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Only Muslims are allowed to travel to Makkah according to the current rules of Saudi Arabia. Is that an Islamic rule? No. Makkah during the prophet Mohammed's time had non Muslims, they were never kicked out. This rule shows up after that, not sure when exactly but the point is, it's not an Islamic rule. Can you still visit, simple answer is: YES. There ...


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https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mecca Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca. Road signs to guide non-Muslims are provided. The minimum penalty is deportation from the country. Documentation will be checked upon entry and anyone not showing proof of being Muslim will be refused entry. As a solitary exception, the Mecca bus ...


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Officially or even semi officially no. The plant is still owned by TEPCO so arranging it with them would probably give you a better access and safer tour if they choose to allow it. However, there are other options if you choose to consider them. There is a boat tour that approaches the plant from sea or a Fairewinds virtual tour. Or finally you can try ...


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There really isn't a "travel agency" price anymore. Travel agencies get a commission (small) for everything they sell at retail prices. They don't buy cheap and add on profit margins. Travel agents can avail themselves to industry pricing sometimes, but that is only for themselves and usually is dependent on how much they sold for that company the year ...


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If you enjoy being deported and detained, then by all means try to sneak into Makkah. Deportation for non-muslims caught in Makkah and Medina results in a lifetime ban from the country. The signs are clearly marked; for example - for those coming from the East (Riyadh): Makkah (the city) is entirely off-limits. It includes the buildings (and other ...


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Those tips seem way too high. To put those figures in perspective, legal minimum wage in Haryana (state next to Delhi and one of the richest in India) is 5,800 rupees/month, and there are plenty of unskilled workers (live-in maids etc) getting paid much less than that. If you tip somebody Rs. 1500/day for a month, he's making almost 10x that! I'd revise ...


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Recommendations are off topic for this site - you can find loads of reviews on TripAdvisor however. For some advice, I'd say that to some extent you get what you pay for with Halong Bay - cheaper cruses will probably be "party boats" with dorm-style bunks and all drinks and food charged as extras.Getting nice facilities, good food etc costs more. There are ...


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Yes, companies exist (or, at least, existed recently) which provide guided outdoor rock climbing trips departing from Bangkok. Two examples from a May 7, 2014, post on expatlifeinthailand.com (cached here): Bouldering just outside Bangkok with Proclimber Thailand A small purist bouldering club with a very small (and hot) wall hidden in the ...


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The only way a non-muslim can legally go to Mecca is with special permission of the government, which you might get if, for example, you were needed to do some skilled work that you were uniquely qualified for. Breaking the law in KSA is not a good idea.


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Actually it seems that the ticket distribution moved to Members of Congress only to combat White House Ticket scalping going back to Clinton era. And then under George W. Bush under the claim that tours are free so noone should profit from it: ''The White House welcomes large numbers of visitors, consistent with previous administrations,'' said the ...


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Sounds like you're being pretty prudent already. Additional measures I can think of are try to pay with a credit card if you can, make sure your travel insurance covers a situation like that, and check that the business is a registered agent. There's usually an agency that overseas travel agents, you can always query for their standing. A single bad review ...


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You have many options here. As you said, you could just go along the coast and ask any surfing school, I'm sure they'd offer you what you're looking for. Here are a few options if you want to ease your mind: citysurf offers a discovery session for 55€: every week-end day from april to november; shuttle from Bordeaux; 2 hours sessions; time depending on ...


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First, what you don't do is call the Emirates reservations number. They, in my experience, will send you on a wild goose chase where you make multiple international phone calls during Middle Eastern business hours into the phone system of Arabian Adventures, the Emirates-owned tour operator. Each agent that you're told to speak to will seem completely ...


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It all depends on what the tours include in the price and how large your group is. That said, I remember clearly that tours booked while outside of Mongolia are typically vastly more expensive than tours booked when in Mongolia. It's been a while, but a decade or so ago I toured the Mongolian countryside for perhaps a good 10 days, in a small group of 5 or ...


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I lived in India for 6 months. Those numbers are way too high as jpatokal mentioned. My usual way is to tipping is if I feel that the person deserves the tips, I'd tip. I don't really tip taxi drivers. My local friends told me that tipping culture has damaged the country where taxi drivers only take foreigners because they tip and local people don't. ...


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So as an update I successfully got tickets. After a few more weeks of watching their site... tickets seem to go up at around 8:30am CDT and seem to be gone, on average, at around 10:30am CDT. The tickets for Nov 23 were available on Oct 24 (a Saturday) but the tickets for Nov 24 weren't available on Oct 25 (a Sunday) but rather on Oct 26 (a Monday). In ...


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You should probably look at the FAQ to answer your question: It looks like there are no available tour times. Why am I unable to book a reservation online? Reservations are available at a first-come, first-served basis 30 days in advance on a rolling calendar. Can I book a reservation for more than four months from now? No. Reservations ...


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I'm late to the party but for anyone reading this later: Driving to Matamata from Auckland is fairly quick (approx 2 hours) and finding the Information Centre is an easy way to visit Hobbiton. There are brochures and helpful staff in the centre that will ensure you get to try the Hobbit beer and buy a replica ring :). Related website: http://www.matamatanz....


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Spehro is quite correct. It will be a combination of cost and allocation. The tours companies will try and of course do the best deals they can with the airline, part of this, in many cases, is a firm commitment to a number of seats on a given flight. If the tour company cannot meet this commitment the airline will shuffle things to get the best yield on ...


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If you want a private guided tour (just for yourself and/or a very small group), the price doesn't seem all that unreasonable. Consider the cost of just the fuel alone: Distances in Mongolia are large and you'll be driving for a good chunk of each day, often over rough unpaved roads in vehicles optimized for rough travel and not for gas mileage. Add on top ...


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There appear to be several operators that do just the canal tour. This seems to be a fairly typical example. You get to board the boat at the Flamenco Marina or Amador Causeway (both near Isla Perico). The only bus transfer is to get you back from the far end of the tour: partial tours end in Gamboa, so you will need some kind of transfer. There is no ...


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Car wise, look at services like "rentacheapie", much cheaper than your usual rental agencies. Another option is the bazbus (Google it). Public transport is useless in South Africa, but there are systems in place to transport tourists. Secondly, I would not rent a local guide in South Africa, most people's knowledge is very limited to their local region, ...


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Many of the "old folks" tours also have middle aged adults participating. While they target the older working folks and retired crowd in their advertising because they have the time and money to travel, you often see adult children accompanying their parents or middle aged couples or singles. There are no guarantees you will find a same aged person on your ...


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Most commerical tours require minors to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. It is due in part to liability reasons. And in part to discipline issues, since a tour guide can not discipline a minor, so they need a guardian onhand to effect control or take the minor off the tour.


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If you want to travel around Halong with 1 day, i think it is impossiable beacuse you spend 4 hrs to Halong from Hanoi. Furthermore, the best way to explore Halong is cruise which you should overnight. Vietnam Tour Booking is travel agency which i booked tour for my family last year with Halong Charming Cruise. It's quite reasonable and good services.Beisdes ...



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