I've enjoyed reading many of the posts on this site, and have a question for any reader - What is your opinon of booking with a tour group such as IT when travelling with a group of 4? Besides the obvious benefits of convenience and meeting new people -- do you think there are other benefits that outway the need to be in a group for 5-15 days (depending on the trip)? The reason I ask -- I been fortunate enough to avoid the "typical packaged vacation" until a side trip I booked after a business trip to Tel Aviv in March. The "tour" was such a dissapointment as you can imagine: 40-50 folks cattle-call-style (mega coach). I felt as though I had a great big TOURIST sign tatooed to my forehead. This is not how I like to visit/experience a culture/country, but Israel was the first country I visited where I didn't have a locale contact/friend to show me
"their country". Now Egypt and Jordan will be 2nd/3rd.
[This message has been edited by GP (edited September 01, 2000).]