After the police rioted and burned the Interior Ministry building in Cairo, my husband and I decided that this is probably not the best time to travel to the Middle East. This concern was magnifed by all the issues in neighboring countries. When we called to switch our trip, the situation appeared seamless - all the monies paid towards Egypt would be transferred to a new destination. However, when we booked the China/Yangtzee River trip for August, the base price quoted was $300 per person higher than that written in the December catalog. When I questioned the differential, I was told, "A mistake was made in printing that price." Yikes! My husband and I have travelled quite extensively, but never with GCT. This experience does make us particularly eager to encourage anyone else to travel with them.