This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Jordan tailor made holiday
On this trip we spend time exploring the stunning deserts of Wadi Rum, without a doubt one of the Middle Eastís most beautiful regions. The entrance fees that we include as part of the price of this tour play an important part in helping the Jordanian government maintain this area, protecting rare wildlife and ensuring that the pristine natural beauty that exists here remains for others to enjoy. When in Wadi Rum our travellers are given full briefings by our local guides as to how best to minimise their impact upon the environment, including staying on any marked tracks, disposing of litter properly and not damaging plants. Guides are all properly trained in techniques to ensure that they do not disturb wildlife unnecessarily as they conduct the tours.
In a number of the destinations that we offer, tourism is not particularly well established, let alone the idea of responsible tourism, and in these we find it particularly important to work with our local teams and suppliers in order to raise the issue of sustainable travel and ensure that it is placed on the agenda and becomes a better known concept. To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace in Jordan) to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside.
In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water
The use of local tour leaders and guides is critical to our trips, as not only can they impart insights that a foreign guide will not have, but it ensures that the local communities that we visit gain from the presence of tourism. On another level we try not to include too many meals within our tours and actively encourage travellers to move away from the hotels and spend their money in local restaurants and shops.
This trip includes a number of visits to historic sites and monuments, and the entrance fees that we include help to ensure that such valuable local heritage can be preserved, not just for the benefit of tourists but more importantly to the local communities to which they hold greater cultural relevance.
The entrance and guide fees that we pay for Wadi Rum are channelled back to the local Bedouin community. The Bedouin are a marginalised ethnic group within Jordan, who have maintained their traditions in the face of the modern world while embracing those that are useful to them. Living to a certain extent outside of the cash economy and often educationally underprivileged, our visit helps the Bedu gain income to but much needed goods. As well as this, Wadi Rum is part of the traditional homelands of the Bedouin, so it is only right that they should benefit from tourism to the region. We employ Bedouin guides and drivers while here.