George AveryVancouver, WA, United States
A very pleasant and enriching day seeing ruins, mosaics, artifacts, casbah, rugs, and panoramic views. Lunch at a very good restaurant, on me, no problem, and not expensive. Driver was very good at pickup, driving, and drop off. Great weather. Security forces made sure all was safe. I wish more people were shopping at the casbah as there are many fine products. I wish I had more time to look and my wife did not go and I was disappointed she did not go.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you George.My best wishes for you and your family
Ali organized and hosted a great tour. He escorted us to a number of sites. He took us to the ruins in Dougga. He provided us with a lot of historical and cultural background information. He was flexible, and adapted the tour program to changing circumstances. He is very knowledgeable. In a country where we knew neither the language or the customs, he took care to put us at ease, and to make sure that our entire Tunisian experience was a good one. We give him our highest recommendation.
Arlene FormanUnited States
This was the worst tour we ever booked. The tour guides English was very poor, the van that was used was inaccessible for the 7 of us that most of our group could not get in and out of the van because of the height of the van and the driver who spoke no English did not have a step stool. We had asked to be taken to the big bazaar in Tunis and was taken to a street with stores and told that this was the bazaar. The guide was not very knowledgeable when asked questions. This was a $500 rip off and will
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mrs. Forman booked a tour of the Carthage Sidi Bousaid with shopping time I was never made aware of her wishes to go to Tunis Medina prior to the beginning of the tour. I didn't suggest Tunis as most of bazars are closed on Sundays. Mrs. Forman also mentioned that 4 members of her group had mobility problems like getting in and out of a vehicle, walking up and down stairs, If I was advised of that earlier I could have rented a special vehicle for that tour.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Guide was shocked with Mrs Forman's comments and after going through his email exchange with the customer I was also not able to find any pre-tour requests to go to the Tunis Medina and concerning the mobility issues some of the customers presented. As a goodwill gesture, the customer was compensated appropriately.
I really enjoyed my tour of Tunis with Ali. He had so many interesting things to tell me and I also learnt a lot about Tunisia in general. I appreciated the trouble he took to show me as much as possible, both in the Medina and on the trips to and from my hotel. Once again, thank you Ali.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: merci Claire .Je vous souhaite bon courage et bonne santé.Merci encore
Ali is a university graduate who speaks good English. He has comprehensive historical knowledge. His car is comfortable and airconditioned. He helped us to try out local foods. Our tour was in very hot weather and he made sure we always had cool water and soft drinks. We visited Chemtou, Bulla Regia and Dougga and saw impressive Roman mosaics. Ali made our visit to Tunisia a success and we are very happy to recommend him to other travellers.
Jennifer RobertsUnited States
Ali was a fabulous tour guide for Tunisia. He really took extra time with us, showing us extra things in the city that he knew we would find interesting as the day progressed. Ali was very knowledgeable about the region, took us to a great restaurant for lunch, took us to nice shopping area, went to a traditional "tea house" for a cup of hot tea to cool us off (it was 102 degrees F the day we where there), and we visited lots of the Roman ruins around the city. I would definitely recommend using Ali!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer .I wish you and all other people the best of everything
David P.United States
Ali is an excellent guide. His English is easy to understand. He created a custom tour for us. He went out of his way to drive the route a few days ahead and inform us of special travel considerations. He is a smart, thoughtful, and professional guide who can offer context and background to the various sights and culture you experience. We highly recommend his services.
Randy SparksUnited States
Ali gave us a splendid tour of Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said! He was friendly, professional, and very knowledgable. Our tour was comfortable and very personnalized. Ali interacted very well with our children (ages 12 & 15) and made us feel welcome and secure. Ali gets our highest recommendation and we will definitely ask to visit with him again on our next trip to Tunisia. Thank you Ali!
Jeanne SheltonUnited States
He was very knowledgable, and we all enjoyed the tour very much. We were a little put off by the people selling their wares. They were very aggressive, and in retrospect, we were not very happy with the people in the rug store. The tour of the store was great, but when it was over we were taken downstairs and lambasted with salesman who wouldn't leave us alone. Ali however, was excellent.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've asked Ali to make sure to explain the ways of Tunesian salespeople and to prepare customers what to expect so that they can decide whether it is what they want to do. For some customers, this aspect of the tour can be quite entertaining.
Bradley BunnUnited States
Excellent english language skills. Very knowledgeable about Dougga, hospitable and polite. We would not hesitate to utilize again or recommend to our friends. Our very best wishes for Ali and his country of Tunisia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Mr.Bradley .It was an honour to show you one part of the history of Tunisia.I'll be at your disposition any time you want to see other places in the country good luck ali
Erik NielsonUnited States
Very nice tour, good minbus, very informative. My only suggestion if there is a different way to handle the pickup. The walk to the meeting point was difficult for some of our group. It was very hot, and the entire way we were being approached by taxis and vendors. Maybe the guide could stand outside the cruise facility with a sign and then call the bus? Good value and got us back to the ship on-time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Erik .I wish you all the best . your friend ali
Jonathan HarrisUnited States
Ali was great. He was very knowledgeable and made sure that we had all of questions answered. He is also very personable. Highly enjoyable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Mr Jonathan.My best wishes to you and your family for 2011