Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City

“Explorers big & small will love following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, discovering lost cities, crusader castles, archaeological treasures & camping out Bedouin-style.”

Highlights

Jerash & Amman | Kerak crusader castle | Petra | Wadi Rum | Desert exploration and Bedouin encampment | Aqaba | Float in the Dead Sea | Opportunity for Gladiator show at Jerash, city tour of Amman, dinner with a local family, camel riding, snorkelling boat trip

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Our top tip:
If you'd like to sleep out under the stars at the Bedouin camp either bring your own sleeping bag or ask your group leader about hiring one.
Trip type:
Small group, min. age 5.
Activity level:
Leisurely
Accomm:
5 nights hotel, 1 night guesthouse, 1 night bedouin camp.
Included:
Listed activities, accomm., flights (if booked), transport, tour leader.
Meals:
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
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Accepted
Holiday type

Small group family holiday

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families travelling in a group of up to 20 people (3-5 families). The trips are great value, often with lots of included activities or sightseeing and some meals (dependent on the itinerary). They are created by people with families, for people with families, and are a great way for you and your children to meet new people and discover the world together! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.

On these Family Adventures, families of two will be roomed in a twin room, parties of three will be roomed in a triple room, fours will be roomed in two twins and families of five will have a triple and a twin, etc. This operator tends to use small, locally owned properties throughout their trips and accommodation will be en suite unless specified otherwise. It will be clean, functional, well located for your adventures and most importantly, family friendly. There will be swimming opportunities nearby where ever possible, either in pools or the sea. Some trips contain more adventurous overnights such as jungle stays, camping in the desert, sleeping on deck of traditional style boats or a night in a local homestay – please be aware that facilities will be basic on these occasions if your trip contains these aspects. All accommodation is named prior to travel.

Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City

Environment

Responsible mission: As adventure travellers we relish and celebrate the diversity of the world. We also recognise our obligation to protect the environments that we explore. Our aim is to tread lightly, whilst contributing to maintain the world’s culture and nature, and most importantly to engage the help of all our customers to utilise the potential of tourism as a tool to aid sustainable development. We believe that responsible travellers are welcome in the places that they visit.

On this trip: We travel in small groups (max 16 people) so have a minimal impact on the environment as we go. On this trip we use a local agent from Jordan, locally owned hotels, local leaders. Not only does this mean that more of the money we generate stays within the community, but their local knowledge and expertise helps us to better understand the environment in which we are travelling, whilst reinforcing within the local community that preserving this environment is both important and worthwhile

During your stay: All tour guides are responsible for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimise the impact that they may have. We collect and dispose of all litter along the way.

Responsible code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does - full details of our code can be found on our website. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this trip’s responsibility in your trip notes.

Helping to minimise negative impact: All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.

Giving something back: We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. You as a customer choose where these funds are used from a shortlist of nominated projects – so it really is YOUR foundation.

Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation. We partner with many small grassroots projects throughout the destinations that we visit - they all share our responsible vision.

Community

Our visit to Wadi Rum reinforces in the bedouin community the need to preserve their cultural heritage.

Reviews of Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


At the risk of sounding over the top with enthusiasm I would answer "All of it" to this question. We went to Jordan and returned renewed, stimulated and educated and with a new understanding of the culture, history and politics of the Middle East. This was in in no small way due to the effort and enthusiasm of our guide, Usama Awad. Are all of this companies guides as brilliant as he was? Always there, giving us information on what we were about to see, on why it was important, and how it fitted into the culture. He was willing to stay up late answering our many questions on any topic and spending time when I am sure he should have been off -duty. He arranged everything, and even the dancing, for all of the group. I speak for my husband too, who was with me, when I say we were astonished at his extensive knowledge and his ability to educate us in a way that was pure fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


READ the trip notes and do so in advance.
Whereas we both enjoyed he trek in Dana and would have been happier with a longer trek, some of our group felt that the level of trek was not indicated in advance and felt they were not sufficiently equipped. In fact the trip notes provided in advance did suggest walking boots and this would have made it easier for some of the party.
It was a beautiful part of the holiday but for those who might prefer the hotel/hostel in Dana so picturesque that spending an afternoon with a book on the terrace could be an option for anyone who might prefer less physical activity.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In so far as that was possible. The guide carried the water with him in order to reduce the number of plastic bottles the group would otherwise have had to purchase. He directed us to shops and businesses that support local workers and craft work.
I don't think we harmed local people in the way that mass tourism can sometimes do, and wee tried to blend into the culture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 19 Apr 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being with a group for the first time and having someone to share the experience with

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Depending on what country the holiday is in I think that trying to speak some of the language is important as the response from the locals is one of appreciation and makes the holiday a far more rewarding experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Staying at Dana guesthouse supported a very important nature biosphere and by buying hand made merchandise in the guest house shop it helped to sustain and promote a living for local villagers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a very inspirational holiday for me in terms of ideas for writing, which I got from Dana. When the holiday ended and the rest of the group returned to England I went back to stay in Dana village for 2 weeks and enjoyed a taste of life in remote surroundings with outstanding wildlife and some of the best walks to be had.

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This holiday was one of many senses, sights and sounds. Too many to pick a favourite. However it was just wonderful to experience cities, mountains, towns and seas all in one trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack light, but for all kinds of weather if travelling in winter.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We certainly felt that we got to view and experience some of the local life, and certainly felt that our contributions to local drivers and co-operatives benefited those we met, and not some investor offshore.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This trip delivered everything we wanted, adventure, relaxation, new experiences - without having to think too much after a busy year, thanks to our wonderful guide.

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The two main memories are 1) the whole adventure in Wadi Rum from entering on camel, sleeping overnight in a Bedouin tent and the following days Jeep safari - even after being woken by wild camels nearly trampling down our tent, and 2) the spectacular Lost City of Petra which left us with jaw ache as each new sight was even more jaw droppingly spectacular than the previous one.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely make the climb up to the monastery in Petra - worth the climb for its magnificence and the spectacular views. Unless you’re going in winter I wouldn't bother with sleeping bags for the camp the blankets and sheets provided were adequate enough.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


By using local hotels and guides I think we benefited the local economy rather than big multinationals. As for the environment although we were particularly careful over waste I don’t think the locals have grasped this yet as the one negative image of Jordan was the amount of rubbish left by the roadside and left free to blow across the landscape.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A brilliant holiday which both the adults and children thoroughly enjoyed. A well organised tour, helped by a good guide and a good group of families from which we have all made some new friends. We are already looking at where we can go next year!

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Riding a camel through Wadi Rum at Sunset and arriving at our campsite in the middle of nowhere! My husband says his was "floating in the Dead Sea".

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You will need about 800 dinahs spending money for the whole trip for drinks/lunches/dinners/souvenirs for a family of 4. Take a comprehensive first aid and medical kit.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall it was fantastic. Everyday was something new and different. My boys (aged 9 and 11) were never bored even when we visited ruins. Our guide always made it interesting for the kids.

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2007 by

We had a wonderful time and we all felt that this was the best holiday ever. Our guide Naieem made the trip and we have come back refreshed and full of stories and photos to show friends.

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Jerash and Petra

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take thin clothes and good walking boots and plastic sandals for the beach at the Dead Sea

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good but could have been better if our Guide was committed to giving us accurate information, and stayed with us. He left us to sort ourselves out for the last 20 hours!

Read the operator's response here:

Our company prides itself on the high quality of our local group leaders and guides. We feel they give an unrivalled insight into local culture that someone who isn’t native to the country simply cannot provide. This is also in line with our Responsible Travel policy of trying to keep as much money as possible in the country visited and provide employment locally. The local leaders we use are carefully selected and trained according to our guidelines. They all receive a copy of an instruction manual, written by experienced ex-leaders and travel industry staff at our company, prior to running our trips. This contains information, tips and guidance on what we expect from them and emphasises our high standards, including delivering information briefings. We will reiterate this to our leaders in Jordan and, from hereon in, you can be assured that all leaders in Jordan will be with the group until the very last minute.

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