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Love to travel and enjoy the freedom that traveling by myself brings. I am by now against most group travel as my latest venture included also a group travel experience, similar to many in the past. I dislike that more attention is paid to getting the group to a retail site so that 'buy, buy, buy" is the focus. The sites selected are nearly phoney and of minimal historical/cultural value. They make a big to do over nearly nothing and then don't take you to see the valuable historical treasures in the same place. At the end, they have the envelopes ready and demand an amount of money for the driver and tour guide. Simply not a value experience any more and this is consistent with top tour companies. I find it better to research well myself and plan every detail and book according to my preferences. Tripadvisor has been a consistent good source of info. I hope to pass on what I see through my own eyes so that others get an accurate picture and can make informed judgments.