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3,324
Middle East Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 2,659 Great 788 Average 121 Disappointing 14 Terrible 13
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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AMAZING Spectacular Greece August 2018

5.0

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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Excellent Atlas August 2018

4.0

Undiscovered Atlas

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The mountains were beautiful, the group was fun, and the guide was awesome!
The food was not suited at all for vegetarians and vegans.
When all the group members helped me out when I was sick


Knowledgeable, friendly, safe


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great week of trekking August 2018

5.0

Undiscovered Atlas

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Undiscovered Atlas is a great week of trekking, which, for me, was pitched at
the right level. There were some challenging parts to the trek, but not so
difficult that it was not enjoyable. It was great to visit a remote part of
the country, where there were few tourists, but the locals were very friendly
and welcoming. I felt like I had a proper break away from normal life, which
felt great! The food was simple, but fabulous and I enjoyed it all. I would
definitely recommend this trip to others.
Reaching the peak of Jebel Aklim was great, it was a challenging hike up but
felt great a the top!


Youssef was a great group leader. He was very experienced and knowledgeable
and had a good relationship with the group. He lead us across some remote
areas and I felt completely confident and ease at all times. Thank you
Youssef!

The rest of the team should also be thanked ie the drivers, cooks and extra
guide. They were all very professional.


Take plenty wet wipes, spare socks and underwear. There is no showering, but
it felt nice to put clean things on after the day's trek.

Also take blister treatment eg compeed and tape to prevent blisters.

Also, no electricity so taking a power monkey / charging device is useful if
you are relying on taking photos on your phone, for example.


The only negative part I can think of was the final meal. While the meal was
lovely, it was quite expensive ie over £30. I felt this was too expensive
and the food at the hotel in Taroudant would have been more than acceptable.
I would have liked to have been warned that the meal was going to be this
price so I could have organised my money more effectively. It was also quite
a drive to the restaurant from the hotel. I personally would have liked to
have gone straight to the hotel after the final trek, relaxed and eaten at
the hotel, then the following morning go into Taroudant shopping and then on
to the airport. This is my only negative observation, however, I enjoyed all
of the trip thoroughly and would definitely recommend it to others.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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tma August 2018

4.0

Undiscovered Atlas

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Excellent trip,quite tough walking in spectacular mountain scenery.The
camping was harder than I anticipated.It was very cold and windy at night
making it difficult to sleep.
I guess reaching the highest point,Jebel Aklim.


Youssef was very good and seemed to have everything well organised
He certainly organised some substantial evening meals and tasty lunches.
His english probably wasn't the best but it generally wasn't a problem


Take warm clothing for the nights, and ear plugs in case its windy and the
tent is noisy.I was glad to be allocated a tent to myself,I slept so badly it
would have been miserable if I had been sharing.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Atlas Panorama August 2018

4.0

Atlas Panorama

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Our time in the Atlas mountains was a wonderful experience and we all found
each walk very different and the scenery was stunning. Our Riad was basic but
comforatble with a balcony giving superb views. The food was all local
produce and typical of the area, making the whole mountain experience very
authentic. Our visit to the local Hamman was a highlight and local village
ladies that assisted in the ritual all helped to make the afternoon a very
special one. One slight concern was that our walking guide Hassan was
spending hours in the hot temperatures without any food or water as it was
Ramadan. We all felt concerned that he was dehydrated by the end of the day.
A lovely kind and experienced guide.
We added a few more days on to our holiday to relax which made the walking
break into a holiday! A wonderful experience.
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Operator Exodus Travels

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