Exciting family holiday in Jordan
Description of Exciting family holiday in Jordan
If your idea of a perfect family holiday might involve a camel safari through spectacular desert scenery, a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent, a ramble through the crumbling ruins of a Crusader castle and a snorkelling excursion in the Red Sea in search of beautiful angel fish and irridescent coral, then Jordan could be exactly the place to go!
Every visit must include the Nabatean city of Petra, with its huge edifices carved out of the pink and sandy coloured rock. Active families will enjoy hiking up to the 'High Place of Sacrifice' where the children's imaginations will be set to work picturing the gory practices that may have taken place there two thousand years ago. It is also worth climbing to the Monastery (although you can ride on a donkey if the legs are getting tired) as the views out over the desert beyond are breath-taking.
Not too far from Petra is the incredible desert area of Wadi Rum, famous for its connection with Lawrence of Arabia. The kids will love a 4WD jeep excursion across this incredible landscape, stopping to climb up (and race down) giant sand dunes and clamber over strange rock formations. You can also take a camel ride at sunset before heading for your Bedoiun tent and dinner around the camp fire.
The Dead Sea is also great fun for children as they can float in its buoyant waters and cover themselves in mud which reputedly has wonderful healing qualities.
Aqaba is the seaside city of Jordan and is famous for its coral and spectacular sea life. You can don a snorkel and mask and discover the underwater world, or with younger children, perhaps take a ride on a glass bottomed boat.
Jordan is an incredibly welcoming country, particularly for those travelling with children and the distances are relatively small so it does not take too long to get around.
1 Reviews of Exciting family holiday in Jordan
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2014 by Jo Tunmer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
All of it! We all had our personal highlights though. Hannah (11) loved swimming in the Dead Sea, Ciaran (15) loved climbing, the cycle ride and the history in Jerash, Little Petra and Petra, Luke (51) loved the camel journey, Jo (50) loved sitting round the fire with the Bedouins and trading gifts and tea with the Bedouin women in their tents.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be flexible, open minded and be up for the challenge!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we came away feeling that the company were very respectful of the local people and of their travellers. Overall we were very impressed with the company and the itinerary they prepared for us.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It seems like we have been on holiday for a month - we packed so much into a week! Jordan is a fantastic country and the people are warm and friendly. It is an excellent place to go with children and very easy to experience a variety of things within a short space of time. Amazing time!
PlanetOur tours in Jordan are run in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental goals and commitment to operate in a responsible manner.
There are many fragile eco-systems in Jordan and our guides and drivers provide advice on how to behave to ensure that any negative impact is prevented. For example, on our longer camel safaris we bring (dead) firewood with us so that we can have a campfire at night without trying to source wood locally. We also ensure that all waste is taken out of the desert at the end of an excursion (except in the case of toilet paper, which we advise clients to burn safely, ensuring that none remains).
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.
PeopleAll of our tours in Jordan use local guides which is very important as it not only ensures that travellers are given a unique insight into the way of life and culture in Jordan but also ensures that tourist revenue is retained locally.
Whenever it is possible, we also try to use small locally-owned and family run hotels. These hotels not only provide a better experience for families but also tend to employ from the surrounding villages, ensuring that money is retained locally and spread throughout the area.
Where possible, hotels are selected that have been built and furnished using locally sourced materials.
As Jordan is a Muslim country it is important that correct advice is given on how to dress; our pre-tour literature covers this in detail, ensuring that travellers (particularly women) know what is appropriate. We also give advice on how to behave during Ramadan (if applicable given the time of year of travel).