Tailor made holidays to Jordan

Highlights

Amman city tour | Sea of Galilee | Ajloun national park | Guided tour of Jerash | Mt. Neba | Dana nature reserve | Petra | Wadi Rum | Bedouin camping under the stars | Float in the Dead Sea | Optional: archaeological treasure hike, copper mines tour, Ghwayr tour, monastery climb.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tailor made holidays to Jordan

Environment

RSCN
RSCN is a non-government organization devoted to the protection and care of Jordanís wild plants, animals and natural landscapes. Wild Jordan is the part of RSCN responsible for socio-economic growth projects, including all eco-tourism and handicraft enterprises that link the protection of nature with improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is for the benefit of the local community, and is an important source of employment and education in the local region. Two of the reserves featured in this tour are The Dana Nature Reserve and the Wadi Rum. The RSCN also operates a handicraft centre and locally produced goods as well as organically grown herbs and preserves are available in local shop.

Wadi Rum
Preserving the pristine wilderness, there are no hotels in Wadi Rum itself but many local Bedouins offer tourists an overnight stay in their tents in the middle of the desert.

Relatively few of Jordan's Bedouin still follow the ways of their ancestors. Most have settled in cities and towns and are found in every walk of life. Yet low-slung black tents and pack camels have not vanished from the landscape, and many travelers find a shared meal or coffee with traditional desert Bedouin to be their most memorable experience. Naturalists will be drawn to the desert in springtime, when rains bring the greening of the hills and an explosion of hundreds of species of wild flowers. Red anemones, poppies and the striking Black Iris, Jordan's national flower, grow at will by the roadside and in more quiet reaches.

Stay in a genuine Bedouin camp in the desert, with traditional food, accommodation in tents and entertainment around a well lit bonfire. You can also hire a local Bedouin guide who will offer you either a 4WD vehicle, or for the more adventurous a camel ride, to explore the area.

Community

Taybet Zaman Eco Resort, Petra
Located 10 kilometres from Petra, the village of Taybeh has been converted to a 5 star resort with the support of the local community. The old village was almost deserted as the community had moved away during the 1960s, and in the early 1990s the mayor proposed turning the old village houses into a tourist resort, rebuilt and owned by the local community.

The end result was a recycled village, owned, rebuilt, and run by the locals, keeping the community and its heritage alive and spurring growth. There is a Turkish bath and a restaurant serving traditional Arabic meals as well as a small market area which sells locally produced pottery and textiles to keep alive old crafts skills and bringing employment and money to revitalise the villagers.

Taybet Zaman was restored with respect to authenticity of materials, environment, and regional style resulting in a preservation of culture, recycling of materials, offering a rustic and local Jordanian experience to its guests.Since its completion in 1994, Taybet Zaman has won numerous awards, including the 1996 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award and the 1997 Green Global Commendation Award.

Feynan Wilderness Lodge, Dana
Feynan Lodge has been developed by Jordanís Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and opened in the summer of 2005. It is set among the arid mountains of Wadi Feynan on the western boarder of Dana Nature Reserve.

The lodge, also known as the Wilderness Lodge, has been set up as a cool, atmospheric retreat for tourists wishing to explore this undiscovered and archaeologically rich area of Jordan. It is an interesting piece of architecture built entirely of local materials and designed by a local architect. The unique arabesque desert design uses traditional adobe methods and lends a romantic feel to this remote location. The RSCN have been keen to incorporate some eco-friendly technologies, which include solar power by day and candlelight at night. The staff are all from the local Bedouin community which makes it an important asset to this remote area.

Reviews of Tailor made holidays to Jordan

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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 05 Dec 2013 by

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


Singing round a campfire in Wadi Rum

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


Go!!! Its an amazing time to visit Jordan and its a fascinating place to visit. Go now before the crowds return.

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


Everyone was very pleased to see us and we tried to stay and to eat in places owned and run by locals. Sadly I fear that we were nothing but a drain on the environment.

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


Magical. Loved every minute. 4 days that felt like 2 weeks they were so full of sights and sounds and wonderful people. A brilliant short break.

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2013 by

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


Feynan Lodge - would like to have spent longer there or done walk bewteen the two lodges.

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


Not sure staying in Amman worth it. Amman Citadel could be visited from Dead Sea.

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


Yes - although Feynan seemed a much better experience than Captains Camp in Wadi Rum.

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


Very good.

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

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


My visit to Petra. Although I was suffering from terrible flu, I will always remember Petra. The history is incredible and our guide was very informative.

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


Wear comfortable shoes. Take water and something to eat as the food at the site is not so good! Itís a long walk to the Monastery, so be fit if you take it on. I didn't go but I watched the faces of those who did when they returned. Tired! Grueling to climb the umpteen steps!

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


I think my visit helped local people; about the environment I would'nt know!

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


Excellent! If I could afford it, I would go again.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2012 by

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


Floating in the Dead Sea as the sun came up on the last day of the holiday; walking through the Siq at Petra, then climbing to the Monastery and exploring the tombs late in the afternoon.

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


Go with a sense of humour and an open, curious mind.

And to get the most from the ancient sites, read up on the historical significance of the region.

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


Many Jordanians rely on tourism so yes, local people did benefit. And the Feynan Lodge in the Dana reserve is a world class example of eco-tourism.

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


A great experience in a beautiful country!

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2012 by

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


The whole trip was exciting only enhanced by the guide who was very knowledgeable and shared his knowledge with humour and patience.

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


Don't miss Jerash and take very comfortable shoes.

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


Yes, most certainly.

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


The holiday was excellent with more help than expected from being met at the airport to leaving. The first hotel left a little to be desired cleanliness wise, but overall it was a great holiday.

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

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


Visiting Petra - the realisation of a long standing dream.

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


Take longer at Petra and Wadi Rum - we felt to only scratch the surface at both.

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


Yes - but the use of the Ramada Hotel in Amman is not recommended as the service standards were very poor. The Dead Sea Spa, whilst giving good service, is in a "tourist ghetto" along with 3 or 4 other 5 star international hotels. There was no means of benefitting local people or experiencing local life within about 5 km. A misunderstanding with one member of the group caused an extra minibus and guide to be provided from Wadi rum to Aqaba and on to the Dead Sea, whilst 5 of us booked through this operator travelled on the 47 seater coach in comfort - but not very environmentally friendly!

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


Excellent - the guide (Ra Ed) from Amman through to Wadi Rum was fantastic. His enthusiasm, experience, friendliness and helpfulness, together with a constant flow of facts and anecdotes really made Jordan come alive for us.

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2012 by

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


Petra was truly amazing!!! Magdi our guide was so informative and knowledgeable - a truly educating experience in his presence!

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


Ensure you have small note change to ensure you always have tips handy. Check out all hotels in the Dead Sea area and choose which one you would prefer.... there are not many and you need to ensure you have your taste and style accounted for. Jordan is expensive, especially in restaurants - prices are equivalent to London prices. Also very pricey at the Dead Sea as there are no independent restaurants separate from the few hotels on the hotel stretch. Not as many ATM's outside of Amman as guide books say. Aqaba is worthwhile visiting, I was there only for an hour and wished I had more time there. A bit chilly in February - I would go later in March-May next time.

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


The local travel company were amazing ... all local people benefited from our visit.

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


A really amazing holiday! Magdi made it such an informative and enlightening visit! The travel company made everything so easy, from disembarking the plane at Amman to leaving and going through customs at the end.

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2012 by

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


Fenyan Lodge. Good balance of local interest, committed staff, good service and no unecessary frills.

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


The expectations of staff everywehre to be tipped for actaully just doing the job they are paid for in the 1st place, is out of control. It was rather unpleasant and excessive.

Jordanian people throw their rubbish everywhere and beatufiful places were spoilt by this unfortunate habit. Tourist agencies should pressure locals to get this under control.

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


Yes reasonably, whenever possible.

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


Very good itinerary and organisation.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

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


All of it! But particularly Feynan Eco Lodge, watching the stars and the Dead Sea. Jordan is amazing country that will change your view on life.

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


That you need to keep a lot of small notes for tips. They tip far more and more generously in Jordan. Also, I would also recommend covering from head-to-toe in light fabrics to keep cool and be respected. Keep a scarf with you to go inside mosques to cover your hair, shoulders etc.

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


Yes, the driver was local and spoke a lot about his life and local people. Staying at the Eco Lodge and camping at the Captain's Camp you could see that this had an impact on local people. People are very open and kind, so do chat to them.

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


Amazing, fantastic and am highly recommending to all!

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2011 by

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


No one thing was most memorable (Petra and Jerash were both very memorable of course) - but every day was full of interest, and having the opportunity to meet local Jordanians at each of our destinations was a real pleasure. We were made to feel so welcome and everyone we met was prepared to talk about their culture.

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


Perhaps to take a holiday earlier in the season before the heat is too intense. On our trip we went on some treks that were shorter than those that had been planned in our itinerary on the advice of our guides, because they felt we would find them too long and too hard in the heat.

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


We definitely felt our visit benefited the local Bedouin communities since we were made aware that tourism was greatly reduced at present due to the troubles in neighbouring countries.

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


A most interesting and different experience to any others we have had.

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2010 by

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


Our visits to Jerash, Petra and Wadi Rum - all were fabulous.

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


Check on the hotels! Not all Marriotts are the same ... and don't get given the room for wheelchair uses in the Dead Sea Movenpick! Ask for the Zara rooms - fab views!

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


We would like to think that: it's why we always travel with responsible travel companies.

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


Great.

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2010 by

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


Petra.

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


There is probably no need to use an agent, all hotels will accept your booking direct and it is cheaper to hire a car, local guides are easy to pick up and most are fixed price. Get a visa before you go if you can the wait at Amman can be hours!

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


18/20.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments, it is really useful for us to receive feedback. Booking with a tour operator gives you the financial security of knowing your holiday is safe. We are completely bonded by ATOL, offering both financial protection and peace of mind. We can generally offer better prices than booking a hotel directly and we only arrange qualified and government approved guides throughout Jordan. In addition, we only arrange our excursions and tours with reputable and experienced local companies.

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2009 by

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


Our stay in Feynan Wilderness Lodge. Dana Nature Reserve was outstanding. This is a market leader in sustainable tourism. We were really impressed with the genuine warmth of greeting from this Bedouin based community project, the welcome tea drink, the sunset walk with more tea around a camp fire! The candle light, with candle made by local Bedouin women was enchanting. Hot eco shower even in the morning was very impressive. The array of solar photo voltaic panels magnificent. We were pleased to be able to put Nabil the 'Director' in touch with Solar Aid for self build panels to power a light or mobile phone charging for local Bedouin.

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


Do be careful with water and salads away from 5* Hotels. We did have travellers tummy. Tourist prices at restaurants.

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


Yes particularly at Feynan (see above). Having a car with driver from Amman. Tips everywhere!! Again at Taybet Zaman Hotel nr Petra. A very interesting conversion from an old redundant Ottoman Village.

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


A well chosen itinerary giving the flavour of the whole country Um Qais to Wadi Rum. Jeraz and Petra outstanding with very good guides. Two castles Crusader and Saladin's ample! Amman Museum excellent, others were closed for the holiday. We both gained new insights into local culture.

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2009 by

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


There were so many memorable moments. Aside from the obvious sights such as Petra and Jerash, which were marvellous, I think the highlight for us might well be having lunch with the bedouin family of our guide in Feynan. As he was himself a bedouin, and his family lived in their goat-hair tent on our hiking route, it was such a unique and un-touristy moment for us - one of pure generosity.

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


Take insect spray if you are spending the night in Wadi Rum. Try and stay near Petra on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday night so you can do Petra by night. Spend at least a day and a half at Petra as one day is simply not enough.

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


Feynan Lodge and Taybat Zaman (hotels) we felt did benefit the local people and we were also impressed with how many foundations there are in Jordan for local people and groups if you look for them.

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


It was a fantastic experience, and Jordan is a great destination. Don't think of the country as simply 80% desert (we arrived to two days of rain) as there is so much to see from different civilisations, cultures, archaeological and biblical sites and the people are super-friendly.

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