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Trip Report Trip to Egypt and Jordan

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Just returned from an amazing 17 days in Egypt and Jordan. I cannot wait to go back again. I planned a trip for two of us based on itineraries gleaned from other travelers and then put it out to bid at a few travel agencies. I ended up choosing Bella Vista tours in Boston as they were listed on the Egyptian web-site as a trusted company. They were alright, not the best I have ever dealt with and as this was my first trip to the Middle East I had hoped for better advice. That said, it all turned out very well with very few hiccups. The guides in Egypt and Jordan, provided through NTS and Amani tours were wonderful and made us feel very welcome, although they did try and push the shopping on us. We actually refused to get out of the cars which greatly annoyed everyone at first.

We found, traveling as single women, that the more conservatively we dressed the better we were treated. If you don't wish to be bothered by the men wear a wedding ring.
Cairo is a city that has 22 million people there during the workday. It's almost impossible to describe the traffic on the ring road...cars, busses, camels, donkeys, people all following some set of incomprehensible rules that from outward appearances looks like everyone will be killed and accidents would abound, but amazingly it all keeps moving.

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