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Postcards from the edge!

Here are a few snippets from past travellers who have enjoyed their experiences with us. There are plenty more - just browse to the destination you are interested in to read more traveller reviews: 

 

Dear Mark,

I received your e-mail details from your call centre.

My sister and I completed the above-mentioned tour in December 2014 and it was fantastic in every sense of the word. We both believe it is the best tour we have ever experienced to date and would recommend it to others.

During our travels we were looked after by no less than 7 very competent tour guides, 2 in Thailand, 2 in Laos, 1 in Vietnam and 2 in Cambodia.
However one of these tour guides stands out head and shoulders above the rest and we would like to vote for this particular person to win the Tour Guide of the Year Award.

The person to whom we are referring is Mr Tran Tuan who took care of us through the Vietnam leg of our tour. Tuan is very passionate about the work he does and exceptionally knowledgeable. Furthermore, he has a wonderful sense of humour which was appreciated by every member of our group. We felt that he walked more than the extra mile to make our stay in Vietnam a very memorable occasion. Despite the reading we did in advance of our trip we both came home very enlightened by all the information that Tuan shared with us about Vietnam. His students are very lucky to have such a committed man guiding them through their studies in tourism.

So please pass on our huge vote of confidence to those involved in making those important decisions on recognition and reward.

Veronica Castleton, Jan 2015

   Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 25 days

When my sister and I decided to embark on the Festive King Ramses trip to Egypt to celebrate her 30th birthday, I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I would have a great experience, considering it was one of the top five places I had always dreamed of traveling to. It was also the first tour group I had been part of and I was excited and anxious to be in a different country over Christmas and the new year.
On the first day, our tour guide, Haytham briefed us on the plan for the next two weeks. He was very thoughtful to give us all Santa hats to wear to help with being away from home for the holidays. He also mentioned On The Go's policy that if there was anything he could do to make our stay more enjoyable, he would do it if it was possible. Throughout the entire trip, he more than lived up to this promise.
Over the next few days, we toured dozens of iconic pyramids and temples. At each site, Haytham did an exceptional job of telling us detailed stories and facts about the history behind everything. He has a true gift in the way he shares information to convey all of the glory and splendor that the pyramids and temples hold. Listening to his explanations, I felt in awe of the accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians and often found myself imagining/wishing I was there when all the structures were being built.
One of the highlights of the trip was sailing down the Nile on a Felucca over Christmas. I really appreciated that Haytham made an extra effort to order a Turkey for a delicious Christmas Eve feast and stay up to wish everyone aboard a Merry Christmas at midnight. Also, supplying wi-fi, arranging transport for extra activities, celebrating birthdays, and being available 24/7 to socialize or answer any questions we had was much appreciated and helped to make the trip special.
Overall, I had a great experience with On The Go Tours and the trip was better than anything I could've ever imagined. Thanks to Haytham and the organization of the tour, I never once felt unsafe or felt like I wanted more out of the trip. Haytham's passion and constant high energy really shined through and contributed to the trip of a lifetime. By the end of the trip, I was sad to go home wishing I could have spent more time in Egypt.
Upon returning home, I have been recommending On The Go Tours and traveling to Egypt to my friends and sharing my positive experience. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to Egypt and to have had such an awesome tour guide! I hope Egypt has a return to higher levels of tourism in the near future so more people can experience all the awe inspiring sites and rich culture that Egypt has to offer. And now if I can just get over this never ending jet-lag...

Rebecca Bryant, Jan 2015

   Festive King Ramses - 14 days

Dear Sarah

I just wanted to write and thank you for organising our unforgettable trip to Egypt. We had the most amazing time and will treasure our memories of it.

The representative of On The Go were wonderful - they looked after our every need and often went beyond the call of duty to make sure we had the best experience. Our guide Ahmed Helal was excellent. His thorough knowledge of Egyptology was evident and he managed to convey information in a very skilful way, introducing a subject and later picking it up so that our knowledge deepened and the things that we saw made more sense as we put it all into context. He also ensured that we had the best experience of our tour, seeing temples and picking out details that we would never have seen otherwise.

Ahmed was not only a wonderful and incredibly knowledgable guide but he was also excellent at getting things done. He sorted out all practical details pf our stay, making sure that we had adjoining rooms etc in such a way that we had a very comfortable and wonderful experience. He made sure that we always knew where he was so that we could contact him if we needed to, so we had no concerns of any kind throughout the trip.

In Cairo we were excellently looked after by Abdul, who took us to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar on our last night, which gave us a truly memorable end to our stay. Abdul (Midou) was so much fun and very charming and we all really enjoyed his company.

The tour itself was incredible and the variety of location and what they had to offer meant that each day brought a fresh marvel! The Pyramids and Sphinx were phenomenal - to actually be was amazing. The camel rides were great fun too! Visiting Aswan and sailing on the Nile to visit the Nubian village was an unexpected hi-light for me. The Nile is such a beautiful river! Luxor blew us all away - it is just such an incredible place. The Valley of the Kings has such an eerie desolation about it, and we were lucky enough tho find Tutankamun's tomb open so fulfilled a lifelong wish to visit that. That night we visited Luxor Temple in the evening, which was magical. We had a hot air balloon ride the next morning and then visited Karnak. Each day enriched the others and it gave us a very full and many layered experience.

The journey to Hurghad was another unexpected high point - discovering the country and the change from lucy Nile valley to arid but beautully colourful desert was eye opening. Then the last few day spent in Hurghada was a wonderful way to digest and relax, and very popular with our teenage children. The snorkelling was out of this world!

All the hotel we stayed in were amazing in different ways, but Hurghada was so much fun, and the staff were very friendly. The food was great throughout and the rooms luxurious and comfortable.

Thank you once again for a truly wonderful experience. We would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone and will be telling our friends all about it!

With very best regards

Jeannie Donald-McKim, Jan 2015

   Pharaohs and Beaches - 13 days

I accompanied a group of 25 people to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. The itinerary was excellent. However, if we had the luxury of time, we would have added another day in Luang Prabang and another day in Van Vieng. We loved both areas and would have liked to spend more time in each. The drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng is extremely difficult, filled with twists and turns, and washed out road, but we enjoyed the scenery and glimpses of local life and would not have changed it. Accommodations and meals were excellent, as were all tours and activities included. We did add an elephant ride and feeding the monks which I would strongly recommend.

Pom was our guide. He did everything possible to ensure we maximized our time and our experiences while in Laos; fine-tuning our plans from day to day. He shared his love for his country, his people, and his culture with us and we were so fortunate to have him as our guide. He is kind, considerate and animated. His command of the English language is very good although some clients had difficulty at times understanding his commentary. I clarified a few key ideas and we were off and running. I would not hesitate to recommend the tour to other clients.

Cheryl Lewis, Jan 2015

   Highlights of Laos - 8 days

Dear Mark,

I wanted to write and let you know what an incredible tour that was! The accommodations were perfect in both Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap. I really liked that both hotels were so centrally located, and especially liked that the City River Hotel in Siem Reap was close to the market, restaurants, and other sights, but far enough away from the touristy nightclub area that it was always quiet.

But what really impressed me were the guides. Sok Channak was my guide in Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom -- he was fantastic. His personal experiences and those of his family during the Khmer Rouge years were riveting and very moving, and gave me so much more insight than I would otherwise have gotten. The stories he related about growing up in the countryside gave me a wonderful sense of what life is like for the farmers and their families. And he was always so attentive to my interests -- I'll give you two examples. I happened to mention that while I was familiar with rice paddies, I'd never actually seen rice plants at harvest, so he arranged for us to stop near a field, where he showed me exactly how the rice is planted, grown, harvested, and milled (having done this himself as a child). He also explained the best way to fish in a pond, and showed me how to eat a Lotus flower. At another point he was showing me the correct way to eat Cambodian rice noodle soup, a meal that I loved so much that when we arrived in Siem Reap he managed to locate a restaurant that also served that dish. I really can't stay enough good things about him!

My guide in Siem Reap was Khon, who was also excellent. I'm still in awe of his almost encyclopedic knowledge of Hindu mythology and Buddhist imagery that was in evidence as he toured me through all the temples. I don't think there was a single question to which he didn't know the answer (and I can ask some pretty specific questions). He's also a fantastic photographer (since I was by myself I frequently availed myself of his skills in that department). He also went above and beyond the call of duty, helping me with tickets for an evening event (Anspara Dancers), and then gave me a ride there on his own time.

I'm still digesting the experience, but I wanted to let you know how truly great your guides are, and how they helped make my trip such a good one!

Thanks again for all your help!

Peter Janssen, Dec 2014

   Tailor-made Holidays - Southeast Asia

The On The Go Tour of Totally Morocco was outstanding. There were 7 folks on the tour, plus a driver and guide, in a comfortable 15-passenger van. The guide, Aziz Benyahia, was amazing. The driver was quite friendly. The local guides were great.

The schedule was busy, with about 10 hour days. We were "on the go" for the entire tour, as we covered 1700 km of Morocco. We had numerous great stops, site tours and got a detailed description of the country, culture, and history. We actually got out and saw the people and the country; we did not just drive by. Our tour was happy and we had fun. Many other tours we saw looked grumpy and probably not enjoying the country. We saw parts of Morocco that many tours did not see. We got out into many genuine markets and deep into parts of old towns. The best market was a rural market, for the local folks. We had lunch in a typical Berber household and afternoon tea in another typical Berber household.

We rode camels into the Sahara to watch the sun go down from the top of a sand dune. We then stayed in Berber tents 2 hours out in the desert; the only other guests in our camp were a couple from the Netherlands. Early the next morning we watched the sun come up from the top of one of the highest sand dunes. We looked down on three other groups, two groups did not even get off their camels, so they did not see the sunrise as well as we did.

Accommodation was great. All but hotel had bathtubs; all had great Wi-Fi, AC, and clean large rooms. Some had outstanding balconies with great views. The included breakfasts were similar with the breakfasts we had in Europe. We ate at authentic Moroccan restaurants. Some of the best restaurants we ate at were included in the tour cost. We loved the food. I would recommend On The Go Tours or any tours offered by Aziz, their guide.

Ian Hyslop , Dec 2014

   Totally Morocco - 9 days

Dear Mark

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for calling your office in Jordan yesterday and for organising for my daughter, Honor, to go to the hospital. She was whisked off as soon as she arrived in Jordan which was wonderful as she was in a lot of pain and the infection seemed to be spreading up her leg. Thankfully they gave her an injection which seems to have had a very quick result and she says that her foot is much better today – I think she is off for another injection in Petra this evening.

I was so impressed by you and your company’s quick response and for getting her the medical attention she needed so she could enjoy the rest of her trip. A big thank you!

With best wishes

Cressida, Douglas Miller

Honor Douglas Miller, Dec 2014

   Pyramids, Petra, Promised Lands - 18 days

Hi Mark

We are just back from our On the Go Tour - Journey to Angkor Watt and wanted to let you know what a great holiday we had. This was our first trip with On the Go and we could not fault it.

John our Vietnam tour guide, Som and Chandar the Cambodia tour guides were all brilliant.

We've seen so many beautiful places, temples, staying in good hotels and of course enjoying the lovely food.

Sally & Tony Stephens, Dec 2014

   Journey to Angkor Wat - 15 days
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