3 independent reviews for Jordan family holiday

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review 9 Apr 2012

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

The first sight of the Treasury at Petra on the Petra by night tour was the most memorable moment for me. The candlelit approach, through the towering rocks of the siq, and the incredibly bright light from the almost full moon, created an amazing atmosphere. Also being part of a family group made the whole trip particularly enjoyable: adult company for us and other kids for our own children to play with.

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

Pack light and don't be afraid to re-wear your dusty clothes from the day before. Any clean clothes you put on the next morning will be just as dusty by the end of the day. Then simply relax and enjoy! For Petra by night, take a torch - the path can be very uneven - and maybe something you can sit on - even just a folded up fleece which you don't mind sitting on top of on the ground! For Wadi Rum, take a map of the star constellations so you can see how many you can identify in the wonderful desert sky, unspoiled by light pollution. No mobile phone / wifi so you need to plan / download ahead - you can't google this one.

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

Travelling in a group saved on fuel, and the night at Wadi Rum supported the upkeep of Bedouin culture. Also the entry fees for the various ancient sites will help to preserve them and uncover more of them for future generations. And re-wearing our dusty clothes reduced the amount of laundry to be done when we got back home!

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

An excellent holiday for the whole family with a range of activities from visiting ancient sites such as Petra and Jerash, to plain old good fun like smothering ourselves from head to to toe in Dead Sea mud, riding camels in the desert and snorkelling in the Red Sea, plus all the benefits of travelling in a small group. I can't believe we did so much in just 8 full days - a lot more than we would have managed on our own - it feels like we were away for weeks. A complete break. We totally switched off from 'the real world', although in part this was due to limited internet - HURRAY!

review 27 Feb 2012

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

Visting Petra and camping in Wadi Rum.

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

Perhaps consider shelling out a bit of extra money to go up one notch in the category of hotels.

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

Not quite sure. I seemed to be doing what other tourists around me were doing - staying in Jordanian hotels, eating in local restaurants, using the services of local guides, visiting the usual souvenir shops. The only time I felt we were minimizing our impact on the environment was when we were camping in Wadi Rum. I presume the operator is better placed to know to what extent my trip helped the local community.

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

The holiday was well planned (apart from the arrival at Amman airport) and the sights we saw were great. I would however not book another "family" holiday until I was certain that there were actually other families on it. As to the number of stars I have to allocate below, I will tick the 3 stars. But I would give the trip only 2 stars, because of the fact that our guide was not child friendly, the hotels were not that great and it was a bit lonely for the children just on their own. I would however give the sights of Jordan 4 stars.

review 5 Sep 2008

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

Many different things, but camel riding in the desert of Wadi Rum is probably the top one.

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

If you can afford the time, try to have some extra days in Jordan before or (better) after the organised tour, to see some other things, especially country areas and nature reserves, not possible to fit into the 1-week tour. If you are not constrained to go in the summer, spring time is probably better for less-hot weather and more greenery and flowers; or failing that, autumn.

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

1) Yes: we mostly used locally-operated hotels and restaurants, not international 'chains'. 2) Not so good: but this is a problem of the local infrastructure - lack of eco-design in buildings etc (heavy use of electricity for air-conditioning, lack of passive air-con/ventilation systems and 'green buildings'). Also, it's a pity there's an emphasis on using bottled drinking water, also creating a lot of plastic waste: tap water seems perfectly clean and is safe if boiled/sterilised (eg, in tea!)

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

We had a great time and would like to go back to see some more sometime.

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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
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