Exciting family holiday in Jordan

“A tailor made family holiday in Jordan is all about adventure - everything is organised for you, so all you have to focus on is maximising your fun and family time together.”

Highlights

Amman | Roman ruins of Jerash | Crusader fortress of Ajlun | Petra | Nabatean ruins | Dana Nature Reserve | Camel ride across the desert | Wadi Rum | Overnight camping at Bedouin-style camp | Dead Sea | Aqaba | Red Sea

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.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Try new things - tailor made holidays are designed so you can pack in tonnes of fun.
Trip type:
Tailor made to suit your preferences.
Activity level:
Lesiurely/moderate - up to you how much you do.
Accomm:
Hotels, guesthouses and camping according to your budget and preference.
Solos:
This is a family holiday, but single rooms are available at hotels.
Meals:
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, some meals.
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
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Responsible tourism

Exciting family holiday in Jordan

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Our 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.

Community

All 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).

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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!

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