Classic tour of Jordan
Description of Classic tour of Jordan
This nine day tailor made tour of Jordan features all of the classic sites as well as plenty of out of the way locations rarely glimpsed by the tourists arriving by coach or under their own steam.
From Crusader fortifications standing as sentinels along the ancient trading routes to the rose red city of Petra carved out of the sandstone to leave an indelible impression, this is your chance to experience an authentic approach to Jordan on a chauffeur-driven tour starting and completing in Amman.
Greco-Roman relics in Jerash; saline salvation in the Dead Sea; magnificent mosaics in Madaba; this nine day tailor made itinerary leaves no sand dusted stone unturned when it comes to conjuring a classic tour of Jordan’s most impressive sites.
Contrasts come thick and fast with a night amongst the sand dunes of Wadi Rum just as enlightening as an optional snorkelling safari over the coral reefs of the Red Sea, which lies against the shores of Aqaba. Biblical barely does Jordan justice but listen to your knowledgeable tour guide as you tip toe through the Siq leading to Petra and you’ll no doubt discover your own path that will often leave taller tales in the shade.
PlanetThis is the section that most people will associate most strongly with responsible tourism and it is certainly the most high profile area.
Tourism and the environment must be managed and the relationship monitored. It is something which we take into account throughout the planning, the operation and the evaluation of a trip.
Firstly we are a niche operator; we do not receive hundreds of clients into the destination during a week. It is not the way in which we operate, nor will it ever be. Large groups are not conducive to successful and high quality holidays and during our small group holidays the group size is always made appropriate to the nature of the environment and the proximity of our guests to the local population. We do not want local people to feel they have been invaded!
We work in remote areas and in many places. The impact of unmanaged tourism in these areas can be wholly detrimental
Working with local people obviously provides us with a huge advantage in this respect. Our guides' pride in the regions is always tangible and they ensure that the 'leave no trace' ethos is continually expressed to clients and visibly implemented during the activities.
When we plan our trips we do so with the environment in mind. We deliberately leave out certain activities if we feel that their impact on the environment is to its detriment. The group sizes which we offer are designed with our clients’ experience in mind as well as the likely impact on a natural area.
We assess a hotel's facilities with regards to the environment and have developed an audit to enable us to document the processes and facilities in places in each of our hotels with greater accuracy and in order to help provide our clients with further information.
Where possible we always include group transportation. Not only is this obviously more economical for clients but it reduces emissions.
PeopleWe always utilise locally owned accommodation and activity providers wherever possible. We like to stay off the beaten track and provide a more unique experience for clients so this all goes hand in hand.
Wherever possible we try to avoid using large hotel chains as we want the money generated by tourism within a region to remain within the region rather than leaking overseas.
Some of the areas in which we operate tend to be rural and so employment opportunities can be more limited than in larger towns. A local hotel can provide a vital source of employment in a town and help stem the flow of people from these communities to urban environments. In turn this helps to sustain the economies of small rural towns. We ensure that wherever possible our accommodation providers and activity guides source produce locally when meals are included and if not then we recommend local restaurants to clients. We want to utilise the tourism multiplier effect wherever possible in order to widen the economic benefit of our presence.
When it comes to souvenirs we will always try to inform clients of some of the locally produced handicrafts to look out for and try and encourage them to purchase goods from the region if they wish to take something home.