We’ve noticed that the Middle East and North Africa are becoming the travel destinations du jour — and this specialist is especially well-versed in three countries that are capturing the travel zeitgeist. In Egypt, Gee combines the classic stops with cultural experiences that shine a light on the country today, whether that be an Egyptian cooking class, a Nile cruise, or a meeting with a local. (She recently arranged for a traveler, who was interested in Egyptian politics, to have tea with an Agence France-Presse journalist who was on the ground during the Arab Spring.) In Jordan, she combines Petra with lesser-traveled ancient sites like Jerash and Mount Nebo; in Morocco, she can curate walking tours of notable homes and gardens, and can organize cultural workshops like a lesson in making the country’s famous babouche slippers. Come to her for multi-generational trips, a trend she’s noticing is on the rise — her regions of expertise are ideal for vacations with the whole family.
"Samantha arranged a trip to Egypt for our family of five. Once we arrived in Cairo, everything was arranged perfectly. Our local guides and drivers were fantastic, and the hotels were incredible, as was the cruise ship (Oberoi Philae). This was a complicated trip with a lot of moving pieces, so this was no small feat! She was responsive and great to deal with in the planning process as well. I would definitely recommend her and Red Savannah for planning future trips." - Deborah Cohn