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Photos: Where You Shouldn't Go Alone

Even the savviest travelers would benefit from booking a group tour to these eight must-see destinations.

By , Friday, Nov 30, 2012, 3:10 PM

Source Article: Photos: Where You Shouldn't Go Alone

Red Square

Bureaucracy and red tape can be huge obstacles for a trip to Russia, complicating trips to see iconic sites like Moscow's Red Square.

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St Pete

It is advised that travelers to Russia have a local contact, and tour operators have trusted contacts with local knowledge.

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Moscow River

Russia tours typically include a cruise down the Volga River, plus guided trips to must-see sites like the Hermitage and Red Square. 

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Turtles

You'll want a naturalist guide by your side in the Galapagos, home to amazing creatures including the giant tortoise. 

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Boat

Getting around the Galapagos involves a lot of logistics since boat rides and even flights are required to reach the 13 main islands, some with special habitats, reserves, and research centers.

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Birds

The best Galapagos tours employ experts who will take you on hikes to see the region's signature creatures such as the blue-footed boobies.

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Shanghai

Having a trusted local guide in China can help you avoid being taken advantage of—and keep you pointed in the right direction—in cities like Shanghai.

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Warriors

China's most appealing attractions, such as Xi'an and the famous terra cotta warriors, are spread out between the interior and the long east coast.

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Beijing

The language barrier is large in China, making everything from dining in restaurants to navigating the sites frustrating.

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Petra

The volatile situation in the Middle East has not affected Jordan as much as other countries, but it is still advisable to visit spots like the ruins in Petra with a trusted tour operator.

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Amman

Groups led by someone who knows which areas to avoid and how to identify early warning signs of problems are key in cities like Amman, Jordan.

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Dead Sea

Many tours to Jordan include a side trip to the Dead Sea.

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Giraffes

Though Kenya isn't as big of a country as, say, China, you will still need to organize multiple flights to see animals like the reticulated giraffes in the Samburu Game Reserve.

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Elephants

An expert guide in Kenya will help you spot the Big Five, including the African elephant, while on safari. 

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Nairobi

Most tours include international airfare into Nairobi, the jumping-off point for flights to the country's parks. 

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Taj Mahal

The immense size of India means you will need to organize multiple mini-trips to reach must-see sites like the Taj Mahal, something a good tour company can easily arrange.

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Galtaji Temple

Jaipur's temples are typically included in packages to India, and tours will give you insights into their importance. 

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Market

Around 10 million travelers to India experience gastrointestinal distress every year, and a good tour leader will know the cleanest restaurants and, if the need arises, be able direct you to the closest reputable pharmacy.

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Cairo

The political turmoil in Egypt forced many travelers to cancel their trips, and even when the situation calms it's smart to travel with a group that can navigate volatile situations and keep you safe. 

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Pyramids

Crowds have been thin even at Egypt's most amazing sites, including the pyramids of Giza.

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Nile River

A cruise down the Nile is an easy way to see Egypt's countryside and smaller towns, and is usually part of tour itineraries to the country.

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Machu Picchu

A guided tour of Machu Picchu is key, especially since there are no signs to help you uncover the secrets of the 15th-century civilization. 

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Inca Trail

If you decided to hike the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, be aware that you must go with an organized group with a permit, which can be arranged through a licensed tour agency.

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