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TRUSTED TRAVEL EXPERT Egypt
Jim Berkeley, who lived in Cairo for five years while heading up Abercrombie & Kent’s regional office, jokes that he’s a frustrated Indiana Jones, which is why he’s spent much of his career scrambling around the ancient temples and pyramids of Egypt. In 1995, Jim founded Destinations & Adventures International (DAI), which plans trips worldwide, but Jim’s specialty is still his beloved Egypt. His customized itineraries combine luxury and adventure—he’ll have you sailing down the Nile one day and lounging by the pool at the Old Cataract Hotel the next. One of his favorite spots is in the remote Siwa Oasis, where the mud-brick rooms are lit by oil lamps and the nightly feasts would please Cleopatra herself. Most important, Jim and his team are meticulous about keeping their clients away from crowds (not to mention out of harm’s way). DAI’s excellent, all-knowing guides and drivers are all armed with smartphones and keep one another constantly informed about any protests so they can reroute as necessary. Jim was included in Perrin’s People, Wendy’s award-winning list of top travel specialists, which was published annually in Condé Nast Traveler magazine from 2000 to 2013.