Family tour of Jordan

“A sublime Jordan family holiday offering a perfect mix of fun and relaxation, including Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and staying in a Bedouin camp.”

Highlights

Amman | Jerash | Visit children’s museum or water park | Mt. Nebo | Madaba | Karak Crusaders Castle | Dana Nature Reserve | Petra | Jeep tour of Wadi Rum | Sandboarding | Stay in a Bedouin desert camp | Aqaba | Optional snorkelling | Stay in a Dead Sea spa resort |

Description of Family tour of Jordan

This is a tailormade family holiday in Jordan, meaning that you can extend or shorten the nine day itinerary in line with your family’s requirements. Rest assured though, that whether you follow the suggested itinerary below or create your own, every day will result in fantastic experiences and memories.

That’s because Jordan is such a great destination for families. There is heaps of fun and exciting activities to try, from sandboarding in the dunes of Wadi Rum to snorkelling off the beach in Aqaba or some light trekking in the Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan’s largest. And this is combined with many opportunities to simply wind down and enjoy each other’s company, whether that be watching as the kids run around living out their fantasies in a genuine Crusaders’ Castle, learning through play at a Children’s Museum, or indulging in some downtime at a spa resort on the Dead Sea.

And of course this is Jordan, once the battleground of the great British adventurer, soldier, explorer and diplomat T.E. Lawrence. You have his colourful history to explore, and you have those classic Jordan experiences that appear on the bucket list of so many intrepid travellers: journeying into the desert to the spectacular architectural work of art that is Petra; staying overnight in an authentic Bedouin camp where your hospitable hosts will keep you entertained around the campfire, and of course a memorable float in the Dead Sea.

Jordan is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind when planning a family holiday, but once you do start to think about it, it kind of seems the obvious destination. As we’ve hopefully convinced you here. The people are friendly and welcoming, and trips here run like well-oiled clockwork. It’s the type of place where people might say “Jordan? What are you all going to do there?” And you can then look through this itinerary with confidence and know that you, and your family, are going to absolutely love every minute.

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22 Dec 2019
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Responsible tourism

Family tour of 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

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the protected area of Wadi Rum. It is a perfect playground for children to run around in and roll of sand dunes or try out sand surfing.

Entry tickets to Wadi Rum are included in your program and these include conservation fees. By visiting Wadi Rum your children learn to appreciate the silence of the desert and you contribute to conserve this amazing desert.

A major conservation program is on the way to tackle some challenging environmental problems. To contribute our local guides and drivers ask you kindly to follow the rules and regulations and do all you can to respect the site and its people. This includes leaving no waste behind and this doesn't just go for Wadi Rum but for all the sights you visit during your holiday in Jordan.

Another highlight is your visit to Petra. Petra is a very big sight to explore. To make it more fun for the children they can ride horses, camels and donkeys. Giving a unique feeling to the sight. Also for Petra the entry tickets are included and they include conservation and restoration fees. A lot of Petra is yet to be discovered, by visiting you help conserving and restoring this immense sight to its beauty.

Especially in Petra you will find children trying to sell rocks in the most beautiful colours. We ask you not to buy from them so children won't be encouraged to look for more and unintentionally damage the sight.

We ask all our guests to limit their water use. This can be done by taking short showers and not letting the water run unnecessary. Jordan doesn't has a lot of water and even the locals are often on a ration. So trying to limit your water use as much as you can is highly appreciated in Jordan. Also make sure not to let any waste behind you wherever you go, our guides and drivers are aware of these guidelines and all are instructed to make sure people follow up on this. It is also expected from our guests to handle the sights with care and not to damage them.

Note that as much as possible we use locally owned hotels. We strive to book you hotels around Jordan that are located close to the sites & restaurants and so minimise the needed transfers.

Also at our office we try to limit the use of paper as much as we can by making reservations via email instead of via fax.

Community

You will be meeting some real local Bedouins on your desert experience in Wadi Rum, they will guide you and show you the most impressive places of the desert. It is a great experience for you and your children to learn from other cultures. This is why we mainly use locals for the services you book. Hotels, your driver, guides etc most of them will be locals. Of course your driver and local guides all speak English. You will tour Jordan together with your English speaking driver and a private a/c car.

With us you get to experience the famous Jordanian hospitality at its best in a responsible way.

By your visit to Jordan you will be contributing to a fair income to several local families. Keeping them happy with a good payment will ensure they go out of their way to give you your dream family holiday you and your children deserve.

When out of the hotel, try to cover your shoulders and knees with clothes. By respecting the culture in Jordan people will give you an even bigger welcome and will go out of their way to make you happy.

Depending on your preferences as a familynwe discuss which hotels will be included in your tour. From (small) locally owned hotels to big chain hotels it depends on you and the wishes of your children. Locally owned hotels often have a heartwarming welcome and guests feel at home here. By choosing this option you help support the local community. If you prefer a big chain hotel with a bit more luxury such as a pool to swim in etc this is no problem either. Big chain hotels have many locals employed and by giving them a small extra tip you help the community too. Plus many of the big chain hotels have environmental projects such as reducing water usage etc.

There are a lot of cheap souvenirs sold in Jordan, however most of them are brought in from abroad. We recommend our clients to buy from shops that support local artists. In Petra there is a shop called handmade in Jordan, this shop ensures people are given a fair compensation for their hard work and creativity. Other options are Souk Jara in Amman, taking place every Friday during summer. Or Souk by the Sea in Aqaba during winter. Both markets sell beautiful local crafts and have a lot of great souvenirs to offer to your children. By buying from the local artists you support even more local families, making your dream holiday their dream visit.

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Reviewed on 25 Feb 2019 by

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


I have just returned from a seven night trip to Jordan. It was my first time and I was travelling alone with just my 11 year old son, so a bit nervous about how to organise the itinerary. Luckily, Responsible Travel put me in touch with this tour company and it was a smooth experience beginning to end, since the moment Shireen got in touch. She designed an itinerary that included everything I wanted to see, was patient with my questions and gave me the assurances I needed. From the moment we were about to depart from London, having received a text from Shireen, to the time we left, we felt very cared for and looked after. From
being greeted at the airport by Ahmad who fast tracked us through passport control, to all the excursions, hotel bookings, transfers, and handovers to other drivers/guides, everything ran like clockwork, no doubt due to the behind the scenes work that went on to coordinate and organise. All the drivers and guides were friendly, knowledgable and hospitable. Mohammed Ali in particular, who met us at the airport and was with us for almost the entire time was fantastic; enthusiastic, patient, attentive and thoughtful – going the extra mile always. He has a lot of knowledge on all aspects of Jordan, was good company on the sometimes-long drives, really looked after us and I felt totally safe in his hands. We had a packed schedule, but it was well planned and we never felt rushed, mostly due to Mohammed's quiet command of the schedule. There were loads of personal little touches and detours, to see views or things that we wouldn't have realised existed. Petra was amazing, especially due to Moath our guide, who was very efficient, knowledgeable and helpful, and he gave extra tips for navigating the site and its people. My son and I enjoyed the Wadi Rum overnight stay and trip the most. Even though it was really cold at night, Rahayeb Camp is very comfortable, the sunrise camel ride was awesome and the jeep tour with all the stops and ending with a barbecued lunch was incredible – just be prepared to do a lot of walking and climbing, it’s totally worth it. One thing though, the jeep tour was the only excursion in the entire week that didn’t run quite to time, we were late getting to lunch by a couple of hours (this bit had been outsourced by the tour company). Having said that, it was still an unforgettable day.

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


Book your trip with this operator - it's the ONLY way to go. They were amazing, very responsive, personable, knowledgeable and spot on. Ask for Mohammed Ali Helalat as your driver and you'll be well looked after. He's brilliant, very experienced, attentive, has tons of local knowledge and goes out of his way to deliver a trip tailored for you. Another tip - always have some cash on you for tips. Pretty much everything was catered for by the tour fee, so having small notes in my pocket wasn't something I had planned for, but wish I had.

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


Yes - it's a local tour company, employing local people and working with local orgs - no big corporations in sight. They are eco conscious too, we were given water bottles to use instead of plastic bottles on arrival by Mohammed Ali. All the tour stops were at local places, and would benefit them directly. Including one of the mosaic making organisation in Madaba, who employ people with special needs.

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


Jordan is a magical place, with immense natural beauty, incredible history and warm, friendly people and I feel lucky to have experienced it, especially because of the tour company staff. They are more than happy to welcome you by taking your hand and lovingly guide you through their incredibly country. It was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope Jordan can deal with left luggage, because I definitely left a piece of my heart there. #heartJORDAN

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2018 by

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


Visiting Petra was amazing! The country seemed extremely safe and we wandered around Aqaba for hours at night feeling safer than we do in our local town Weston-Super-Mare!

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


Plan carefully your itinerary, some of the transfers eat into you daylight hours with careful route planning this could be minimised.

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


Yes the local economy benefits from tourism and they are extremely friendly and welcoming indicating to me that they understand and appreciate the contribution it makes.

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


We had a great time, the local agent did our itinerary which ran like clockwork. Jordan is a warm friendly and very welcoming destination with much to see and learn about we would recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2018 by

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


Visiting Petra.

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


If you're in good health/happy with hiking - recommend min 2 days at Petra (ask for a guided walk on day 2 through some of the other wadis to get to Petra/or
go to Little Petra - supposed to be v good too), and a full day in Wadi Rum. Movenpick hotels are fabulous (the one opposite entrance at Petra v recommended for location). Sinai Divers (esp dive instructor John & wife Tracey) in the Tala Bay Movenpick resort is strongly recommended. For Red Sea diving (steer clear of Camel Divers). Eating better, and cheaper, if you go into Aqaba at night rather than stay in Tala bay.

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


Yes - supported guides and local drivers. Guides talked to us about conservation issues, esp Bedouin degrading some of the tombs in Petra; the overall water
shortages & drop in Dead Sea level. Depressing to see the amount of plastic litter, especially around Amman.

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


5/5 - thank you to Areej at the tour company - she was helpful and polite when we needed them (couple of times the drivers turned up late; there was a
mistake over provision of picnic lunches one day, which meant I paid). All the drivers and guides were polite, welcoming and great company.

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