Customer's Opinions about guide from Tunis, Tunisia
We were in Tunis visiting our daughter who works there and we used Moez for 4 day trips. He is a knowledgeable guide, his English is impeccable and he has a great sense of humor. Our day trips included a day long tour of Tunis, a tour of Bulla Regia and Dougga, a tour of Kairouan and El Jem and a Cap Bon tour (which included a winery). Our children, all in their twenties, joined us and Moez was able to relate to them as well as to my husband and I. Moez has a deep understanding of history - everything from the Berbers, to the Romans, to the Muslims, to WWII to the present day. Every day was exciting and full of laughter. If we go back we will use Moez again - even for places we have already visited because there were always more things Moez had to show us everywhere we went - but the days were just not long enough!
I hired Moez in April 2012 for a one-week private guided tour by rental car, to take in the major sights of southern and eastern Tunisia. Just for background, I am a solo traveler of "senior" age, and have traveled in other nonwestern countries. I do not speak French or Arabic.
Moez meets you wherever you are--regarding budget, interests, time available, whatever your concerns. He designs your tour for you and not what he thinks you should do or see. At my request, he gave me a printed "suggested itinerary" before we started out. But because the tour was private, he was flexible and we made some changes as we went, some at his suggestion, some at mine.
He talks as much or as little as you want. His knowledge of his country is encyclopedic. If you want, he will talk about Tunisia's history, politics, people, religion, culture, food, geography, archeology.
He will guide you in shopping opportunities if that's what you want, or steer you away from them if you're not interested. He will leave you alone to the fun of haggling if you want, or you can ask his advice on prices. Gauging your sense of adventure, he will introduce you to new experiences--stretching your comfort zone just enough but not too much.
His English is not only easy and fluent, but at a very high level. He's very well-read and an interesting conversationalist. He talks to others in French or Arabic, which is a major reason to hire a guide if you don't speak either. And wherever we went, local people would greet him--either they were friends, or they remembered him from previous visits. Very few Tunisians, even in hotels or restaurants, speak any English. (For travelers from Germany and Italy, he is also fluent in those languages.)
He drives well and safely, and is ready for those who do not drive well or safely. He doesn't smoke in the car, and he doesn't use his cellphone while driving. He keeps the radio off or on, as you desire. He accommodates himself to your need for a/c even if he doesn't need it.
He is punctual, and ready to start the day's travel at 7:30 (assuming that suits you), and keeps going until the sun sets (again, if that suits you). He stops where you want to take pictures, and also knows particular spots that you will want to take pictures. He leads you to little cafes and restaurants, and sometimes hotels, that are not in the guidebooks.
Moez is professional, delivers what he promises, and is good company.
Moez is a very efficient guide, very gentle, with international culture and a perfect knowledge of his country. me and my wife made a beautiful tour with him. very recommended.