Late to the party, but for me Egypt was intense.
I spent most of my time in Cairo. The friendliest group of people I have ever met, outside of a family reunion. The pyramids of Giza are close. It satisfied my need. 500 mile train trip would be an adventure. As far as groups go - http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/
Stuff I can remember:
A palatial room for pennies over-looking a hookah bar
Really, that's the Nile? huh.
Prayer calls from minarets blew my undies away
I decided to say screw it and ate everything I saw, including sugar-coated beef fat served out of a trashcan lid by a 10 year old boy
The most powerful bowel blasts I have ever experienced
Toilet no longer working
The World speaks English.