While we prefer independent travel, this tour was a gem. The max is 18 people but we had only seven like minded travelers. The hotels were unique boutique style in Riads or small hotels. The restaurants were clearly tourist for the most part but the food was great. Our guide, Khalid, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The pacing was great giving us some free time and the ability to sleep in a bit. For first time travelers, this will spoil you. For veterans, you will appreciate the perks and luxury of the small group. Well worth the price.