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Has Anyone Taken the OAT trip to Egypt with the Jordan extension?

Has Anyone Taken the OAT trip to Egypt with the Jordan extension?

Old Nov 5th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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Has Anyone Taken the OAT trip to Egypt with the Jordan extension?

We're planning to travel to Egypt with OAT (our favorite tour company) and were wondering if anyone has also taken the post-trip to Jordan. Any info would be welcome.
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Old Nov 5th, 2007, 04:35 PM
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You might want to read this thread. Someone's trip was overbooked and OAT told her 1 week before departure. OAT is NOT very popular here.
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Old Nov 6th, 2007, 06:10 AM
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I have traveled many times with OAT and have never encountered a problem. I have read of issues with the Boston office, but all the trips have been exceptional in every way and I'll probably never travel with another company again. It seems that one bad experience gets an enormous response but we hear very little about the positive experiences.
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Old Nov 6th, 2007, 06:39 AM
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I wouldn't consider 700+ complaints in a 36/month period inconsequential.

While most report that the actual on-the-ground trips go well, the booking process thru the Boston office is, to say the least, most trying. And in the case of the thread above, being cancelled 1/wk before departure. This instance wasn't the first time OAT pulled this on clients.

A friend who has used OAT almost exclusively as a single traveler, found herself out in the cold, when her trip to Morocco was cancelled a short time before departure which caused her to be scurrying about finding an alternative.

Buyer Beware... it could happen to anyone. OAT just doesn't get brownie points for customer service and this is as important, if not more so, beforehand, than the actual trip.
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Old Nov 6th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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I've read all the complaints against OAT and don't consider them inconsequential. However, I can only speak from personal experience, and I have never found them to be anything but efficient and accommodating. I would like to see a thread from all the thousands of people who love OAT - their itineraries, their wonderful guides, small groups, unique accommodations, close experiences with people in the country visited, combined with excellent prices. While other companies I've traveled with have been good, none have provided the experiences I've had with OAT. Also, these companies are not based in the USA, so I wonder if we would have access to the complaints against them like we do against OAT
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 02:58 PM
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I hesitate to reply because, although I registered for the Jordan extension it was canceled for "lack of interest." My only option was to change the date and both my traveling companion and I had already purchased our air tickets to get to JFK and were set to go in October.

The Egypt tour was wonderful, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. The hotels were excellent and we certainly did see many of the wonders of Egypt.

If you are counting on the Jordan extension check on how many participants have signed on or be willing to change your travel date.

I'd be interested in reading about your OAT (or was it GCT?) trip to Turkey.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:54 PM
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We took this trip in 2005 and were very pleased. I've taken 4 OAT trips without any difficulty--although the Boston office does need to learn what customer service means.
Our trip to Jordan was a pre-trip and there were enough of us to make 2 groups--each with their own guide and bus.
Since you've taken OAT trips you know that their guides are excellent--our Jordan guide, he had worked at the Petra site, was among the best we've had on any trip. The Egypt guide was good but not great--it was her last tour of the season and I think she was anxious to get home to her children.
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Old Nov 24th, 2007, 12:53 PM
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The OAT trip to Turkey was one of our favorites (next to China). Istanbul was an interesting city. We were quite busy the whole time we were there because there was so much to see. Then we flew to Cappadocia, which is a very beautiful place. We visited a pottery factory and a carpet factory while there - both very interesting presentations. We had an overnight stay in a Turkish home which was very enjoyable and gave us a chance to see how people live. A number of times throughout the trip we stopped to see very interesting Greek and Roman ruins. We had 5 days on a small yacht called a gulet alone the Mediterranean coast. This was very relaxing and beautiful. We ended the trip in Ephesus, - again very interesting. In both Cappadocia and off the yacht there were several optional and very challenging hikes. I did some of them but not all. The food was very healthy and good and people were friendly. We had nice accommodations and an excellent guide. It was a great trip.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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Luisah, I also took the OAT trip to Turkey. It was a wonderful trip.

Our trip leader was incredible -- he is actually a licensed dentist who prefers guiding tours. He had a passion for learning and constantly toted a backpack filled with textbooks on history, archeology, etc.
We asked him questions about everything under the sun, from geology to history, and he delighted in discussing anything we wanted.
Given that I'm a Christian, I wasn't sure what spin he would put on some of the Christian history, but he was informed and accurate about everything.

I'd be glad to answer any other questions you have.
I took the pre-trip to Adana & Antioch.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Thank you Piperpat and Ann.

What time of year did you go to Turkey? What month do you recommend? Did you have enough free time?
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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Luisa, I went in September, which was great. The Adana portion was really hot, the Mediterranean portion was hot enough to enjoy a dip in the water, and the Istanbul and interior portions were temperate.

As far as free time is concerned, it depends what you mean by 'enough'. There were a lot of scheduled activities, so there wasn't a lot of free time. My roommate decided to take a 'day off' in Cappadocia, just to be by herself.

The guide was terrific at figuring out how to incorporate individual requests. In some cases the requested activity was added to the tour rather than sending the individual off on his own.

Actually, our trip probably had less 'free time' than usual, simply because the guide did us the favor of escorting us on most of the non-included meals as well as the official activities. (Most meals are included, but some are not). Anyone could opt out, of course, but Selcuk took us to reasonably priced restaurants, and helped us order, just to make it easier.

The only thing he didn't manage to help me schedule was a visit to a Hamman -- he admitted that he was not supposed to give any recommendations about Turkish Baths, because of the problem of visitors getting offended at what they may consider inappropriate attire or touching.

But he did manage to do everything else that anyone requested.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 06:06 PM
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Luisah, I took the trip in early October, and the weather was just right. It was cold one morning coming over the mountains toward Antalya, but the rest of the time was fine.

There was some free time on the trip. There were several optionals and the hikes were also optional, so you could relax in Cappadocia or on the boat. Our guide also gave us the option of accompanying him for the non-included lunches and we always went with him to very nice inexpensive places. The food in Turkey was good and also healthy - lots of vegetables and fruit. The Efes beer was good, but wine was average and very expensive.
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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 03:27 PM
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Thanks Piperpat,

It sounds good to me. I think you'll enjoy your Egypt trip, but I don't think that you'll enjoy the food as much as you did in Turkey. There's nothing wrong with it but we didn't get much fresh fruit (except a bit at breakfast buffets) or vegetables. Maybe October was out of season.
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