful.
Peter
January 2018
The flights, accommodations and tours were all 5 stars!
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Our group of 6 friends have just returned from our South Africa vacation. We booked with Mo at Travel Discounters.
This vacation was the "best" vacation we have ever experienced. Mo was instrumental in listening to our "wish list" and delivering a detailed itinerary that met all of our wishes.
We didn't have any issues the entire time. The flights, accommodations and tours were all 5*. We will definitely book with Mo again!
Brenda
December 2017
This was a dream come true! Everything was as advertised, even better!
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Came back on November 26, 2017, from Travel Discounters South Africa and Victoria Falls trip. This was a dream come true!!! Everything was as advertised, even better. The stay at Karongwe River Lodge was amazing, the place is great, the food fantastic, and the staff extremely attentive. We added a couple of extra tours to our trip and all worked out perfectly!!!
Our travel agent was Junior and he was very helpful and patient. Thank you Junior!
I highly recommend Travel Discounters!
Maria
November 2017
I can almost certainly say that is was one of the best trips of my life!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image The safari and trip was amazing!!! We loved everything, was well organized and everyone involved was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. I can almost certainly say that is was one of the best trips of my life.
We did have a few changes in lodges, and you helped us resolve the one in Zimbabwe which worked fine. We stayed on day at another place and 2 nights at the river lodge which is what we wanted.
At the private reserve in South Africa we were not placed at Shiduli Lodge but at Kuname Private Game reserve, which proved to be the highlight of the trip, since it was really small, made you feel like you were at a friend's house in the middle of the wilderness, and we loved every minute of it!!!!. Just 10 guests, delicious food and service, and a really amazing experience. If you can, try to put your guests there since it is a great experience compared to a big lodge full of tourists.
All in all we loved the trip and really thank you for your help in organizing a truly memorable adventure.
Please feel free to use my comments in your web.
Have a great day!
Conchita
September 2017
It was a wonderful trip, more than what I expected!
South Africa Review Image We came back from Africa yesterday.
It was a wonderful trip, more than what I expected.
We had a private driver for 5 days and we can't ask for a better driver.
Thank you very much. We are looking forward for the Egypt trip.
Ed
September 2017
We loved everything, was well organized and everyone involved was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable!
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I just returned from a safari with Travel Discounters. The safari and trip was amazing!!! We loved everything, was well organized and everyone involved was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. I can almost certainly say that is was one of the best trips of my life.
At the private game reserve in South Africa we were placed at a very small Private Game reserve, which proved to be the highlight of the trip, since it was really small, made you feel like you were at a friend's house in the middle of the wilderness, and we loved every minute of it!!!!. Just 10 guests, delicious food and service, and a really amazing experience.
All in all we loved the trip and they organized a truly memorable adventure.
cmun0z
September 2017
If one does one safari in the life time, this is the one!
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We just came back from the safari trip.
The trip was amazing!
The lodging and guides are first class.
If one does one safari in the life time, this is the one.
We saw all big five and many more.
eipxx2017
September 2017
Everything ran extremely smooth, no complaints on our end!
South Africa Review Image The trip was amazing. Everything ran extremely smooth especially considering you pulled it off on 5 day notice.
No complaints on our end.
Thanks for everything.
Douglas
June 2017
The trip was fantastic, beyond belief!
South Africa Review Image The trip was fantastic, beyond belief!!
We were so well taken care of and want you to know we appreciated all your efforts to make it happen for us. We were glad to get home safely and the airlines was wonderful and experienced problems beyond their control after our trip!!!
Keep working hard at what you do best!!
Most sincerely,
Bonnie
May 2017
It all went very smoothly with no glitch or delay whatsoever!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image I wanted to thank you for all the work you did to reserve the flights & accommodations for my trip to So. Africa, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Botswana, & Mauritius.
It all went very smoothly with no glitch or delay whatsoever. The hotels & lodges at all locations were very comfortable with very friendly staff members. The Shiduli Private Game Lodge was especially comfortable with beautiful landscapes gardens & pool. We went on safari twice a day & saw the Big Five plus many other inhabitants of the reserve.
All our escorts did a fine job especially Robert Mofambi who met us upon arrival at the Zimbabwe airport & ensured that we arrived at all locations such as to/from the airport, border controls to/from Victoria Falls, Zambia, Botswana, & finally back to the Zambezi River Lodge. He really took care that we left with the right guides wherever we needed them. I felt very safe wherever we went.
My stay alone at the JNB Or Tambo Hotel went fine, & I had no problem arriving at the airport to my flight to MRU.
Mauritius is a beautiful island, & next time I visit there, I will definitely stay longer since it is such a long way from home. The people there stated that they rarely have American visitors!
I hope that you have visited these places but if not, then may you see these wonderful parts of the world soon. Again, I had a great time & wish you much success in your personal life, business, & travels.
Best regards,
Marie
May 2017
This trip is an exceptional value for what we paid!
Egypt - South Africa Review Image F. A. B. U. L. O. U. S.!!!
For two weeks with our friends we all continually remarked about how great this trip was and how much beyond our expectations all the accommodations and sights were.
It was truly relaxing to be met at each airport or each morning at the bus and have the day all planned out. Never a moment of uncertainty. The company has done an excellent job of having the entire trip run smoothly. Planning for 10 plane flights in two weeks seemed daunting but turned out to be not a problem in retrospect.
The accommodations were the greatest. Always a pleasant surprise when we first walked into our room, especially the ones on our South Africa and Zimbabwe week. The number one top lodge has got to be the Kuname Lodge on the Karongwe Game Reserve. Heavenly! Beautiful! Luxurious! Refreshing! Private! The service is top-notch, very attentive. The food was abundant and delicious with elegant place settings. The game drives were amazing. We were extremely fortunate to see all five of The Big Five game animals in the first TWO drives, while other guests at the same time did not get to see the elusive leopard. We were just extremely lucky. Credit goes to our very sharp tracker and guide - Mandla and Rexon.
Number Two was the A'Zambezi River Lodge which is beautiful and luxurious. (Thank you to the hosts for never requiring the mosquito netting around the bed? Bugs were not a problem.) The food served in the open air restaurant was great. The crocodile steaks and wart hog medallions are both surprisingly delicious. And, no, they do not taste like chicken. The monkeys, wart hogs, hippos and elephants on the property were a little extra treat. We took advantage of the free shuttle to and from town as well as the good taxi service offered locally. The trip to Chobe was rewarding and fun seeing the animals from the boat as well as on the safari. There were plenty to see and the drivers always stopped for extended viewing. They never were rushed.
Number Three (or also Number One, they were all great) was the Nile River Cruise on the Magic One. For being a boat, in Egypt, the conditions and accommodation was better than we anticipated. The food was plentiful and varied. (None of us got sick on this trip.) We were surprised to find our room attended to daily. There was only one night of entertainment by a local tribe. Another might have been nice. I highly recommend shopping at the "Super Market" shop located at the end of the dock by the boat in Luxor. The gentleman was very courteous, honest and trusting and not pushy at all.
Our Egyptologists (Saber and Shehandra) were extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand. They both were very enthusiastic about sharing their information. The bus transportation was for a very manageable group size. We never felt rushed to get through a site and never seemed to have too much time, either.
We were thrilled with the hot air balloon ride over the ancient ruins. This was a well-run adventure.
We are already recommending this trip (two trips combined, in our case) to our friends. We were initially a bit hesitant to book this because there were only three reviews posted. For the price, we decided it could be worth the risk. This trip is an exceptional value for what we paid! We feel we got more than we expected beginning with our flights on Emirates (great service). Our friends and family also enjoyed traveling with us through our photos posted along the way on Facebook. (We found free wifi often enough to keep current.) Thank you, Travel Discounters and Alec.
Sincerely,
Al and Karen
May 2017
Trip was super! Everything was as well as they described!
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We just returned from Egypt/South Africa combo of 18 days.
Trip was super!
Flights, hotels, food, reps, guides, tours were all as described.
x10sgr81
May 2017
The trip was fantastic and accommodations were top notch!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image Travel Discounters helped my group have the trip of a lifetime to South Africa.
The trip was fantastic and accommodations were top notch. All of our guides were awesome and gave us more than we expected by talking about their culture as we drove.
The private game reserve at the end of the trip was my favorite part. Loved the accommodations, food and hospitality. Being able to go on 6 game drives was a high point of the trip.
Victoria Falls was also well worth the additional plane ride to that area.
Fran
April 2017
Our accommodations were all first class and our English speaking guides could not have been better!
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We visited South Africa in March, 2017. We booked our trip through Travel Discounters which included sites in four countries.
Our representative, Binod, was most helpful from start to finish. Our accommodations were all first class and our English speaking guides could not have been better. A great time was had by all in our party of eight.
If you are planning a trip to South Africa be sure to include a trip to Victoria Falls-a must see site.
We plan on using Travel Discounters on future travels.
Burl 698
March 2017
All the hotels and lodges, food, transportation, exceeded our expectations!
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My friend and I just returned from a trip to South Africa - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana organized by Traveldiscounters. When I first saw the price advertised, I had serious doubts about the quality of accommodatios, services, etc. But the entire trip was delightful. Every day seemed to be better than the previous one. All the hotels and lodges, food, transportation, exceeded our expectations, and all the people we encountered along the way were absolutely lovely!
We were most impressed with Traveldiscounters' selection not only of accommodations and itineraries but of the people who met us at the airports, the guides, transportation, etcetera who were provided through ERM Tours of South Africa: every single person that came to meet us at the airports and helped us along the way was a top notch professional. We definitely will be on the lookout for future adventure travels that Traveldiscounters might have to offer when we start thinking of our next trip.
karmapr
October 2016
This trip was the best trip I have ever experienced!
South Africa Tour Review Image We just got back from our two weeks South Africa trip booked through Travel Discounters. Our booking agent, Binod Singh, prepared for us one of the best trips I have ever booked.
I have travelled abroad many times, but this trip was the best trip I have ever experienced. Not only the Tour Company in South Africa, was prompt, courteous, on time, with excellent guides, etc. but the lodges and hotels where first class. The food was incredibly delicious in all places we stayed, and prepared gourmet style. The breakfasts were abundant, and very tasty. The hotel/lodges personnel was friendly, helpful, went above and beyond in everything we asked, and very gracious. The people of South Africa are the most serviceable, nice, courteous and helpful that I have met in all of my travels.
Rest assured that you can trust Travel Discounters.
Vivamar
October 2016
From the Tour Company & guides, to the lodges and hotels all first class! Plus the food, incredible delicious!
South Africa Review Image Just arrived Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, with enough time before the airports closed due to Hurricane Mathew. With one day preparing for a hurricane that never hit us, unpacking, etc. this is the first opportunity I have to write you.
I just want to say Thank you so very much for all the help you gave us and preparing for us the trip of a lifetime.
We both have travelled a lot, (I used to be a travel guide) but I want to say that this is the best trip I have experienced. Not only the Tour Company ERM, was prompt, courteous, on time, excellent guides, etc. but the lodges and hotels were first class. The food was incredible delicious in all places we stayed, and prepared gourmet style. The breakfasts were abundant, and very tasty. The hotel/lodges personnel was friendly, helpful, went above and beyond in everything we asked, and gracious. (Like you!). The people of South Africa are the most serviceable, nice, courteous and helpful that I have met in all of my travels.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, and if I can be of any help to you, for any references, etc, please let me know, as I know how hard you worked to make this trip the best for us!!
Best Regards,
Vivien
September 2016
We couldn't have dreamed of a better trip!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image Traveldiscounters.ca was amazing.
My husband and I did the South Africa-Victoria Falls-Chobe trip in August 2016. We were a bit hesitant at first-we couldn't find many reviews and the price seemed too good to be true. However, we were extremely happy with everything and we couldn't have dreamed of a better trip.
We had local guides at every location and the accommodations were outstanding.
I have been recommending this company to friends and family and we will definitely consider going on another trip with them in the future.
Wendy M.
August 2016
The guides at each stop were wonderful, very knowledgable and helpful!
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We found Travel Discounters through the South Africa/Zimbabwe trip offered on TravelZoo. We booked the trip last year and traveled from Washington DC in early June. Both my sister and I were very pleased with both Travel Discounters and the trip. The three hotels were very nice and quite comfortable. We had four amazing game drives at Shiduli Lodge and saw so many amazing animals - a cheetah, a leopard, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, lionesses and cubs just to name a few. The guides at each stop were wonderful - very knowledgable and helpful. The day trip to Chobe ws fabulous. Mo was our agent and he was incredibly responsive and helpful. The information packet they put together was great and answered our questions. This trip was superb from start to finish. We will use Travel Discounters for future trips to Africa.
Robin
June 2016
I highly recommended this tour as it's a great value!
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Similar to other people on Tripadvisor forum, I had my reservations when I saw the South Africa / Cape Town - Victoria Falls - Chobe tour adverstised on Travelzoo. They were quite responsive on my inquiry of the tour and I eventually booked the trip for the end of May / beginning of June. Jackson was very helpful answering my questions on the tour and customizing my flight to include a 4 day stopover in London as I was flying with British Airways.
The local operator for package was ERM tours whom organized all the local logistics and had their own guides for the Victoria Falls tours. The ERM drivers/guides were extremely helpful with the Visa logicstics at the border crossings for Bostwana/Zambia/Zimbabwe. ERM tours partners with local tour operators for transfers and the Chobe day tour was with Kalahari Tours. Some of the transfers were with other local operations (Johannesburg to Karongwe Private Game Reserve), but everyone was very professional and helpful. The staff at all the hotels and operating partners were all very friendly and helpful as well, giving you the sense they truly want to make your trip a great experience.
This was a very small tour group for my trip. There was only one other couple on the same tour as us, for a total of 4 people. At times due to scheduling differences, we had a private tour of just my traveling companion and myself. We did join other travelers on the safaris at both the Shiduli lodge and the Chobe day tour. I have been on multiple large tours with groups of 30+ in the past and the Travel Discounters package is very close in price to these large tours. Depending on how you look at it, the downside is that there is no single tour manager/coordinator for those that are used to having a tour coordinator to discuss questions/concerns while on the tour; this wasn't an issue for me. Our main ERM agent was quite responsive to my email inquiry and accomodated my request to make some changes the bonus Cape Town tour on my last day as we didn't have other people in the group. Overall, I highly recommended this tour with Travel Discounters as it's a great value.
Cyberrit
June 2016
Our experience exceeded our expectations!
South Africa Review Image Thanks a lot for arranging this wonderful trip. We enjoyed every bit of it and our experience exceeded our expectations. All arrangements for pick-up/drop off and travel from one place to the next were carried out in a timely fashion. We thoroughly enjoyed our safari trips at the Korangwe game reserve and were well attended at the Koname river lodge.
We greatly appreciate your help. In making this trip a memorable experience for all of us. Cheers!
Sharmila and Rajiv
May 2016
We had the best time of our lives on this South Africa trip!
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Traveldiscounters is "legit"! We had the best time of our lives on their South Africa trip! I love animals and we saw more animals on our Safari than I could have dreamed of. Yes! Including the Big Five. My non-big-five favorite was the Cheetah.
Victoria Falls was more spectacular in person than I imagined - the power and the beauty took my breath away! Really, I can still feel the "smoke that thunders" in my heart!
The accommodations set up for us were five stars! All of the people took such amazing care of us whether it was at the lodges or driving through the bush! We felt safe everywhere we went!
Go! Have the time of your life! Traveldiscounters will immerse you in a true African Safari / Victoria Falls experience and with their great prices - not only will you bring home unforgettable memories, you'll have some money left over for fun Souveniers and gifts for your friends and family!
JennyStrange1
May 2016
We saw many animals and had great adventures!
South Africa - Victoria Falls Review Image Our trip was fantastic. We had a wonderful time and all went smoothly except one place. We would definitely eliminate the cruise in Capetown. It was like a booze cruise for teenagers and in the dark so we didn't see anything. Other than that, the weather was good and the places we stayed were wonderful. We were delightfully surprised that we were not with large groups on buses. We had wonderful drivers and excellent guides.
All in all, Jackson was very helpful in making our trip a memorable one, and we appreciate everything he did to make it so.
We saw many animals and had great adventures. The zip line at Victoria Falls was top of the list, also riding on the elephant. The best part of the trip was the smooth moving from one place to another and the friendliness and generosity of all the African people. Although it is a troubled country, the people were so friendly and kind. We would recommend this trip to anyone.
Susan
May 2016
It was an amazing trip that we will remember for a life time!
Victoria Falls Review Image We (family of four) went to South Africa in the latter part of April and later to Victoria falls in Zimbabwe. It was an amazing trip that we will remember for a life time. We saw the "big five" and had a wonderful time in the Kruger park which was not crowded. We did a night safari as well. Zambizi river cruise was just what they promised. Hotel accommodation in Johannesburg was excellent and even the other accommodation within the park was good, considering the fact that we had hot water and air conditioning.
Our guide Richard, was always pleasant, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful. He made our life a lot easier in unfamiliar territory. It was like a private trip for the four of us. All the drivers were "on time" and we never had to wait for them. We had adequate time to roam around in Victoria Falls and tour the Apartheid museum in South Africa too!
Do not forget to sign up for the Victoria Falls helicopter ride (you have to pay for this separately). We saw the Lion conservation project in Zimbabwe on our own, but should have taken the Lions Park adventure in Johannesburg instead.
In essence, the Travel Discounters Canada delivered everything that they promised. Binod, who organized the trip for us was excellent in his customer care and always responded in a timely manner. We would most certainly travel with this tour organizers again.
Ananda
Overall it was a trip that we will never forget!
Kenya Tour Review Image We had an amazing time! Arriving to Nairobi, we were welcomed at the airport and taken to our hotel. The hotel was very nice and modern. We had a nice dinner and got as much rest as possible to get over the jet lag.
The next morning we drove to Amboseli. Our driver was very nice, friendly and knowledgeable when it came to animals. We enjoyed the drives a lot. The lodge was very nice.
We were lucky enough to see all the animals we could see at Amboseli: huge herd of elephants, lyons (lots of them), giraffes, hippos, etc.... Unfortunately the days were a bit cloudy, and we couldn't admire Kilimanjaro as we should have wanted. Otherwise it was great!
Then we went to Tanzania, in Arusha we met the rest of our tour group (we were accompanied by a couple from Germany and a woman from the US). We then drove to the Serengeti. There, we were lucky enough to see leopards!!! two of them!!!! it was amazing. Kati Kati camp was great, you feel VERY close to nature there, haha... it was a great experience. Our driver was nice, but I felt the one in Kenya knew more about animals and nature in general. However I have to give him points for his driving skills, very safe and experienced.
Subsequently we headed to Ngorongoro crater.... what a place! the most beautiful place I've seen on earth! and we got to see a rhino!!!! We saw all the big 5! We stayed in a beautiful farmhouse, had great food.
After that we headed back to Arusha, our group split and we headed back to Nairobi. The extra night in Dubai was also a nice it was enough time to visit the city.
Overall it was a trip that we will never forget.
Thank you for organizing everything for us and accommodating our needs.
You guys don't disappoint. So far the two trip we have done with you have been amazing!!!! (Egypt last year and Safari now).
Thank you again.
Rocio
June 2018
The whole package was just excellent!
Kenya Tour Review Image First, we found the trip to be wonderful.
The hotels we stayed at were all first class, we would not hesitate to stay at any of them again. All of them had very nice rooms with comfortable beds, and excellent breakfasts in the morning. The staff at each were also quite helpful. The rooms were all exceptionally clean.
The game drives we took were great, and the tours for the falls were also really good. All of the tour people we came in contact with were first class, and understood their jobs quite well.
The whole package was just excellent. We are so glad that we went, and with the quality that was provided, we are certainly going to strongly consider using them when we take another adventure.
Wooddog66
September 2016
We were able to see the big 5, and 16 lions close by!
Kenya - Tanzania Review Image We had a good time. Our drivers Hasan in Tanzania and Jacob in Kenya were nice and helpful. All the accommodations and transport were good. Food was good in all the places. There was delay in the flight from Chicago, hence they gave us seat in United and flew directly to Paris.
Thank you again. Will recommend you to our friends.
P.S: We were able to see all the animals, and the big 5. And 16 lions close by!
Maddur
July 2016
The lodges, food, people and guides were exceptional!
Africa Review Image The trip was amazing! The lodges, food, people and guides were exceptional. No bad experiences at all, except I checked my luggage on the trip back from Zanzibar-Nairobi-Paris-Montreal and it got lost, but even that has not upset me, I enjoyed Africa so much!
Many thanks for all your help,
Joyce
June 2016
We had a wonderful, absolutely perfect vacation in Africa!
Africa Review Image I wanted to let you know my wife and I had a wonderful, absolutely perfect, vacation in Africa.
All flights, activities, lodging exceeded our expectations.
Thanks for delivering all that was promised!
Regards,
Harvey
June 2016
It was even better than I expected!
Kenya Review Image My daughter and I are back in the US for a week now and getting back to normal adjusting to Jet Lag. I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate all your help and consideration for this trip. We both had a great time and it was even better than I expected. The hotel and lodges were exceptionally beautiful with friendly and efficient service. Pollmans was a very good tour company to work with and our driver, Frank, was especially skilled. He went out of his way to get us the best view of animals and to get to our destinations safely and quickly. He deserves a lot of credit. Also, thank you again for help with the visa and please thank Junior, as well. I can certainly recommend Travel Discounters to anyone for a trip and especially you as a great travel agent!
Nan
April 2016
A great trip to Kenya!
Kenya Review Image The trip was great and the five of us were impressed by the service Daniel, our guide and driver, gave us for the entire trip. The accommodations were comfortable and very relaxing after a day's safari.
We took some photos of the beautiful creatures we viewed during the trip.
Bill
April 2016
What an amazing trip to Kenya!
Kenya Review Image I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing trip Joyce and I had to Kenya. Pollman tours was fantastic and because this is the low season there were not skads of people in parks. The food and lodges were super as well and Amos our guide was the best. I never dreamed that I would see the animals that I saw in the wild. I feel like we saw it all!
Thanks again... where else do you all go???
Barb
March 2016
We had an amazing time!
Kenya Review Image Kenya was wonderful! We had an amazing time, it was even better than the first time I was there! Pollmans was fabulous, as was our driver & guide, Haron. Haron was funny, intelligent, had a wealth of knowledge about the animals we saw & was a great driver... through very bumpy, and at times scary roads. Our group of 12 got along very well, especially our van of 6. The lodges were wonderful and beautiful, especially Sopa Naivasha where giraffe, zebra and water buck walked on the property like we see squirrels and deer in our backyard. The staff at all of the places we stayed were very nice and accommodating. We saw so many animals, except for a leopard! We had amazing encounters with lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, cape buffalo, rhinos and more!
My husband and I were able to take advantage of the long stopover in Amsterdam, taking the train into town for a lovely breakfast and walk around the beautiful city. If I could suggest one thing, it would be the last day of our trip. We left the Maasai Mara at 7:30 in the morning for an almost five hour drive back into Nairobi. Once back in Nairobi, we hired our own driver and drove through Nairobi National Park, had some lunch and then onto the airport for our late night departure.
Julie
January 2016
We had a glorious time in Egypt and Kenya!
Egypt - Kenya Review Image We missed the sound and light show which would have been grand at Luxor as that was one of my favorite Egyptian places, but we ran out of gas on the end of the trip and knew that the flights home would be tough.
It was a trip of a life time and the hotels, food, guides, visits, experiences, and adventures were outstanding. You chose well for each of these, and we obviously chose well in going through your agency. Thank you! See the attached photo for a view of how we enjoyed this experience as it mirrored all of the others on this trip. I have copied this to some friends and family so they can know how to get in touch when they wish to make their adventure plans a reality too.
Linda and Ted
It was a fantastic, magical trip and more than we hoped for!
Egypt - Kenya Review Image It's hard to believe that it's been a week since we returned from our trip to Kenya and Egypt. It seems like yesterday as I still have moments spent there flashing before my eyes. It was a fantastic, magical trip and more than we hoped for. As you promised all of the people we encountered were as friendly and helpful as you were, in putting together our trip. Our guides were the top of the line and we were so impressed with their knowledge and kindness. We highly recommend that your company requests as guides, both Tom Kinyanzui in Kenya and Hamada Elamer from Luxor as they went above and beyond as our guides and helpers.
As you know we were an older group and needed extra assistance. Everyone involved from the people with Blue Sky who met us at the airports, the airport personnel who helped with wheel chairs, and our guides were so competent and helpful we felt very taken care of every step of the way. I would be hard pressed to call any one experience my favorite as each day brought a new adventure. But I will say I loved the hot air balloon ride and the operator was excellent at his job.
Marina and Nancy
The trip was fabulous!
Kenya Review Image The trip was fabulous. Excellent service from the time we were picked up until the time we were dropped off at the airport. Our guide Haji was great! The Sopa lodges were better than I had expected as well as the food was great.
The two extra excursions we booked were great as well. The dinner and show was a nice way to spend an evening and the balloon ride was worth the price. Thanks you for organizing everything.
Sandra
As world travelers, we can say this was our best trip ever!
Kenya Review Image With our sincere gratitude for an exceptional trip to Kenya. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our experience. As world travelers, we can say this was our best trip ever. We loved the city trips in Nairobi and the extra add ons you coordinated and were amazed by the safaris, the lodges, the visit to the Masai Village. We praise the staff of the Sopa lodges for their hospitality, quality, and professionalism. And our tour guides - we can only say they were truly the best. We enjoyed being with them and benefited from their knowledge and expertise. The people of Kenya will have a special place in my heart, prayers, and memories forever.
We are interested in going back on Safari again next summer (late July, early August). We are interested in Ambrolessi, Mombassa, and Samburu. Can we start planning again?
With gratitude and thanks for a wonderful program!!!
J. Stroud
Our expectations were exceeded in every way!
Kenya Review Image We were a bit hesitant to travel to Kenya after reading the travel warnings, but read reviews that visitors still felt very safe.
We arrived in Nairobi from the US and were met at the airport. We were whisked away to our resort. Our expectations were exceeded in every way. The people of Kenya were very soft spoken, gentle, and ensured our safety and that our expectations were exceeded. Our guide Richard was extremely knowledgeable and there were no questions that he was unable to answer. The food was delicious and the hotel staff excellent. The safaris were absolutely amazing. We saw the big 7 and so much more. The balloon safari just made the trip unbelievable.
We have traveled Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean, and Mexico. We have never felt safer traveling, even walking the streets in Tampa, Florida. We met many women traveling alone and they all felt safe. We stayed at Safari Park Hotel, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Mari Sopa Lodge, and Lake Nakuru lodge. The lodgings, some rustic, were very comfortable. The staff and food were excellent.
I would not hesitate recommending this trip to anyone, it was truly the trip of a lifetime. Our expectations were exceeded at every step of our adventure. I am looking forward to planning another trip to Kenya in the future.
Elizabeth
The best trip I have ever had!
Kenya Review Image How are you? I am so glad that I did not cancel my trip. It was amazing
The best trip I have ever had! The tour companies were excellent!
Thank you for all of your help!
Denise
It was the experience of a lifetime!
Kenya Review Image The lodges were very clean and the staff were amazing, great food, and reasonable prices for drinks at dinner. An amazing experience staying there and being able to see all sorts of wildlife from our rooms.
Baobab resort was great as well. Very welcoming from the staff, nice touch for our honeymoon. The food was good, and despite a day of rain, it was still worth it to spend the day in the pool and around the beach.
In short, the drives between resorts were very long, but once you got there for a game drive and enjoyed the lodges, it was worth it. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I would definitely return, but be more diligent on reviewing the itinerary or do a fly in safari. Also, the resort stay at the end was a good decision as it allowed us to relax after a hectic week on safari.
Fernando
The trip was flawless from start to finish!
Kenya Review Image Thank you so much for the encouraging words. As you know, we were a bit apprehensive, but once we got on our way to Detroit and onboard our flights, Jimmy and I settled right in to a fantastic Kenyan experience. The trip was flawless from start to finish. We felt pampered and appreciated by everyone that we came into contact with. Pollmans deserves the title of the most experienced Safari tour group in Africa. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, the accommodations were more than comfortable, bordering on luxurious. Your gift of our last night at the EKA Hotel in Nairobi was a great way to wind down, and relax before boarding our flights home.
Our travel companions couldn't have been any better. You arranged the same trip for Jim and Robyn from Illinois, who we enjoyed the whole time and especially the last evening that we shared time and a dinner at EKA. Our Safari van was shared with a couple of lady friends, arranged by Jackson of Travel Discounters. They were as pleased as we are. The other couples from Ireland and UK will always be friends and all ten of us plan to reunite in the future.
Attached, you will find a picture of our group at Lake Nakuru. We also have a video, produced by one of our travel companions that hopefully will reach Pollmans, and becomes a promotional tool for them.
Thanks again, and we would gladly contact you again for future travel needs.
We are open to suggestions, so feel free to keep us in mind.
Regards,
Frank and Jimmy
We had a wonderful time!
Kenya Review Image We had a wonderful time. We got to see a lot of animals. We were very lucky to see the big 5 within the first 48 hours.
Thanks again for helping us book this awesome trip.
We are both sad that it's over already.
Thanks!
Jennifer
The Kenya trip was wonderful!
Kenya Review Image The Kenya trip was wonderful and I've been recommending your company and you as agent to my friends and co-workers!
The itineraries were perfect and I really enjoyed all the parks I visited. On top of my list: Masai Mara, of course. Then Lake Naivasha is like a dreamland! Flamingos at Lake Lakuru, Riffraff Center in Nairobi, Out of Africa set in Karen, Nairobi, and the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, so fun and so good! I love Masai Mara Sopa Lodge and the lodge at Lake Lakuru too!!
I saw your company's advertisement for Egypt tours, and I'm recommending that to my friends. There was a couple in our tour who went to Egypt in October 2013; they said it's safe there. And the best of all, no lines of people in museums, temples and tombs. This is the best time to go. If I had the time now, I would go there again!
Thank you so much for your patience with me and your swift responses! I really appreciate all your help and professionalism to get everything thru for me! The only thing I would suggest is that your company, gang up with other agencies, to put pressure on local government in Kenya to pave roads that lead to Masai Mara, about 60 miles. Right now, they are so bumpy. I thought I was going to fall apart.
Thank you again!
Sincerely,
Eunice
We had a great time!
Kenya Review Image Arrived back from Kenya on Thursday. We had a great time, the hotels were wonderful, the food outstanding, the guide good most of the time and of course the animals were amazing. We would definitely travel with you again.
Thanks again.
Caidy
We had a fabulous trip to Kenya!
Kenya Review Image We had a fabulous trip to Kenya - it was even better than I expected! However, we did have one problem. When we arrived in Nairobi, my bag did not arrive. They found it in Amsterdam and they delivered it on the third day - they flew it to a air strip in the Maasai Mara reserve.
Thanks for your help.
Anne
We had a wonderful time!
Kenya Review Image We had a wonderful time, it could not have gone smoother!
We saw everything! Loved the guide. I will use your talents again and reccomend you to others.
Thanks for all your help. Enjoy the holidays!
Shelley
We had the time of our lives in Kenya!
Kenya Review Image We had an absolutely fantastic time, the time of our lives!! We are in the day hotel right now in Nairobi, waiting for our flight(s) home. I just have to say an extra thank you for the day hotel, Eka hotel. This hotel is top notch, very nice. Also, the luxury of having a room, pool and relaxing time before we go to the airport for 30 hours of travel time -- is just priceless. All the extra touches in the tour were wonderful, the other hotels very nice. Wonderful tours. We saw more animals than others usually see. Saw a leopard in a tree sleeping, and saw a fresh lion kill, the cubs neck deep into the carcass eating. Went on a boat tour today to see the hippos. Absolutely nothing missing, fantastic time.
Thank you very much.
Suzanne
They were super helpful from the beginning to end!
Greece Review Image We just returned from a trip to Greece. They were super helpful from the beginning to end. Flights, hotels, ferries, excursions, and taxis were all booked for us.
When we arrived to Athens, Renata met with us and gave us all the vouchers and maps we would need, answered all of our questions, and gave us suggestions.
Unfortunately, the winds were stronger than usual so the ferries were cancelled, leaving us stuck in Mykonos longer than expected. Renata was always available to help and guide us, so it was a lot less stressful.
I absolutely recommend them!
Josie M.
October 2018
Overall, an amazing trip and would highly recommend!
Greece - Turkey Review Image My family and I had an amazing time on our Greece/Turkey cruise/trip! The trip went as scheduled, without a hitch. We were picked up and dropped off as planned. The tours in the package were great! We had wonderful tour guides, and each of them was very informative. The tours were enjoyable and we were able to immerse ourselves in the history and culture. Each place that we visited was so different and had something wonderful to offer. My family and I agreed that this was the most enjoyable trip we've had together in a long time.
Pros: Great tours. Itinerary followed as planned. The Santorini Palace hotel was very nice.
Cons: The cruise ship and the Polis Grand Hotel (in Athens) was a little outdated.
Overall, an amazing trip and would highly recommend.
Juelle
June 2018
We both felt very well taken care of during our stay in Greece!
Greece Review Image We had a wonderful time! Rhenata our contact in Greece made us feel very welcome also. In fact, we are really grateful we were so well taken care of.
Our flight from the US to Copenhagen was delayed due to problems with TSA (35 passengers had problems getting through TSA was so backed up), so our checked bag didn't make it on the connecting flight with us & it took me a few minutes to track it down with the airport staff. You guys actually called me to make sure everything was ok, because our pickup ride called you guys. We were relieved that the cab didn't leave us & Rhenata was still at the hotel & calling us as well to check on us & greet us. We did get the bag back before we left Athens thankfully. It was a relief knowing that we weren't alone while we were being introduced & getting to know Greece.
The hotels you guys gave us were very lovely & bug free as requested haha. Our favorite was the Alexandra hotel in Santorini but the restaurant connected to the Vanilla hotel was wonderful! We made a few friends :). Vanilla was also in a good location right next to the bus stop & some breakfast spots. The cab pick ups were very nice & right on time. Ferry's were as well & it's very amusing how they pick people up. They have the driving down to an art haha.
We both felt very well taken care of during our stay in Greece with Hetco & travel discounters! Money well spent!
Sabrina
June 2018
Everything went very smooth and we enjoyed every moment of it!
Greece Review Image Our trip to Greece was awesome, everything went very smooth and we enjoyed every moment of it.
Breakfast at Grand Polis was our favorite. Kalambaka and Santorini are unique and beautiful.
All the people from Ms. Renata to all the hotel staff, taxi drivers, everyone was helpful and courteous.
Thank You,
Aisha
May 2018
It was the trip of a lifetime!
Greece Review Image It was the trip of a lifetime.
So well organized. We loved it!
Thank you!!!
We recommended Travelzoo to all the people we met. One of the couples had also used your service.
Kindest Regards,
Mary
April 2018
I can't thank you enough for a wonderful experience!
Greece Review Image What a fantastic trip to Greece!
I can't thank you enough for a wonderful experience.
From beginning to end, the service, organization and experience was phenomenal!
Thank you very much,
Andrea
April 2018
I loved the flexibility of the tour and the responsiveness of our tour coordinator!
Greece Review Image Thank you so much for helping plan this trip of a lifetime!
I loved the flexibility of the tour and the responsiveness of our tour coordinator, She was wonderful! Everything was very organized.
We look forward to booking with you again!
Best regards,
Julia
October 2017
The hotels had friendly people, the food was excellent, and the prices were super reasonable!
Greece Review Image I thought the mix of having an intinerary & point of contact, but being free to travel on our own was perfect. Much better than the typical tour groups where you feel like one of many cattle.
Each transfer (except the ferry, of course) was punctual. The hotels were staffed w/ friendly and capable people. The breakfasts were fabulous! The food was excellent in every place we ate. The prices were super reasonable.
We found so many little tavernas that were not tourist traps, another advantage of being guided but independent.
Diane
October 2017
It was an incredible value for the money and we all had a wonderful time!
Greece Review Image The trip was AWESOME and we have nothing but great things to say about you and your company.
Everything went like clockwork, we liked our hotels, the food was great and we just had so much fun.
It was an incredible value for the money and we all had a wonderful time seeing the sights and enjoying all that Greece has to offer. We especially liked that we had plenty of time to explore on our own.
If there is somewhere we can leave you great feedback, just let us know.
Thank you so much for all your help!
Rosanna
October 2017
Everything was amazing and efficient!
Greece Review Image We just recently got back from Greece and I just want to thank you!!!
Everything was amazing and Renata (personal assistant) was efficient, always available, and extremely knowledgeable in Greece. She provided restaurant/excursion/site seeing recommendations which we followed and it was spectacular.
So thanks again!!!
Helen
July 2017
I will definitely consider your company again!
Greece Review Image Hi,
I like that everything was organized well, no troubles.
All transfers worked, hotels were all right too.
I will definitely consider your company again if I found good match for tours I want to do.
Thanks,
Lana
June 2017
Our trip was wonderful! It all worked out great!
Greece Review Image Our trip was wonderful! It all worked out great. Our favorite hotel, by far, was our Mykonos one. The owner and staff were so personable and we could get anywhere from it's location.
Our least favorite of the trip was Crete. Having been there before, it was disappointing to only see the city. I realize time didn't allow it, but adding one more day and heading into the countryside would have been better. We had a good time though.
The only scary part was that most of our drivers texted while driving. We even had one who was constantly emailing. Culture difference maybe.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Amy
May 2017
I've never been on a trip that was so well arranged!
Greece Review Image Thank you so much for arranging our trip to Greece, I've never been on a trip that was so well arranged. The representative from hetco met us at our hotel when we got there and helped us fill in our extra days with lots of fun things for us to do, we had very little downtime which was perfect. We went on a catamaran in santorini, and a private trip to a winery in santorini as well. I don't remember everyone's name, but I wish I did. The logistics of planning such a trip, we think is not easy. From our drivers to our tour guides, everyone excelled. All of our tour guides were so knowledgeable in their particular areas, and all the drivers were excellent, navigating through all the windy roads.
We can't thank you and hetco tours for giving us a trip that we will not ever forget. Hopefully next Year we will be traveling some where again and will definitely use your services again.
Lore
April 2017
Everything on our Greek vacation went wonderful!
Greece Review Image I just wanted to let you know that everything on our Greek vacation went wonderful.
There was always communication shared with us, and all rides were there as agreed.
I will certainly keep you in mind for future European vacation plans. I will also recommend to any friends or family.
Thanks again for the professional service.
Joe
September 2016
Wow! What a trip!
Greece Review Image Wow! What a trip!
Thank you!
Everything went like clockwork. It was exactly what my daughter wanted for her senior trip.
I will be calling again for our next trip.
Bea
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Egypt - Greece Review Image We have returned from our trip and are trying to get back to "Normal".
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Thank you for setting things up and coordinating everything!
We will remember you when we are ready for our next adventure!
Clark and Joyce
Overall, an amazing trip and would highly recommend!
Greece - Turkey Review Image My family and I had an amazing time on our Greece/Turkey cruise/trip! The trip went as scheduled, without a hitch. We were picked up and dropped off as planned. The tours in the package were great! We had wonderful tour guides, and each of them was very informative. The tours were enjoyable and we were able to immerse ourselves in the history and culture. Each place that we visited was so different and had something wonderful to offer. My family and I agreed that this was the most enjoyable trip we've had together in a long time.
Pros: Great tours. Itinerary followed as planned. The Santorini Palace hotel was very nice.
Cons: The cruise ship and the Polis Grand Hotel (in Athens) was a little outdated.
Overall, an amazing trip and would highly recommend.
Juelle
June 2018
Feel free to book your trip with confidence, they give us a trip of a lifetime!!
Egypt - Jordan - Israel Review Image
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We are a group of twenty-one travelers, mostly from Canada. We embarked on our journey to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel at the end of February. We booked our tour more than six months in advance through our travel consultant Mo with Travel Discounters in Toronto.
Our first day on the ground in Egypt was simply amazing, seeing the Pyramids at Giza with our own eyes. Breathtaking! The staff on the ground in Egypt with Blue Sky Travel were top-notch, ensuring we were met at the airport, transported to our hotels; arranging a safe and comfortable journey through the land of the Pharaohs.
The highlight of the trip, bar none, was the five-day cruise of the Nile River. While the rooms were not up to our expectations, the excellent service from the cruise staff and wonderful vegetarian meals they served us more than compensated for the slight disappointment in accommodation.
Our next stop was in Jordan, where again our tour guide and bus driver with Bridge Travel did their best to offer us honest insight into the history of the country, its people and historic sights such as Mount Nebo and Petra; and make us feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.
The same can be said of our tour-guide and driver in Israel. We spent the majority of our time visiting sites of great importance to the Christian faith in the city of Jerusalem, while also seeing the Wailing Wall. We also visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Mount of Temptation at Jericho, in the Palestinian Territories. We were disappointed with our accommodations in Jerusalem, though we appreciate that staff of Bridge Travel and the National Hotel did their level best to address our concerns and try to rectify issues with our rooms.
Unfortunately, another challenge for our group was that many were strict vegetarians, and some of the places we ate in Jordan and Israel did not satisfy our requirements. Again, Bridge Travel did hear our concerns and did their best to address the situation on the go, as did our travel consultant in Canada, Mo.
Our final stop was back in Jordan, at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, which was delightful. A highlight for many was floating in the Dead Sea and covering ourselves in its healing mud.
On balance, the trip was incredible -- and exceeded expectations on many fronts. We appreciated the knowledge and insight provided by our tour-guides, in Egypt - Kareem, Jordan - Abdallah and Israel - George. If you are considering going to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, do make the trip. In all three countries, we felt safe and well cared for. Feel free to book your trip with confidence through Mo at Travel Discounters in Toronto. He helped make this a trip of a lifetime!
pscanada
February 2018
We were very well taken care of and felt very safe!
Egypt - Dubai Review Image Our trip was wonderful! We are still talking about it to each other and our friends. We are trying to convince our friends to go, but have Mo to arrange their trips. We were very well taken care of and felt very safe. We are so pleased with Mo's arrangement and his constant contacts with the preparations to make sure we were satisfied. All of our guides were patient, well informed, comforting. Right now, as I am writing, I had to stop because the memories of our trip made me feel happy again. I was asked to write the review for all of us because they knew I would best be able to express everyone's feelings.
The Nile cruise was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, the service was great.
We would also like our expressed appreciations be sent to the various tour association and all of our special, great tour guides for Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. They were very informative and were able to put all information in perspective. It was truly an informing experience, Thanks to them.
Brenda
February 2018
Everything went smoothly and well planned. We saw lot. It is a very enjoyable trip!
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Mo put together a perfect itinerary for our trip to Egypt and Jordan.
Instructions and booking details were very clear and concise. This was a trip of a life time and something that everyone should try to do to visit the cradle of civilization. The guides were knowledgeable and very helpful.
I know that people are worried about security but Egypt has 10 million tourists a year and there were security checks up the gazoo in all the tourist areas. We felt very safe and I would encourage everyone to do this at least once in their lifetime.
I would like to thank Sahar (Cairo) and Yassir for their enthusiasm, knowledge and determination in protecting us from hustlers. Additionally I would like to thank Kamal in Jordan for his helpfulness and being flexible in the schedule.
Sanghab
December 2017
Everything you booked for us went off without any issues!
Dubai Review Image Hi Irene. Just landed in Toronto on our way home. Everything you booked for us went off without any issues. The only bit I was confused about was if we had a tour of Dubai booked. It wasn't really an issue since we went ahead and saw all the places our friend had recommended. The transfer to the airport showed up and we were done. Thank you so much for planning and booking this entire trip for us. We enjoyed it immensely. Celebrity was a nice cruise line with excellent entertainment. If there was one thing they could improve on is the food. The hotel in Dubai was excellent and very helpful. So close to the mall of the emeritus. Not sure where we will go next but will let you know.
Kindest regards and with gratitude.
Sheila & Jerry
November 2017
All the people working for you was terrific. We felt very welcomed, cared for and safe!
Egypt - Jordan Review Image We liked everything about Egypt and most especially all the people working for you, every one of them was terrific. We felt very welcomed, cared for and safe!
We loved the first three days in Cairo with "Mageb", but then it kept getting better and better on the cruise with Kareem 1 (Luxor based) and Kreem 2 (Cairo based). The people, the accommodations, the food, the activities were all very good and kept us busy, but with some down time as well. I cannot begin to describe the awe and gratitude we feel for having experienced the historical sites we visited... impressive beyond our imagination. We really appreciated starting with the 3 days in Cairo and being able to continue on to the cruise. I would recommend that order and not fewer than the 12 days we had.
Our experience in Jordan was also good with very good guide and van driver. Favorites were Petra, Wadi Rum, Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River and the last dinner in Amman. The hotel and food in the Dead Sea were ok, but not as good as all the others. Only thing which could have been improved for the trip was the process of booking seats on the Delta/Air France flights... quite an extended hassle, with reservations made then disappearing several times. Other than that the flight and service itself were really good.
Thanks for all your help.
Carolyn
November 2017
The trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable, kind, helpful & fun!
Egypt - Jordan Review Image Dear Mo, the trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides, the 2 Karims were excellent. Knowledgeable, kind, helpful & fun. They know you, they said. I really loved them & I loved Egypt. Thank you so much for all your help. I will send more pictures. I need to email Karim as well. I also enjoyed Petra as well.
Everyday I've been meaning to call you, first I had jet lag & slept all the time. Now, I've just been busy. I liked Turkish airlines. We did not get to tour Istanbul, but really did not have time. Our driver/guide in Jordan was Kamel, and when we got back to Amman he took us into the city to the Citadel and the old part of town. I thought Amman was very interesting. Such a difference in the 2 countries. I have many pictures, don't know how many you want to see.
Sandee
November 2017
What we experienced were sights and experiences that will last a lifetime and changed our opinion of India and Nepal!
Greece Review Image We want to thank you for the absolutely marvelous tour of India, Kathmandu and Pokhara that you planned for us this past June. We originally had some misgivings concerning travelling to India and Nepal due to articles that we had read describing crowded streets, air pollution, digestive disorders and questionable vendor activities.
What we experienced were sights and experiences that will last a lifetime and changed our opinion of India and Nepal. We met very courteous, knowledgeable and professional people such as our travel guides and drivers. We saw lush green cities with clear blue skies such as Delhi. We ate delicious food and drank Marsala tea. We enjoyed bargaining with vendors that offered delightful selections of crafts, jewelry and clothing that will bring us fond memories of our trip.
The highlight of our tour was seeing and exploring the Taj Mahal in Agra. Being in the presence of such a vast structure of bright white marble and inlaid jewels was very moving. Other profound experiences included viewing the sunrise over the Himalayan Mountains in Pokhara, and the elephant ride and tour of the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
For all those considering a tour of India and Nepal, we strongly recommend going and we highly recommend Travel Discounters for their professionalism and concern for our comfort and enjoyment during our vacation.
Sincerely,
Barnet & Thien Huong
June 2017
The support from Travel Discounters was excellent!
Kenya - Dubai Review Image Junior, thank you again for coordinating and assisting in our recent travels to Africa and Dubai. Even though we are experienced travelers, this itinerary involved a great deal of preparation, coordination and regular assistance. The support from Travel Discounters was excellent.
Key points included:
* Assisting in the very complex and detailed immigration documents and innoculations.
* Providing excellent local guides at both Nairobi/Kenya Safari's/Dubai.
* Accommodations at the three locations in Kenya were very good to excellent, and in Dubai was Excellent.
* Meal service was excellent as were the excursions.
* Real time questions/confirmations were immediately addressed, regardless of time differences.
* Pricing was very attractive, especially for the completeness of the itinerary.

Look forward to traveling with TravelDiscounters again.
Steve
May 2017
I had an amazing experience in Peru!
Machu Picchu Review Image Thank You! I had an amazing experience in Peru. The tour was very well organized. I am planning to go back in the future.
I would like to visit: Paracas, Ica, Nazca and Titicaca Lake area (I am not sure about the spelling), and Machu Picchu again.
Thank You again for this experience!
Ildiko
May 2017
Thank you for excellent service!
Galapagos Review Image We had such a great time on our trip! The itinerary was wonderful. We very much enjoyed staying with the native Kuranki family. We got to ride horses.
The last day flying out at mid night was a little tough. All of our guides were top notch and the Galapagos Legion was excellent! Our hotel rooms were also very nice. We may have another couple that is interested in our same itinerary. Is that possible?
Thank you for excellent service!
Michelle
April 2017
We enjoyed the trip and are impressed with all our arrangements and accommodations!
Machu Picchu Review Image We returned Sunday from our vacation in Peru that we booked with your company, and we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and how impressed we were with all our arrangements and accommodations.
We were picked up promptly on each occasion whether from airport/hotel etc. Each driver and rep were courteous and friendly - too many names to remember! but Omar and Ronald were great. Special mention to the young man who picked us up at 5:30 am in Cuzco and drove us to the train for Macchu Piccu and then picked us up later in the evening and drove us back. Our city tours of Lima and Cuzco, as well as our day in the Sacred Valley and then Macchu Piccu wennt very smoothly.
It was our first trip to South America and will not be our last. As I'm sure you both know, Peru is a beautiful country with wonderful food and people.
I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Regards,
Lori
September 2016
I recommend everyone see Machu Picchu once in their life!
Machu Picchu Review Image We had a wonderful time in Peru. Thank you so much for arranging this trip for us. I regret not going to Lake Titicaca.
The hotels were wonderful, transportation and ground service were flawless, and tour guide were exceptional. We were treated royally.
With many, many thanks for your effort and the efforts of all in Peru to make this a wonderful trip. We learned so much about the culture and will look forward to going again. I recommend everyone see Machu Picchu once in their life.
Jean S.
August 2016
A fabulous trip to India!
India Review Image I just wanted to tell you how fabulous our trip to India was. We really enjoyed having our own little car with a driver and guide for the week. It all worked out very well.
The hotels were great and the Taj was over the top. It was a wonderful glimpse of this part of India and although we came down with a brief bit of "Deli Belly", our recollections of the elephants, the cows, the camels, the traffic and the forts and antiquities will remain near the top of our experiences.
Our driver wants us to visit him near the north border of India and the Himalayas.
Thanks again for your help.
Roland and Brenda
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Egypt - Greece Review Image We have returned from our trip and are trying to get back to "Normal".
We loved our vacation to Egypt and Greece!
Thank you for setting things up and coordinating everything!
We will remember you when we are ready for our next adventure!
Clark and Joyce
What an incredible India trip!
India Review Image We are back from India. What an incredible trip!!!! Everything but especially the service was second to nothing we have ever experienced. We are thinking about China next year. What do you have for us?
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Dennis and Laurie
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