Jordan holiday on a shoestring

“Enjoy a concise and affordable dip into Jordan's majestic history and landscape, from Roman Jerash and Petra to the startling desert world of Wadi Rum.”

Highlights

Amman | Roman city of Jerash | King's Highway Madaba, Mt Nebo and Kerak Castle | Petra | Dead Sea | Wadi Rum 4WD desert experience | Optional extras: Petra by candlelight; Bedouin camping under the stars; Red Sea resort relaxation

Description of Jordan holiday on a shoestring

This tour of Jordan provides a great value introduction to the country's major sites including Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

The bustling capital Amman is the springboard for a day trip out to the ancient Roman city at Jerash. One of the largest and best-preserved sites outside Italy, wander amid paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres and spacious public squares. From here, you'll head across to the Dead Sea to enjoy floating effortlessly in its famously salty waters.

Heading south along the King Highway towards Petra, you'll experience a wonderfully scenic route taking in deep wadis, olive groves and characterful rural villages. Along the way, see Roman mosaics at Madaba, enjoy great views to Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit the 12th century Crusader fortress of Kerak Castle.

Your exploration of the wonderful "Rose Red City" of Petra includes a guided tour plus plenty of free time to wander on your own perhaps walking along the ancient Siq and wondering at the majesty of the mighty Treasury built more than 2,000 years ago. There's an option too of returning to see this majestic memorial to past times by candlelight.

Moving on to Wadi Rum, you'll hear about its famous links to the legendary British army officer Lawrence of Arabia, as well as enjoying a 4WD jeep safari through spectacular desert scenery of towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes.

There are also some wonderful extensions to this trip, including a chance to spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin camp inside the Wadi Rum reserve before returning to Amman. Alternatively, you can add three days by spending a night with the Bedouins then heading to the Red Sea for two-night kicking back in a 5-star beach resort before returning to Amman

This tour also connects well with our Fantastic Israel tour, and we can arrange overland or flight transfers to connect the two together.

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Responsible tourism

Jordan holiday on a shoestring

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

How our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.

We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them in the correct manner.

The desert area of Wadi Rum has to be conserved. Travellers are encouraged not to dispose of their waste while in the desert areas. They are also encouraged not to pick any plants that grow in the rocks or on the arid areas. The entire Wadi Rum is a protected area so all plants, animals and area has to be respected and taken care of.

For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.

Community

Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.

We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belong to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people in local communities offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and cultural exchanges that take place between the locals and our travelers during our tours.

We promise to support the local communities of Jordan. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of Jordan. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.

The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tours.

We educate all our staff on the real life situations in Jordan. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and dangers that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.

Street children are seen in many of the cities of Jordan. We don't encourage travellers to directly give children money. If they wish to make a contribution, they may speak to the tour guide on whether there are donation strategies available. We are always seeking for donation options and our aim is to establish one in Jordan in the near future.

In Jordan, travelers are encouraged not to tempt children or any locals with food and sweets. The culture has to be respected at all times.

7 Reviews of Jordan holiday on a shoestring

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Reviewed on 08 May 2019 by

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


Our time in Petra.

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


Be prepared for a lot of driving. The amount of money needed to let you be generous with your tips. Be prepared to drink a lot of water (bottled water was always available free on our minibus). Possible variation in temperature (we expected spring but summer suddenly appeared with high day temperatures) .

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


Yes in all ways.

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


Excellent value for money, very good organisation, although only 5 days many of the wonderful historical sites were well covered without feeling rushed.

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019 by

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


Petra closely followed by Jerash when I realised it was Antioch. Petra was a long rewarding day with the Treasury and a donkey ride up to the Monastery more
than memorable. The sense of history when being in Jerash/Antioch was very special. Looking down over the Jordan valley from Mount Nebo towards
Jericho and Israel was a sight to behold.

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


It is probably a holiday for people younger than 60 as on this particular tour nearly everyone was younger than we were. We were the only two people who
had upgraded to 4 * so we felt a bit disassociated from the rest of the Group which was a pity so it might be wise to stick with 3 *. The Bedouin camp is an
experience but be prepared for a less than salubrious stay.

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


It benefited local people but there was no particular environmental or conservation impact.

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


We enjoyed our holiday very much and whilst the ambiance and food at the Bedouin camp was great, the lack of hot water and the many mosquitos made it
somewhat disappointing. Also, the bus had seen better days but on a shoestring not a big issue. All the holiday arrangements went well and according to plan
and whilst we had some security concerns in advance of our arrival these were unfounded and we never felt in any way unsafe.

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2019 by

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


all of it

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


be aware this can be quite exhausting few days

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


local people yes, environmental no, conservation yes

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


Great

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2019 by

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


Petra at night - stunning! Although we had not planned to arrive later than scheduled, the fact that the walk to the Treasury was not crowded with other tourists (ie using torches and being really loud as on the way back) made the experience even more special.

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


We were really cold in Amman (end March), take warm clothes! Take shoes for the swim in the dead sea - its rocky (and sharp) in the sea, and the beach is pebbled.

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


Individual bottled water on the coach was not necessary - a main water supply would be better - to refill the same bottle.

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


Petra, Wadi Rum dessert, and swimming in the Dead Sea were unforgettable moments. Sightseeing in Amman was nowhere near as interesting.

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019 by

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


The Dead Sea. The feeling of floating and bobbing helplessly made me laugh and laugh.

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


Be prepared to see a lot of other tourists, and to be time limited at many sites due to the amount that is packed into the trip.

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


No. I believe the guide, who was superb, was stressed and over-worked from trying to fulfil the promises that the tour company had made to travellers.

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


The guide was superb. The country was fascinating and very welcoming. The driver was a hero. But I don't believe this holiday is well managed, or responsibly
managed by the travel company. There is too much packed in here and it is the guides, drivers, holiday makers and the historical sites that suffer because of
that. I feel the travel company sells holidays by making promises that are not realistic or responsible.
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Read the operator's response here:

Dear Henrietta,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent experience on our Jordan on a Shoestring tour.
I'm sorry to see that you decided to give us a 1-star rating for this particular trip, especially since it sounds as though you did have a good time in Jordan, enjoyed the places visited and found the guide and driver to be superb. We have also reviewed all of your email correspondence with us before booking and departure and can see that all your queries were responded to in a timely manner and apparently without any issues.

In Jordan we offer a range of different tours, for those with different budgets and different travel durations - this 6-day Jordan on a Shoestring tour being our most budget friendly and shortest tour. It is designed specifically to give people a taste of all the main highlights in Jordan in a short time, which I imagine was part of its attraction. As a result, it is quite busy, but what we include in each of the days is by no means unusual compared to many other tours you'll find and we do believe that ample time is given to get a good experience of all of the places being visited. For those who wish to spend a little more time in Jordan and slow the overall pace down a bit, we have several longer tours including two more Shoestring tours, our 7 day 'Best of Jordan' and 8-day 'Week in Jordan', as well as an 8-day Small Group tour, 'Jordan Encounters' which also includes a local homestay in Ajloun and more time with the Bedouins in Wadi Rum. Any one of these may perhaps have been a better option for you if you found this tour too rushed.

Overall, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like the overall package we offered in Jordan but thank you for your excellent feedback on the guide and driver.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2018 by

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


Our day in Petra.

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


Check the location of the hotel in Amman before deciding how many days to stay in that city (ours was very far out of the city centre which made sightseeing
difficult).

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


It was not obvious how it was helping local people, aside from using local guides.
From an environmental perspective, I also didn't see anything which clearly supported conservation. One thing I would flag is the way the tour gets through
plastic. Unlimited small bottles of water were provided on the tour - it may be a small point but I think there could be a better way.

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


The trip was great, very enjoyable and over too quickly!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback about the tour. We're delighted you enjoyed it. With regard to plastics, that is something we're working on at the moment and have been trying different things. We did trial providing only large bottles of water but felt that any waste reduced was being balanced out by a large increase in wasted water. We do want to provide drinking water, and are now trialling some large water containers which people can refill their own bottles from.

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2015 by

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


Petra was AMAZING, the site, and number of different ancient relics is unbelieveable, and truly awe inspiring to see how sophisticated they were, so long ago.

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


Make sure you spend your evenings exploring, it's all too easy to get meals in hotels, but walking into the town in Petra (it's a little walk from the hotel, but there are taxis as alternative), and taxis into Amman - it is so worth while.

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


I think this trip used local guides, and locally owned hotels very effictively, and visited local restaurants to support them. The only concern with the choice of restaurants, was that sometimes they then over inflated their prices, which was a little frustrating - a premium is fine, but i think sometimes the restaurants could be better sourced, so you are helping the local people without feeling that they are taking advantage of tourists!

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


ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT - highly recommended - knowledge of guides Fantastic - information shared brilliantly, areas visited stunning and awe inspiring, tiring (as so much to see and do) but well worth every ounce of effort in walking!

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